A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would create an inspector general to investigate fraud and abuse in Arkansas' Medicaid program.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday endorsed the proposal by Republican Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock that would authorize the governor to appoint an inspector general for the joint federal-state program.
The inspector general would report directly to the governor's office.
Sanders' proposal now heads to the full Senate for a vote.
UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity held a conference Thursday to discuss the current status of racial attitudes towards the criminal justice system and incarceration in Little Rock.
Every year, the Institute for Race and Ethnicity conducts a survey concerning race perceptions and relations in the Little Rock area. This year, the survey aims to look at the growing issue of crime within the city and how race affects perception.
The Republican sponsor of legislation that would require Arkansas voters to show photo identification at the polls and the Republican state House speaker are clashing over the delay of an attempt to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill.
Republican Sen. Bryan King accused Speaker Davy Carter of unnecessarily delaying the override vote on Thursday. Carter said the override attempt was pushed back to next week because of a long afternoon of votes the chamber faced on other issues.
The state Senate voted 21-12 to override on Wednesday.
Historic photographs from the Civil War-era will be on display at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock from Friday through June 15th. Dan Noble with the library says the 70 high-quality images take viewers on a journey through various aspects of war.
Do you have something to say about design proposals the Broadway Bridge?
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will conduct a design public hearing to present and discuss the proposed design of the Highway 70 Arkansas River Bridge, also known as the Broadway Bridge, tonight (March 28) at the Arkansas Transit Association, 620 W. Broadway St., North Little Rock.
The public is invited to stop by anytime from 4 and 7 p.m. during the open house to view the exhibits, ask questions and share their comments and concerns.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services says the state would save $670 million over 10 years under a plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for newly eligible recipients.
The agency released the numbers on Wednesday. DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb says the savings compare to not expanding Medicaid.
House Speaker Davy Carter said Wednesday he was still reviewing the report but called the cost estimates for the private option "favorable" and said they appeared to show that it would be a good financial decision for the state.
The Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State Red Wolves won't be meeting up on the football field any time soon now that a panel of state lawmakers shot down a proposal that would have required the matchup.
A proposal to require the two teams to face each other for a one-time game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to raise money for charity was rejected Wednesday by a House committee.
The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a resolution today to reaffirm state constitutional amendment 83. The largely symbolic vote on HR 1049 came as the Supreme Court considers cases this week on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Amendment 83, which was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004, banned recognition of same-sex unions in Arkansas.