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5:42 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas Lawyer Wanted For Manslaughter Turns Self In

Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

A Hot Springs lawyer who faces manslaughter charges in a man's death from two years ago has surrendered to police.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 36-year-old Andrea Davis has turned herself in to police Thursday.

Davis will remain in custody until her first appearance in Garland County District Court set for Friday.

Davis and her brother Matthew Davis are charged in the Feb. 29, 2012, shooting death of Maxwell Anderson at Andrea Davis' residence.

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5:26 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Study: 1 Out Of Every 65 Arkansas Kids Diagnosed With Autism

A new report shows a sharp increase in the number of Arkansas kids being diagnosed with autism.

The study released Thursday says one in every 65 eight-year-olds have the disorder, which is characterized by impaired social interaction and restricted behaviors. The estimate is based on data from 2010.

Eight years earlier, one in every 145 kids at that age in Arkansas were considered to be autistic.

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3:44 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas Health Care Exchange Enrollment Falling Below Target

Arkansas officials say more than 33,500 people have signed up for the health insurance exchange set up under the federal health law, well below the numbers they hoped to see before the enrollment deadline next week.

State officials on Thursday said the signup for the exchange, a marketplace where consumers can select health plans, has lagged in comparison to enrollments in the state's "private option" compromise Medicaid expansion.

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12:19 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas GOP Asks To Intervene In Voter ID Lawsuit

The Arkansas Republican Party wants to intervene in a Pulaski County lawsuit over how absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law, arguing that the Democratic attorney general can't properly represent GOP voters.

The GOP on Wednesday asked to help defend a state panel that is being sued by the Pulaski County Election Commission for voting to allow absentee voters additional time to present photo identification if they don't include proof with their absentee ballots.

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11:34 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Judge Delays Second Trial for Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner

Martha Shoffner leaving court earlier this month after her conviction on bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A federal judge is delaying until December the trial of former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges that she used campaign funds for clothing, cosmetics and other personal items.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Thursday granted Shoffner's motion to continue her trial on 10 counts of mail fraud, which had originally been scheduled for March 31. The trial is now set to begin Dec. 1.

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9:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas Consumers To Receive E-Books Settlement

Arkansas' attorney general says some consumers who purchased electronic books will begin receiving account credits or checks this week following a settlement with five of the nation's largest e-book publishers.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says about $1 million will be distributed through credits or direct payments to Arkansas consumers. McDaniel has issued a consumer alert to let eligible Arkansans know about the coming restitution.

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9:02 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Film On History Of Spring Training In Hot Springs

Officials in Hot Springs are marking the start of work by a documentary filmmaker who is to depict the history of spring training baseball in the Spa City.

Documentarian Larry Foley is to discuss the project at a Thursday event. The film is to show the city's role as a spring training site in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Starting in 1886 and into the 1940s, teams that included the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Highlanders - later the New York Yankees - got ready for the season in Hot Springs.

Local & Regional News
8:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option'

Arkansas lawmakers are discussing the progress of the compromise on Medicaid expansion that they just reauthorized for another year.

The House and Senate public health committees were scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the "private option" plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. Approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health overhaul, the program was reauthorized by the Legislature during the session that ended earlier this month.

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5:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

In Governor's Race, Ross Criticizes Hutchinson Over Impeachment Role

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.

Ross told The Associated Press it's up to voters to decide whether impeachment will be an issue in the race for Arkansas' top office this year. He cited it as the difference between his service in Washington and Hutchinson's.

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5:33 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Ethics Complaint Dismissed Against Arkansas Securities Commissioner

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure and the corporate headquarters for Stephens Inc.
Credit Arkansas Business

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure has been cleared of any ethical violations after a complaint was filed by Little Rock-based investment firm Stephens Incorporated.

But now the company’s top lawyer says there ought to be a law against what the commissioner did.

Arkansas Business Editor Gwen Moritz has been following the ongoing allegations being fired back and forth between the Abshure and Stephens.

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