Hundreds of children from central Arkansas are expected for Little Rock's annual fishing derby at a downtown park.
The city's Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its 28th annual Fishing Derby on Thursday at MacArthur Park that is open to children ages 6 to 15. It will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Young anglers are only allowed to use cane poles during the derby. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is stocking the pond.
Arkansas's four congressmen have voted for proposals to delay implementing two key parts of the federal health care law.
Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack on Wednesday voted for proposals that would delay the implementation of the employer and individual mandates of the federal health care law.
Griffin had introduced the bill on the employer mandate, which codified the Obama administration decision to delay for a year the requirement that businesses provide insurance or face a penalty.
A Sebastian County Circuit Court judge is expected to rule next week on a request for a gag order and to seal investigative records in the case of a man charged with using a machete to kill two Fort Smith men.
The Southwest Times Record reported Wednesday that a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
The nation's drug policy adviser to the White House is to address an Arkansas forum on prescription drug abuse.
Drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske is to speak Thursday at the summit in Little Rock. During the spring, Kerlikowske announced a change in focus to the nation's way of addressing persistent drug addiction problems.
Senator John Boozman says both Democrats and Republicans are working together to resolve the Student Loan interest rate increase on federal Stafford loans. He says a bipartisan group consisting of two Democrats, an Independent, and three Republicans have come together to come to a long-term agreement.