The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit the state from awarding grants to abortion providers, a move aimed at cutting off money Planned Parenthood receives for sex education.
The Senate voted 19-11 Tuesday for the bill that would ban the state from awarding grants to abortion providers or entities that refer women to abortion providers. The proposal would not affect Medicaid money.
Planned Parenthood officials say the bill could affect doctors and entities such as rape crisis centers if they refer women to abortion providers.
Amtrak announced Tuesday that ridership is the highest it has ever been in the railroad’s history. October, December and January set individual records and in the past 6 months ridership has grown by one percent.
Spokesman Mark Magliani says they have been struggling with capacity issues, but are working to add stops and routes.
This first stage of development costs about $67 million and included extensive renovations to the ticket lobby, a state-of-the-art baggage system, and renaming the airport to honor the legacy of the former president and the former secretary of state.
Airport Commission Chairman Kay Kelley Arnold says the Clintons are expected to attend the official dedication ceremony on May 3.
Republican Representative John Burris of Harrison told his colleagues in the Arkansas House on Monday that the state could be an example to other states of how to overhaul Medicaid if it approves a new private option of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The House met Monday specifically to discuss a bill that would allow the state to expand health coverage through private insurance for roughly 250,000 Arkansans who make up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money.
Arkansas House lawmakers on Monday overwhelmingly approved Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to provide $125 million in state financing for the construction of a new steel mill in the northeast corner of the state.
Lawmakers voted 78-17 for a bill authorizing Arkansas to issue bonds to provide a loan and pay some construction costs of a $1.1 billion steel facility in Osceola. The Senate has already approved identical legislation to authorize Big River Steel's project and its funding.
The suspect of a Sunday night’s shooting at Scott Hamilton Drive is still on the run.
The Little Rock Police Department says at around 10 p.m. officers found a Hispanic male laying outside a trailer home, the victim then died at UAMS hospital at around 2 a.m. Monday morning.
Sergeant Cassandra Davis, with the city’s police department, said, “The investigation is continuing. We are trying to develop suspect and look at the crime scene to determine exactly what occur there at 8510 Scott Hamilton Drive.”