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  1. State Capitol Week in Review

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    January 14, 2013 by Steve Winkler

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Bryan King January 11, 2013 LITTLE ROCK – On the first day of the 2013 regular session of the legislature, the chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court is scheduled to administer the oath of office to 15 freshmen senators and 20 returning senators. Of the 35-member Senate, 26 have previous legislative experience as members of the House of Representative.

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  2. Arkansas’s Economic Outlook

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    December 7, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison December 7, 2012 LITTLE ROCK  –  The Arkansas economy continues to show slight improvement, according to the most recent state revenue report issued for November.

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  3. Medicaid News from Little Rock

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    November 13, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison November 2, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  The state Medicaid program may have to scale back delivery of some services, the governor said in press interviews. Medicaid officials have warned that the program faces a potential budget shortfall of $250 million to $400 million next fiscal year.  During the 2013 regular session the legislature will make the final determination on the budget of the Medicaid program.

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  4. Deer Harvest Numbers

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    October 27, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 26, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  Last year Arkansas hunters harvested 192,748 deer, about a four percent increase over the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. The harvest of bucks went up from 82,973 to 85,284 and the harvest of does increased from 88,341 to 93,838. So far this season about 38,000 deer have been harvested, according to the state Game and Fish Commission.  That includes more than 9,160 in Zone 12 of south-central Arkansas.  In no other zone have more than 3,000 been harvested.

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  5. State Capitol Week in Review, Oct. 19, 2012

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    October 25, 2012 by Sue Madison

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 19, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  The Senate and House Education Committees recommended an increase in public school funding of between 1.8 percent and 2.5 percent, which would be sufficient for school districts to provide a constitutionally adequate education to Arkansas students. The legislature will use the recommendation when writing budgets for the next two fiscal years.  Based on the experience of the past few years, schools can expect an increase of close to 2 percent.  A 1.8 percent increase would amount to $56.6 million.  A 2.5 percent increase would be $78.4 million.

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  6. Arkansas Wins Judgment Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

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    April 17, 2012 by Sue Madison

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    LITTLE ROCK –  The state of Arkansas has won a judgment at the trial court level against a major pharmaceutical manufacturer and its subsidiary, winning a judgment of $1.2 billion for the state’s Medicaid fund. The drug manufacturer is Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiary is Janssen Pharmaceutica.  They are expected to appeal the fine, which was ordered by a Pulaski County circuit judge. The attorney general, representing the state of Arkansas, filed the suit in 2007.  The trial lasted two weeks.  A jury of six men and six women deliberated for about three hours before issuing a verdict saying the pharmaceutical companies committed Medicaid fraud and used deceptive trade practices by hiding the negative side effects of a drug commonly prescribed for people with mental disorders. The potential side effects of the drug are diabetes, hormonal changes that affect the sexual development of children, increased likelihood of strokes in elderly people and excessive weight gain in users of all ages.  Jurors were asked to determine whether the company’s labeling accurately disclosed its possible side effects.  The jurors were also asked to determine if a letter to Arkansas physicians about the drug was deceptive. The drug manufacturer has a mixed …

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  7. Capitol Week in Review: Students​ Coming​ to ​College​ Unprepared

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    February 13, 2012 by Sue Madison

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    LITTLE ROCK – Last year, Arkansas high school graduates were better prepared academically for college than they have been in the recent past, according to a recent survey based on remediation rates of freshmen. Every year, the state Department of Higher Education counts the number of entering freshmen who must take re- medial classes their first year in a four- year university or a two-year college. Students are required to take remedial classes if their standardized test scores in English, reading and math are not high enough. On the popular ACT test, the required score is 19 or higher. A total of 23,176 students took the college admission tests. This year’s report shows that 49.3 percent of students enrolling in an Arkansas public college or university had to take at least one remedial class. That is the lowest percentage since the fall semester of 1993. Our worst performance was in the fall of 2002, when 59.6 percent of new students had to take a remedial class. There is a large difference in remedial rates between students entering a four-year university and those entering a two-year college. At the state’s four- year universities, 34.5 percent — 5,101 students — had to …

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