Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes in Mayflower, Arkansas, on Sunday, March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil ruptured on Friday causing the evacuation of about two dozen homes.
Former Congressman Mike Ross (D) dropped another huge clue that he plans to run for Arkansas Governor in 2014.
In an email sent Tuesday (April 2) to employees at Southwest Power Pool – where he took a Government Affairs post in January 2013 after ending his near decade in Congress – Ross said he was resigning his post.
“I wanted you to know that after much thought I have resigned as an officer and senior vice president at Southwest Power Pool to pursue another opportunity in public service,” he said.
Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.
Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.
The Arkansas attorney general said Tuesday that he will investigate the cause and impact of an oil spill after an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured last week. State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also is asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, a small city about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Gov. Mike Beebe's office says it has received a letter from the federal government expressing "conceptual support" for his plan to use Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for the state's poorer residents.
According to Beebe, the Health and Human Services Department said Arkansas' suggestion is "generally consistent" with goals to expand health insurance coverage. The letter includes an assurance that the federal government will work with the state to implement it.
Arkansas revenues in March of this year dropped below last year’s figures. However, individual income tax refunds were up last month at $10.1 million and that’s $5.4 million above forecast.
John Shelnutt, an economist with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, says income tax refunds are finally catching up after being low in January and February. He says figures aren’t where they were in 2012, but that should even out in April.
Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is going to open an investigation into the cause and impact of last week's ExxonMobil pipeline rupture.
McDaniel's office said Tuesday that they're asking ExxonMobil to preserve all documents and information related to Friday's oil spill and ongoing cleanup efforts in Mayflower, about 20 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Crews have recovered about 12,000 barrels of oil and water since the Pegasus pipeline ruptured on Friday afternoon. Oil spewed onto lawns and roadways and nearly fouled nearby Lake Conway.