An execution drug obtained by the Arkansas prison system earlier this month appears to have been made by a subsidiary of Pfizer, even though Pfizer has said it doesn't want its drugs to be used in executions.
The Arkansas Supreme Court granted the state's request to temporarily put on hold a mandate to turn over information about the source of its execution drugs, with the decision released about an hour before Friday's noon deadline for the disclosure.
Cathy Frye, a longtime reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has taken over as spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Correction. Jennifer Gill, a name familiar to newspaper readers in Fort Smith, said she has left the Southwest Times Record after more than 16 years.
The lack of understanding of financial matters in the most basic way by offenders is truly amazing. In my opinion, it also contributes heavily to recidivism. It is already difficult to get on one’s feet with a criminal record; add to that the trouble understanding finance and you contribute to the revolving door of the system.
State Sen. Jane English has no use for the private option, the Medicaid expansion providing health insurance to the poor. But the Republican lawmaker from North Little Rock saw an opportunity and took it, and what began as an old-fashioned political horse trade — you get my vote, I get something for my constituents — appears likely to evolve into a governor-backed legislative package that next year will seek to transform workforce training in Arkansas.
Because HSPC relies solely on donations to operate, fundraisers like Reigning Cats and Dogs are an integral part of the organization’s success. Proceeds from Reigning help cover the costs associated with maintaining an on-site spay/neuter clinic, as well as emergency veterinary services.