Most Active Stories
- Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot
- Protesters Dispute Possible Immigration Reform Outside Mexican Consulate
- UPDATE: LR Air Force Base Reopens After Scare Prompts Lockdown
- Sandy Hook And Shooting Simulators Factor In School Safety Conference
- Wal-Mart CEO Of Domestic Operations To Resign Next Month
Local & Regional News
Mon January 27, 2014
New Arkansas State Senator To Be Sworn In Tuesday
A new state senator from northeast Arkansas chosen in a special election earlier this month is being sworn in to his seat.
Republican John Cooper was scheduled to be sworn in to the state Senate at a ceremony on Tuesday.
Cooper was elected to the state Senate seat that was vacated by former Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout.
Bookout resigned last year after he was fined by the state Ethics Commission for spending thousands from his campaign on personal items.
Cooper's victory gives Republicans a 22-13 majority in the state Senate. His win also bodes ill for the "private option" Medicaid expansion that was approved by the Legislature last year.
Cooper ran on a vow to end the expansion.