A circuit judge from Little Rock has won Senate confirmation to become a federal judge, but that comes with the complication of his father having to exit his post as a U.S. district judge.
The Senate voted 95-4 on Tuesday to confirm Judge James "Jay" Moody Jr. to preside in the Eastern District of Arkansas. His father, U.S. District Judge James Moody, announced earlier he'd retire if his son was confirmed.
The sitting judge's office said he was still on the bench as of Tuesday.
The Arkansas House of Representatives meets today. Lawmakers have lots of appropriation bills – which continue funding for various programs and agencies – awaiting their approval. They are all held up by the state's “private option,” its Medicaid expansion compromise.
Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux says the four staff members in the lieutenant governor's office will resign in June after the position was left vacant following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr.
Lamoureux said Monday that the staff told him they will resign effective June 30 and that it was their idea to step aside. He says the employees are now searching for other jobs.
Governor Mike Beebe is expressing optimism that Arkansas’s plan to provide low-income residents with private health insurance using federal Medicaid dollars will be reapproved by the state legislature. Beebe is in our nation’s Capitol for a National Governor’s Association Conference. There, Arkansas’s private option alternative to Medicaid Expansion is receiving attention as state lawmakers here attempt to overcome a small minority who oppose the program.
Country music legend Loretta Lynn is scheduled to perform during the 2014 Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University.
ASU said Monday that Lynn will be joined by fellow Country Music Hall of Famers Reba McEntire and Bobby Bare at the event on Aug. 15. Singer and comedian Mark Lowry is to host the event at the Convocation Center on the ASU campus in Jonesboro.
Lynn - considered by many the "Queen of Country Music" - has hits dating back more than 50 years, including the biographical "Coal Miner's Daughter."
Three of the nine students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957 are speaking in the area this week.
Two will be at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City Monday. The university says Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts are scheduled to speak during an event titled "History Speaks: Little Rock Nine" on Monday. The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the university's Hardeman Auditorium.