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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.

As Courts See Local Flood of Opioid Lawsuits, Litigation Strategies Can Vary By State

In Arkansas and other states, city and county associations have led a full-out charge against the pharmaceutical industry.

Building a Skills Agenda for the New Economy

We can't rely on the free market to fix our workforce—here's what works.

Man Arrested After Driving Into Ten Commandments Monument at Arkansas Capitol

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Here’s Where Children Rely Most on Medicaid

In Arkansas, 61 percent of all children get their health insurance coverage through the program. How does your state or local area compare?

The Case Halting Arkansas' Executions

The state’s plan to put several prisoners to death before its drugs expire runs into legal trouble that could reshape death penalty cases.

Navigator Award Finalist: Wes Craiglow, Deputy Director for Planning and Development, Conway, Ark.

Making the case for city planners to think more like farmers and encourage development that will be the most beneficial to a municipal budget.

A More Resilient Next Generation 911 Network?

The Ark-Tex Council of Governments hopes a satellite-based alternate path will keep 911 running smoothly during natural disasters like earthquakes that could sever terrestrial fiber lines.

States in West and Southeast Among Those With Biggest GDP Growth in Early 2016

Arkansas, Oregon and Washington state checked in with top economic gains in the first quarter of the year, at 3.9 percent, new data show.

State IT Accessibility Is Improving, But Here’s How It Can Get Even Better

Procurement reforms, innovation teams and testing policies are a few recommendations from experts at NASCIO’s midyear conference in Baltimore.

This Arkansas County Is Taking Multi-Factor Authentication Seriously

And its cybersecurity strategy protected $17 million from phishing attacks.

Helping to Close the 'Data Gap' at City Halls Across the Nation

Lack of training and resources challenge U.S. municipalities trying to improve their decisionmaking processes, according to a new What Works Cities report.

Ransomware Attacks Continue to Stack Up and Local Agencies Remain at High Risk

Public library systems, water systems, law enforcement and health departments have all been recently targeted by the cyberattack tactic.

Arkansas’ Popular Highway App Would Be Nothing Without the Cloud

With 80 percent of the state’s licensed drivers using IDrive, scalability is a necessity.

Some States Help College Students Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

Mississippi has one of the highest teen-pregnancy rates in the country. So in 2014, the state passed a law that requires public colleges to teach students how to avoid unplanned pregnancies.

Police Lawsuit Aims to Make Milwaukee Gun Shop Pay; Major Kentucky ‘Obamacare’ Insurer Goes Belly Up

Also: Salt Lake charter school teachers are ‘unqualified,’ not sticking around and judge orders Arkansas to reveal the identity of its execution-drug supplier.

Washington Still Funding Charter Schools for Now; Sun Pharma Wants No Part of Arkansas Executions

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