Latest Arkansas state government News

Tofurky asks court to halt enforcement of meat-labeling law

Aug. 14, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A plant-based food producer has asked a federal court to temporarily stop Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans labeling vegetarian and vegan products as meat and advertising them as such while litigation is underway. Hood River, Oregon-based Tofurky Co. told courts Wednesday...

AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

Aug. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic...

Federal judge continues blocking 3 Arkansas abortion laws

Aug. 6, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that three Arkansas abortion restrictions she temporarily blocked will remain on hold while she considers a lawsuit challenging them. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing the...

Arkansas governor says lawmaker should resign or be ousted

Aug. 2, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor said Friday that a state lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes should be removed from office if he doesn't resign. Gov. Asa Hutchinson repeated his call for state Rep. Mickey Gates to resign, saying it his fellow Republican has no...

Arkansas Speaker: Would be best if colleague resigns

Aug. 1, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' House speaker on Thursday said he's told a lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes that it would be in everyone's best interests if he resigned, and wouldn't rule out seeking the lawmaker's removal if he doesn't go voluntarily. Speaker Matthew...

Court won't recuse from judge's bid to hear execution cases

Aug. 1, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it won't disqualify itself from considering whether to allow a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration to resume handling execution cases again. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen took part in the April 2017...

Death penalty sought for woman accused of killing ex-senator

Jul. 30, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to seek the death penalty against a woman charged in the killing of a former Arkansas lawmaker who investigators say was found dead from multiple stab wounds outside her home. An arrest affidavit for Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell released Tuesday said...

The Latest: Ex-lawmaker died from multiple stab wounds

Jul. 30, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the arraignment and plea of a woman charged in the murder of a former Arkansas lawmaker (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Police documents say a woman charged in the fatal stabbing of a former Arkansas lawmaker last month was captured on video removing security cameras...

Arkansas lawmaker pleads no contest to not filing taxes

Jul. 29, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker pleaded no contest Monday to not paying state income taxes and agreed to pay thousands of dollars back to the state, but his lawyer said the legislator had no plans to step down from his statehouse seat. State Rep. Mickey Gates of Hot Springs entered the plea...

Eye surgery law sparks unusually public dispute in Arkansas

Jul. 26, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As an optometrist in the small Arkansas town of Osceola, Dr. Matthew Jones must tell patients several times a week to seek treatment elsewhere — sometimes as far as an hour away — for procedures he says he's fully capable of performing. "They look at me and ask, 'Why...