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Error foiled Medicaid pact, state says

updated: 07/31/2015 3:41 a.m. Comments 3

A paperwork error prevented the state Department of Human Services from awarding a contract to build the state's Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system after the department was unable to agree on contract terms with the highest-scoring bidder, a department official told legislators Thursday.

Governor puts disability group under state rule

updated: 07/31/2015 3:41 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday ordered that a state board that has operated independently for more than 43 years be placed under state supervision.

Keep Common Core for now, council advises

updated: 07/31/2015 3:41 a.m. Comments 3

The Governor's Council on Common Core Review on Thursday recommended that the state's public school math and literacy education standards be reviewed, revised and improved but to keep in place the current Common Core State Standards until that is done.

Upgrades win favor at CATA

posted: 07/31/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas Transit Authority's governing board Thursday backed a $23.3 million plan to upgrade bus service in Pulaski County that hinges on a sales-tax increase.

Clinton charity donations surge

updated: 07/31/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

A new list of donors to the Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year -- at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency.

Former Siloam Springs teacher sentenced to eight years in prison

posted: 07/31/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

BENTONVILLE -- A former teacher hugged her family outside the courtroom moments before she was sentenced to eight years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

Jail inmates in PB vandalize pod

posted: 07/31/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

A riot involving 80 inmates at the Jefferson County jail broke out Wednesday night, causing more than $20,000 in damage to jail property during a disturbance in which prisoners clogged toilets and ripped sprinkler heads from the ceiling.

Web renewal of vehicle tags stuck at 14.4%

posted: 07/31/2015 2:25 a.m. Comments 4

About 14.4 percent of Arkansas' motor vehicle registration renewals are completed online each year and state officials want more Arkansans to register online, a state official told lawmakers on Thursday.

Rutledge: Solicitor general's job filled

posted: 07/31/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Lee Rudofsky, a Wal-Mart lawyer, will become Arkansas' solicitor general.

2 claim hotline system unfair

posted: 07/31/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Two lawmakers Thursday told a legislative committee that innocent parents have been the target of child abuse investigations and that many of them lack legal counsel as they fight to clear their names.

Fees split marriage-case lawyers

posted: 07/31/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

A schism hinted at earlier this year has fully emerged between the two attorneys whose case overturned Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban, with one lawyer denouncing the other's request for at least $345,825 in compensation as "unreasonable and excessive."

Daily Show exposure pleases Eurekans

posted: 07/31/2015 2:18 a.m. Comment 1

An 83-year-old Eureka Springs City Council member said she was "overwhelmed" at the attention she was getting Thursday after appearing in a segment the previous night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Ex-teacher gets 8-year sentence for sex with boy

posted: 07/31/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

A former teacher hugged her family members Thursday outside the courtroom moments before she was sentenced to eight years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

In slaying of NLR woman, 26-year-old pleads innocent

posted: 07/31/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

A woman arrested in a fatal shooting at a North Little Rock apartment complex pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder Thursday morning.

Guilty, pleads 1 charged in LR car-lot drug-ring case

posted: 07/31/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

One of the main defendants accused of operating a drug-trafficking ring out of a used-car dealership in southwest Little Rock pleaded guilty Thursday to a cocaine distribution charge.

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