Latest Arkansas state government News

Former Arkansas lawmaker gets jail sentence in theft case

May. 22, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

ASHDOWN, Ark. (AP) — A former state lawmaker in Arkansas has been sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to a theft charge. Fonda Hawthorne was accused of using public money from the Ashdown-Little River Chamber of Commerce to buy alcohol and tobacco when she was serving as the...

The Latest: St. Louis airport reopens after storm shutdown

May. 21, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central United States (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Flights have resumed at Lambert Airport in St. Louis after a temporary halt caused by a severe storm. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a temporary halt to both arrivals and departures Tuesday...

Outgoing Arkansas lawmaker takes job with Little Rock mayor

May. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The top Democrat in Arkansas' majority-Republican House who resigned from office is taking a job leading the Little Rock mayor's staff. Mayor Frank Scott announced Friday that he had hired former Rep. Charles Blake as his chief of staff. Blake, who was the House minority leader,...

Arkansas prison guards to keep jobs after #FeelingCute posts

May. 6, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Some Arkansas prison officers took part in an online craze posting selfies with captions joking about solitary confinement and sexual conduct with inmates, but none of them has been dismissed, a spokesman for the Department of Correction said. The officers were taking part in a...

An early adopter, Arkansas rethinks lawmaker term limits

Apr. 28, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Nearly three decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to cap how long someone can serve in the Legislature, lawmakers may find out just how far voters are willing to go to limit their time in office thanks to competing measures on next year's ballot. In the legislative...

Arkansas sues 3 drug distributors over opioid crisis

Apr. 25, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general on Thursday 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 in Pulaski County...

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...

New trial ordered for Arkansas man convicted in son's death

Apr. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a death row inmate who was convicted in the killing of his 6-year-old son, whom investigators say died from an infection caused by the father sexually assaulting him with a stick. Justices overturned the 2016 capital...

Arkansas governor signs bill raising marriage age to 17

Apr. 18, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation that increases the state's marriage age to 17. Under the previous law, 16-year-old girls and 17-year-old boys could get married with the consent of their parents. If the girl was pregnant, a judge could approve a marriage...

Indictment claims charity money went to Missouri politicians

Apr. 12, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials at a Missouri nonprofit organization accused of bribing Arkansas lawmakers also illegally used the charity's money to funnel campaign contributions to Missouri politicians, according to a federal indictment. Three former Republican Missouri lawmakers confirmed Friday to...