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3 indicted over money to feed kids

posted: 12/19/2014 2:41 a.m. Comments 7

Three Arkansas women were arrested Thursday on federal charges accusing them of stealing thousands of dollars from two programs intended to feed poor children across the state.

U.S. awards state $100M to build insurance hubs

posted: 12/19/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas has been awarded $99.9 million in federal funding to establish state-run health insurance exchanges for small businesses and individual consumers, officials said Thursday.

District declared special-ed unitary

posted: 12/19/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge Thursday released the Pulaski County Special School District from further monitoring of its special-education services to students, leaving the district with five areas of its operation still under court supervision.

NLR schools ask assessor to file claim on tax slip up

posted: 12/19/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The North Little Rock School Board approved Thursday night a letter asking the Pulaski County assessor's office to file a nearly $900,000 insurance claim for a tax-billing error that led to more than $1 million being sent to the wrong school district.

Private-option costs fall again per individual

posted: 12/19/2014 2:24 a.m. Comments 2

The average per-person payments to insurance companies under Arkansas' private-option Medicaid program fell this month for the eighth consecutive month, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Human Services.

Sentence handed down in bribe case

posted: 12/19/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in El Dorado on Thursday sentenced Mike Hesterly, former county judge of Ouachita County, to 33 months in prison and one year of supervised release for accepting a bribe.

Leaders picked for panel on raising officials' pay

posted: 12/19/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's citizens commission considering raising the annual salaries of the state's elected officials Thursday elected former state Ethics Commissioner Larry Ross of Sherwood as its chairman and attorney Chuck Banks of Little Rock as its vice chairman.

Fee cut pitched for conceal-carry guns

updated: 12/19/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Legislators heard a plan Thursday to cut the application fee for Arkansans who want a conceal-carry gun license.

Apartment yields 3 kin -- 2 slain, 1 a suicide

posted: 12/19/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

A man shot his mother and grandmother to death before turning the gun on himself at the family's shared Little Rock apartment, police reported Thursday, a day after they broke in and found the bodies.

Convict-packed jails loom big for counties

posted: 12/19/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Reimbursement for county jails housing state inmates because of crowding at state prisons will be a priority for the Association of Arkansas Counties during the coming legislative session.

For Medicaid fraud, woman to go to jail, pay $370,426

posted: 12/19/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

A 62-year-old Little Rock woman on Thursday dropped her legal challenges to criminal charges of Medicaid fraud and failure to keep records, and promised to pay $370,426 in fines and restitution in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.

2nd brother loses high-court case

posted: 12/19/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court shot down on procedural grounds a capital-murder convict's appeal in an opinion released Thursday.

LR board preps plan for state on saving distressed schools

posted: 12/19/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock School Board will submit to the state a statement of challenges for the district's schools in academic distress and the processes in place to fix those problems.

2 suffer burns at abandoned house

posted: 12/19/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- A man and woman were recovering in the burn unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock on Thursday after suffering injuries in a fire that started Wednesday afternoon in an abandoned Fort Smith house.

Inmate dies days after suicide try

posted: 12/19/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

NEWPORT -- An inmate has died two days after a suicide attempt, Arkansas prison officials said Thursday.


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