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Proposal to limit use of TANF benefits stalls

LITTLE ROCK — Proposals to restrict how Arkansans can spend welfare benefits and create a new way to appeal decisions of the Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock stalled in the Joint Budget Committee on Thursday, but the sponsors could try again with the measures next week.

Roundup: Operation Mother’s Day dubbed success

Rounding up deadbeat parents who don’t pay child support has become an annual tradition for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and it continued Wednesday and Thursday as 15 people who had active warrants were rounded up and booked in the adult detention center.

Wildlife exhibition at Moody

Bob Tarter with the National History Educational Co. of the Midsouth presents a program to Moody Elementary School students involving live exhibits. Tarter explained how animals are an important part of the world. (Special to The Commercial)

Machiavellian line item veto

Late last week, the Arkansas News Bureau reported that some state lawmakers have concerns regarding Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s use of a line-item veto to extend funding for Arkansas Works, the newest incarnation of the the federal Medicaid extension program. (The program’s name gets changed, but it’s still tied to the Affordable Care Act.)

Food safety 4-23-16

The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at establishments which include restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units and concession stands. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists.