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    Jonathan Nelson, 9, died in 2011 when a soccer goal fell on him. (Photo: THV 11 News)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have rejected awarding $1 million to the family of a 9-year-old killed when an unanchored soccer goal fell on him two years ago.

    The Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday failed to advance the award for the family of Jonathan Nelson. A claims subcommittee had recommended the award.

    The proposal received 23 votes but needed at least 29 from the 56-member budget panel.

    The Department of Finance and Administration opposed the claim, citing the impact it would have on the state's budget.

    Jonathan was a fourth-grader at Elm Tree Elementary School in Bentonville when he was killed by the falling soccer goal. His family filed a claim against the Department of Human Services, which licensed an after-school program that operated at the elementary school.

    The State Claims Commission approved the claim last month.

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