Category Archives: Health

UCSO, EDAC take into custody severely starved dogs

Based on an anonymous tip, Union County deputies and El Dorado Animal Control officers discovered what they deemed one of the worst cases in animal cruelty they’d ever witnessed on Wednesday in El Dorado, according to a UCSO report. A … Continue reading

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Report: Well-being on the rise for Arkansas’ children

An annual report compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which ranks the well-being of children across the country, listed Arkansas’ minors at no. 42, up from 47 in 2011. Released today, the 2012 Kids County Data Book puts Arkansas … Continue reading

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#teamcorrie takes El Dorado

I’m rarely one to pimp out petitions for prayer, but a figurative littering of online posts and #teamcorrie T-shirts across El Dorado sparked my interest this week and led me to discover the story of Corrie Gross Bechtelheimer, an El … Continue reading

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HIV pill gets the go ahead from the FDA

On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada, the first pill meant to lower the risk of contracting HIV in high-risk individuals. According to the Associated Press, when taken as a preventative measure, the pill is able to … Continue reading

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House vote to repeal health care law reportedly led by Ross

Controversy surrounding Obama’s health care reform law, which many tout as the primary achievement of the current administration, continued today with an overwhelming vote in the Republican-controlled House to repeal the law in its entirety. The charge was reportedly led … Continue reading

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Casinos, medical marijuana could make it to the November ballot

A professional poker player says she has more than 80,000 of the 62,507 required signatures to get an initiative to build four casinos in Arkansas on the ballot, according to the Associated Press. Nancy Todd is proposing casinos in Crittenden, … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s speaker urges caregiver support

During the El Dorado Rotary Club meeting, Beckie Moore, of the Alzheimer’s Association in Little Rock, discussed the impact the disease has on the country. Moore attempted to show the above video but was impeded by technological difficulty. Check out … Continue reading

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Chain reaction leads to EDC explosion

A chain reaction that began with an explosion in El Dorado Chemical’s strong nitric acid plant reactor system ultimately led to a series of sulfur fires early Tuesday morning, said Greg Withrow, of EDC. The tremor felt across El Dorado … Continue reading

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No evacuations necessary following EDC explosion

Word is still out on the cause of the explosion that rocked El Dorado Chemical and much of the town early Tuesday morning, however, emergency response officials say no evacuations are necessary at this time. Union County Sheriff Mike McGough … Continue reading

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County, Hudson named in wrongful death lawsuit

Union County and Hudson Memorial Nursing Home have been named in a wrongful death lawsuit which claims failing treatment by the latter resulted in pain, loss of dignity and death for a resident. According to the complaint, these failings in … Continue reading

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Arkansas Medicaid under scrutiny

Rather than spike taxes, Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday that the looming $400 million Medicaid deficit could mean cuts to services, according to Arkansas News. Even with the introduction of a $1.2 billion settlement payment into the program’s trust fund … Continue reading

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Rabid bat discovered in NLR, avoid wildlife contact

Health officials confirmed Thursday the discovery of a rabid bat in North Little Rock, prompting a statewide warning for citizens to avoid contact with bats and other wildlife possibly carrying the infection, according to Arkansas News. So far this year … Continue reading

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Quorum court chooses CoreSource over Blue Cross

The Union County Quorum Court wrapped up debate today on weeks of deliberation between incumbent health insurance provider CoreSource and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas by awarding a contract to the former. CoreSource has proven itself time and time … Continue reading

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LR man dies in half-marathon

The annual Little Rock Marathon was marked by tragedy this weekend with its second death in the race’s 10 years of history after a 37-year-old man had to be transported to the hospital at mile 11 of 13.1, according to … Continue reading

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Ambiguous abortion amendment shot down by attorney general

The second in a pair of ambiguously-worded amendments to the Arkansas Constitution that would ban most abortions in the state was turned down by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today, according to Arkansas News. The revised version, submitted by Personhood Arkansas … Continue reading

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