December 20, 2014

State News

Area artist paints Beebe's portrait

LITTLE ROCK -- At the end of an eight-year run as governor and a decades long role as a player in Natural State politics, Gov. Mike Beebe is leaving behind a lasting image of his time in office.

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Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas became the first Southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloated and inefficient.

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AG: Arkansas crime victims program faces shortfall

LITTLE ROCK -- A program that grants money to Arkansas crime victims to pay for funeral expenses, medical care and other needs faces a budget shortfall next year and needs at least another $2 million to continue, outgoing Attorney General Dustin McDaniel warned Tuesday.

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Arkansas eyes more abortion restrictions

LITTLE ROCK -- Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.

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Little Rock officers contest shooting suit ruling

ST. LOUIS -- Two Little Rock police officers asked a federal appeals court Thursday to dismiss them from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed in his apartment, a case the victim's son has likened to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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Chamber head expects challenges over amendment

LITTLE ROCK -- The head of Arkansas' largest business lobbying group said he expects court challenges to try and clarify key parts of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that imposes new ethics restrictions on lawmakers and loosens term limits.

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