Latest Arkansas News

Judge dismisses charges against man in ricin possession case

Mar. 31, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock man accused of making the deadly toxin ricin will not stand trial because possession of the substance was not illegal when he was charged, a federal judge has ruled. Alexander Joseph Jordan, 23, was scheduled for trial in June. He was indicted in March 2018 for...

In this photo posted on Facebook, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, by Alyssa Burks, her husband, Dr. Jared Burks, sees his 1-year-old son crawl for the first time, as he touches a glass door from the outside while their son Zeke touches it from the inside of their Jonesboro, Ark. Home. Jared Burks is keeping away from his wife and son because of potential exposure to the coronavirus. Three days after the photo was posted, the family's house was destroyed by a tornado. (Burks Family via AP)

Father-son photo taken days before tornado destroys home

Mar. 30, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Three days after a photo posted on Facebook showed an Arkansas doctor looking through a glass door to see his 1-year-old son crawl for the first time, the family's home in Jonesboro was destroyed by a tornado. Dr. Jared Burks is keeping himself away from his wife and son, Zeke,...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020 file photo, Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, left, wears a mask while talking to a lawmaker in the Vermont house chamber at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt.  In state capitols across the U.S., lawmakers have ditched decorum and sidestepped traditional public meeting requirements in a rush to pass legislation funding the fight against the coronavirus and aiding residents affected by the widespread shut down of commerce. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

Legislatures meet remotely, limit public as virus spreads

Mar. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Members of the Arkansas House met in a college basketball arena, spaced out among 5,600 seats, as they voted on ways to cover a budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus punch to the economy. When South Dakota lawmakers convene Monday to consider 10 emergency bills, it won't be...

A group of people help clear debris and salvage items from Pawn Depot after a tornado touched down Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Jonesboro, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

Tornado tears through Arkansas college town, with 6 hurt

Mar. 28, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. The six people reported injured were taken to a local hospital with minor juries, Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Arkansas guard Mason Jones celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Auburn in Fayetteville, Ark. Jones was selected to the Associated Press All-SEC first team announced Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Jones also tied for AP SEC Player of the Year. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

Arkansas guard Mason Jones declares for NBA draft

Mar. 27, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas guard Mason Jones has declared for the NBA draft. Jones made the announcement on social media Friday, and the University of Arkansas confirmed the decision with a congratulatory statement. Jones, a 6-foot-5 junior, was The Associated Press' co-SEC Player of the Year. He...

The Latest: Beijing screening overseas flights for virus

Mar. 23, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 275,000 people and killed more than 11,300. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 88,200 people have recovered...

A general view of Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. UEFA has formally proposed postponing the 2020 European Championship for one year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Norwegian soccer association says the new tournament dates will be June 11 to July 11. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The Latest: Pro Motocross Championship delays season start

Mar. 20, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

The Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The Pro Motocross Championship has pushed back the start its season until June 13 because of the coronavirus outbreak. MX Sports Pro Racing, which operates the series, canceled the season-opening Hangtown Classic on Thursday and...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, Mauricio Torres is escorted out of the Benton County Courthouse Annex, in Bentonville Ark. A state judge on Thursday, March 19, 2020 said he won't reconsider the mistrial he granted to the Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick. (Charlie Kaijo/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Judge: Arkansas man to get third trial in son's death

Mar. 19, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday said he won't reconsider the mistrial he granted to an Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick. Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren rejected a request by prosecutors to limit the mistrial he...

FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, Stephen Bell, president and CEO of the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce, talks about what he hopes will be a new paper mill in Arkadelphia, Ark. A Chinese company has abandoned its plan to build a massive paper mill in southwestern Arkansas that had already been delayed by trade tensions. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave File)

Chinese company abandons $1.8B Arkansas paper mill plan

Mar. 16, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company has abandoned its plan to build a massive paper mill in southwestern Arkansas that had already been delayed by trade tensions. Sun Paper told Gov. Asa Hutchinson and economic development officials in a letter dated Sunday that it would not move forward with its...

Horses run in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park in front of empty stands, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Arcadia, Calif. While most of the sports world is idled by the coronavirus pandemic, horse racing runs on. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Virus doesn't deter horse racing at US tracks, but few fans

Mar. 15, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

Drayden Van Dyke hopped off Charlatan after winning the sixth race by 10 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday and celebrated by trading elbow taps in the winner's circle. No traditional post-race handshakes during the coronavirus pandemic. The jockey, like all riders at the Southern California track where no...