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More than 15,000 individuals have lost state government health benefits because their family incomes vary at least 10% from their original applications and they did not respond to government requests to verify their incomes.

That’s according to a letter sent to lawmakers by Gov. Asa Hutchinson Monday. Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, posted the letter to his Twitter feed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District and the Arkansas Waterways Commission signed a $3 million cost-sharing agreement Thursday to fund a study meant to ensure the Arkansas River remains navigable. Meanwhile, water is currently overtopping one of the structures that makes that navigation possible.

Arkansas should continue its efforts to establish a state-based insurance exchange, the executive director of the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace said Monday, even though a recent Supreme Court ruling makes it less necessary to do so.