The Little Rock School District says associate Superintendent Marvin Burton has been selected as interim superintendent of the district.
The school system said Tuesday that Burton will take over on Friday - after the resignation of current Superintendent Morris Holmes goes into effect.
The district says Burton will serve only until summer when Holmes' successor - Dexter Suggs - takes the job. Burton is the associate superintendent for secondary schools and has been with the district since 1989 as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute told lawmakers Tuesday that abandoning plans to partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange would both benefit the state and reduce the power of the Affordable Care Act.
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute says Arkansas lawmakers should avoid as much state responsibility involved with the federal Affordable Care Act as possible.
The health policy expert from the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting free market principles, spoke with lawmakers Tuesday in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee to discuss the state’s options regarding what to do with its health insurance exchange.
State Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson praised the Medicaid expansion provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a telephonic townhall Tuesday night sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Whether or not to accept an expansion of the low-income health insurance program to people making up to 138 percent of the poverty level is currently being debated in the state general assembly.
The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to remove the governor's emergency power to regulate guns during a disaster.
The House approved the bill on a 78-9 vote Tuesday.
The governor currently has the authority during a disaster or emergency to suspend or limit the sale, distribution and transportation of firearms. The governor also has enhanced powers to regulate alcohol, explosives, and combustibles.
An Arkansas legislative panel has approved a proposal to allow certain relatives of victims to attend executions.
The Arkansas House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed a measure that would allow some adult relatives of victims to watch executions in person. Current law says adult relatives of victims can watch executions on a closed-circuit TV.
Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Dina Tyler has spoken out against the proposal filed by Republican Sen. Bart Hester of Cave Springs.
Soybean growers in Arkansas are preparing for a possible invasion by an insect that’s damaging crops throughout the South.
The kudzu bug sucks sap from soybean plants, weakening and stunting the plant's growth. The tiny flying insects have already caused up to 20 percent yield losses in some untreated soybean fields in North Carolina.
Gus Lorenz, with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says stopping the pests can be difficult.