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In some parts of the country, vaccination rates lag

May 21, 2021
Health professionals in Arkansas say there are a variety of reasons why people there are hesitant to get vaccinated.
Mary Kate and Tim Pricop visit a horse racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with their children on a weekday afternoon. The couple plan to pass on getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Tight budgets strain 911 call centers

Sep 26, 2018
Fees from phone bills only cover about three-quarters of the costs to operate the nation's call centers; states and cities scramble to cover the rest.
Marilyn Scott retired as a police officer and became a call taker. She says it’s a stressful job.
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Arkansas phasing in work requirements for those on Medicaid

Aug 7, 2018
Arkansas is at the forefront of a national experiment to see whether requiring work for health care coverage helps lift people out of poverty. So far, the state’s plan has seen low compliance among beneficiaries who may soon see themselves fall off the Medicaid rolls. Out of the around 10,000 people who were supposed to […]
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Arkansas debates where to draw the line on debt collection for probationers

Apr 11, 2018
One private probation company presses the question in Eastern Arkansas.
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Cities find few regulatory answers for industrial odors

Feb 8, 2018
An Arkansas town has little authority over smells it says comes from a meat-rendering plant.