By ANDREW DeMILLO and MICHAEL STRATFORD Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas legislative leaders say they need more information about the flexibility the state will have if it expands Medicaid and better figures on how much of a shortfall the program faces as they wrapped up the first week of the session.
The Arkansas House and Senate recessed on Thursday for a 4-day weekend to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Lawmakers convened on Monday for the start of this year's legislative session.
Senate President Michael Lamoureux said lawmakers want to know how much flexibility the state will have if it expands Medicaid's eligibility under the federal health care law. He also said lawmakers want a firmer number on the new projected shortfall the program faces this year.
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has urged lawmakers to support the expansion.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:31:23 GMT
HOT SPRINGS - A 1997 Ford pickup was pulling a Buick Park Avenue on a utility trailer eastbound on Albert Pike Road Tuesday afternoon when the car came off the trailer and flipped upside down.More >>
HOT SPRINGS - A 1997 Ford pickup was pulling a Buick Park Avenue on a utility trailer eastbound on Albert Pike Road Tuesday afternoon when the car came off the trailer and flipped upside down near the entrance to the Atrium Retirement Community.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:25 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:25:43 GMT
CONWAY (Log Cabin Democrat) - A monkey made its way through parts of Conway for a short time Tuesday afternoon after escaping from a veterinarian clinic. Conway Police were able to track down the monkeyMore >>
A monkey escapes from a vet for a short time in Conway. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:28 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:28:42 GMT
Catholic High is undergoing some upgrades this summer. Demolition is going on in the hallways to make for new technology. Principal Steve Straessle said while there's no replacement for good teachingMore >>
Construction crews are adding new windows and doors as well as demolishing some of the hallways to make way for new technology.
Bob and Barbara Schmidt dashed to their home on a dirt road in a heavily wooded area northeast of Colorado Springs as smoke from what would become the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history filled the air.More >>
A new wildfire in the foothills southwest of Denver forced the evacuation of dozens of homes Wednesday as hot and windy conditions in the West made it easy for fires to start and spread.More >>