Arkansas court says accident reports are open to public

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State Police cannot redact all driver and survivor information on accident reports, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The court’s opinion upholds a lower court’s ruling that the information, including names and addresses of drivers and passengers in non-fatal auto accidents, is public information.

Shelby County has more measles cases than rest of U.S.

MEMPHIS (AP) — Shelby County is home to more measles cases than the rest of the U.S. combined after an outbreak that began last week.
The Commercial Appeal reports six cases so far have been confirmed in the county. According to the Health Department, that’s 60 percent of all U.S. cases this year.

Lawmakers focus on budget after Medicaid fight

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — With the impasse over the future of the state’s hybrid Medicaid expansion resolved for now, Arkansas lawmakers this week are shifting their focus to the rest of the $5.3 billion budget for the coming year.

Hutchinson uses veto to save Medicaid plan

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday effectively saved Arkansas’ first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion by voiding part of a budget bill that would have ended the subsidized insurance for more than 250,000 poor people.

Hutchinson tries to sway Democrats on backup plan

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders tried to persuade skeptical Democrats Monday to support a plan to save Arkansas’ hybrid Medicaid expansion by initially voting to defund the subsidized health insurance for thousands of poor people.