Federal pipeline safety officials have issued a corrective action order to ExxonMobil after one of the company's pipelines ruptured last week in central Arkansas.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order Tuesday after ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured Friday in the small city of Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.
An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a proposal to cut taxes on manufacturers in the state.
The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Tuesday voted to approve the measure, sending it to the full House for consideration. The bill would reduce the sales and use taxes on natural gas and electricity used by manufacturers.
State finance officials estimate that the proposal will decrease state revenue by about $14 million next year and roughly $25 million in subsequent years.
Arkansas has received written approval from the Department of Health and Human Services to forge a new plan to expand health insurance in the state.
Governor Mike Beebe released a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday that said the state should move forward on its loose plan to expand private health insurance coverage with federal money available through the Affordable Care Act.
Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes in Mayflower, Arkansas, on Sunday, March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil ruptured on Friday causing the evacuation of about two dozen homes.
Former Congressman Mike Ross (D) dropped another huge clue that he plans to run for Arkansas Governor in 2014.
In an email sent Tuesday (April 2) to employees at Southwest Power Pool – where he took a Government Affairs post in January 2013 after ending his near decade in Congress – Ross said he was resigning his post.
“I wanted you to know that after much thought I have resigned as an officer and senior vice president at Southwest Power Pool to pursue another opportunity in public service,” he said.
Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.
Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.