French Hill
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An impasse remains between President Trump and congressional Democrats that could lead to a partial government shutdown next Friday. Arkansas’s 2nd district U.S. Rep. Republican French Hill, a Republican of Little Rock, says he’s disappointed that no resolution seems to be in sight and is considering the impact a shutdown would have in Arkansas.

You can hear his interview with KUAR above.

Snow
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While severe winter weather is not entirely common in Arkansas compared to other states, the Arkansas Department of Transportation says it is well prepared for any winter weather that may come this season, even if no snow is in the immediate forecast. 

When serious winter weather does impact Arkansas roads, there is no section of the department’s budget set aside for just winter weather. Instead, it comes out of the yearly maintenance budget.

Daniel Breen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking for an investigation into a settlement that would result in the shutting down of the state's two largest coal-fired power plants.

In a statement, Rutledge said she would like the Arkansas Public Service Commission to review the pending settlement agreement between the Sierra Club, the National Parks Conservation Association, and Entergy Arkansas, which co-owns the two plants.

Sarah Kellogg
Governor's Office

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas plans to roll out an awareness campaign to inform enrollees of the state's Medicaid expansion plan on ways they can report their work hours. The governor spoke with KUAR News about the change Thursday, a day after the Department of Human Services announced the expansion of a helpline for those enrolled in the Arkansas Works program.

Beginning Dec. 19, people can call the state directly to report how they are meeting the work requirement which was imposed earlier this year. 

Sarah Kellogg

The Arkansas Research Alliance has recognized six new research fellows, with five of them receiving a $75,000 grant from the state. The ARA fellows program recognizes research leaders who are working at one of Arkansas’s five research campuses.

Governor Asa Hutchinson DHS director Cindy Gillespie
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Department of Human Services says it's expanding an existing "helpline" to allow certain recipients of the state's Medicaid expansion program to report their 80 hours of work or work-related activity per month. 

DHS announced the change Wednesday after more than 12,000 enrollees in the program, known as Arkansas Works, lost their health insurance coverage for failing to comply with the work requirement for three consecutive months. 

Beginning Dec. 19, beneficiaries can report work hours and seek help with reporting by calling (855) 372-1084.

Alan Leveritt
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times LP has filed a lawsuit against the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees over a recent state law, saying it violates the First and Fourteenth amendments of the Constitution.

The law requires companies to sign a pledge to not boycott Israel in order to do business with the state. Contracts with a value less than $1,000 do not apply. If a company fails to pledge to not boycott Israel, it can still conduct business with the state, but at a rate that’s 20 percent less than the lowest certifying business.

 Justice Courtney Goodson Judicial Crisis Network.
Arkansas Times / You Tube

An Arkansas court is dismissing a television station's appeal of an order that prohibited it from airing a conservative group's attack ad against a state Supreme Court justice during her re-election bid.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed the appeal by Tegna, Inc., which challenged the ruling preventing several television stations from airing the Judicial Crisis Network's ad targeting Justice Courtney Goodson last spring. Goodson won re-election in November.

U.S. Senator John Boozman in the Republican Party of Arkansas headquarters in 2016 during a campaign interview.
KUAR News

UPDATE: By an 87-13 vote, the U.S. Senate approved the new farm bill on Tuesday, with Arkansas's two Republican senators split on the measure. Sen. John Boozman supported the bill, while Sen. Tom Cotton was among 12 members of his party voting against it.

The bill now advances to the House. The legislation allocates billions of dollars in sibsidies to farmers and guides national policies for the next five years.

UAMS
UAMS.edu

Arkansas legislators will be meeting next week as part of an ongoing inquiry into a partnership between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway. Arkansas Business delves into the conflict in this week’s issue:

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