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July 2nd, 2013
LITTLE ROCK â€” Arkansas officials are holding a public hearing on the state's plan to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.
The Department of Human Services on Tuesday planned to hold a hearing on the "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state. Lawmakers approved the plan this year, but it still must get final clearance from the federal government.
The plan was touted as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.
A video of the press conference can be found here: http://bentoncourier.com/content/video-sheriffs-press-conference-after-w...
Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington says he takes full responsibility for an error in judgment Saturday night that led to his arrest on two misdemeanor charges and a brief detainment by the Benton Police Department.
Pennington apologized for his actions Monday afternoon during a news conference at his office, blaming no one other than himself while simultaneously commending police department personnel for "doing their job."
Benton police arrested early Saturday morning a man on charges of attempted arson and attempted murder.
After a disturbance was reported about 10:30 p.m. on Lillian Street, one of the men involved in the argument, James Garland, 54, agreed to leave the scene in order to "calm things down," according to a police report of the incident.
However, about 2 a.m., a neighbor told police Garland returned to the home. The neighbor said he witnessed Garland dousing the exterior of the house with a large amount of gasoline in an apparent attempt to set it on fire.