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First Lady Melania Trump makes statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill: plus diaper duty an economic burden for 1-in-3 families.

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Public News Service - AR: Health Issues

Experts say finding unused prescription drugs at a friend or relativesí house can turn curiosity into a deadly addiction. (stevepb/Pixabay) <br /><br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day, and across Arkansas, there will be hundreds of locations to drop off expired or unused medications. Officials say keeping prescription drugs indefinitely in a medicine cabinet can be an invitation to abuse, and improperly disposing

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma announce a waiver Monday allowing a work requirement for enrollees in the Arkansas Works health-care program. (YouTube)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas officials say they will soon begin requiring most Medicaid recipients to work, but advocacy groups say it's just another burden on people whose lives are already difficult. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the approval Monday of a federal waiver allowing Arkansas t

A Child Trends report finds that problems at homes are among the most common adverse events experienced by children. (TetraImages/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report shows that a larger portion of kids in Arkansas experience adverse childhood events than in any other state. The report, released this week by the advocacy group Child Trends, finds that children who experience economic hardship, domestic violence or the loss o

If Arkansas is granted a Medicaid waiver, all able-bodied recipients ages 18-49 will be required to work at least 20 hours a week to keep their benefits. (Mason/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A request by Arkansas officials to waive Medicaid rules is being met with skepticism by health-care advocates, who say it would hurt more people than it would help. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked federal officials to lower the income threshold for eligibility in the state'

Experts say low-income working families could be hit the hardest if Arkansas lowers the income requirements for the state's Medicaid program. (Moore/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health officials are proposing significant cuts to the state's Medicaid program by rolling back the income requirements for eligibility. But some experts say that’s against the rules. The state currently is awaiting an answer from the federal Health and Human Se

Soybeans are Arkansasís largest agricultural export, but a labeling change proposed by the FDA could affect sales. (photokostic/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Soybeans and soybean products are Arkansas's largest agricultural export, but a planned rule change by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could put a dent in future crops. The FDA is proposing a new policy that would mean companies could no longer make claims that soy prote

Public health experts say the safest way for a baby to sleep is alone, on its back, and in a crib. (Pixabay)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Public health officials say far fewer Arkansas children died from unsafe sleeping environments or sudden infant death syndrome in the past year. A new report by the Arkansas Department of Human Services shows that child deaths from suffocation or other injuries while slee

About 120,000 Arkansas children depend on the Children's Health Insurance Program for access to health care. (DMarshall/GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As Congress debates renewing the Children's Health Insurance Program, almost 9 million kids are at risk of losing their health care, including 120,000 Arkansas children. The program, called CHIP, has traditionally had bipartisan support, but this year, the House and Senat

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