Our network

Politics

Impasse over Arkansas Medicaid expansion drags on

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Legislation continuing Arkansas' first-in-the-nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase insurance for the poor has failed before the state House for a fourth day in a row.

The House voted 71-18 Friday to reauthorize funding for the "private option," four votes shy of the 75 needed to continue the program that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law.

The Senate on Thursday voted to approve the legislation.

Arkansas was the first state to win federal approval for such a plan, and several other Republican-leaning states are exploring or pursuing similar models.

House leaders have said they'll continue to vote on the measure until it passes.

More headlines:

Bryant voters to decide on school millage hike while Searcy votes on sales tax

February 10, 2014 (KTHV) - Voting is taking place on Tuesday in Bryant and Searcy.

Voting opens on Tuesday in Bryant where school officials are proposing a 4.7 hike in the local millage.

The increase will go toward a $55 million building and expansion project throughout the city. Polls will be open from 7:30 in the morning until 7:30 tomorrow night.

In White County, Searcy voters also deciding on a 1 percent city sales tax. Supporters said it will generate 6.4 million per year over the 8 years until the tax will sunset.

The added money will be split across 6 departments, mainly street and drainage projects.

Beebe appoints 26 to boards and commissions

Beebe appoints 26 to boards and commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following education appointment:

Diane Zook, Melbourne, to the State Board of Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2020. Replaces Jim Cooper.

Governor Beebe also announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Daniel Bryant, North Little Rock, reappointed to the State Board of Barber Examiners. Appointment expires June 30, 2019.

Rhonda Cole, Arkadelphia, reappointed to the State Board of Election Commissioners. Appointment expires May 28, 2017.

Mary Dillard, Farmington, to the Arkansas History Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Dorathy Boulden.

Sandra Edwards, North Little Rock, reappointed to the Board of the Division of State Services for the Blind. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Pryor welcomes summer interns

Pryor welcomes summer interns

Pryor Welcomes Arkansas Summer Interns

Governor Beebe's Schedule for April 23 - 28

Governor Beebe's Schedule for April 23 - 28

Tuesday, April 23

12:15 p.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the Junior Achievement of Arkansas Legacy Awards Luncheon

Doubletree Hotel, Markham Street, Little Rock

 

5:45 p.m.

Governor Beebe participates in a ceremony honoring Harding University President

Dr. David Burks

American Heritage Center, Harding University, 915 East Market Street, Searcy

 

Wednesday, April 24 through Sunday, April 28

Governor Beebe vacations in Arizona

Special council meeting set for Jan. 28

Special council meeting set for Jan. 28

A Special Called Council Meeting of the Searcy City Council has been set for Monday, January 28 at 5 p.m. in the Searcy City Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is:

  • Consideration of the adoption of the 2013 City general fund budget and the street fund budget
  • Approval of a short-term loan for the airport terminal project
  • Approval of the purchase of a police cruiser to replace a disabled vehicle

If you have any questions contact the mayor's office at 501-268-2483.

www.SEARCY.com

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Beebe will be discussing his recent meeting with President Obama regarding the fiscal cliff Wednesday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Governor's Conference Room in the State Capitol. Beebe was invited to meet with the President as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.