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FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997 file photo Danny Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. A federal judge in Indiana on Friday, July, 10, 2020, halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns. Daniel Lee had been scheduled to die by lethal injection. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Okla., was convicted of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

US appeals to proceed with 1st federal execution in 17 years

Jul. 10, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to proceed with the first federal execution in nearly two decades, the Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that would halt authorities from carrying it out on Monday. The family of the victims in the case had requested that it be called off because their...

This undated photo provided by the Saline County Sheriff's Office in Benton,Ark., shows Calvin Salyers, an Arkansas police officer who told a colleague he'd shoot any protesters through the door if they came to his home. Salyers has been charged with manslaughter after accidentally shooting a fellow officer, authorities said Thursday, July, 9, 2020. (Saline County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Arkansas officer charged in fatal shooting of fellow officer

Jul. 9, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas police officer who allegedly told a colleague that he'd shoot through the door if any protesters came to his home has been charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a fellow officer who knocked on his door, authorities said Thursday. Calvin Salyers, a...

2 hurt after fire in boiler room at Arkansas chicken plant

Jul. 9, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A boiler room outside of a southwest Arkansas chicken processing plant caught fire and exploded early Thursday, injuring two employees, an official said. The explosion was reported at about 1:30 a.m. at a Tyson Foods plant in Nashville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of...

Little Rock passes Arkansas' first hate crime law

Jul. 8, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock became the first city in Arkansas to pass a measure with increased penalties specifically for hate crimes that target people based on their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The city's Board of Directors on Tuesday...

Amazon first fulfillment center in Arkansas to employ 1,000

Jul. 7, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tech and online retail giant Amazon will employ 1,000 individuals at the first fulfillment center in Arkansas, the company announced Tuesday. Amazon acquired 80 acres (0.32 square kilometers) of land for $3.2 million in the Port of Little Rock in April. Little Rock city officials...

Official: Walmart donates $100,000 for new Arkansas statues

Jul. 6, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

Retail giant Walmart contributed $100,000 to replace Arkansas' century-old statues with new ones of civil rights activist Daisy Bates and country singer Johnny Cash. The statues will be placed at the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Last year,...

Arkansas shuts down bar after linking it to virus cases

Jul. 6, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials have shut down a Little Rock bar after tracing it to a cluster of coronavirus cases and finding the business wasn't complying with virus safety measures. The Department of Health on Saturday ordered Brewski's Pub and Grub to cease operations until it...

Arkansas reports 587 more COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

Jul. 4, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Saturday reported 587 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and five additional deaths. The Arkansas Department of Health said the state's total number of reported cases is now at 23,209. The state now has 286 reported deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Arkansas judge: denies casinos motion for contempt

Jul. 3, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge denied a casino's motion for contempt alleging that a state commission did not follow its own rules and issue the company a casino license within 30 days of the judge's previous ruling. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's Thursday ruling did not approve...

A photo provided by Arkansas State Police shows Lavern Blackmon, 57, of Conway, Ark. Authorities are searching for Blackmon, suspected of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife, Viola Davis, earlier this week. Arkansas State Police said Thursday, July 2, 2020, that law enforcement agencies across the region are following leads in the search for Blackmon. State police say Blackmon is charged with kidnapping and capital murder. (Arkansas State Police via AP)

Police: Arkansas man sought in ex-wife's death found dead

Jul. 2, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man suspected of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife earlier this week has been found dead in Texas, authorities said Thursday. Arkansas State Police said in a news release that Texas law enforcement authorities notified special agents in Arkansas that Lavern Blackmon,...