September 19, 2014

State News

Arkansas requests changes to 'private option'

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas asked the federal government Monday to allow changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that would require some participants to contribute monthly to health savings accounts and would impose new limits on transportation for non-emergency services.

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Arkansas asks court to uphold gay marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK -- A county judge was wrong to find that Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage violated the state and federal constitutions, the attorney general's office argued Monday as it asked the state's highest court to uphold the prohibition.

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Groups launch effort to promote federal health law

LITTLE ROCK -- Several Arkansas advocacy groups announced Tuesday they were partnering to promote enrollment options through the federal health care law, saying they hoped to help fill the void left by legislation blocking the state from funding similar efforts.

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Cargill rejects calls to move Arkansas hog farm

Minnesota-based food processor Cargill said Monday that it has no intention to shutter or relocate an Arkansas hog farm, despite concerns from environmentalists who say the operation poses a pollution threat to the nearby Buffalo River.

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Hutchinson, Cotton to support minimum wage increase

LITTLE ROCK -- Two Republicans in races at the top of this fall's Arkansas ballot said Friday they would support an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage, throwing support behind a proposal that Democrats see as a way to attract their backers to the polls.

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