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Virus cases jump at Arkansas schools in 2nd week of classes

Aug. 27, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than 3,100 active coronavirus cases have been reported in Arkansas public schools among students and employees, according to newly released numbers from the state. Most students returned to the classroom last week — and the majority of...

Arkansas runs out of intensive care beds for COVID patients

Aug. 24, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Tuesday ran out of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced, as a surge in cases continued overwhelming hospitals in the state. The state's...

Arkansas sheriff convicted of oppressing 2 jail inmates

Aug. 09, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A federal jury on Monday found an Arkansas sheriff guilty of violating the rights of two people in his custody by assaulting them. The verdict came after trial evidence showed Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen used unreasonable force to punish...

Body of missing Arkansas woman found in Oklahoma pond

Jul. 31, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

ROCK ISLAND, Okla. (AP) — The body of a woman reported missing in Fort Smith, Arkansas, has been found in a pond in eastern Oklahoma and three men were arrested in connection with her death, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The body of Tara...

Police say no charges in fatal May shooting in Fort Smith

Jul. 29, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Police say no charges will be filed against a Department of Homeland Security employee who fatally shot a man who had opened fire on an apartment complex in Fort Smith, killing an 87-year-old woman. Wallace West was off-duty when he shot and...

Jury seated for corruption trial of former state senator

Jul. 24, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 12-person jury and three alternates have been selected for the corruption trial of a Republican former Arkansas state senator charged with bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy. Gilbert Baker, 64, has pleaded not guilty to funneling campaign...

UN designation Arkansas city received being questioned

Jul. 10, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The authenticity of a United Nations designation that was given to an Arkansas city by an artist is now being questioned. At a ceremony on Tuesday, Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Alao announced Fort Smith became the 10th city in the world to be...

Man serving life for water pistol robbery gets clemency nod

Jul. 02, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said this week he intends to commute the sentence of a man who's been serving life in prison for robbing a taco shop in 1981 with a water pistol. Hutchinson on Thursday announced he intended to make Rolf Kaestel...