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April 16th, 2013
The Arkansas House on Tuesday approved a plan to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents, with many Republicans saying the approach is the best way to maintain some control over provisions of a new federal health care law they still oppose.
The private-option plan was presented to legislators in two parts, with one part including language authorizing the plan and a second part setting up the funding. The funding element finally won its needed three-fourths vote in the House, though it still needs to be approved by the same margin in the Senate.
The Benton Police Department has release the mugshot of Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton. Spears was arrested for allegedly sending an email to the Benton Police Department demanding "a large sum of money" or he would kill one random person per day until his demands were met. Full details of the investigation and arrest are in the April 16 edition of The Saline Courier.
The Benton Police Department has arrested Benjamin Spears, 33, of Benton on felony charges of terrorism, criminal attempt to commit theft of property and computer fraud. Spears is alleged to have sent an email to the Benton Police Department demanding a large sum of money and if his demand was not met, he would kill one person per day until he received the money. A full report of the story can be found in Tuesday's Saline Courier.
Alexander resident Nate Smith, director of public health programs and state epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health, participated in the Boston Marathon today. The Boston Marathon website shows he finished the race at about 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, just moments before two explosions went off near the finish line, killing two people and injuring 23.
House Bill 1219 failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives to gain the 75 votes needed for passage. The bill, which allocates funds to the Department of Human Services and includes the Medicaid expansion funding, was rejected by a vote of 69 against, 28 for, 2 non-votes and 1 member voting 'present.'
Saline County legislators were divided in their vote. Rep. Mayberry and Rep. Davis voted for the bill. Rep. Hammer voted against. Rep. Clemmer was a non-vote.
The Boston Marathon says that bombs caused the two explosions heard at the finish line and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what happened.
Organizers made the announcement on the groups' Facebook page on Monday.
Authorities have headed onto the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the site.
Town Hall Meeting Tonight
Saline Memorial Hospital Classroom 1
State Representatives Ann Clemmer and Kim Hammer invite you to a public forum tonight to provide information about the Medicaid expansion and the private option. Special guests include John Selig, Director of Department of Human Services, Andy Allison, Director of Medicaid and other experts.
The meeting is open to the public and attendance is encouraged.
Operation Medicine Cabinet VII is set for Saturday, April 27.
Old or used medications may be turned in â€” no questions asked â€” to police officers at Ferguson's Furniture parking lot on Military Road, Saline Memorial Hospital parking lot, or Target parking lot.
The Saline Courier has brought back its television listings book.
The new section will be included in Sundayâ€™s edition moving forward and will include television listings from Sunday through Saturday each week.
The current daily TV listings grid will continue in the Courier for two weeks, and then will be discontinued.
TV Week features listings, programming notes, features, games and local advertising deals, published in an easy-to-follow format.
The Saline County Library will present Raining Cats and Dogs this week at each of its locations. The event will feature animal-themed games, crafts and more. The event will take place Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Mabel Boswell Library in Bryant. The Bob Herzfeld Library in Benton will host the event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Humane Society of Saline County will be part of the event at the Benton branch, bringing animals who are up for adoption. For more information, call 501-778-4766