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Asa’s Big Medicaid Glitch: The Computer Coding Governor Can’t Build A Website

Asa’s Medicaid Website Fails Asa Hutchinson claims to be the “Computer Coding Governor.” But his administration is having some major tech issues. And that’s a problem, because the governor created an experimental work requirement for people on Medicaid that requires a functioning website run by the state. Arkansans are supposed to verify their work history on the state’s website. But …

Camden’s Julian Lott Makes History as City’s First African-American Mayor

Julian Lott has been sworn in as Camden’s first African-American mayor. Lott won election to office in a close three-way contest to lead Ouachita County’s seat. Camden voters elected a new mayor on Tuesday when Julian Lott polled 1,680 votes (51.64 percent) in a three-way race. Lott, who is employed by Chemring Group and who is also the pastor of …

Little Rock’s Groundbreaking New Mayor Frank Scott, Jr.

Arkansas’s capital city officially has a new mayor, and the news is reverberating around the entire state and the country. Frank Scott, Jr. was sworn into office on Tuesday in front of a packed Robinson Auditorium. Scott is the city’s first popularly elected African-American mayor. In his remarks, he said city residents need to come together for Little Rock to …

Jacksonville Swears In New Mayor, Democratic Lawmaker Bob Johnson

The city of Jacksonville has entrusted longtime Democratic stalwart, and former state legislator, Bob Johnson to be the mayor of the dynamic Pulaski County community.  Arkansas Rep. Bob Johnson, D-Jacksonville, has won the runoff election for Jacksonville mayor. Johnson, an accountant and former Pulaski County justice of the peace, soundly defeated military veteran and city planning commission member Patrick Thomas. …

West Memphis Unity: First African-American Mayor Takes Office

The Delta hub of West Memphis has officially sworn in Mayor Marco McClendon. The mayor is the youngest in the Mississippi River town’s history, and its first African-American to lead the city government. “I plan on working with everyone in my community no matter what color you are,” McClendon said. McClendon said he wants to create a land bank in …

Fort Smith Embraces First Black Mayor, Democrat George McGill Sworn In

One of Arkansas’s most dynamic and historic cities has officially sworn in former Democratic State Representative George McGill as mayor. McGill’s victory is galvanizing Fort Smith. He’s the first black mayoral candidate to win in Fort Smith. McGill defeated challengers, Wayne Haver and Luis Andrade back in August 2018. 5NEWS spoke with McGill about his new role in the community. …