Around the South for Apr. 19: AR, OK & TN


Arkansas: Supreme Court declines stay of execution. Two of the seven death-row inmates scheduled for execution by lethal injection have been spared, at least for now. The US Supreme Court declined to overturn an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that stayed one of the planned executions while the state attorney general declined to appeal an appeals court ruling delaying another. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said he hoped the remaining five executions could be carried out. “I am disappointed in this delay for the victim’s family,” Hutchinson said, reported the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette  …….Oklahoma: State ends wind-power tax credit. While acknowledging that “The zero-emissions tax credit was key to the growth of wind energy in Oklahoma,” Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed legislation to end the credit by July 1. By 2014, the tax credit had cost the state some $113 million, reported the McCarville Report ……. Tennessee: TennCare expansion spiked in committee. A proposal to expand TennCare, a state healthcare program, to as many as 100,000 persons with behavioral health diagnoses was voted down by the House Health Committee. One reason was to wait and see what President Trump and Congress do with Medicaid, reports The Tennessee Journal …….