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Public News Service - AR: Family/Father Issues

Scientists have determined that around 90% of a child's brain is developed by age 5. (Adobe Stock)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A group of lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle agree Arkansas needs to invest more in its youngest residents. They've formed a caucus focused on creating evidence-based policies for the 2021 General Assembly. Executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children a

Pediatrician Dr. Crystal Little examines an inquisitive patient at one of Mainline Health Systems' 17 centers in southeast Arkansas. (MainlineHealth)<br /><br />

DERMOTT, Ark. – This is National Rural Health Day, and rural health centers in Arkansas and across the country are requesting that Congress stabilize the funding for their programs. Rural health providers say lawmakers have funded rural centers on a month-to-month basis through a continuing

A recent report says 31 percent of Arkansas children live in homes where their parents lack secure employment, and 24 percent of Arkansas children live in poverty. (401(K)20Twenty)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The State of Arkansas is ending this fiscal year with almost $42 million more in its coffers than previously projected. And the Department of Finance attributes that to higher-than-expected individual income tax and sales tax collections. But while the money is no doubt

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'

Advocates say children with a parent in jail can lose touch with them when they only get to visit with them monthly or less often. (Wikimedia Commons)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A group of children's advocates has begun talking with legislators to find ways to keep Arkansas families together when a parent is convicted of a crime. Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind is looking to find alternatives to putting parents behind bars when there

Health care for children in Arkansas is ranked 44th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in a new WalletHub survey. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- This week, April 24-28, is Every Kid Healthy Week, and a new survey shows that Arkansas ranks near the bottom for the health of its children. The report, released this week by the marketing firm WalletHub, ranked Arkansas 44th among the 50 states and District of Columbia for th

Family members provide hundreds of thousands of unpaid hours of care each year for parents and other relatives. (shoyhet/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Family caregivers are the first line of defense in preventing elderly patients from returning to the hospital, and an Arkansas state law is providing extra support in that often difficult task. The Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act, which went into effect last year, provides assis

Arkansas now ranks sixth in the country for adult obesity rates, down from first place last year. (iStockimages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health officials are calling the state's slide to sixth place in the national adult obesity ranking a significant step in the 10-year plan, started last year, to improve residents' health. Officials were concerned last year when the annual obesity survey ranked Arkans

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