Beebe signs into law 'private option' plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law a measure reauthorizing Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion for another year.

Beebe on Friday signed the budget bill for the "private option" plan that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health law.

Through the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for low-income residents. Nearly 94,000 people are receiving subsidized insurance through the program, the first of its kind approved by the federal government.

The program's future had been in jeopardy, but survived a defunding push in the House earlier this week.

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Arkansas lawmakers say they’ll move quickly on tax cut plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas legislative leaders said Thursday they plan to move quickly on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $50 million income tax cut proposal, but said there are concerns among lawmakers about part of his planned tax break for military veterans.

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Watchdog to probe Comey’s, FBI’s actions before election

WASHINGTON — In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton.

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