Insurance Department Takes Over Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace

Article 0 Comments The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace has become part of the state’s insurance department after Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation dissolving the marketplace board as a separate entity. The state Legislature established the insurance marketplace in 2013. The Arkansas marketplace used funding from a $99.99 million federal grant […]

Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Testing of Self-Driving Cars

Article 0 Comments The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill that allows pilot programs to test fully autonomous vehicles on state roads. The measure will let organizations submit operation and safety plans for up to three autonomous vehicles which would be able to operate on Arkansas roads. The bill’s sponsor, […]

Arkansas Wildlife Safari Pays $75K to Settle Animal Welfare Complaint

Article 0 Comments The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in northwestern Arkansas has agreed to pay a $75,000 fine so it can reopen following a U.S. Department of Agriculture complaint that it violated the Animal Welfare Act. The law regulates the treatment of animals in research and exhibition. The USDA filed […]

Arkansas Panel Approves Rules for Use of Previously Banned Herbicide

Article 0 Comments An Arkansas panel has adopted a plan to allow restricted use of an herbicide banned in the wake of complaints that it drifted onto crops and caused damage. The Arkansas Plant Board voted after a 91/2-hour public hearing on Feb. 19 in Little Rock to allow the […]

Winter Weather Advisories in Oklahoma, Texas And Arkansas

Article 0 Comments A storm system could yield snow and ice in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS issued a winter weather advisory for Tuesday through Wednesday morning for parts of western Texas, Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. Up to three inches of snow are […]

Insurance Department Recovered $12.8 M for Arkansans in 2018

Article 0 Comments The Arkansas Insurance Department in 2018 secured an additional $12,836,501 in recoveries and restitution for insurance consumers, Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr announced. The Consumer Services Division (CSD) recovered $8,860,187 for consumers last year — a $6 million increase over 2017. Recoveries are dollar amounts recovered in excess […]

Arkansas Town Installs Safe Rooms in All Classrooms

Article 2 Comments A school district in a small Arkansas city has installed steel safe rooms in every classroom. KTHV television station reports that installing the safe rooms cost Quitman Public Schools almost $1 million. The safe rooms can withstand the force of tornadoes in addition to handgun and shotgun […]

Arkansas Closes in on Medical Pot Program Launch

Article 0 Comments Arkansas panel on Jan. 9 named 32 companies it intends to license to sell medical marijuana, two years after voters approved its legalization and following a series of delays that have frustrated patients and advocates. The state Medical Marijuana Commission approved the scores from an outside consultant […]