Arkansas’ Wednesday headlines

Lawmakers tell the state’s Human Services chief they want more influence over how the state will reduce the cost of Medicaid programs by $400 million.

Arkansas’ Public School Fund budget will be about $36.2 million less than planned for this school year because of a shortfall in state revenue that was announced in January.

House Speaker Robbie Wills wants to delay for a year the rule that makes it harder for students at grade-inflating high schools to qualify for lottery scholarships.

State Rep. Roy Ragland’s wife, who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run wreck in Little Rock Monday night, is in stable condition.

The attorney general’s office announces an $18.5 million settlement with drug maker Eli Lilly over its marketing of Zyprexa for uses not approved by the FDA. Much of the money will go to the state’s Medicaid account.

Roby Brock says Sarah Huckabee is to be named campaign manager for John Boozman’s Senate race.

Gov. Mike Beebe has set a May 4 execution date for Stacey Eugene Johnson, sentenced to die for the 1993 slaying of a De Queen woman.

Nolan Richardson tells CBS Sportsline that being outspoken has cost him jobs in college basketball, and he also mentions race.

Malvern Police have made an arrest in Sunday’s shooting death of Shane Northcutt. Timothy Allen Wells is facing charges of first-degree murder.

Shequena Marie Williams of Conway, who since August has stood accused of murdering her 6-year-old son with a child’s keyboard, has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 19 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Police in the northeastern Arkansas town of Brookland say one person has been shot to death following what appears to be a home break-in.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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