Arkansas Fourth Week of 2023 House Regular Session

In the 4th week of the 2023 Regular Session, the House passed bills impacting taxes, healthcare, education, and criminal justice. Tax related bills that passed the House this week included HB1026 and HB1143. HB1026 prohibits local governments from enacting an income tax. HB1143 defines “homestead” for purposes of property tax exemption for disabled veterans, surviving spouses, […]

TWU RESCINDS OF PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE JANUARY 27, 2023

The January 26, 2023 “Precautionary Boil Water Notice” is hereby rescinded for customers and residents of Lakewood and Union, Arkansas. This order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of a loss in normal system pressure due to a power […]

Third Week of Arkansas House Session 2023 Review

On the third week of the 2023 Regular Session, the House passed legislation that could impact everything from car tags to the start of the school year. HB1150 which would extend the time period Arkansans have to register a vehicle. This bill would give Arkansans 60 days from the purchase date of the car or […]

Debate on Confederate Monument in Texarkana Has Increased Petition Drives

Currently at least three petitions are running online concerning the Confederate Mothers Monument in downtown Texarkana Texarkana, USA: At least three petitions are currently online concerning the Confederate Mothers Monument near the federal courthouse and post office. One petition calls for the monument to be removed and placed in a museum for study and history, […]

Peaceful Demonstration at Confederate Monument in Texarkana

Supporters and opponents to the Confederate Monument met in downtown Texarkana this evening. Texarkana, USA: Texarkana saw those wishing to remove the Confederate Monument and those wishing to keep it meet in a peaceful demonstration by both sides. Although voices were raised from time-to-time by both, overall the meeting appeared to open discussion. There were […]

Monument Gains Support to Stay

The Confederate Mothers Monument in Texarkana is gaining support on social media to remain in downtown Texarkana. Texarkana, USA: A local veteran women’s group has stirred historians and citizens alike in both Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texas to the rallying cry “Leave it alone,” and “Let it stay” on social media. Over a week ago, the […]

Fishing Regulation Proposed Changes in Arkansas Open for Comment

The state is proposing changes to commercial, individual, and other aspects of fishing in Arkansas, and comments will be accepted for 45 days. Arkansas: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is currently conducting a survey online for feedback regarding changes in some of the state’s definitions and regulations regarding fishing. Companies and citizens are being […]

Arkansas Health & Wellness, Arkansas Total Care and Quest Diagnostics Team Up to Increase Access to COVID-19 Testing in Underserved Communities

1,000 COVID-19 test kits will be distributed each week to Federally Qualified Health Centers in Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, AR: Arkansas Health & Wellness and Arkansas Total Care announced today a collaboration with Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, to increase access to real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) COVID-19 […]

Yes, We Are Opening, But Should We Have Ever Closed?

Opinion: For the most part, there are two camps in the opening debate running across the United States. One camp says, “Open.” The other camp, maybe a little too obvious, says, “Don’t Open.” The arguments each way can go on for hours. Some say it’s too soon; others say it should have been done sooner […]

Four States News Rolls Quietly Over 6000

The Four States News Website (fourstatesnews.us) reached 6000 published post late Friday afternoon. As six press releases and other updates went out Friday afternoon, the Four States News quietly marked number 6000 for post and pushed beyond. To the reader at large, it went by completely unnoticed, but to me, as I sat in front […]