Inside the Arkansas House of Representatives. House Speaker Davy Carter has said the state's alternative Medicaid expansion plan will be an early topic of debate this fiscal session, as the state budget is largely dependant on it.
Arkansas lawmakers have several big issues ahead of them this fiscal legislative session. For its first day, Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas, stopped by the KUAR studios to share his thoughts on how the event might play out.
The private option, the future of tax cuts, funding for overcrowded jails, a looming election and ethics scandals are all on the list of topics.
Another winter storm system is heading toward Arkansas before relief from the cold, snow and ice is expected later in the week.
Meteorologist Chris Buonanno with the weather service in Little Rock said Sunday was expected to remain cloudy with temperatures in the 30s, but above freezing, before the next storm system arrives starting Monday afternoon.
Arkansas State Police say two people jumped into the Little Red River around 2 a.m. Saturday to avoid being hit during an accident and that one remains missing.
Spokesman Bill Sadler said troopers and emergency workers were searching downstream from an icy Interstate 30 bridge near Fulton in southwest Arkansas. He said three people were outside of their vehicles after an earlier crash and that a cargo truck jack-knifed and slid toward them.
Two people jumped into the water but only one was immediately recovered.
Winter storms are revealing a degree of vulnerability facing some of Arkansas's farms. Changes and support structures in the long-contested farm bill signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama may have a big impact in Arkansas where one in six jobs is tied to the state's largest industry – agriculture.
In his weekly radio address Governor Mike Beebe talked about some of the major challenges facing farmers in Arkansas.
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says a proposal to suspend a ban on fundraising during this year's legislative session will not go before representatives next week.
Carter on Friday said he didn't plan on convening the House for a caucus to consider allowing members to raise campaign money during the fiscal session. The House Rules Committee on Thursday recommended suspending the ban.
The House and Senate are set to convene Monday for a session focused primarily on the state's budget.