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A diverse group of protestors hold signs calling for the cancellation of school loan debt

State delays decision on student loan forgiveness tax status until 2023

BY: - September 9, 2022

A decision on whether student loan forgiveness will be taxable in Arkansas will have to wait a few more months.  Last week, Arkansas officials said they had not yet decided if canceled student debt could be taxed. Following the release of President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, the Tax Foundation reported Arkansas was one […]

Arkansas senators debate ethics complaint for 2nd day, decision expected Friday

BY: - September 8, 2022

The Arkansas Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday again failed to reach a decision after its second hours-long, closed-door meeting on a complaint state Sen. Alan Clark, R-Lonsdale, filed in August against another senator. The committee met for almost 10 hours on Sept. 1 to discuss the complaint in executive session before agreeing to table the […]

DHS finalizes end to Trump-era ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants

BY: - September 8, 2022

The Biden administration finalized a new public charge rule on Thursday that would eliminate Trump-era policies that penalized low-income immigrants seeking health benefits and other services. The new rule from the Department of Homeland Security will roll back the types of assistance immigration officers can consider when evaluating immigrants for a green card and deciding […]

U.S. Justice Department to appeal Trump special master order

BY: - September 8, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a Florida federal judge’s ruling this week appointing an independent arbiter to review thousands of sensitive materials the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence, the department notified the court Thursday. Government prosecutors are also asking U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon not to force them […]

Arkana Laboratories executive director Chris Larsen speaks at a podium on a green lawn. Guest speakers sit behind him in white chairs.

$30-million Arkana Laboratories expansion to create Little Rock jobs

BY: - September 7, 2022

Little Rock-based Arkana Laboratories is launching a $30-million expansion project that will create 74 new positions by 2028. As the largest renal pathology lab in the country, Arkana Laboratories processes an estimated 40% of the country’s kidney biopsies. The company makes more than $30 million annually, and some of its best-known competitors include the Mayo […]

Arkansas proposes move to clear developmental disability waitlist, allow in-home family care

BY: - September 6, 2022

The state moved a step closer Tuesday to eliminating the waitlist for Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to receive care at home, particularly from those closest to them. The state House and Senate Committees on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor reviewed a rule on Tuesday that would allow parents and legal guardians […]

Veterans Affairs says it will provide abortions — even in Texas

BY: - September 5, 2022

“Veterans Affairs says it will provide abortions — even in Texas” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.   The Department of Veterans Affairs said Friday it will provide abortions for veterans and […]

A nurse gives a woman a booster shot to protect against COVID-19.

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to launch $3.5M ad campaign during Hogs game

BY: - September 1, 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ campaign announced Thursday it would launch a multi-million-dollar paid media campaign on Saturday afternoon with a television ad during the Arkansas Razorbacks’ football season opener. It will be the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s first statewide TV ad for the general election. It’s the same ad the campaign ran during the Republican primary, focused […]

Committee approves $60M to help struggling rural Arkansas hospitals

BY: - August 31, 2022

Rural Arkansas hospitals at risk of permanently closing their doors should get short-term relief with $60 million of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act funds, a state panel unanimously recommended Wednesday. Hospitals statewide saw less revenue over the past two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some are in “immediate jeopardy of […]

Convicted ex-Arkansas senator’s request for new trial rejected by federal panel

BY: - August 31, 2022

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling rejecting former Arkansas state Sen. Jon Wood’s request for a new trial after his conviction in a bribery and kickback scheme. Woods, who is serving an 18-year, four-month sentence, argued that he should receive a new trial based […]

Federal funds will help connect 5,500 homes and businesses to broadband

BY: - August 30, 2022

Arkansas has received $47.5 million to connect 5,500 homes and businesses in rural areas to high-speed internet through the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. U.S. Department of Treasury officials on Tuesday announced the approval of plans from Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska and North Dakota. The rescue plan’s capital projects fund is providing $10 […]