It was a good week for...
CHELSEA CLINTON. The former first daughter and Arkansas native and her husband, Mark Mezvinksy, are expecting their first child.
A BIG FIND. David Anderson, who moved to Murfreesboro to hunt for gems at Crater of Diamonds State Park, found a 6.19-carat white diamond at the park. He named it "Limitless Diamond" and plans to sell it and donate the proceeds to the Speed the Light charity.
ARKANSAS VOTERS. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of four plaintiffs seeking to overturn the state's voter I.D. law as violating the state constitution. Plaintiffs include a Hurricane Katrina refugee who lost all her possessions, including her ID, in the storm, and a 78-year-old man who was never issued a birth certificate because he was delivered by a midwife who did not properly record his birth
HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. The Obama administration announced that 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance on the new marketplaces created by Obamacare. That includes around 45,000 Arkansans. Meanwhile more than 155,000 people have gained coverage under the state's "private option" for Medicaid expansion, according to the latest data released by the Department of Human Services, and the pool of enrollees is leaning younger, good news for the rest of the marketplace. See "The Big Picture" on page 11 for more.
It was a bad week for...
SEN. JOHN BOOZMAN. He underwent emergency heart surgery in Rogers on Tuesday.
LITTLE ROCK'S HOMICIDE RATE. As the Times went to press on Tuesday, there had been five homicides in Little Rock in the past seven days.
TOM COTTON. The Senate candidate's refusal to take a position on the Arkansas private option — and his inability to explain what he would do to help the more than 150,000 Arkansans who would lose coverage if Cotton got his way and repealed Obamacare — led the national media to dub his dodgy answers on health care as "word salad." Expect a few more helpings as the campaign drags on.
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