Latest Arkansas state government News

Arkansas governor launches campaign to keep highway tax

Nov. 15, 2019 5:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the leaders of the state’s top lobbying groups launched a campaign Friday to keep a half-cent sales tax for road needs, with the Republican governor calling the effort his top priority among next year’s ballot initiatives. Voters...

Arkansas court rules driver wasn’t negligent in fatal crash

Nov. 15, 2019 3:13 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A driver who crashed his pickup truck into another vehicle on a state highway, killing a family of four, was not criminally negligent, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled. In a decision issued Thursday, the court said there’s no evidence Benjamin Ward Ledwell was speeding,...

‘True Grit Trail’ signs unveiled along Arkansas highway

Nov. 15, 2019 8:56 AM EST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — State highway officials have designated a stretch of Arkansas 22 as “True Grit Trail” in honor of the classic novel by Arkansas native Charles Portis. The Arkansas Department of Transportation unveiled the commemorative signs Thursday along the highway in Fort Smith...

Ex-lobbyist faces Nov. 25 sentencing for Arkansas bribery

Nov. 13, 2019 6:06 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas lawmakers including the governor’s nephew will be sentenced this month, court records show. Rusty Cranford could face up to 10 years in federal prison for bribing Sen. Jon Woods, Rep. Hank Wilkins and...

Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Nov. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas abruptly dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing a family health concern, leaving Democrats with no one to contest the seat. Josh Mahony announced on Twitter that he was ending his campaign, two...

Arkansas lawmaker launches congressional bid as filing ends

Nov. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas state legislator announced a bid Tuesday to unseat a Republican congressman in 2020 as the filing period for next year's election came to a close. Democratic state Sen. Joyce Elliott is the only Democrat who filed to run against Republican Rep. French Hill, who was...

Arkansas youth treatment center allegations investigated

Nov. 10, 2019 11:56 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas youth mental health treatment center is being investigated by the state Department of Human Services amid allegations of abuse, neglect and sexual contact among residents. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the allegations also include excessive use of physical and...

Trump backers file paperwork for re-election bid in Arkansas

Nov. 8, 2019 6:17 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — President Donald Trump has qualified to appear on the ballot next year in Arkansas. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders submitted paperwork and the filing fee Friday for the president to run in Arkansas. The state's filing period...

Court upholds ruling against Arkansas anti-begging law

Nov. 6, 2019 6:25 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against an Arkansas anti-loitering law that opponents say unfairly targets panhandlers, siding with a lower court judge who called the measure "plainly unconstitutional." A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld...

Arkansas Department of Human Services to shutter 4 offices

Nov. 5, 2019 1:12 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Human Services is closing four offices by late 2020 as part of a restructuring effort that includes expanding or enhancing other offices in more populated counties. The department issued a news release Monday announcing its plans to shut down offices in...