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Proposal would end private option

Jan 29, 2015 3:23pm

A bill filed Monday would end the Medicaid expansion program known as the private option at the end of this year.

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, filed Senate Bill 144 four days...

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Group says close down Booneville facility

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

The nonprofit advocacy group Disability Rights Arkansas issued a report Monday recommending closure of the Booneville Human Development Center.

The group said the center’s buildings are...

AG issues opinion on salary panel’s deadline

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

The newly created Independent Citizens Commission does not have to make any adjustments to elected state official’s salaries by Feb. 2, but it does if it wants to adjust them by more than 15...

Hutchinson names new DOC director

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson on Monday named Wendy Kelley, currently chief deputy director of the state Department of Correction, as the agency’s next director.

Kelley has held her current...

Court makes state history with 4 female justices

Jan 08, 2015 12:21pm

Arkansas now has a majority-female Supreme Court for the first time in its history. Two of those judges have ties to Van Buren County.

Justice Karen Baker, sworn in Wednesday for her first...

House Call

Dec 31, 2014 3:16pm

Q: My eyes have been dry and irritated. Can that be related to an antihistamine I’m taking?

A: There could be a connection between the antihistamines and your dry eye problems. Dry eye...

Report: State ranks last in handling infectious disease outbreaks

Dec 31, 2014 3:16pm

WASHINGTON — Arkansas ranked last in the nation for its ability to handle outbreaks of severe infectious diseases, according to a report released last week by a nonprofit health advocacy group....

Jan. 29 is deadline for SBA disaster loans

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

Jan. 29, 2015, is the deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on April 27, 2014.

These...

Lottery panel OKs extending vendor contract

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

The state Lottery Commission voted Monday to approve a three-year extension of the lottery’s contract with vendor Intralot in exchange for a fee reduction.

In 2009, the lottery entered into...

FOIA exemption law takes effect this week

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

Starting Thursday, Arkansas law enforcement agencies will be required to redact the names and addresses of children under age 18 from accident and police reports released to the public.

The...

Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, is co-sponsoring The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2105. (Arkansas News Bureau file photo)

Tax cuts, scholarships may be considered by Legislature

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

Measures to cut state income taxes, change the way lottery scholarships are awarded and give legislators rule-making authority over state courts are among the bills Arkansas legislators have filed...

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