LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's asking the federal government for permission to stop covering emergency contraceptives for Medicaid patients. The Republican governor said in a letter dated Tuesday that he's asking U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell the process Arkansas can use to waive the requirement that it cover Plan B for those on the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Education has picked Bentonville's superintendent to lead the state-run Little Rock School District. Education Commissioner Johnny Key announced Tuesday that Michael Poore will take over as Little Rock's superintendent beginning July 1.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas children's pastor has been given two life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole in the rape of two young girls. The Jonesboro Sun reports 39-year-old Anthony Waller pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday. Jonesboro police say the girls were repeatedly raped in several locations, including the woods and at the church. Waller still faces 50 counts of video voyeurism and one count of child pornography.
NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) - Police say that an 18-year-old man has been arrested in the death of a Newport woman who was killed when someone opened fire on the car that she was riding in. The man was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Arkansas State Police, with assistance from the Batesville Police Department. Police say that 30-year-old Vanessa Thomas was shot around 11:30 p.m. on April 15. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died.