Thunderstorms sweeping through Arkansas flipped an 18-wheeler and damaged homes in the north-central portion of the state.
The National Weather Service said four people were reported injured Wednesday evening after a tornado hit Van Buren County. Tornado damage was reported at Botkinburg, Mount Olive, and Scotland, with a tractor-trailer flipped over near Botkinburg.
John Robinson of the National Weather Service said 30 homes were damaged in Van Buren County and that five people were injured. Three were treated at a hospital and released.
The Arkansas House is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to provide private health insurance coverage with federal money for low income Arkansans. The plan's implementation hinges on a tougher vote expected Friday.
The vote to enable the expansion is expected to pass the House with the needed 51 votes. Approval is easier than allowing the expansion to be funded, which takes a budget appropriation requiring 75 votes.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR 631 PM CDT WED APR 10 2013
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U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, a Democrat, says he would support a Republican planned filibuster of gun control legislation that is expected to reach the Senate floor Thursday.
Though some of his colleagues are negotiating over several compromise bills, Pryor says the current bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee is too broad and it’s not workable. He says the filibuster might extend the process so the legislation can be shaped by more lawmakers.