More than 58,000 Arkansans have enrolled for coverage under the state's newly expanded Medicaid program, according to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. That's more than a quarter of the 250,000 candidates, who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty rate.
Eligible residents are also able to purchase subsidized insurance through a new health marketplace, which was established in October.
According to DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb, the latest numbers indicate a positive reaction from consumers.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a judge's decision barring a man's same-sex partner from staying overnight when his son visits.
In a split decision Thursday, the Supreme Court didn't address the issue of constitutionality but sent the case back to a Pulaski County judge to determine what's best for the child involved in John Moix's case.
The judge had ruled that Moix's partner cannot be present at his home when his son is visiting overnight, citing a policy of prohibiting unmarried cohabitation in the presence of a child.
75 jobs are being created with the opening of a furniture manufacturing plant in Morrilton. Governor Mike Beebe took part in the announcement Thursday morning.
Vinh Long, which is based in Vietnam, says it will invest five million dollars to renovate an existing facility that had housed a Bosch factory. The company supplies furniture and kitchen cabinets to Ikea and other retailers.
Hiring will begin in the spring, with the plant opening next the summer.
Company officials said Arkansas is a good location because it has a sustainable supply of raw materials.
This week the Little Rock School District has been presenting plans for “High Ability" and a "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy for middle and elementary students.
The plans would revamp the Geyer Springs Elementary and Forrest Heights Middle schools and allow gifted students from throughout the district to apply. Though plans have not yet been finalized, district officials have been answering questions from teachers and parents whose children may be affected by the changes.
While all coastal cities face real trouble, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says Miami is the most vulnerable in its assessment of threats to 50 major cities worldwide. Parts of Miami will be permanently flooded in as few as 15 years.
KUAR will air Ties That Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special this Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 2 p.m in place of the second hour of Here and Now and again at 9 p.m. after Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
Ties That Bind takes a look at StoryCorps' past 10 years with its creator Dave Isay, NPR's Scott Simon and some of the program's most memorable participants just in time for the National Day of Listening.