LITTLE ROCK – With a December deadline looming to recommend changes to the Arkansas Private Option, which uses federal dollars to provide insurance coverage to low-income Arkansans through private insurers, the Arkansas Health Care Reform Task Force met at the State Capital on Tuesday to review some options for those changes.
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LITTLE ROCK — With Congress recessed for the holidays, Republican 2nd District Congressman French Hill spoke to the Little Rock Political Animals Club Tuesday, addressing issues ranging from the Syrian refugee situation to new House Speaker Paul Ryan to increasing bipartisan cooperation in the House, which he said is beginning to ease the gridlock that plagued lawmakers for several years.
LITTLE ROCK — Two legislators have asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to oppose any attempt to modify the state’s highway funding formula, saying cities and counties would suffer if the amounts they receive were to be reduced.
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson returns from his China trip late Tuesday, following the signing of a letter of intent on Monday between the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and China’s Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co. Ltd (Sun Paper), bringing a proposed paper mill for Arkansas a step closer to reality.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The USS Hoga, a tugboat that saw action at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, on Monday became the second World War II vessel to be docked at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock. The USS Razorback, a submarine that was present in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to the U.S., was added to the Museum in 2004 and opened to the public in 2005.
WASHINGTON — The House last week approved legislation to require tighter screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to enter the United States out of fear that ISIS might try to exploit the current program that has allowed 2,174 Syrian refugees to come to the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.
LITTLE ROCK — Homelessness is declining in Arkansas, but homelessness among veterans in the state has increased, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Ethics Commission voted Friday to fine and issue a letter of caution to a Marion man who ran unsuccessfully for a state legislative seat last year.
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday dismissed a complaint that alleged a Pine Bluff School Board member was interfering with the day-to-day operations of schools in the district.
LITTLE ROCK — Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing across the state this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.