The Arkansas Department of Health says it's received several reports of people posing as fraudulent restaurant inspectors.
The health department says some restaurants have received phone calls from entities claiming to be state inspectors who want to schedule restaurant inspections. In some cases, restaurants were asked to call a certain telephone number.
CHI St. Vincent says it will cut 157 positions system-wide after its acquisition of a hospital and clinic in Hot Springs.
The company announced Thursday that the job reductions include 91 layoffs, with the remainder of cuts occurring by leaving vacant jobs unfilled. The company acquired the 282-bed Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs in April.
State Senate Minority Leader Keith Ingram pressured election officials Thursday to resolve an imbalance in how counties performed in the first statewide test of 2013’s voter ID. The Democrat from West Memphis said he wants to see a more robust effort to coordinate best practices between counties but has so far mostly seen inaction.
“With 1,000 Arkansas voters that were disenfranchised in the primary and the possibility of up to 5,000 being disenfranchised that is troubling to me and I would think it would be troubling to the Secretary of State’s office,” said Ingram.
Whirlpool Corp. is being given 30 extra days to install devices to test for toxic vapors in a Fort Smith neighborhood near the company's former plant that closed in June 2012.
The Times Record reports that Whirlpool asked the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for 60 additional days because access to perform the monitoring had not been granted by some property owners.
ADEQ Hazardous Waste Division Chief Tammie Hynum told Whirlpool that it should document and submit all efforts it has made to secure access.
Some legislators are continuing to push to add legislation limiting the types of lottery games to the special session set to convene Monday. Earlier this year the Arkansas Lottery Commission approved adding video monitor games to bolster declining revenue and scholarship amounts despite objections from an oversight committee.
Senator Bill Sample of Hot Springs said the proposed style of lottery game exceeds what was intended when the scholarship lottery began 2009.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out nine of the 10 contempt violations a judge issued to an attorney who represented a former Little Rock police officer in a manslaughter trial over the shooting death of a teenager.
Justices on Thursday reversed all but one of the violations and fines that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen levied against Bill James in last year's trial of Joshua Hastings.
Prosecutors in April dropped the felony manslaughter charge against Hastings after two previous mistrials.
State officials are considering the comments of environmentalists and representatives of utility companies for what steps to take to lower Arkansas’s carbon emission rates as directed under new federal rules. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission Wednesday held its first in a series of meetings looking at how to meet Environmental Protection Agency goals.
Bestselling author James Patterson has given more money for scholarships for education students at the University of Arkansas.
The university announced Wednesday that Patterson has created an additional eight teacher-education scholarships at UA. Last year, the author established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship for eight incoming freshmen planning to major in elementary education.
The additional gift from Patterson brings the total for the upcoming year to $96,000.