The attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot measure that would allow voters to decide whether Arkansas can use federal Medicaid dollars to offer private insurance to thousands of low-income residents.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday certified the proposed referendum submitted by tea party activist Glenn Gallas on the "private option" law approved earlier this year. McDaniel's certification clears the way for supporters to start gathering the 46,880 signatures needed to place the measure on next year's ballot.
Federal and state authorities say 23 people have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in western Arkansas.
US Attorney Conner Eldridge in Fort Smith announced the indictments Tuesday with officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Homeland Security; Sebastian County Sheriff's Office; and police departments in Fort Smith and Van Buren.
Authorities say the crimes occurred in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and California.
A second Democrat also entered the race for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor today: Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry.
If elected, the 59-year-old would be the first woman to serve in that post and the first African-American elected to statewide office. Curry says it’s time for more women, minorities, and working class people to be in state government.
She says she will focus on education, the workforce, the economy, and issues surrounding the health of Arkansans.
A pre-trial hearing is set for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a teenager who was suspected in a burglary.
Attorneys on Tuesday are to discuss various motions that are pending ahead of a trial that's scheduled next week for Josh Hastings.
Hastings was fired in October after Chief Stuart Thomas concluded Hastings violated department policies related to a June 25 burglary and the Aug. 12 shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr. Hastings has pleaded not guilty.