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Arkansas Swimming Areas Closed Due To E. Coli Threat Following Flooding


LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) –Several swimming areas in Arkansas are closed due to an E. coli threat created by recent flooding. According to the AHD, following the high amount of rainfall, runoff from the land surrounding the swim beaches picks up more bacteria ...

Arkansas primary change would be temporary under compromise


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have advanced a plan to move up the state's primaries, a change that would apply only to next year's election as two candidates with state ties are seeking the White House. The Senate on Wednesday voted 28-6 in ...

Bill moving Arkansas primary gets House OK, stalls in Senate


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to move Arkansas' primaries from May to March has cleared the House but is stalling in the Senate. The House voted 56 to 32 Wednesday in favor of the change and 69 to 15 for a related bill moving next year's ...

NLR prepares for Arkansas River crest


The National Weather Service in Little Rock predicts the Arkansas River will crest at Little Rock Friday afternoon. Ahead of the threat, the city of North Little Rock is barricading roads and securing soccer goals and bleachers at Burns Park. At 1 p.m. on ...

Arkansas Army National Guard proposes closing 8 armories


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas Army National Guard is proposing to close eight armories as part of a restructuring plan that will go before Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The plan calls for shutting down the armories, also known as readiness centers ...

Appeals court rejects Arkansas ban on abortions after 12 weeks


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal appeals court struck down a key abortion restriction in Arkansas on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower court judge that it is inappropriate to ban most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal ...

Largest county in Arkansas passes employment protections for county workers


LITTLE ROCK— Tuesday, Pulaski County, the largest county in Arkansas, passed non-discrimination protections that will protect county employees in the workplace. By a vote of 10-5, members of the Pulaski County Quorum Court enacted essential workplace ...

Fun Things to do in Little Rock: Part 2


Let’s just get it out there: Little Rock is awesome! This is especially true for young adults. As Arkansas’ capital city, Little Rock is a hub of art, music, food, shopping, and outdoor activities. Little Rock boasts the best of big city life without ...

Movies in the Park Kicks off June 3 in Little Rock


The weekly Wednesday outdoor film series will run through July 29. LITTLE ROCK, AR - Movies in the Park returns for its 11th season on June 3 with a showing of the film Divergent (PG 13). The movies are shown throughout June and July on a large outdoor ...

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Arkansas' 12-Week Abortion Ban


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal appeals court struck down a key abortion restriction in Arkansas on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower court judge that it was inappropriate to ban most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal ...

The Hole in the Rock: A Phoenix Landmark You Must Experience


Credit to Joe Flood The desert landscape in and around Phoenix is quite unique, and some areas are absolutely awe-inspiring. One spot that is always worth a visit is the Hole in the Rock in Papago Pa…

Little Rock Look Back: Mayor Thomas D. Merrick


Thomas D. Merrick was born on 23 May, 1814, in Hampden County, Massachusetts. He later moved to Indianapolis IN and Louisville KY before ending up in Little Rock. On January 17, 1841, he married Anna …

#7 Aberdeen Drive, Little Rock, AR 72223


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Little Rock Look Back: Dan T. Sprick


Future Little Rock Mayor Dan T. Sprick was born on May 19, 1902.  He served three terms on the Little Rock City Council (from 1935 to 1941).  In 1945, he was elected Mayor of Little Rock and served on…

“Little Rock Nine” Receive Lincoln Leadership Prize


CHICAGO (CBS) — Civil rights pioneers were in downstate Illinois on Tuesday, after being honored in Chicago Monday night for their work since they ended racial segregation at an all-white school in Ar…

We’re Partnering with Winrock to Offer $60,000 for our First Round of Classes in Little Rock


People interested in our inaugural courses in Little Rock are in for something great: we’ve partnered with Winrock International to to offer $60,000 in scholarships towards for our courses starting on…

Final Day of Little Rock Film Festival – Award Winners Abound


Today, the Little Rock Film Festival will be screening the major award winners from last night’s gala. At 11:00am, the Golden Rock Narrative Feature Grand Prize Winner will be shown at the CALS Ron Ro…

Twelve Hours of Film Viewing Possible in Day 5 of Little Rock Film Festival


If you have the stamina, you can watch films from 10 in the morning until 10:30 tonight today with the Little Rock Film Festival. At 10am at The Joint – Made in Arkansas” Shorts Block 6 with “Go to th…

Little Rock Look Back: Mayor J. V. Satterfield


On May 14, 1902, future Little Rock Mayor John Vines Satterfield, Jr. was born in Marion.   He grew up in Little Rock and Earle. J.V. was a star quarterback for the Earle football team and is featured…




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The situation of health coverage in in LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS

1. After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million people have health coverage.

That's more people than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined. This number includes parents who can finally afford to take their kids to the doctor, families who no longer risk losing their homes or savings because someone becomes ill, and young people who are now free to pursue their dreams without worrying about losing access to health care. 

With millions of people getting covered, the uninsured rate for non-elderly adults has dropped by 35% since October 2013. “The Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama said after hearing the news that millions of Americans had signed up and gotten covered. “And I'll tell you, everywhere I go around the country, I'm meeting inpiduals who come up and thank me. How passionate they are about the difference it's made in their lives, it really reminds me why we do all of this." 


2. Medicaid is helping millions.

The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, and 28 states and the District of Columbia have done so. Across all 50 states, there are 11.2 million additional Americans enrolled in Medicaid compared to a baseline period in the fall of 2013.

While not every state expanded Medicaid, those that did are seeing especially strong coverage gains. In Medicaid expansion states, the uninsured rate among families with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line declined by 13 percentage points, nearly double the decline in non-expansion states.


3. Those with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could deny you coverage or charge you more because of a health problem that you had prior to applying for insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you just because you have a pre-existing condition and they can’t close you out of coverage by charging you more than someone who doesn’t have a pre-existing condition.

This key provision means that up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage. This includes the parents of over 17.6 million children with pre-existing conditions who no longer have to live with that worry. 


4. The uninsured rate for young Americans is at its lowest point since at least 1997.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for young Americans has declined by more than 40 percent over the past five years. Since 2010, more than 5 million young adults have gained coverage.  This includes 2.3 million young adults who have gained coverage by being able to stay on their parent's health plan. Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults can stay on their parent’s coverage until age 26. With all that can happens in a young person's life, this provision helps ensure that those who are just starting out in college and work careers can plan with the assurance that they have access to quality and affordable coverage. 


5. Americans no longer have lifetime and annual limits on their coverage.

The Affordable Care Act has lifted the lifetime health benefit caps for 105 million Americans. Previously, many plans set a lifetime limit on how much they would spend for your covered benefits during the entire time you were enrolled in their plan. If you went over, you’d be paying out of pocket. Annual limits also constrained families and inpiduals by restricting how much they could receive per year. That's not how it should be. That’s why the Affordable Care Act prohibits health plans from putting annual or lifetime dollar limits on most benefits. 


These are just five of the core ways in which the Affordable Care Act has helped Americans get quality, affordable health care. See for yourself: Click here to meet inpiduals who have benefited from health care, read their stories, and then pass them on so others can see what getting covered -- and staying covered -- means. 

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Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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Civil Rights pision

Office on Violence Against Women

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Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

Posted in: 

Civil Rights pision

Office on Violence Against Women

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