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There's no question among lawmakers that the compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year will be the focus as they convene this week for the third-ever fiscal session. What's up in the air is whether there's enough support to keep the so-called private option program alive - and what will happen if the state's abandons it.
High school basketball rankings as compiled by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and Tex Preps Basketball magazine for the week of Feb. 3:
The National Weather Service has acknowledged that initial forecasts were wrong about the winter storm that crippled metropolitan Birmingham. Tuesday's storm left thousands stranded in cars, workplaces, day-care centers and schools. Gov. Robert Bentley has defended the state's response, saying the state made plans off forecasts.
A new state senator from northeast Arkansas chosen in a special election earlier this month is being sworn in to his seat.
Supporters of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid expansion are walking a fine line as they assess the future of the program before this year's legislative session. They don't want to understate the danger it faces of being defunded, but they don't want to declare it dead just yet.
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:
The head of Arkansas' Department of Human Services on Tuesday said he doesn't have a backup budget if lawmakers block funding for the state's "private option," despite growing signs that the compromise Medicaid expansion plan is at risk when the Legislature convenes next month.
High school basketball rankings as compiled by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and Tex Preps Basketball magazine for the week of Jan. 20:
The harmony among farmers and ranchers, conservationists and sportsmen that prevailed at Gov. Dennis Daugaard's pheasant habitat summit in December in Huron provides a valuable foundation for the work group the governor appointed after the event, say several of its members.