Insurers seek higher rates; Hutchinson administration skeptical

LITTLE ROCK — Four of the five health insurance providers that will offer plans in Arkansas through the individual health insurance marketplace in 2017 are seeking rate increases of more than 10 percent, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s administration is not convinced the proposed hikes are justified.

Senate approves bill to rename Perryville post office

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Senate on Friday approved and sent to the president’s desk legislation to rename a Perryville post office in honor of an Arkansas native who was the first American prisoner of war killed during the Vietnam War.

Boozman seeks to protect officer training, have child’s skull buried

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., on Friday introduced five proposed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, including one to protect training programs for Army Reserve officers and one to require burial of a child’s skull now on display in a museum.



Guest commentary: Investing in jobs, low-cost clean energy, communities

Oklahoma is blessed with some of the strongest wind resources in the country. Homes and businesses in Arkansas and other states in the region need energy supplies that are clean, affordable and reliable. Congestion on the existing transmission grid makes it difficult to move energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Arkansas and further south and east. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project is necessary so that Oklahoma can reap the benefits of its great energy resources and Arkansas and other states can gain access to those resources at an economic scale. Investing in clean energy infrastructure will create jobs, foster growth in local communities and ultimately improve the quality of life in Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states.

Great Promise, Great Challenge

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was elected the 54th Speaker of the House this past Thursday. Ryan took the gavel from Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who had been pressured to resign the post by the ultra-conservatives in the party.

PATE: A job not done and not well

I’ve been a bit out of sorts lately. It’s not that good things don’t happen to me every day, but life’s little travails just seem to have come in a big pack in recent times. As I’ve gotten older, I deal with setbacks better than I would have a few years ago. It’s like picking out splinters — after you’ve done it a couple hundred times, you develop a technique, but you probably don’t want any more practice.