July 25th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) â€” Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits.
A report commissioned by the state Insurance Department projected that adding the coverage to the state's "private option," would cost about $20 a month per person in the program. More than 170,000 people are enrolled in the private option, which is using federal funds to purchase insurance for the poor.
Darci Stoll has been named Teacher of the Year for the Benton School District.
The announcement of the honor was made Thursday night in a meeting of the Benton School Board.
Stoll is a social studies teacher at Benton High School, where she has taught for the past nine years.
Superintendent Jeff Collum noted that the "selection of the Teacher of the Year is quite a process."
It involves a vote among all the teachers of the district, he pointed out.
As the district's Teacher of the Year, Stoll is now eligible for the state Teacher of the Year competition, he noted.
Concert Violinist Oksana, director and founder of Ovation Music Academy in Benton, has scheduled a monthly live music series to be held at the Saline County Courthouse from July through October of this year.
The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month, Oksana said.
â€śBecause of the increasing popularity of the events that we have held on the courthouse lawn, we have decided to provide a commitment to the people of Saline County to experience free live music during the most comfortable months of the year in an outside venue,â€ťshe noted.