Latest Arkansas state government News

DOJ: 2 states' transgender restrictions unconstitutional

Jun. 17, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday challenged bans involving transgender people that target athletes in West Virginia and children in Arkansas, slamming them as violations of federal law. The department filed statements of interest in...

Arkansas district judge to run for state Supreme Court seat

Jun. 17, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas district judge has announced he's running for a seat on the state Supreme Court. District Judge Chris Carnahan, 49, said Wednesday that he is seeking the post currently held by Robin F. Wynne on the Arkansas State Supreme Court. ...

Court allows part of Little Rock schools lawsuit to proceed

Jun. 17, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday allowed part of a lawsuit over the state's ongoing control of the Little Rock School District to proceed. Justices dismissed part of the lawsuit parents filed challenging the state's decision to place...

ACLU asks judge to block Arkansas trans youth treatment ban

Jun. 15, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a federal judge to prevent Arkansas from enforcing its ban on gender confirming treatments for transgender youth while a lawsuit challenging the prohibition proceeds. The ACLU requested a...

Democratic candidate launches bid for Arkansas governor

Jun. 15, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The former head of a North Little Rock nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs said Tuesday that he would seek next year's Democratic nomination for Arkansas governor. Chris Jones is the former executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation...

Arkansas to submit new Medicaid expansion plan next month

Jun. 15, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will give the federal government next month the state's overhauled Medicaid expansion proposal after federal officials blocked a work requirement, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday. The state on Sunday began accepting public comment on t...

Groups ask judge to block Arkansas' near-total abortion ban

Jun. 14, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters asked a federal judge on Monday to prevent Arkansas’ near-total ban on the procedure from taking effect while the groups challenge its constitutionality. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood...

Little Rock community advocate announces Senate bid

Jun. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Little Rock community advocate and small business owner announced Monday that she would seek next year's Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. Natalie James announced her bid for the party's nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen....

Man who admitted killing wife dies in Craighead County jail

Jun. 12, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of his estranged wife has died in the Craighead County jail a day before he was to be transferred to the state prison system, authorities said. Marco Clark, 37, of Lake City died Wednesday at...

Arkansas governor declares emergency because of flooding

Jun. 10, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday declared a state of emergency because of flooding in southeastern Arkansas. The governor's declaration comes after more than a foot of rain fell on some communities in a 24-hour period this week. Hutchinson's...