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Arkansas' 4 House members back plan on rebel aid

Arkansas' 4 House members back plan on rebel aid


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - All four members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation have voted in support of President Barack Obama's request to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria.

The House passed the measure on a 273-156 vote on Wednesday, and the Senate is expected to take up the request Thursday.

Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack were among 159 Republicans who voted in favor of the president's plan. The measure also had the backing of 114 Democrats in the House.

The proposal was added to a must-pass, stopgap spending bill to keep government agencies operating into December. The measure is the last major business on Capitol Hill before lawmakers depart this week.

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County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."

Martin asks court to dismiss alcohol sales lawsuit

Martin asks court to dismiss alcohol sales lawsuit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Secretary of State Mark Martin is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to block from the November ballot a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all 75 of the state's counties.

Martin's office on Tuesday responded to the lawsuit filed last week by Citizens for Local Rights, which argues the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions to place the alcohol measure on the November ballot. The group argues that the state should have used July 4 as the deadline, rather than July 7. Martin last month certified the measure for the November ballot.

Martin cited a 1999 law that allows election officials to rely on the next business day if a deadline falls on a holiday.

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GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Government auditors say Arkansas' private option Medicaid plan will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget.

The Department of Health and Human Services disagreed with the findings, which were released Monday. It said the federal Government Accountability Office didn't take into consideration major program changes within Arkansas' Medicaid system.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe said the report was prepared without anyone at the GAO contacting Arkansas for its input. Spokesman Matt DeCample said the state should expect higher startup costs as 200,000 people enter the health care system, but that costs eventually will be lower as the population becomes healthier.

Under the plan, Arkansas will use Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance for poor people.

Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion

Supreme Court to argue inmate's freedom of religion


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When the Supreme Court returns from break next month, its focus will be on the freedom of religion for prisoners.

On October 7th, they'll argue if prison officials can prohibit Muslim inmates from growing beards required by their faiths.

The case was originally brought by Arkansas inmate, Gregory Holt. At his 2012 hearing, prison officials said the strict policy was a result of security concerns.

Right now, more than 40 state prisons allow the beard.

The exceptions, according to Holt's brief, include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.


Local lawyer's Gridiron returns to The Rep

Local lawyer's Gridiron returns to The Rep

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that more than 75 lawyers and law professionals will once again take The Rep stage with their production of Gridiron. After a four-year hiatus, the lawyers bring back their biannual musical production spoofing Arkansas people and politics. Its first show will premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a special offering of light bites and complimentary beer and wine. Four shows will follow on Thursday (8 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 p.m.).

Gridiron traces its origins back to 1916 when a few theatrically inclined lawyers banded together to write and perform a vaudevillian-style dinner show. The show was an immediate success and became an annual event. It’s now close to celebrating its 100th anniversary. Some believe it is the longest-running production of its kind in the nation.