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Arkansas sues 3 drug distributors over opioid crisis

Apr. 25, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has sued three drug distributors for their alleged role in the opioid crisis, claiming the companies failed to monitor and report suspicious shipments of opioids into the state. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed the lawsuit Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court...

Gold medalist Jordyn Wieber to lead Arkansas gymnastics

Apr. 25, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has hired Olympic gold medalist and former world all-around champion Jordyn Wieber as head coach of its women's gymnastics team. Athletic director Hunter Yurachek announced the hiring Wednesday. Wieber, who just finished her third season as a volunteer assistant coach at...

Woman gets 16 years for killing husband in porn dispute

Apr. 24, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — A 69-year-old Arkansas woman who was convicted of fatally shooting her husband after she discovered he had reordered a pornography channel has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. The Pine Bluff Commercial reported Wednesday that both sides agreed on the sentence after Patricia...

Dozens of turtles rescued from Arkansas sewage plant

Apr. 24, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — An east Arkansas animal shelter has rescued dozens of turtles from a wastewater treatment facility after they became trapped in sewage pond filters. Wesley Burt with the West Memphis Animal Shelter says the treatment plant notified the shelter last Wednesday and by the end of next...

Arkansas woman convicted of killing husband in porn dispute

Apr. 23, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — A 69-year-old Arkansas woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of her husband after he ordered a pornography channel for their satellite television services. The jury found Patricia Hill guilty Tuesday in Pine Bluff after she testified that she wasn't...

Trial begins over Arkansas' use of sedative in executions

Apr. 23, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a group of death row inmates challenging Arkansas' use of a sedative in executions told a federal judge Tuesday that the state's lethal injection process with the drug causes condemned inmates to feel as though they're being lit on fire. An attorney for the state...

Carl Bell, who oversaw AP bureaus in 3 cities, dies at 95

Apr. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Carl Bell, a journalist known for defending the free press who served as chief of three Associated Press bureaus, has died. He was 95. Bell died April 15 after a recent fall that caused a brain injury, wife Ouida Bell said. He headed bureaus in Phoenix; Charlotte, North Carolina; and...

14 SEC players who could have breakthrough seasons

Apr. 22, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

Now that spring practice has ended, here's a list of Southeastern Conference players who are poised to break out this fall. Classes listed are their classes in the fall. EASTERN DIVISION FLORIDA AMARI BURNEY, LB, Soph. — Burney, a converted safety, takes over for NFL-bound Vosean Joseph at the...

Texas teen seriously hurt after falling from Arkansas bluff

Apr. 22, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

PONCA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old Texas boy was seriously hurt after falling from a bluff in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains, one week after an Iowa college student fell to her death in the same area. Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler says the boy was hiking Saturday with family when he slipped...

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

Apr. 20, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of the drug...