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Private-option tab at $496 per client

posted: 04/18/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The cost of providing coverage to Medicaid recipients under Arkansas’ so-called private option has continued to rise, with the state paying insurance companies just over $490 per client in premiums and cost-sharing subsidies this month.

Arguments made, judge to rule in 2 weeks on gay-nuptials ban

posted: 04/18/2014 3:07 a.m. Comments 10

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said Thursday that he plans to issue a ruling in a lawsuit seeking to strike down Arkansas’ prohibitions on same-sex marriage within two weeks, but did not give away the direction in which he is leaning.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/18/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate.

Court says goodwill divisible

posted: 04/18/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

The “goodwill” value of Little Rock’s Brave New Restaurant was considered in a valuation of the business and can be divided in the co-owners’ divorce proceedings, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

OB-GYN’s bail set at $500,000

posted: 04/18/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

PARAGOULD — A Greene County District Court judge ordered a Paragould physician accused of photographing a woman during a gynecological examination to give up his passport and placed him in jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond Thursday.

Justices decline late-dues petition

posted: 04/18/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court declined on Thursday to immediately settle the question of how lawyers who pay their annual dues late can be disciplined.

Lynch Drive Elementary approved to close in June

posted: 04/18/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Lynch Drive Elementary School in the North Little Rock School District will permanently close in June, which is a year earlier than what was originally scheduled in the district’s capital improvement plan.

State-waterway plan retraces step

posted: 04/18/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will reopen public comments about a proposal to designate hundreds of miles of Arkansas rivers and streams as critical habitat for two freshwater mussels found across the state, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s staff announced Thursday.

Schools chief rescinds job-cut notices

posted: 04/18/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Six Little Rock School District employees who were told in January that their jobs would be eliminated were notified Thursday that the nonrenewal notices had been rescinded by District Superintendent Dexter Suggs.

Last defendant in El Chico case gets probation

posted: 04/18/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

The last of four defendants arrested in connection with the April 2012 slaying of a waiter during the armed robbery of a west Little Rock restaurant was sentenced to four years of probation Wednesday after cooperating with prosecutors against the convicted killers — two brothers, one of whom is the father of her child.

Finances subject of HUD agents’ probe

posted: 04/18/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — A probe by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has revealed a pattern of noncompliance with federal regulations by the Hot Springs Housing Authority, including accusations of improper credit card charges for carwashes and trips to liquor stores, officials say.

Company to market UA’s online courses

posted: 04/18/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has reached an agreement with Washington, D.C.-based Blackboard for the company to market UA’s online programs, a news release said.

State park yields a 6.19-carat gem

posted: 04/18/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

A man who made Murfreesboro his home after learning of the Crater of Diamonds State Park when he saw it featured on the Travel Channel’s Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures program found a 6.19-carat white diamond there Tuesday, the park said in a Wednesday news release.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 04/18/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 04/18/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at


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