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Morning Mix February 19, 2020: Russellville City Council Votes on Recreational Pot Ordinance

The Russellville City Council plans to vote on a proposed ordinance prohibiting sales of recreational marijuana in the city. This is apparently a preliminary, preventative ordinance, only coming into effect in case the state votes to legalize recreational use of cannabis. Either way, addressing an issue that does not yet exist is definitely a great…

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Morning Mix February 17, 2020: Federal Court Rules Arkansas Medicaid Work-Requirement Unconstitutional

A federal court of appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling that Arkansas’ work-requirement for Medicaid benefits was “arbitrary and capricious.” Governor Asa Hutchinson hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court will review the ruling. 18,000 Arkansans lost Medicaid benefits after the state instituted the work requirement, their future is unclear. Presidential hopeful/former New York City mayor…

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Morning Mix February 12, 2020: FDA Approves Anti-Allergy Drug Researched by Arkansas Children’s Hospital

The FDA recently approved Palforzia, a drug treatment for childhood peanut allergies. Researchers at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital were instrumental in developing the treatment that works by desensitizing children with peanut proteins over time. Ten Arkansans died of the flu last week, bringing this season’s total to 46.    Senator Bernie Sanders won the New…