A Republican lawmaker who was one of the key supporters of a plan to use federal Medicaid money to provide private insurance to thousands of low-income residents will lead the state Senate in the 2015 legislative session.
Sen. Jonathan Dismang of Beebe was elected Monday to lead the 35-member Senate in the 90th General Assembly that begins in 2015.
Dismang was the only candidate running for the Senate president pro tem position.
Dismang has served in the state Senate since 2011 and served a term in the House before then.
Lawmakers in both the Arkansas House and Senate will wrap up with their final vote on the state’s budget on Tuesday. Each chamber voted on identical versions of the budget today Monday.
The state’s budget for its fiscal year that begins July 1st and ends June 30th of 2014 is 4.9 billion dollars and includes increases for the state’s Medicaid program and education, as well as a 2 percent cost of living raise for state employees. It passed by a vote of 80-15 in the House.
The editor of the Benton County Republican Committee is apologizing for approving an article by her husband that mentioned the threat of shooting legislators who voted for the "private option" insurance expansion.
Leigh Nogy said Monday that her husband, Chris Nogy, didn't literally suggest murdering elected officials.
And she says she didn't perceive that his writing would bring such strong criticism from within and outside the Arkansas Republican Party.
Three bridges spanning the Arkansas River across downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock will be illuminated by year’s end thanks to a $2.4 million gift from Entergy Arkansas and an assorted group of businesses and governmental entities.
The announcement was made Monday morning by Entergy Arkansas President Hugh McDonald and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola.
McDonald said the gift is part of a celebration of the electric company’s 100th anniversary in Arkansas. ”This project is very much in line with what we do – light things up,” he said.
No major flight delays are being reported at Arkansas airports on Monday as furloughs kick in for air traffic controllers. Flights were running smoothly Monday morning at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill.
Government budget cuts forced the Federal Aviation Administration to furlough its employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. Sunday was the first day the controllers were subject to the furloughs, which require workers to lose one day of work every other week.
Kmart says some customer information may have been compromised during an armed robbery of its store in Little Rock last month. Kmart said Monday that it's notifying pharmacy customers about the March 17 robbery.
The company says the gunman took "electronic media" that backed up the pharmacy's computer system. Kmart says the device included confidential information, including a customer's name, address, date of birth, prescription number, prescriber and drug name.
The chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee joined Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas for a tour of the oil spill cleanup site at Mayflower northwest of Little Rock and both said they believe ExxonMobil is doing everything possible to clean up the site.
Republican U.S. Representative Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania joined Griffin for the tour Sunday. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower on March 29th and spilled thousands of barrels of oil.