It says more Arkansas children are likely to receive immunizations than they were seven years ago but notes children need better access to mental health services, more nutritious meals, and consistent health education.
The report is put together by a partnership of health care providers, state agencies, and other health organizations.
A former University of Central Arkansas administrator remains free on bond pending an appeal after a jury convicted him of six counts of commercial burglary.
The jury in Van Buren County recommended Wednesday that former UCA chief of staff Jack Gillean serve three years in prison. Earlier in the day, the jury deliberated about an hour and a half before convicting Gillean on the felony counts.
Prosecutors accused Gillean of giving master keys to a student so the student could break into professors' offices to steal tests.
Now that Pulaski County voters have overwhelmingly rejected a measure for a property tax increase to generate $11 million annually for Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, the school's president says she will be assessing the college's financial future.
Voters turned back the measure by a 3-to-1 margin.
The guilty jury verdict announced late Tuesday in the case of former Treasurer Martha Shoffner vindicated for some a year-long investigation. Shoffner was found guilty on all 14 counts of extortion and bribery and faces up to 20 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer’s office sought the indictment and prosecuted the case. Thyer said the severity of Shoffner’s sentence is still being determined.
The state legislature held its penultimate session Wednesday with each chamber approving each other’s version of the $5 billion budget bill known as the Revenue Stabilization Act. Members of the House informally commemorated the ending of the session by spending time roasting each other.
A remark by Republican David Branscum commented on the difficulty of picking up just a few votes to pass the private option.
Officials have delayed the opening of Fort Smith's $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum until 2017.
The U.S. Marshals Museum Board initially planned to open the museum in 2016, but museum president and CEO Jim Dunn says it will take longer to build the 50,000-square-foot building along the Arkansas River.
Groundbreaking for the facility is still set for Sept. 24.
Meanwhile, the museum says a gift from the widow of the late Lt. Gov. Winthrop Paul Rockefeller will fund a three-year lecture series at the museum .
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department faced scrutiny Tuesday after miles long, overnight traffic problems last week as a result of winter storms in east Arkansas.
A committee hearing was called after several state lawmakers and Governor Mike Beebe chastised the highway department’s response to the onslaught of sleet, ice, and snow that covered much of northeast Arkansas.