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The secretary of Human Services told lawmakers that the Arkansas Medicaid program would continue to reimburse assisted living facilities at the higher rate they were getting during the Covid-19 pandemic, at least until November.

We started looking for a rental house last week for a friend moving to Huntsville. Someone told us it would be easier to find a unicorn. 

These are tough times at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Dispatchers have left, deputies have taken jobs elsewhere. Sheriff Ronnie Boyd announced last week that the sheriff’s office will no longer provide deputies as School Resource Officers to the Huntsville School District.

We recently commemorated the 79th anniversary of D-Day and honored the bravery and courage of the Allied troops who helped bring an end to World War II.

The Arkansas Human Services Department has officially petitioned the federal government for authority to make changes in the Medicaid expansion program.

Father’s Day is this Sunday. Like many men, I’d love to be able to speak with my pop again.

Students are clearing out their lockers and signing yearbooks as teachers grade final exams and close the classroom door for the final time this school year. While their attention is turning to summer, my staff is already preparing for fall and getting ready for our next Congressional Youth Cabinet (CYC).

The state Division of Workforce Services will close nine offices around the state.

I had a flashback to my childhood last week when I heard about what happened to Madison County Sheriff’s Office Logan Roddy.

Robust cybersecurity is increasingly important as cyber threats continue to evolve and target vital services. In recent years we’ve experienced disruptions to pipelines, key food suppliers and water treatment facilities. Here in Arkansas, our hospitals, school districts and county governments have found themselves in the crosshairs of cybercriminals within the last year.

As soon as the 2023 legislative session adjourned, the Senate and House Committees on Education began work on school funding in preparation for the 2025 session.

Our friends up the road at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge are making plans for a cool event on June 10.

Memorial Day is fast approaching. It is celebrated the last Monday of May every year. For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, the end of the school year, the beginning of summer vacations and the get-togethers with family and friends. For most, it is a day to look forward to the summer ahead. 

The Huntsville Class of 2023, above all else, can brag about one thing: They were first to hold graduation in the AT & Georgia Mae Smith Activity Center.

Law enforcement officers put on their uniform knowing the risks that come with the public duty to serve and protect. It takes a special person to take on that responsibility. As we commemorate National Police Week, we honor law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to safeguard our communities. 

The major provisions of the new Protect Arkansas Act are well known, but they are only a few of the many measures passed during the 2023 regular session.

Fans of the television show “Yellowstone,” recently got the news they sort of expected, but didn’t want.

During the 2023 regular session, which adjourned on May 1, the legislature enacted a list of new laws to protect the integrity of elections.

I visited a college roommate in Zionsville, Ind., recently. Her husband was running for and won the Republican primary for mayor. As I celebrated with them that night, we watched the returns run across the TV screen and checked the various polling locations and county clerks’ offices for numbers. The one place we didn’t check was the local newspaper because much to my distress, the small newspaper serving that city closed during the pandemic.

I get a wild collection of emails each week, ranging from political folks looking for a donation to someone pushing products to improve every aspect of my life. I have to chuckle at some of them, however, knowing that in many cases, people actually get paid to write the “news” releases.

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