Arkansas lawmakers have advanced legislation aimed at cutting off public funding to Planned Parenthood. The organization says the move could also cut off money to doctors, rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed the proposal by Republican Senator Gary Stubblefield of Branch that would ban the state from awarding grants to entities that perform abortions or abortion referrals.
The state's largest business lobbying organization is joining advocates in urging Arkansas lawmakers to approve extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the country illegally.
The head of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas on Wednesday announced his group is backing the proposal by Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott to grant in-state tuition rates anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.
KUAR News contacted an FAA spokesman about the restrictions. He did not want his comments recorded but said the restrictions apply to aircraft flying at 1,000 feet or less, like news media helicopters and local aircraft.
The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has allayed Governor Mike Beebe’s initial concerns about the recent pipeline rupture and oil spill in Mayflower. The Governor spoke today with Cynthia Quarterman, head of the agency which runs under the Department of Transportation.
An Arkansas House Committee passed a proposal Wednesday to offer $125 million to a steel company to locate in the state.
The House Agriculture and Economic Development Commission advanced on a voice vote a bill that would give the state the authority to use state money for economic development to provide infrastructure, training and tax credits for Big River Steel, which would be located in Osceola.
State Economic Development Director Grant Tennille told lawmakers the plan isn’t without risk, but whether it fails or not, would be an economic benefit to the state.
Lawmakers are meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss bill to expand private health insurance coverage for people with income 138 % below the Federal Property Level.
Senator Jonathan Dismang, (Rep) from Beebe is the sponsor for one bill to expand coverage.
"There's a lot of discussion that individuals want to have about the actuarial study that was released last week. So my understanding is we're trying to simplified those spread sheets so it's more understandable and the folks from DHS will be on hand to help answer questions,” said Dismang.
Arkansas State Police say a Bryant police officer shot and killed a man while investigating a burglary alarm.
State police say two officers responded to the burglary call late Tuesday at Fred's Store on Arkansas 5 in Bryant. Authorities say gunfire erupted between an officer and a man who was in a fenced area along the west side of the building.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. State police say the officer was injured in the shooting and taken to a Little Rock hospital, where he was treated and released.