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State sanctions Empower, says Medicaid managed care company ‘misrepresented’ facts

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has suspended new enrollment for Empower Healthcare Solutions, a managed care organization serving about 20,000 Medicaid beneficiaries with intellectual or developmental disabilities, behavioral health disorders or both. Empower is one of four Provider-led Arkansas…

Former judge Mike Maggio released from federal prison

Former Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio has been released from federal prison after serving less than half of a 10-year sentence for bribery. The development is the latest in a long-running and complex criminal case that dates back to…

Wind energy gains ground in Arkansas after years of setbacks

Updated 12:05 p.m., Sept. 10, 2021 One of Arkansas’s biggest utilities is delivering wind power to thousands of homes in the state, and the company says more is on the way. On Friday, Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) announced the…

Former Conway lawmaker to face retrial on federal bribery charges

Federal prosecutors plan to retry former lobbyist and political fundraiser Gilbert Baker on bribery and other charges after a mistrial earlier this month. Chief U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. on Friday set the retrial to begin in Little…