21, Oct 2014 - Residents fight to become own city to prevent annexation
The small community known as Southside in Independence County is trying to become a city within the county, according to court documents filed on Monday. A local organization, Keep Southside Free, filed a petition to protect itself “from unwanted annexation and control by the city of Batesville, Arkansas.”
21, Oct 2014 - Kansas governor, challenger discuss gay marriage
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday to defend Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage, while Democratic challenger Paul Davis said during a debate Monday that there's nothing either of them can do at this point because the matter is in the hands of the courts.
21, Oct 2014 - Arkansas man gets 25 years in child rape case
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Mississippi County jury has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl who was later found dead.
21, Oct 2014 - Brownback cites Wichita murder case in last debate
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback assailed Democratic challenger Paul Davis Tuesday as a liberal who would appoint Kansas Supreme Court justices overly sympathetic to violent criminals, and Davis accused the Republican incumbent of trying to exploit a high-profile Wichita murder case to boost his re-election chances.
21, Oct 2014 - Kansas' accusation that Nebraska violated Republican River pact lands at U.S. Supreme Court
The long-running dispute between Nebraska and Kansas over Republican River water washes up to the U.S. Supreme Court this week.
21, Oct 2014 - Secret Service director resigns; U.S. Ebola patient wasn't immediately diagnosed; Hong Kong pro
Also, court rules Kansas Democrats do not need to put candidate on U.S. Senate ballot; Texas girl abducted 12 years ago found alive and well in Mexico; federal court blocks provisions of North Carolina law barring same-day voter registration; Dan Gilbert testifies at Detroit bankruptcy trial; fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine; and British Prime Minister David Cameron pledges tax cut if ...
21, Oct 2014 - Shawnee, KS Prosecutors concerned by Kansas Supreme Court felony ruling
Some Kansas prosecutors say a state Supreme Court ruling could lead to the release of more than 200 dangerous inmates who would have their sentences reduced.
21, Oct 2014 - Independence man sentenced in car chase
A Kansas City man is headed to federal prison on a case connected with a 111-mph police chase in Independence last year. Citizens at the scene helped police find and apprehend the man.U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple sentenced Brad L. Akins, 27, to six and a half years in prison on Tuesday, according to the office of the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri. In April, Akins pleaded ...
21, Oct 2014 - The march toward marriage equality quickens
The state of Arkansas told the Arkansas Supreme Court today it doesn't object to a request by plaintiffs to expedite the state's appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage. The attorney general's office said the case was argued extensively before Piazza and all parties have adopted the state's abstract of those eight hours of arguments. The questions of law ...
21, Oct 2014 - Morgan Hill man sentenced for trafficking drugs to Southeastern U.S.
A federal investigation resulted in the arrest and conviction of a Morgan Hill man who supplied highly pure methamphetamine to western Arkansas drug dealers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
21, Oct 2014 - Ryke Longest: Compact to conflict -- three states argue over one river
Ryke Longest is the Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and a Clinical Professor of Law at the Duke University School of Law. On October 14, the Court will hear an original jurisdiction dispute between three states that share interests in the flows of the Republican River: Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. Following passage […]
21, Oct 2014 - Prison agency puts two on leave
The Arkansas Department of Correction placed two employees on administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates how a TV station was granted a prison interview with the man accused of killing a North Little Rock real estate agent.
21, Oct 2014 - Arkansas Supreme Court becomes latest to strike down voter ID law
The seven-member court delivered an unusual decision Wednesday that was at once unanimous and split 4 to 3.
21, Oct 2014 - Law prof: State challenge the best course on voter ID laws
News that the Arkansas Supreme Court had invalidated the voter ID law on state constitutional grounds came as welcome news to Joshua A. Douglas, a law professor at the University of Kentucky. He's written a Vanderbilt law review article about the wisdom of challenging voter ID laws on state grounds, just as the lawyers in Arkansas did. In other cases, lawsuits have locked state provisions with ...
21, Oct 2014 - 2 Missouri businessmen sentenced on multiple federal fraud charges
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Robert Palmer, of Kansas City, and Mark Driver, St. Louis, were sentenced Tuesday for defrauding numerous elderly victims of approximately $3 million between 2004 and 2010.