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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal audit estimates Tennessee's Medicaid program overpaid managed care organizations by $2.7 million over seven years for patients who were already dead.

A December audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general says TennCare should recover the money and return a $1.8 million federal share.

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of January 26!


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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is visiting Arkansas to hold a roundtable discussion with the state's governor and to meet with farmers.

Perdue is participating in a roundtable lunch with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state's agriculture leaders at the governor's mansion on Friday. The event will include a question-and-answer session moderated by state Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward.

Perdue is also scheduled to tour a farm in England in Lonoke County on Friday afternoon.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, says the city gave its "best shot" in trying to lure the second headquarters for Amazon.

The online retailer released Thursday a list of 20 cities that still are in the running for its second home, which is predicted to create 50,000 new jobs and construction spending of more than $5 billion.

Memphis offered $60 million in cash incentives but did not make the cut. Nashville is still in the running.

updated 11:44 am - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop who has led prayers at Arkansas anti-abortion rallies says he will not take part this year because its featured speaker is a public official who actively pushed for the state's aggressive execution schedule last year.

Bishop Anthony Taylor wrote an open letter to the state's 125,000 Catholics inviting them to special Masses instead of attending the event featuring Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require college students to pass a civics test before they're issued a diploma.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman introduced the bill to ensure Missouri's college graduates understand U.S. civics, citizens' rights and how the federal government functions.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge disqualified from handling execution cases after participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration says his lawsuit against the state's highest court should be allowed to move forward.

Attorneys for Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen asked a federal court Tuesday to deny motions by state Supreme Court justices to dismiss his lawsuit challenging his disqualification.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - A city in northwest Arkansas is looking to potentially repair the former home of Sen. J. William Fulbright.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Springdale's City Council took a look Tuesday at a historical preservation firm's proposed $600,000 renovation for the Rabbit Foot Lodge. The lodge was home to Fulbright and his family from 1934 to 1946.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Snowy weather and bitterly cold temperatures have prompted the closure of schools and businesses throughout much of Arkansas, while multiple vehicle wrecks have shut down parts of Interstate 40.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for much of the state Tuesday. The National Weather Service says the wind chill in parts of northern Arkansas is well below zero, while central and southern Arkansas is experiencing wind chills in the single digits or teens.

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It’s the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, and race in America could not be a more timely topic on this day of remembrance.    Especially after President Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants from African countries.  State Representative Charles Blake (D-Little Rock)--co-sponsor of legislation to separate the King Holiday from the holiday of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson discusses the topic with Talk Business’ Roby Brock.


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of January 19!


Christy Clark appointed to ASU Board of Trustees

Jan 12, 2018
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LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson today appointed Christy Clark of Little Rock, a 1992 graduate of Arkansas State University, to a five-year term on the ASU Board of Trustees.

   A McCrory native, Clark succeeds Ron Rhodes of Cherokee Village, who served two five-year terms on the board, most recently as chair. Her appointment expires in January 2023.

ASU System President Chuck Welch said Clark will bring a broad background in business and community service leadership to the board.

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LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is releasing $500,000 in state discretionary funds to the Arkansas State University System to help fund its Accelerate ASU efficiency study that is under way.

System President Chuck Welch said ASU contracted with Huron Consulting Group in fall 2017 to explore ways to grow revenue, reduce costs and reallocate resources to strategic initiatives. Huron expects to present 40-50 opportunities to the system and its campuses with a majority focused on new revenues.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor is proposing a $5.6 billion budget that increases funding for the state's Medicaid program and sets aside surplus money for future tax cuts and highway needs.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed increasing state spending for the fiscal year that begins July 1 by nearly $173 million. Most of that increase goes toward Medicaid. Hutchinson said the funding increase is lower than what was originally proposed for the program last year.

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