A federal judge has turned down a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner for him to appoint her hand-picked lawyer to represent her in her appeal of her corruption convictions.
Shoffner was convicted last month on 14 bribery and extortion counts. She filed court papers saying her trial exhausted her financial resources and asked U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes to appoint one of her lawyers as a government-paid defender.
This week’s nationwide release of data on doctors’ Medicare billing fees has many cheering the cause of making the costs associated with healthcare more transparent. The release also heralds a future of greater transparency as to how healthcare is delivered and assessed, according to Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.
In Arkansas, numbers show oncologists, ophthalmologists and ambulance services tend to receive the most in Medicare payments. Thompson said he welcomes the greater transparency in healthcare costs but warns that the numbers could be taken out of context.
The Arkansas Attorney General’s office filed a notice of appeal Friday to uphold the state law passed last year restricting abortions after 12 weeks. The law had been blocked from going into effect by federal judge Susan Wright and last month she struck down most provisions of the act. State Senator Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) sponsored the legislation and spoke at the Capitol with other Republican legislators Friday applauding the decision to appeal.
Infants who are born prematurely can spend anywhere from one day to six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In that time, parents can build a very strong bond with hospital staff.
This weekend UAMS will be reuniting some parents, their children and the staffers who cared for them.
Nurse Diane Rushin said she understands the sadness of parents who have to leave their babies in the unit.
An Oklahoma City girl has sold a 3.85-carat diamond she found at an Arkansas park for $20,000.
Tana Clymer told television station KWTV that she plans to use the money from the recent sale of the yellow diamond to help pay for college.
She found the diamond last October while hunting for gems with her family at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark. Clymer says she couldn't believe her good luck and asked her father if she was dreaming.
A rally is set for Friday afternoon at the state capitol, with a range of speakers objecting to what’s being called the mass incarceration of citizens in the U.S. It comes as Arkansas is dealing with a record prison population and state lawmakers continue reevaluating how offenders are sentenced.
The Arkansas Education Board has agreed to take over the Lee County School District, which has been cited for having academic and financial problems.
The board voted on Thursday to remove the district's school board after a report by a three-person committee that studied academic performance issues at the district.
Lee County school officials have come under criticism for low student achievement levels, failure to dismiss underperforming faculty and class scheduling management that jeopardizes student graduation.