Lawyers for three Little Rock-area school districts, the state of Arkansas and groups of patrons have filed formal court papers seeking an end to a 31-year-old desegregation lawsuit.
Lawyers for the state say the settlement should be accepted because all parties are backing it. They say a remedy that parties agree with is better than one where the parties "must be dragged kicking and screaming."
As part of efforts to commemorate National Adoption Day, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Pulaski County Court held a celebration in honor of the 13 children and their newly adoptive families.
The passing of the so called “nuclear option” in the US Senate Thursday drew opposition from both of Arkansas' Senators. The rule change allows for executive and judicial nominees, other than Supreme Court justices, to be confirmed by a simple majority rather than the previous requirement of 60 votes.
Although Senator Mark Pryor voted to consider the change, he was ultimately one of only three Democrats to vote against the measure.
More than 58,000 Arkansans have enrolled for coverage under the state's newly expanded Medicaid program, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. That's more than a quarter of the 250,000 candidates, who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty rate.
Eligible residents are also able to purchase subsidized insurance through a new health marketplace, which was established in October.
According to DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb, the latest numbers indicate a positive reaction from consumers.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a judge's decision barring a man's same-sex partner from staying overnight when his son visits.
In a split decision Thursday, the Supreme Court didn't address the issue of constitutionality but sent the case back to a Pulaski County judge to determine what's best for the child involved in John Moix's case.
The judge had ruled that Moix's partner cannot be present at his home when his son is visiting overnight, citing a policy of prohibiting unmarried cohabitation in the presence of a child.
75 jobs are being created with the opening of a furniture manufacturing plant in Morrilton. Governor Mike Beebe took part in the announcement Thursday morning.
Vinh Long, which is based in Vietnam, says it will invest five million dollars to renovate an existing facility that had housed a Bosch factory. The company supplies furniture and kitchen cabinets to Ikea and other retailers.
Hiring will begin in the spring, with the plant opening next the summer.
Company officials said Arkansas is a good location because it has a sustainable supply of raw materials.