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Health Care Task Force told savings of $700 million possible

LITTLE ROCK — With a December deadline looming to recommend changes to the Arkansas private option, which uses federal dollars to provide insurance coverage to low-income Arkansans through private insurers, the Arkansas Health Care Reform Task Force met at the State Capital on Tuesday to review some options for those changes.

USS Hoga joins USS Razorback at Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The USS Hoga, a tugboat that saw action at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, on Monday became the second World War II vessel to be docked at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock. The USS Razorback, a submarine that was present in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to the United States, was added to the Museum in 2004 and opened to the public in 2005.

French Hill: Congressional cooperation rising in current session

LITTLE ROCK — With Congress recessed for the holidays, Republican 2nd District Congressman French Hill spoke to the Little Rock Political Animals Club on Tuesday, addressing issues ranging from the Syrian refugee situation to new House Speaker Paul Ryan to increasing bipartisan cooperation in the House, which he said is beginning to ease the gridlock that plagued lawmakers for several years.

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner to cost less this year

LITTLE ROCK — It will cost families about $1 less to prepare the classic Thanksgiving meal this year, due largely to a decline in the average cost of frozen turkey and a gallon of whole milk. According to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 30th annual survey, it will cost $45.25 for a family of 10, or $4.52 per person, to enjoy the feast. Last year’s average was $46.23.


A report by the Arkansas News Bureau published Wednesday incorrectly identified Jordan Wimpy as an attorney for Arkansas Citizens Against Clean Line Energy. Wimpy represents landowners opposed to the proposed Clean Line transmission project but does not represent that particular group.