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Student dead in shooting at Southern Arkansas University

Aug. 11, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — A 21-year-old Southern Arkansas University student was killed and another student was wounded in an early Tuesday shooting in a campus parking lot, the school said. Joshua Keshun Smith, an engineering student, died in the shooting and the second student, whose name has not been...

Court lifts block on 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday lifted a judge's ruling that has blocked four Arkansas abortion restrictions from taking effect, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner’s consent...

Arkansas to fund statue of Black woman civil rights leader

Jul. 29, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials plan to use a state grant to help fund the construction of a statue of civil rights leader Daisy Bates in the U.S. Capitol, instead of using that money for an easement at the site of a Confederate statue in downtown Little Rock. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr....

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Barr is scheduled to appear for the first time before the House Judiciary CommitteeĀ on Tuesday, July 28.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Barr able to put his stamp on executive power as Trump's AG

Jul. 27, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gathered in the small assembly hall in Little Rock, Arkansas, their chairs spaced 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart, the business leaders listen admiringly to the nation’s chief law enforcement official. They ask Attorney General William Barr about elder fraud. They ask about the...

This photo provided by the family shows Nancy Mueller. Mueller was killed by Daniel Lewis Lee in 1996. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. (Earlene Peterson/Courtesy of Family via AP)

Victims' relatives most vocal opponents of man's execution

Jul. 13, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family members of three people slain in Arkansas more than 20 years ago have been among the most vocal opponents to the federal government's plan to execute one of the men convicted of killing their loved ones. That man, Daniel Lewis Lee, is first on the list of prisoners set to be...

FILE - Former U.S. Senators David Pryor, right, and Dale Bumpers, both D-Ark., laugh at a joke during a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday, July 13, 2020, said that the state needs to work to lower its number of new daily cases of the coronavirus and that Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator, had been hospitalized with the virus. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Former Arkansas Gov. David Pryor hospitalized with COVID-19

Jul. 13, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — David Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator, is hospitalized in Little Rock after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said in a statement Monday. David Pryor and his wife, Barbara Pryor, both received positive test results Friday for the disease caused by the...

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. 11, 2020 1:10 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...

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...

Police: Arkansas trooper kills man who stabbed officer

Jun. 28, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police said Sunday that a man suspected of stealing a taxi was fatally shot by a trooper after he stabbed another law officer in Little Rock. Aloysius Keaton, 58, of Little Rock, died died Saturday night at a hospital where he was taken following the shooting,...