Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is close to invoking cloture on the $100 billion a year Farm Bill. Both of Arkansas’ Senators, Republican John Boozeman and Democrat Mark Pryor, are supporting the bill.
It addresses issues of farm subsidies and crop insurance. It also addresses nutrition assistance.
Pryor said about 85% of the bill is directed toward the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
A husband and wife in western Arkansas have pleaded guilty to charges they filed federal tax returns in the names of other people and kept refunds of $132,000 for themselves.
U.S. Attorney Connor Eldridge said Wednesday that 37-year-old Owen Wheeler and 51-year-old Patricia Wheeler of Everton took advantage of a new Internal Revenue Service system that provides speedier refunds to taxpayers.
The pair is accused of using tax software to file the returns and have the refunds directly deposited into a bank account.
A report is expected to be complete in about a week and a half on what caused the rupture of an oil pipeline, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw crude in Mayflower.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says ExxonMobil requested an extension to PHMSA's April 2nd Corrective Action Order allowing 45 days for Exxon to complete its inspection of the pipe.