Northwest Business Reporter
GOP revamp would have eliminated 10 ‘essential’ benefits
The failure of Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act means insurers will continue to cover 10 federally required minimum benefits for consumers, at least for now.
Agencies say public-files law unfair
For weeks, lawyers for Arkansas' two university systems and the state Highway and Transportation Department have told legislators that they face an unfair advantage in court because of the state's public records law.
UA, ASU say bill needed for court cases
A bill to halt public access to government records related to "pending or threatened" litigation -- which opponents say would undermine the intent of Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act -- is expected to go before the state House of Representatives for a vote on Monday, says supporter Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville.
Emails promote litigation shield
The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are helping state Rep. Bob Ballinger write an amendment to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act that legal experts say isn't needed and would cripple citizens' access to public records.
Measures pertain to schools, police, Governor’s Mansion
Three voice votes by Arkansas legislative committees advanced bills Thursday to narrow Arkansans' rights to government records.
Two legislative bills scheduled for an Arkansas House committee hearing today would gut the state law that gives taxpayers access to public records, according to a law professor and the director of the Arkansas Press Association.
Senator says not true, filed after talking to contractors
Two contractors say state Sen. Jake Files prepared and submitted bids under their companies' names without their knowledge.
Files: Filled out forms for others
FORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files told Fort Smith officials last month that he filled out and signed a tax record for a subcontractor and prepared two more subcontractors' price quotes to secure a $46,500 grant from the state General Improvement Fund, city records show.
Infant deaths on governor’s radar
Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll look into whether Arkansas provides enough funding and needed programs to reduce the state's high rate of infants who die in their sleep.
How Arkansas, others try to curb sleep deaths
The number of healthy infants who die in their sleep in Arkansas remains stubbornly high despite decades of efforts by public health officials. Even with a raft of new programs since 2010 that emphasize safe-sleep practices, Arkansas still ranked second-highest in the nation when the latest federal health data on Sudden Unexplained Infant Death were released in December.