Gov. Mike Beebe is asking Arkansas electric cooperative officials to support funding for the expansion of Medicaid in Arkansas that will be considered by lawmakers beginning in February.
Beebe spoke Monday at the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Directors Winter Conference in Little Rock. He said Arkansas' private option to expand Medicaid freed enough money for about $100 million in tax cuts during the last legislative session.
A judge will hear oral arguments next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new lethal injection law. Court records show that arguments are scheduled for Jan. 17 in Little Rock.
Nine death row inmates are suing the state over an execution law that legislators enacted this year. That new law came about after the state Supreme Court struck down the previous one in 2012, saying legislators had ceded too much control over execution procedures to correction officials.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Gov. Mike Beebe's declaration of a state of emergency because of winter storms crossing the state has triggered state laws intended to protect consumers during an emergency.
McDaniel says Thursday's declaration triggers a state law that prohibits businesses from raising prices more than 10 percent, with certain exceptions. Businesses may exceed the 10-percent cap if they can establish that the higher price is directly related to added expenses such as costs imposed by a supplier or because of higher labor and materials costs.