President Barack Obama has nominated Circuit Judge Jay Moody to serve as a federal judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor announced the nomination Friday.
Moody has served as a circuit judge since 2003 for the Sixth Judicial District, which covers Pulaski and Perry counties.
He previously worked in private practice and is an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law.
Moody was nominated for the vacancy created by Judge Susan Webber Wright Carter assuming senior status.
Officials in Arkansas are to meet with the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma to discuss a recently discovered Indian village in northeast Arkansas where a $1.1 billion steel mill is to be built.
A tribal spokesman says next Wednesday's meeting in Osceola will be with Arkansas and Mississippi County economic development officials and the state archaeologist.
A U.S. senator is criticizing a decision to spend more than $24 million to market the new federal health care system in Arkansas.
Sen. John Boozman says that with the national debt at $17 trillion, the American people cannot afford what he called an "Obamacare ad blitz."
The Associated Press reported Thursday that $24 million will be spent on marketing in Arkansas - marking the second-highest amount per resident in the nation, behind West Virginia.
The National Weather Service says strong to severe thunderstorms are possible Friday throughout parts of Arkansas.
Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for the western half of Arkansas through Friday night.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are predicted, along with large hail and damaging winds in some areas.
The weather service says much cooler temperatures are expected over the weekend after the storm system moves out.
A Little Rock television station is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a rare case of parasitic meningitis in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Times announced Thursday it will begin charging for access to the digital offerings on its web site.
Federal officials are proposing $170,000 in fines for a Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant at De Queen, alleging 11 safety violations.
Community health clinics, which provide services to the neediest Arkansans, are objecting to one aspect of the private option.
At a hearing Thursday, the leaders of several clinics told state lawmakers that a waiver included in the plan will cut into reimbursements so deeply that some won’t be able to stay open.
But some Republicans dispute whether they will indeed be affected.
Little Rock's city manager says he is happy that a magazine has named Arkansas' capital as the best small or mid-sized American city in which to live.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine cited Little Rock for having good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care.
The citation will be in the magazine's September issue.
Arkansas legislators are to hear from state officials about putting elements of the federal health overhaul in place in Arkansas.
The Public Health Committee is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for open enrollment.
The state is expanding health insurance coverage to about 500,000 more people who are to be insured through an insurance exchange.
Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford is to discuss his receipt of letters from five companies who intend to offer plans in the insurance exchange.