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Law change creates possible public auction deals

Law change creates possible public auction deals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There's a boost coming to public auctions pushing to get tax money back from delinquent properties.

The state's biggest public sale arrives Tuesday at Verizon Arena.

A recent change in the law starts bidding at how much is owed in taxes, not assessed value.

Commissioner of State Lands, John Thurston, said that it's changing the crowd at the sale.

"And it's bringing more folks out. People that may not have had as deep a pocket can actually come out and be involved in the bidding," said Thurston.

Bidding can begin possibly thousands of dollars lower, but be aware, even if you pay a small amount at the auction, there are still several possibly steep expenses that come with tax delinquent property.


Affordable Care Act enrollment down

Affordable Care Act enrollment down

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As of February, more than 4.2 million people have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

With less than a month to hit enrollment targets, federal data released on Tuesday shows that signups slowed last month, with fewer than 950,000 people choosing a plan.

And, less than 50 percent of eligible Arkansans have selected a plan.

The state health department believes the low numbers may be because of confusion.

The most common misconception comes from eligible people thinking they're automatically covered, but you must enroll in order to get coverage.

Here's the four things you need to sign up:

Lawmakers tackle 'Private Option'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas legislature will meet on Monday to begin the state's third fiscal session.

One of the biggest decisions they face - is whether to fund what's known as the "Private Option".

State Representative John Burris joined THV's Alyse Eady with more.

DHS officials told lawmakers on Tuesday that there's no time restriction for the state to end the "private option" that was approved last year as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law. Under the private option, Arkansas is using federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.

Opponents of the plan have questioned whether the federal waiver for the program complies with the state law authorizing it.

Faris appointed to Board of Health marketplace

Faris appointed to Board of Health marketplace

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Senate Info Office) - Senator Michael Lamoureux of Russellville, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, announced three appointments Monday to the Board of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace.

They are:  Steve Faris of Malvern, a Lottery Commissioner and former state senator and representative; Fred Bean of Little Rock, president of Bean Hamilton Corporate Benefits; and John Denery of Little Rock, executive vice president and director of life and health for Stephens Insurance.

Act 1500 of 2013 creates the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace and authorizes the President Pro Tem to make three appointments. Faris, who was appointed to an eight-year term, will represent small employers and Bean will represent health insurers.  Bean was appointed to a six-year term and Denery to a four-year term.  Future appointments will be for six-year terms.

Cotton criticizes President Obama in town meeting

Cotton criticizes President Obama in town meeting

By Mark Bivens, Editor

Congressman Tom Cotton addressed a gathering Saturday at the Malvern American Legion during a town hall meeting.

Cotton said the United States could not ignore the potential military threats against the nation.


Cotton holds town hall meeting, veterans assistance session

Cotton holds town hall meeting, veterans assistance session

Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) will hold a town hall meeting in Hot Springs Village on March 25, 2013 from 8 - 9 am in the auditorium. The event is open to the public and to the media. Constituents will have the opportunity to hear brief remarks from the Congressman and ask him questions. Immediately following the town hall there will be a staff-led Veterans Assistance Session in room 1 of the community center. Members of the Congressman’s staff will be available to provide information and answer questions about VA related issues.

Date:            Monday, March 25, 2013

Location:        Coronado Community Center, 150 Ponderosa Lane, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

Time:           8 - 9 am (Town Hall), 9 - 11 am (Veterans Assistance Session)

Beebe appoints 21 to boards and commissions

 Beebe appoints 21 to boards and commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: