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February 20th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to continue the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, a move that supporters hope will end a stalemate in the House over the future of a program that is providing health coverage to more than 87,000 people.
The Senate voted 27-8 to reauthorize funding for the "private option" program that uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Arkansas was the first state to win approval for such a plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Arkansas lawmakers are to try again with legislation to keep the state's compromise Medicaid expansion alive, despite previous defeats in the state House.
The Senate and House are expected to vote Thursday on identical measures funding the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion under the federal health law. Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for low-income residents.
With the approach of spring practice for college football teams, the Saline County Razorback Club has announced that Bret Bielema, Arkansas Razorback head football coach, will be the guest speaker for theÂ annual Saline County Razorback ClubÂ Fish Fry next month.
"We are certainly excited to welcome Coach Bielema backÂ to Saline County for this year's fish fry," said Phillip Montalvo, president of the Saline County Razorback Club.
The Saline Courier and the Saline County Striders have teamed up to bring news and information related to running each Monday to the newspaper.
Running is a growing activity in the county and interest in how to get started or finding others who run has increased.
Chris Hall, chairman of the Striders, and Jonathan Young will be coordinate articles about recent races, the benefits of running and other information related to the sport. Photographs and race times of participants will also be part of the project.
An early morning accident on Interstate 30 eastbound at the Reynolds Road exit involving three vehicles closed the highway. One individual was evacuated by helicopter and one fatality has been reported. Additional information will be reported as it becomes available.
The burn ban for Saline County that was put into place on Jan. 31 has been lifted, according to County Judge Lanny Fite.
(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. â€” This morning, I looked down and noticed something â€” I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often â€” at least not in these parts â€” that I actually need one.
Devin Hunt, 23, of Bryant was found not guilty in the June 2012 killing of his 4-month-old daughter, Presley Faith Hunt, Friday night after a four-day trial in Saline County Circuit Court. The 12-person jury deliberated for 50 minutes before returning with a verdict.
Hunt was arrested and charged with capital murder in September 2012 after an investigation was launched in the case of his daughter's death. The child died from what experts called "abusive head trauma" two days after being taken to the hospital.
The Benton Police Department has released the following statement:
On 1/29/14, at approximately 12:24 PM, Benton officers responded to an address on Fifth Street on report of a residential burglary. Upon making contact with the victim, it was determined that a burglary had occurred and numerous items had been stolen.
Detectives assumed the investigation and a suspect, Thomas Shirley (19 YOA) of Benton, was identified. Based on evidence and information gathered by detectives, Shirley was subsequently taken into custody for this crime without incident.
Salem volunteer firefighters and Saline County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of crash on Scott Salem Road in Benton on Wednesday morning. According to Lt. Scott Courtney with the Saline County Sheriff's Office the wreck happened around 6:40 a.m.
A man, who's name has not been released, was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix when he left the roadway and crash viciously into a tree near the entrance of Long Hill housing division.