Arkansas News

Arkansas, Oklahoma, Warned of Hail, High Wind-Packing Storms

While there has been a curious lack of tornadoes throughout the country’s midsection, that may soon change, according to federal weather forecasters. A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility …

Arkansas Bill Would Prevent Claim Denial for Damage by Stolen Vehicle

A bill to be considered by the Arkansas Senate today would prevent auto insurers from denying a claim for damage caused by a stolen vehicle even if “a valid police report of the theft of vehicle has not been filed.” …

Judge Dismisses Mayflower, Arkansas Oil Spill Lawsuit

A federal class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation over a 2013 crude oil spill in central Arkansas has been dismissed by a federal judge, who acknowledged in his ruling that his decision seems unfair. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller on …

Transportation Network Company Insurance Bill Passes Oklahoma Senate

A bill addressing the insurance requirements of transportation network companies (TNCs), or rideshare organizations, and their drivers has passed the Oklahoma Senate by an overwhelming majority vote of 40-3. SB 436, the Transportation Network Act of 2015, sets coverage requirements, …

Arkansas Senate Votes to Delay State Insurance Exchange Plans

Arkansas lawmakers voted to put the state’s plans to set up its own insurance exchange under the federal health law on hold while the nation’s highest court weighs a legal challenge over tax subsidies granted through the overhaul. The bill …

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

Car Cellphone Regulations Rejected by Arkansas House Committee

A dashboard video showing a state trooper narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a driver who was using a cellphone wasn’t enough to sway an Arkansas House committee that tougher laws are needed. The Public Transportation Committee voted 11-7 against …

Voter ID, Tort Reform Among Amendments Filed in Arkansas

Reinstating Arkansas’ voter ID law, imposing new restrictions on lawsuit damages and eliminating the lieutenant governor’s office are among the dozens of ideas lawmakers would like to put on the ballot in 2016. With about 40 proposed constitutional amendments filed …

Arkansas Bill Would Jeopardize Local Gay Anti-Discrimination Laws

An Arkansas municipality’s effort to protect its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents from discrimination would be nullified under a bill presented by the town’s state representative. The House Local Affairs Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the measure, which …

Arkansas Senate Votes to Continue ‘Private Option’ for Healthcare Insurance

The Arkansas Senate voted to continue the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion another year and create a task force to look at alternatives for the hundreds of thousands of people receiving coverage through the first-in-the-nation initiative. By a 29-2 vote, the …