28, Mar 2015 - Arkansas, AR First state inmates sent to Texas jail
The Bowie County jail started taking in the first of 288 Arkansas Department of Correction inmates Thursday as part of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's prison plan.
28, Mar 2015 - Searcy, AR Fiscal '16 state budget, prison bill on to-do list
Arkansas legislative leaders said they're hoping to have a copy of state government's proposed $5.2 billion budget for fiscal 2016 on the desks of lawmakers by the end of this week as they scramble to wrap up the Arkansas legislative session by the end of this month.
28, Mar 2015 - Arkansas moves to resume executions after 10-year hiatus
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A decade after the last execution in Arkansas, a ruling by the state's Supreme Court has moved the state back on a path to resuming capital punishment by lethal injection. The Arkansas court ruling was applauded by the Republican-dominated government that took office in January, wanting to resume executions of the 33 people on the state's death row ...
27, Mar 2015 - Paragould, AR Arkansas House members support trio of gun bills
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House members advanced a trio of gun bills Thursday that would greatly expand where concealed firearms are allowed and provide protections for those who use lethal force. The House voted 80-4 to allow certain elected officials to be armed at courthouses where they work ...
27, Mar 2015 - North Little Rock, AR NLR neurosurgeon sues former patient for defamation
A North Little Rock neurosurgeon is suing a former patient for defamation after the patient protested and distributed pages of negative comments about him at his Conway location on Dave Ward Drive. Dr. James Calhoun of Central Arkansas Neurosurgery has filed a lawsuit against James Blazier, requesting a jury trial and compensatory damages for the toll his actions have taken on the physicianâ€™s ...
27, Mar 2015 - Arkansas passes bill prompted by lawmaker giving away girls
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker who gave away his adopted daughters to a man who later sexually assaulted one of them voted Friday to make such transfers a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
27, Mar 2015 - 'Spouse' definition challenged
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Thursday that the state has joined Texas, Louisiana and Nebraska in a federal lawsuit challenging a new rule, effective today, that changes the definition of "spouse" in the Family and Medical Leave Act to recognize legally married same-sex couples regardless of where they live.
27, Mar 2015 - Scott, AR First of 8 Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud/Identity Theft Scheme in El Dorado & Crossett
Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Erica R. Browning, age 35, of El Dorado, pleaded guilty today to one count of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.
27, Mar 2015 - Ash Flat, AR Baker inducted into Hall of Fame
FAULKNER COUNTY JUDGE RECOGNIZED BY AG COMMUNITY Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker was one of five men inducted into the 27th class of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame on Friday. â€śIâ€™m grateful and proud to be here with so many of my friends, to be included today with this group here and the ones that came before me, many of whom have had a big impact on my life, and all of whom have had an ...
27, Mar 2015 - Rutledge roots for dirty coal
Grandstanding is one of the unwritten constitutional functions of state attorneys general, but it always helps to know who is in the cheering section. by Ernest Dumas Grandstanding is one of the unwritten constitutional functions of state attorneys general, but it always helps to know who is in the cheering section. When Arkansas's new attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, joined a band of other ...
27, Mar 2015 - Little Rock, AR Arkansas Supreme Court upholds lethal-injection law
LITTLE ROCK â€” The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Arkansasâ€™ lethal-injection law, reversing a circuit judgeâ€™s ruling that the law was unconstitutional.
27, Mar 2015 - Faulkner, AR Bill seeks to ensure time served for repeat offenders
Repeat offenders of violent crimes in Arkansas may soon face parole revocation upon a second felony offence if a shell bill to revise the current statutes passes. Senate bill 856, an act to revise the parole statutes for repeat and violent offenders and concerning parole revocation and the issuance of an arrest warrant by the Parole Board, was filed by Senator David Sanders on Monday. read more
27, Mar 2015 - Hope Star In Depth: Debate over road less traveled
The fate of the road less traveled in Arkansas is at the heart of a debate among the Arkansas General Assembly, the state highway commission, and county judges statewide.
27, Mar 2015 - Court accepts Arkansas into EPA suit
A U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia has granted intervention status to the state of Arkansas in a case challenging the EPA's proposed 111(d) rule, also known as President Obama's Clean Power Plan.
27, Mar 2015 - Grant, AR Civil Rights pioneer: 'ghosts of past' will haunt Hutchinson's legacy
Decorated Civil Rights leader Julian Bond has issued a statement condemning Arkansas House Bill 1228 , which he said would "cloak discrimination in the guise of religion." Bond was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was also a longtime state legislator in Georgia and chairman of the NAACP. Bond joins a chorus that already includes ...