Arkansas Medicaid officials say the state will submit its request to use federal money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents by August.
Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers Thursday that the state would draft its waiver next month for the "private option" that lawmakers approved as an alternative to Medicaid expansion.
Selig said the state planned to submit the waiver to the federal government in August and hoped to get approval by October.
Two men who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in an election fraud case involving a former east Arkansas lawmaker have been sentenced to home confinement and probation.
Federal court records show that Phillip Wayne Carter was sentenced Wednesday to five months of home confinement. Sam Malone was sentenced Tuesday to 7.2 months of home confinement. Both men were also sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
Thursday the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet and vote on whether to allow permitted faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on its campuses throughout the state.
The Arkansas State University Board is also expected to vote on the matter Thursday.
The state legislature recently passed a law that gives colleges the choice, though all schools that have voted so far have opted out of allowing concealed weapons on campus.
The University of Arkansas is opening new office space in downtown Little Rock.
The new space, in the Metropolitan Tower, was provided by Flake & Kelley Commercial and Capitol Avenue Development Co.
The university says the office will be used by UA employees traveling to central Arkansas for university purposes. The university says the office will help UA have a greater presence in the Little Rock area, where many alumni and donors live, as well as prospective students.