Archive - Apr 15, 2013 - News Article
Alexander resident Nate Smith, director of public health programs and state epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health, participated in the Boston Marathon today. The Boston Marathon website shows he finished the race at about 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, just moments before two explosions went off near the finish line, killing two people and injuring 23.
House Bill 1219 failed in the Arkansas House of Representatives to gain the 75 votes needed for passage. The bill, which allocates funds to the Department of Human Services and includes the Medicaid expansion funding, was rejected by a vote of 69 against, 28 for, 2 non-votes and 1 member voting 'present.'
Saline County legislators were divided in their vote. Rep. Mayberry and Rep. Davis voted for the bill. Rep. Hammer voted against. Rep. Clemmer was a non-vote.
The Boston Marathon says that bombs caused the two explosions heard at the finish line and that organizers were working with authorities to determine what happened.
Organizers made the announcement on the groups' Facebook page on Monday.
Authorities have headed onto the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the site.
Town Hall Meeting Tonight
Saline Memorial Hospital Classroom 1
State Representatives Ann Clemmer and Kim Hammer invite you to a public forum tonight to provide information about the Medicaid expansion and the private option. Special guests include John Selig, Director of Department of Human Services, Andy Allison, Director of Medicaid and other experts.
The meeting is open to the public and attendance is encouraged.
Operation Medicine Cabinet VII is set for Saturday, April 27.
Old or used medications may be turned in â€” no questions asked â€” to police officers at Ferguson's Furniture parking lot on Military Road, Saline Memorial Hospital parking lot, or Target parking lot.