Latest Arkansas state government News

Groups ask judge to block Arkansas' near-total abortion ban

Jun. 14, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters asked a federal judge on Monday to prevent Arkansas’ near-total ban on the procedure from taking effect while the groups challenge its constitutionality. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood...

Little Rock community advocate announces Senate bid

Jun. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock community advocate and small business owner announced Monday that she would seek next year's Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. Natalie James announced her bid for the party's nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen....

Man who admitted killing wife dies in Craighead County jail

Jun. 12, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of his estranged wife has died in the Craighead County jail a day before he was to be transferred to the state prison system, authorities said. Marco Clark, 37, of Lake City died Wednesday at...

Arkansas governor declares emergency because of flooding

Jun. 10, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday declared a state of emergency because of flooding in southeastern Arkansas. The governor's declaration comes after more than a foot of rain fell on some communities in a 24-hour period this week. Hutchinson's...

Noem gets new rifle at GOP gathering in Arkansas

Jun. 10, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem traveled to Arkansas for a Republican gathering and came home with a new rifle. KELO radio reported Wednesday that Noem traveled to Arkansas on Friday to give the keynote address at the annual...

Arkansas governor approves 3% merit pay raises for workers

Jun. 08, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday approved performance-related merit pay raises of as much as 3% for state employees. Hutchinson announced that $28 million in state and federal funds was allocated for the merit pay increases, which he said...

Arkansas says vaccinated students no longer need quarantine

Jun. 08, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas no longer requires students exposed to the coronavirus to quarantine so long as they're fully vaccinated against the virus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday. Hutchinson said the new quarantine policy aligns with guidance from the...

Former chief justice to coordinate Arkansas redistricting

Jun. 08, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas board that redraws legislative district boundaries every 10 years following the U.S. census has hired a former state chief justice to be the panel's coordinator. The Arkansas Board of Apportionment hired Betty Dickey on Monday at a...

Arkansas judge announces bid for state Supreme Court seat

Jun. 03, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge and former Republican lawmaker on Thursday announced he's running for a seat on the state Supreme Court, which has been drawn the attention and spending by outside conservative groups in recent years. Sebastian County Circuit...

Finance report: Arkansas surplus for year nearing $1B

Jun. 02, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' surplus for the fiscal year is approaching $1 billion, the state's finance office said Wednesday, as it reported a major boost in income and sales tax collections. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said the state's...