A state commission will be holding a public hearing Tuesday morning on its proposal to raise salaries by two percent for state elected officials. The Independent Citizens Commission meets at the state Capitol Tuesday at 9am. The commission has proposed pay raises for members of the state judiciary, including Supreme Court justices, Appeals Court justices; state legislators and the state’s seven constitutional officers.  

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R) meeting with members of the Arkansas Hospital Association before the Senate plan was released.
Sen. Tom Cotton's office.

The Senate Republican healthcare plan has Arkansas Hospital Associate President Bo Ryall worried about the impact on rural hospitals, communities, and the hundreds of thousands of Arkansans who could lose insurance coverage. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman spoke with Ryall about the plan - crafted in part by U.S. Senator Tom Cotton - to rollback much of the Affordable Care Act.

Marissa Marisa Pavan Birth Certificate certificates same-sex marrriage
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The Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex couples who complained an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them.

The justices on Monday issued an unsigned opinion reversing an Arkansas high court ruling that upheld the law.

Under the law, married lesbian couples had to get a court order to have both spouses listed as parents on their children's birth certificates.

Arkansas State Police Emblem
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An Arkansas prison escapee who had been on the run for more than three decades has been recaptured. The state Department of Corrections says 60-year-old Steven Dishman was arrested Sunday at a home in Springdale in northwest Arkansas by local law enforcement and state troopers.

Details of what led authorities to Dishman and his arrest were not immediately released. The corrections department says Dishman was serving a 7-year sentence for theft of property and burglary convictions in Washington County when he escaped on May 28, 1985.

U.S. Senate Republicans unveil their long-awaited bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. How will it affect Arkansans on the exchanges and the Medicaid rolls? Sen. Tom Cotton helped shape it with a select group in secret. Why has he been silent? Also, thoughts from other Republicans, Democrats and people in between.

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

The Arkansas Plant Board on Friday voted 9-5 to ban the sale and use of the herbicide dicamba in the state. Dicamba is a chemical sprayed on genetically tolerant fields of soybean in order to kill pigweed. The herbicide is suspected of damaging other crops after drifting in the wind. At least 242 complaints in 19 counties linked to potential dicamba misuse have been filed with the Arkansas Plant Board this year. Most complaints have originated in east Arkansas.

Republican Rep. Rick Crawford
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The state’s Congressional delegation is revealing little about their positions on the Republican U.S. Senate proposal to roll back much of the Affordable Care Act. Senator Tom Cotton was one of a select few lawmakers to draft the bill in secret but even he has not commented extensively on the proposal. During a KUAR interview on Friday related to Cuba policy, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford of east Arkansas’s 1st District said he hasn’t read the Senate plan yet but appreciates that it’s moving quickly.

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) questioning Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about Russian hacking.
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Republicans in the U.S. Senate released the initial draft of a healthcare bill Thursday that will reduce Medicaid spending, cut taxes for the wealthy, limit subsidies to private insurance companies, remove health insurance mandates, lower taxes for companies in the healthcare industry and enact other changes.

National Weather Service

Parts of southeast Arkansas can expect to see heavy rainfall as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy move northward through the state. The National Weather Service says that the highest rainfall totals will be seen in the Delta region, from El Dorado to Monticello.

“It looks like, for the most part, the southeast half of the state is going to see the brunt of the rainfall with higher tolls down across the far southeast where we could see anywhere from three to five inches of rain,” said Chuck Rickard, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock.

Republican Arkansas looks to cut its once-expanded Medicaid rolls

Jun 22, 2017
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Willie Freeman works in the meat department at Edward’s Food Giant in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is 54 and has been insured through the Affordable Care Act for four years.

“All the time. I use it all the time,” he said.

His job pays $9 an hour, too much for him to be on traditional Medicaid, which covers low-income people, and too little to be in the health care exchange.

But because Arkansas opted to expand Medicaid to fill the gap, Freeman was able to start going to the doctor.

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