Planned Parenthood Asks Judge To Expand Arkansas Case

Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to expand a ruling that temporarily blocked Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid payments for three patients.
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Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to expand a ruling that temporarily blocked Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid payments for three patients.

The number of Arkansans removed from the state Medicaid rolls has increased by 51 in the past week, but the number reinstated has increased by 2,734.

That’s according to figures supplied Monday by Amy Webb, Department of Human Services spokesperson, following a meeting of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committees.

A Montgomery County police officer has helped save the life of a 9-month-old girl on Interstate 270.

Officer James Hermon says he was conducting a traffic stop Sunday afternoon when a man ran up to him with an infant, screaming that the baby was not breathing. The baby's skin appeared to have turned slightly blue.

Hermon cradled the girl in his arms and performed CPR. The infant, identified as Kenzlee Mae Cushman of West Virginia, soon regained consciousness and coloring.

Tom Cotton
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The nominations of three people selected to serve as foreign ambassadors were put on hold by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, after the state’s junior senator called on the Department of Homeland Security to investigate Secret Service background leaks involving Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a candidate for House Speaker.

Cotton placed the hold on Cassandra Butts, who was nominated for ambassador to the Bahamas; Azita Raji, for ambassador to Sweden; and Samuel Heins, for ambassador to Norway.

Arkansas' prison system says that an agreement to tell condemned inmates the source of its execution drugs isn't technically a contract and that a judge should dismiss a lawsuit challenging a new death penalty law.

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Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Half of Arkansans believe the condition of the state’s roads is “a major problem that deserves attention,” but 64% oppose raising motor fuels taxes to address it, according to a poll by Americans for Prosperity.

Forty-five percent strongly oppose a motor fuels tax increase, and half said a legislator’s support for an increase would make them less likely to vote for him or her. The group, which supports smaller government and lower taxes, surveyed 500 voters by phone, 30% of those by cell, Sept. 22-24.

Arron Michael Lewis

A pre-trial hearing for man accused of kidnapping and killing a realtor last year has been postponed so an expert can review results of a mental exam. 

Arron Lewis was charged in Beverly Carter's disappearance and death.

A half-dozen law officers escorted him into court Monday for a brief appearance.

Fresh from returning from a Cuban trade mission with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, lawmakers, agricultural leaders, and other state business and political advisors, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward shared his thoughts on the trip.

While the Arkansas delegation didn’t find Cuba stocked with Fortune 500 business leaders, Ward said “it wasn’t abject poverty like some might assume.”

Arkansas has filed its notice to appeal a decision from a federal judge that blocked the state from suspending Medicaid funding for three women who sued over the state's cancellation of its contract with Planned Parenthood.

Some Osceola officials are upset with the way several justices of the peace have apparently handled the process of consolidating Mississippi County's two seats.

The Jonesboro Sun reports County Judge Randy Carney and several members of the Mississippi County Quorum Court began moving forward with plans to consolidate the county's two courthouses into one larger courthouse in Blythe.


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