Arkansas

There’s Only One State Where Falling Behind on Rent Could Mean Jail Time. That Could Change.

Only Arkansas permits criminal consequences for nonpayment of rent — and it has enforced the law during the pandemic. Now, after ProPublica investigated the practice, some legislators want to revoke the statute.

Wyoming’s Flood of Anti-Abortion Bills Reveal What’s Happening Across the Country, Experts say

Wyoming has filed eight anti-abortion bills this session, a record number in recent history for the state legislature.

High Obesity Rates in Southern States Magnify Covid Threat

In the American South, obesity is playing a role not only in covid outcomes, but in the calculus of the vaccination rollout.

Another Region Offers Remote Workers $10,000—and a Bike!—to Move

Northwest Arkansas will provide a cash incentive and a street or mountain bike to qualified remote workers who relocate to the area.

One State Will Use Medicaid Funds to Pay Bonuses to Long-Term Care Workers

Arkansas received federal approval this week to use up to $55 million in Medicaid funds for weekly bonuses for frontline health workers in long-term care facilities.

State Legislatures Scramble to Meet in the Age of Coronavirus

Lawmakers across the country rushed to pass resolutions permitting virtual meetings and remote voting, efforts they said were necessary to adhere to social distancing guidelines and protect legislators.

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements

An Arkansas program that required most Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or attend school to receive health coverage was "arbitrary and capricious," a three-judge panel ruled unanimously.

An Attempt to Resegregate Little Rock, of All Places

A battle over local control in a city that was the face of integration shows the extent of the new segregation problem in the U.S.

Planning Transportation Projects Using 'Ultrasound for Roads'

A research partnership between the University of Arkansas and the state's Department of Transportation uses seismic imaging to help officials visualize the earth beneath the ground.

Oklahoma Flooding Continues As More Severe Weather Expected

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How to Change Policy Without Politicians

As Arkansas politics becomes more conservative, voters are using the ballot for progressive ends.

Arkansas Changes Its Mind on Municipal Broadband

Eight years after banning cities and towns from building high-speed internet networks, state lawmakers unanimously reversed course. Will more red states follow?

Federal Judge Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Two States

About 18,000 people lost coverage in Arkansas after the state began requiring some recipients to work 80 hours a month.

African-Americans Missing Out on Southern Push for Legal Pot

Advocates have raised concerns that minorities won’t have an equitable stake in the emerging business.

Opponents of Medicaid Work Requirements Urge Judge to Stop State Plans

But the Trump administration, along with state officials, argued that requiring some recipients to work will strengthen the overall health insurance program.

Republican Governors Want Trade War With China Over Quickly

An outcome to negotiations that lowers or ends Chinese tariffs could be critical to President Trump’s reelection hopes, Arkansas’ governor predicted.

Mayor Shutters Police Department Amid Payroll Inquiry

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Thousands Fail to Meet New Medicaid Work Mandates in Arkansas

The state is the first to move forward with new requirements for beneficiaries.

Thousands Could Lose Medicaid as 1st State Implements Work Requirements

Arkansas state officials say new requirements will help people get into the workforce. Advocates, however, contend they will just kick people out of the insurance program.

In Taking Up Climate Battle, Cities and States Shift the Debate

Some city leaders looking to lead on climate change policies, reducing emissions in their areas and tackling other environmental issues. But state preemption laws sometimes stand in their way.