HARRISBURG, Ark. (AP) - A jury has sentenced a former Trumann High School teacher to 25 years in prison after convicting him of sexually assaulting a then-15-year-old student and fathering her child. Jurors deliberated about three hours yesterday before convicting 40-year-old Danny Akers. The victim, who is now 18, testified that she got pregnant in September 2011 and had the baby in July 2012.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for a man convicted in the stabbing death of a Greenbrier woman are set to argue for a new trial. Ronald Britton of Beebe was sentenced to life in prison for the 2010 death of 26-year-old Michelle Asher. Britton argues that the judge should have halted his Faulkner County trial and ordered a mental evaluation after he experienced a manic episode in front of the jury.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are meeting to discuss the progress of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan and enrollment in the insurance marketplace. The House and Senate Public Health committees are scheduled to meet today to discuss the "private option" Medicaid expansion. Under the private option, the state is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Hundreds of Arkansas fourth-graders will attend a workshop next month aimed at environmental awareness. The Department of Environmental Quality's annual Make a Splash with Project WET Festival is set for May 8th at Blytheville High School. About 300 students from three area schools are expected to attend.
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