Cheryl Smith Gardner, Executive Director Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board and board member Mike Castleberry speaking to a legislative committee.
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A section of the Affordable Care Act – called a 1332 waiver – is being hailed by one of the legislative architects of the private option and the director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board as a path toward consensus in a Legislature riddled with uncertainty over healthcare. 

A 30-year-old Bentonville man has been convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 6-year-old girl.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) that a Benton County Circuit Court jury found Zachary Holly guilty Wednesday of capital murder, kidnapping, rape and residential burglary in the death of Jersey Bridgeman.

Defense attorneys called no witnesses and acknowledged both at the start of the trial and at the end that Holly was responsible for the girl's death.

Acxiom To Sell Its Core IT Business For $190 Million, Releases Q4 Earnings In Advance

May 20, 2015
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Acxiom Corp. announced that it is getting out of the IT services business as the Little Rock technology company continues to streamline its operations to focus on its core marketing and data services business.

At the same time, Acxiom fourth quarter earnings improved year-over-year although it reported net losses of eight cents per share from continuing operations on revenue of $257 million. That compares with losses of 33 cents year share on sales of $269 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

The Arkansas Realtors Association says the number of houses sold in March made a big jump over the same period last year. Sales of homes across the state increased by 15 percent over March of last year, according to the Realtors Association. They say the prices of those homes also rose by an average of 8 percent over the same time the previous year.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says an effort to move up the state's primary, a change in the driving while intoxicated law and a reorganization of some agencies are also on the agenda for a special legislative session he's calling to take up an economic development project.

The Republican governor on Wednesday detailed the proposals that lawmakers are taking up when they convene next week for a special session focusing on an incentive package aimed at helping Lockheed Martin land a defense contract in Camden.

Arkansas Joins FTC, Other States In Cancer Charity Case

May 20, 2015

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge joined with the Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking millions from consumers.

Walmart plans to hire a quarter of a million eligible U.S. military veterans by the end of 2020, building upon an initiative the company started two years ago.

Jacqueline Froelich of KUAF talks with a recently hired vet at a distribution center near HQ, as well as Retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, Walmart’s senior director of military programs.



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Authorities say police officers have shot and killed a handcuffed Arkansas parolee who fired at them from inside a patrol car.

It happened Tuesday night in Cabot, 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, after officers with the state Department of Community Correction and Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office detained 35-year-old Jonathan McIntosh for suspected drug possession.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is raiding pain clinics, pharmacies and other locations in four southern states as part of a crackdown on prescription pain drug abuse.

A federal law enforcement official says the early-morning raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are the final stages of a nearly yearlong operation by the DEA's drug diversion unit. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe details of the ongoing investigation in advance of a public announcement about the raids.

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 The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says no injuries have been reported after a train car derailed near Memphis.

Spokesman Rick Fahr said the car went off the tracks early Wednesday morning. He says it's unclear what the train was carrying but there were no reports of a hazardous material spill.

Union Pacific reports that the derailment occurred on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway industry track in West Memphis. It's unclear what caused the accident.