Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Thursday July 24th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin
McDaniel continues to defend the state's 12-week abortion
ban to a federal appeals court. He says the state has a
legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point
in a woman's pregnancy. McDaniel filed a reply brief
yesterday as the court weighs whether to uphold a federal
judge's decision that the ban is unconstitutional.
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — There may not have been a
suspicious person on the Little Rock Air Force Base after
all. Military officials who locked down the base for about
five hours yesterday said after lifting the restriction that
the earlier report is no longer credible. They say the
incident wasn't part of a planned emergency exercise at the
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and
ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties that suffered losses due to
storms that began last month and brought flooding. A
declaration for flood-related aid also applies to 13
counties next to the disaster-declaration region.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The federal Labor Department is
giving Arkansas another $1 million to help pay for the
cleanup after a winter storm. Fourteen counties are eligible
to get public assistance after the storm last December. The
money will go to the Arkansas Department of Workforce
Services and let the state agency keep on temporary workers
who are helping with the recovery.
Hog Cal All Sports Radio News for Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas election officials say the
state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions
to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review
a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an
expanded alcohol sales measure. Officials were still
researching the complaint from the group challenging the
petitions that were submitted in favor of legalizing alcohol
sales in all 75 counties.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican congressman from
Arkansas who has advocated for legislation that would limit
tax-free shopping online says he agrees with his party
adopting an anti-Internet sales tax stance and argues the
two stances aren't in conflict. U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said
he agrees the with state GOP adopting as part of its
platform opposition to any sales tax imposed by the federal
government. Womack is co-sponsor of legislation that would
empower states to collect sales taxes from Internet
SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Harding University is getting a new
registrar. Tod Martin of York, Nebraska, will be registrar,
effective in August. Martin replaces Janice Hurd, who is
retiring from the position after serving as registrar for
eight years. Martin comes to Harding from York College after
seven years as the school's registrar. He was also an
assistant professor in York's business program and taught
classes in management and marketing.
(Information in the following story is from: The Daily
SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — A Bald Knob man accused of shooting his
father-in-law to death goes before a judge on Wednesday.
Investigators say Robert Draft attacked his wife Kathie at
their home and then fatally shot Douglas Cloyes at his home
down the street. Draft was arrested in Michigan after the
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday July 22nd, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group opposed to a proposal
expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary
of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot,
claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions. An
attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For
Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin's office to
not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would
legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties.
Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin
McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize
medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the
measure before voters in 2016. McDaniel's office rejected
the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate
Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical
marijuana legalization on this year's ballot. The group had
been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered
voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to
qualify for the November ballot.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state panel has approved a deal
to house as many as 250 Arkansas inmates at an unused
portion of the Pulaski County jail as part of an effort to
ease prison overcrowding. The move is part of a $6 million
plan approved by lawmakers earlier this month to open about
600 beds across the state. Corrections officials are asking
for $100 million next year to build a new state prison.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Monday July 21st, 2014
OZARK, Ark. (AP) — Crews rescued a 52-year-old man who fell
off a cliff at Ozark National Forest. KHBS reports the man
and his wife were searching for berries yesterday when he
got too close to a cliff and fell. The man was taken to a
hospital in Ozark.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The chief executive officer at
Wal-Mart was the highest paid public company executive in
Arkansas last year. According to the Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette, Douglas McMillon received a compensation
package valued at $25.3 million last year. Two Tyson Foods
executive trailed McMillon by almost $5 million.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A yard sale stretching 160 miles
along U.S. 64 in Arkansas is planned for next month.
Bargains Galore on 64 is August 7-9 and will stretch from
Fort Smith to Beebe. Event coordinator Linda Hiles says the
long yard sale is a good opportunity for civic or religious
organizations to make some extra money.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Friday July 18th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State corrections officials say
they'll ask lawmakers next year for between $75 million and
$100 million to build a new prison to ease overcrowding.
Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs told a
legislative panel yesterday that his department's wish list
for next year will include funding to build a new
1,000-inmate facility. Lawmakers earlier this month approved
setting aside $6 million to open up about 600 beds for state
inmates housed at local jails.
MABELVALE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police say they have found
the vehicle a missing 24-year-old Lonoke County man was
driving before he disappeared. Saline County sheriff's
deputies responded Wednesday night to a call about an
abandoned vehicle in a wooded area in Mabelvale. Officials
say the SUV belongs to the father of Steven Roach. He was
reported missing by his family.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A Denver-based company has announced
plans to open a customer support center in Jonesboro,
creating 150 jobs. TeleTech Holdings says the new center has
the ability to expand to up to 600 jobs. The Jonesboro
facility, which will open next month, will support a health
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Tech University board
of trustees has agreed to sell a parcel of land near
Interstate 40 in Russellville to Narayan Hotels for $1.15
million. The board agreed to the sale yesterday. ATU bought
the property in 2006 for $1.5 million and operated a student
housing facility before it closed in 2011.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Thursday July 17th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorneys for two same-sex couples
in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order
striking down the state's gay marriage ban. Attorneys for
the couples filed a motion yesterday asking the judge to
issue an order striking down the state constitutional
amendment barring same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. A
Pulaski County judge earlier this year struck down the
state's gay marriage ban.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to gradually raise
Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on
the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed
an initial signature count. Secretary of State Mark Martin
says an initial count found that 64,000 signatures were
submitted for the proposed act backed by Give Arkansas a
Raise Now. The group needs about 62,500 signatures from
registered voters to qualify for the ballot.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorney general hopeful Leslie
Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for
organizations spending money on Arkansas races. Rutledge
told the Political Animals Club yesterday that she'd support
requiring any group that spends money on ads that mention
candidates by name to disclose their spending. Rutledge won
the Republican nomination for the attorney general's race in
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A $450 million bridge building
project in Little Rock has been halted by the Federal
Highway Administration. The agency wants engineers to
explore other ways to ease congestion on the Interstate 30
corridor near the Arkansas River. The Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette reports it may take six to nine months for
officials to decide whether to replace or rehabilitate the
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Wednesday July 16th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Attorney General nominee
Leslie Rutledge is scheduled to talk about her candidacy to
members of the Political Animals Club. Rutledge is to speak
to the group Wednesday at a luncheon at the governor's
mansion in Little Rock. She's a former attorney for former
Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee who
won the GOP nomination for the post in a runoff election in
June. Rutledge is running against Democratic nominee and
state Rep. Nate Steel, who won his party's nomination
without opposition in the May primary.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Highway officials want to pave
Arkansas 220, the state's last gravel highway. The eight
miles of gravel road run from Crawford County into
Washington County. Officials estimate the project will cost
between $12 million and $14 million.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting
an 18-year-old last year was declared fit for trial this
week after submitting a mental evaluation. Darrell Dennis is
charged in the May 2013 kidnapping, robbery and shooting
death of Forrest Abrams in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee
Mike Ross wants to boost annual state funding for domestic
violence, child abuse and parole programs by $10 million.
The ex-congressman is detailing his proposals less than two
weeks after Arkansas lawmakers approved increased funding to
ease an influx of state prisoners crowding local jails.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday July 15th , 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A total of $35,000 from the
state's General Improvement Fund to the David and Barbara
Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the
University of Arkansas. The money will be used to buy
equipment for one of six new digital video-editing stations,
help pay to digitize and store 200 hours of footage donated
to the center by KATV and for the purchase equipment to use
in collecting oral and visual history interviews.
BENTON, Ark. (AP) — The Central Arkansas Development Council
is still accepting applications for the regular Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program. The LIHEAP program assists
households with home energy bills. Eligible households must
meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household
income for the month prior to applying. Applications are
accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
VILONIA, Ark. (AP) — The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office
says it is investigating a double shooting outside Vilonia
as a murder-suicide. Authorities identified the dead as
32-year-old Stephanie Hermes and 50-year-old Kevin Battle.
The shooting was reported at about 10 a.m. Monday at a
residence on Arkansas 236. Police said Battle was found dead
and Hermes was airlifted to a local hospital, where she
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Poyen Public Schools math teacher
Ouida Newton has been named the 2014 Arkansas Rural Teacher
of the Year. Newton has taught at Poyen since 1979. She says
her goal is not just to instruct math, but to teach her
students to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Monday July 14th, 2014
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — A Jefferson County sheriff's
investigator involved in a shooting at a Pine Bluff
nightclub has resigned. Sheriff's Major Lafayette Woods Jr.
says Investigator Randy Jackson submitted a letter of
resignation on Friday. Authorities say Jackson was off duty
at Swann's Nightclub on July 5th when he shot and wounded a
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A 41-year-old man who escaped from
the Texarkana Regional Correctional Center is back in
custody. Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson
says Daniel Malin returned to his work site yesterday after
disappearing from the site the day before. Officials say
Malin was serving time for drug-related convictions.
FORT SMTIH, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in Fort Smith say the
pilot of a small airplane escaped injury when the aircraft
crashed into the Arkansas River. Police Sergeant Don Cobb
says pilot Tim Hazelwood was attempting "touch and go"
maneuvers when the aircraft flipped and landed on its top
Saturday evening. Cobb says Hazelwood was able to escape the
plane and was rescued by boaters.
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — The trial of the Bull Shoals police
chief is set to begin in federal court in Harrison. Police
Chief Danniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking Nicholas
Dore and using a stun gun on Dore while he was handcuffed in
July 2013. Sutterfield has pleaded not guilty.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Friday July 11th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to allow alcohol sales
in all 75 Arkansas counties has cleared an initial signature
count. Supporters already have more signatures than what is
needed to win a spot on the ballot. They can have 30 more
days to gather additional names if they fall short because
some are ruled invalid.
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A judge has scheduled an October
trial for a Texarkana woman charged in the fatal shooting of
a fellow square dancer. Sixty-five year-old Virginia Ann
Hyatt is accused of killing 59-year-old Patricia Wheelington
last December. They belonged to the same dancing club. Court
records say Hyatt was "harassing" Wheelington over her
relationship with Hyatt's estranged husband.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Texas man was killed in a
crash that stalled Interstate 40 traffic in North Little
Rock for several hours Wednesday afternoon. Arkansas State
Police say 53-year-old Ronnie Smith of Dallas was in a car
that was crushed between two large trucks.
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — A group overseeing the
state's Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration has
approved two new historical markers. One will be in Rogers
and will mark Peter Van Winkle's Mill, which was destroyed
in the war. The other marker in Helena-West Helena will
remember the Lick Creek Skirmish.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Thursday July 10th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Secretary of State Mark
Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block
a voter ID law, saying it would case "irreparable harm" to
the state. Martin's office yesterday asked the Pulaski
County judge to deny a motion to lift the stay on his
decision against the law. The American Civil Liberties Union
has asked the judge to lift the stay, saying more than 1,000
voters were disenfranchised in the primary because of the
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to allow alcohol sales
in all Arkansas counties has moved closer toward appearing
on the ballot. The secretary of state's office says more
than 84,000 signatures had been counted on petitions to put
the proposal on the November ballot. That's more than the
roughly 78,000 needed to qualify. Alcohol sales are
currently illegal in 37 counties.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — The Jefferson County Sheriff's
Office has released the name of an officer involved in a
shooting that wounded a man in Pine Bluff. Major Lafayette
Woods says Investigator Randy Jackson is on paid leave
following Saturday's shooting at Swann's Bar & Grill.
Authorities say Jackson was involved in a shooting that
wounded 36-year-old Dedric Jones, who remains hospitalized
in stable condition.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A reward is being offered for
information on the deaths of several interior least terns
found on a small island in the Arkansas River. Least terns
are protected by federal and state endangered species
regulations. A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of those
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Wednesday July 9th, 2014
BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) — The American Red Cross in Arkansas has
opened an emergency shelter for flood victims in Monroe
County. The shelter is being opened at First Baptist Church
in Brinkley for residents who continue to experience flood
waters in and around homes as continuing rains affect the
area. A cot and snacks will be provided. Residents are asked
to make other arrangements for their pets prior to leaving
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of Arkansas' congressional
delegation are seeking federal disaster assistance for
farmers and ranchers who have suffered damage and losses to
crops and pastures from flooding that started last month.
They're asking the Department of Agriculture for disaster
aid for Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke,
St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers say a former Arkansas man
whose drug-dealing conviction was tossed because
investigators withheld a taped informant interview that
could have helped his case is not entitled to nearly a
half-million dollars from the state. A legislative panel
reversed and dismissed the award for Gyronne Buckley for the
11½ years he spent in prison.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senator Mark
Pryor's campaign says it will remove parts of online video
footage that was shot on property destroyed in a deadly
tornado. Mayflower RV property owner Doug Boydston says he
wasn't told the footage would be used as a political attack
against Republican challenger and U.S. Representative Tom
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday July 8th, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group supporting expanded alcohol
sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures
in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot. Let
Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures Monday to the
secretary of state's office to put its proposed
constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needs at
least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Groups campaigning to raise the
minimum wage in Arkansas and expand alcohol sales in the
state have submitted petitions to try and get their measures
on the November ballot. Meanwhile, proposals to legalize
recreational and medical marijuana fell short. Election
officials will spend the next several days doing an initial
count of signatures and verifying that they're valid.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A new interchange on Interstate 49
is now open in northwest Arkansas. The Don Tyson Interchange
opened Monday afternoon in Springdale. City officials say
the new interchange should help relieve traffic congestion
on Sunset Avenue, which is the main roadway used to get into
and out of Springdale from the interstate.
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Ground has been broken on a $130 million
hospital that's to be built in Conway. Governor Mike Beebe
joined Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and others for the
groundbreaking for the Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway.
The hospital is expected to open in 2016 with 96 beds, eight
operating rooms and a trauma-center emergency room.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Monday July 7th, 2014
VIOLA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Missouri man
was killed in a head-on collision on State Highway 223 in
Fulton County. Thirty-eight-year-old David Stratton died of
injuries sustained in the Saturday afternoon crash near
Viola. Authorities say Stratton was driving southbound when
his pickup crossed the centerline of the highway and
collided with a northbound vehicle.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police say a man has
been killed in a shooting on the city's southwest side.
Authorities say officers found 31-year-old Marco Avila with
at least one gunshot wound after being called to a home
Saturday night. Police say witnesses told officers they saw
four men leaving the area after the shooting.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Two men have been killed in a fiery
three-vehicle collision in Pine Bluff. Arkansas State Police
say 18-year-old Caleb Spaulding of Montrose and 20-year-old
Aaron Durham of Rison died in Saturday night's crash.
Authorities say two Pine Bluff police officers suffered
minor injuries when their patrol cars collided as they
responded to the crash.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A recent change in Arkansas' liquor
laws allows beer drinkers to enjoy a broader variety of
beverages at home. Stores holding retail beer permits now
can sell locally produced beers in 32- and 64-ounce jugs
known as growlers. The state's Alcohol Beverage Control
Division says the aim is to increase sales and let
microbrewers contribute to Arkansas' economic development.
News for Thursday July 3rd, 2014
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
continues his South Texas tour by discussing a new program aiming to
protect those entering the country illegally from life-threatening
injuries. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) will
hold a news conference today in Laredo. He'll outline the South
Texas Safety Initiative.
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Governor Rick Perry will testify at a U.S.
House Homeland Security Committee hearing about the humanitarian
crisis from an overwhelming flood of unaccompanied child immigrants.
Perry has criticized President Barack Obama's immigration policies
that he says contributed to the problem. More than 52,000
unaccompanied children have been apprehended after entering the
United States illegally since October.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott says learning
where dangerous chemicals are stored in Texas can be a challenge.
The Republican nominee for governor has faced scrutiny since a May
ruling by his office tightened public access to information about
chemical stockpiles in their communities. He told reporters most
people could still identify chemical facilities with a "drive
around" their neighborhood.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Transportation is
shutting down its toll tag customer service and website tomorrow for
an upgrade. TxDOT (teks'-daht) says the new and improved TxTag (teks'-tag)
customer services will launch next Wednesday. The website will offer
live chat support. A new mobile website will allow account
management on the go.
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — The nephew of former Oregon Governor Vic
Atiyeh has been hurt in a plane crash at an Arkansas airport. The
Boone County Sheriff's Office identified 66-year-old pilot George
Atiyeh as the injured man. Authorities say the plane crashed shortly
after takeoff yesterday into a field at the Boone County Regional
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A Mount Ida man has pleaded guilty to money
laundering and wire fraud and prosecutors say he'll serve five years
in prison followed by supervised release. Fifty-seven-year-old
Steven Standridge also was ordered to pay back more than $7 million
in restitution. Standridge was accused of buying insurance policies
as collateral for premium finance loans and then later canceling the
ETOWAH, Ark. (AP) — The Mississippi County sheriff says a teenager
was killed after a tree he was standing by was struck by lightning.
Sheriff Dale Cook says 16-year-old Steven Shepherd was outside a
church in Carroll's Corner on Tuesday night when the storm began.
Cook says the teen was found face down by a tree that had been
struck by lightning.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is accusing
Republican rival Tom Cotton of questioning his religious beliefs for
an interview where Cotton said the Democrat thinks that "faith is
something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings." In
response, Cotton commended Pryor yesterday as a "man of faith."
Pryor's campaign says Cotton should apologize for the remarks.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Wednesday July 2nd, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's
office says a county judge doesn't have the authority to
block enforcement of the state's voter ID law since his
ruling is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.
McDaniel asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox to deny
the motion to lift the stay on his decision against the
state's voter ID law. The ACLU has asked Fox to lift his
stay, saying that more than 1,000 voters were
disenfranchised because of the requirement to show photo ID
before casting a ballot.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House and Senate have
given initial approval to legislation that would prevent
large premium increases for the state's public school
employees. The plan would prevent a 35 percent premium
increase that thousands of public school employees would
otherwise see this fall, by removing part-time workers and
some spouses from the program.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have approved
measures to provide extra funding to the state Department of
Correction in an effort to relieve overcrowding in state and
local lockups. The House and Senate approved separate bills.
Under the plan, the state would transfer $6.2 million in
state funds to pay for up to 600 additional prison beds.
Hog Call All Sports Radio News for Tuesday July 1st, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legislative panel has advanced
legislation aimed at easing an influx of state inmates at
local jails by opening up money in the budget for more
prison beds. The prisons measure is one of three topics
lawmakers are set to address during the special session that
convened Monday. Law enforcement officials from around the
state have asked for the additional funding to ease prison
overcrowding as a result of stricter probation policies.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have quickly
advanced measures to address a looming increase in teacher
health insurance premiums, an influx of state inmates at
local jails and an effort to prevent the lottery from
launching keno. The proposals include dropping part-time
workers and some spouses from the plan. Legislative leaders
hope to wrap up the session by Wednesday morning.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have advanced
proposals to shore up health insurance for public school
employees. House and Senate Insurance and Commerce
committees endorsed identical proposals during the first day
of the Legislature's special session on Monday. The chambers
are expected to vote on the measures Tuesday afternoon.
Thousands of teachers and public school employees are set to
face a 35 percent insurance premium increase this fall.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A House panel has endorsed a
modified proposal to restrict the lottery from starting
monitor-style games such as keno, approving a moratorium
rather than an outright ban. The House Rules Committee on
Monday advanced a proposal that would prohibit the lottery
from starting the games until March 13, 2015. It's a
compromise from the original plan to impose an outright ban
on the games, which the lottery had planned to launch this
SUPREME COURT-BIRTH CONTROL
Justices: Can't make some employers cover contraception
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says some corporations
can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of
the health care law's birth control mandate.
The justices' 5-4 decision Monday means the Obama
administration must search for a different way to provide
free contraception to women who are covered under objecting
companies' health insurance plans.
The court stressed that its ruling applies only to
corporations, like the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain,
which are under the control of just a few people in which
there is no essential difference between the business and
In his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said the
government could simply pay for pregnancy prevention itself.
Or it could arrange for insurance companies or third-party
administrators to take over the responsibility of paying for
the birth control.
Critics of the decision noted that the ruling was made by
five male justices, with all three women on the court
White House: Court ruling risks women's health
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says women's health will
be jeopardized by a Supreme Court decision that allows some
corporations with religious objections to opt out of a
requirement that they cover contraceptives.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that women
should make personal health decisions for themselves.
Earnest said the White House is looking into how many women
could be affected by the decision. He said Congress should
take action to assist women affected by the decision. The
contraceptive coverage requirement is contained in Obama's
new health care law.
The court's 5-4 decision means the Obama administration must
find alternative ways of providing free contraception to
women who are covered under objecting companies' health