Maintenance crews are working to restore power to multiple homes after severe weather swept through the state Wednesday evening, officials said Thursday.
The cold front produced a series of thunderstorms and tornadoes across several portions of Arkansas, leaving more than 10,000 residents without power. The outages were caused primarily by lightning and high winds that accompanied the storms, which subsided by Thursday morning.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee says he believes Arkansas lawmakers should delay voting on a proposal to tap federal Medicaid money to buy private health care insurance for low-income residents.
Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway told reporters he believes lawmakers should recess for about three weeks to brief the public on the "private option" proposal being considered as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.