Latest Arkansas state government News

Oklahoma panel votes to reject clemency for death row inmate

Dec. 07, 2022 15:40 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man convicted in the shotgun slayings of an elderly couple in eastern Oklahoma in 2003 and sentenced to die should not be spared from the death sentence, a state board decided Wednesday. The five-member Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 to reject clemency for...

Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders names public safety picks

Dec. 05, 2022 18:08 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday named a 26-year veteran of the State Police as her pick to lead the law enforcement agency and the Department of Public Safety. Sanders, who was elected in November, named Capt. Mike Hagar as her nominee...

Landmark trial on Arkansas trans youth medical ban wraps up

Dec. 01, 2022 18:34 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The nation's first trial on a ban on gender-confirming care for children ended Thursday, as Arkansas wrapped up its case defending the prohibition with testimony from an endocrinologist opposed to such treatments for minors. U.S. District Judge Jay Moody,...

Landmark trial over Arkansas youth gender care ban resumes

Nov. 28, 2022 20:01 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A psychiatrist called to the stand by Arkansas as the state defends its ban on gender-affirming care for children said Monday he was concerned about the impact the law could have on some transgender youth who would see their treatments cut off. Dr. Stephen...

Court won't reconsider block of Arkansas trans care law

Nov. 16, 2022 14:49 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Wednesday it won't reconsider its ruling temporarily blocking Arkansas from enforcing its ban on gender-affirming care for children. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state's request for the full court to hear its...

Arkansas governor recommends school funding increase

Nov. 10, 2022 18:56 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday recommended that lawmakers increase public school funding by $550 million over the next two years to raise teacher pay, as the Republican prepares to leave office in January. Hutchinson presented his budget...

Midterms full of firsts for female, Black, LGBTQ candidates

Nov. 09, 2022 17:57 PM EST

A Massachusetts Democrat is the country’s first openly lesbian candidate to be elected to the office of governor. In Maryland, voters elected the state's first Black governor. Vermont will finally send a woman to Congress, after being the only state never to have had female representation in the...

Republican Rick Crawford wins reelection to U.S. House in Arkansas' 1st Congressional District

Nov. 09, 2022 00:28 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rick Crawford wins reelection to U.S. House in Arkansas' 1st Congressional District.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders 1st woman elected Arkansas governor

Nov. 09, 2022 00:19 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was elected Arkansas governor on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to lead the state and the highest profile Trump administration official in elected office. Sanders defeated Democratic nominee Chris...

Incumbent Republicans keep Arkansas' 4 congressional seats

Nov. 09, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Republicans kept control of Arkansas' four congressional seats Tuesday after a mostly quiet runup to Election Day in those races in the solidly red state. The state's GOP-dominated Legislature made keeping the congressional delegation totally Republican easier as it redrew district...