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The number of enrollees in the Medicaid private option reached 218,376 at the end of June, an increase of about 4,000 from May, when it totaled 214,461. The number of Arkansans deemed eligible reached 254,749 in May, an increase from 250,799 in April.

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 2:24pm

Congress may have been in recess for the 4th of July holiday, but members of the state’s congressional delegation were in Arkansas this past week talking to voters and discussing issues.

The following is a breakdown of the week that was for Arkansas’ congressional delegation.

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 1:32pm

Fort Smith attorney and former Fort Smith Public School Board member Joey McCutchen is pushing back against the effort to change the Southside High School mascot. He says ending use of the Rebel mascot “will not do anything to improve race relations.”

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:09pm

Lt. Col. Charles Jason Carter, North Little Rock, as State Judge Advocate for the Arkansas National Guard.  Appointment expires at the Will of the Governor.
Steele Kelly, Plummerville, to the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council. Appointment expires June 4, 2019.

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:32pm

Fort Smith Attorney Shannon Blatt will seek the Sebastian County Circuit Court Judge (Division III). She is a lifelong resident of Fort Smith and has practiced law in Sebastian County for more than 17 years.

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:55pm

County clerks do not have discretion when it comes to issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday (June 29).

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:27pm

Members of the U.S. Supreme Court ventured far into the debate about the overall legality of the death penalty in a Monday (June 29) ruling that Oklahoma could continue with its process to carry out lethal injections. The 5-4 opinion in Glossip v.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:49pm

Arkansas’ political leaders and activists had a wide range of reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he disagreed with the ruling but would direct all state agencies to comply.

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 5:56pm

State policy leaders say Arkansans should look for “prudent progress” and an “Arkansas-centric approach” to health insurance reform in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last week in the King v. Burwell decision.

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 5:24pm

The United States Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex marriage in the United States is legal, granting marriage rights to couples on a politically divided issue. In the 5-4 ruling on Obergfell v.

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:03am

In a 6-3 ruling Thursday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of healthcare subsidies in connection with the Affordable Care Act.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:33am

The Fort Smith business community may not be as open to reinstatement of a business license fee as some members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors might hope.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 9:27pm

A recent letter from Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue to state and local law enforcement leaders adds another legal opinion to the controversial “Open Carry” law that emerged from the 2013 Arkansas Legislative Session.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:39pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors didn’t shy away from considering a prepared food tax and re-instating of a business license fee to address a looming shortfall in a pension fund for Fort Smith police and fire department employees.

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:08am

On Wednesday, the 20-member Working Group on Highway Funding will hold its first meeting to discuss the state’s road funding options. Six years ago, the Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance did the same thing.

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:42pm

There will be another party on the 2016 general election ballot, according to information from the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday. The Libertarian Party of Arkansas met the signature requirement for a new party in the state, Secretary of State spokesman Chris Powell said.

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:18pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has directed the Department of Education to withdraw Arkansas from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium, despite a vote June 11 by the State Board of Education to keep Arkansas in the consortium.

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:49pm

School board elections have for decades been held on the third Tuesday of September but for almost as long some Arkansans have complained that the annual elections need to move to November to generate more interest.

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:18pm

Diverting offenders with mental illness into treatment instead of incarcerating them could save Arkansas $140 million a year, according to a rough estimate in a new report issued Thursday by the Arkansas Public Policy Panel.

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 5:18pm

New survey data shows Republican Mike Huckabee would beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Arkansas if both were their party’s respective nominees, and former Democratic Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe would lead incumbent GOP Sen. John Boozman under a hypothetical head-to-head match-up.

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 5:12pm


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