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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Ark. A federal appeals court panel in Washington has upheld a lower court's decision that blocked the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients. The Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, decision from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., found Arkansas' work requirements for Medicaid recipients to be

Appeals court deals blow to Trump's Medicaid work rules

Feb. 14, 2020 4:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care suffered a serious setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what's allowed by law. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals...

FILE- In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Rep. Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, Ark., asks a question during a meeting of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Flowers announced Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, that she plans to introduce legislation in the 2021 session aimed at changing police tactics after officers drew guns on her and another black politician who had called 911 to report that they were being harassed earlier this month. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Arkansas lawmaker calls for changes after police encounter

Feb. 11, 2020 5:50 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A black Arkansas lawmaker plans to introduce legislation next year aimed at changing police tactics after officers drew guns on her and another black politician who had called 911 to report that they were being harassed. Democratic state Rep. Vivian Flowers, from Pine Bluff, said...

FILE - In this July 25, 2018 file photo, Stephen Bell, president and CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, shows parts of the 1000-acre site that he hoped would be a $1.8 billion Chinese paper mill in Arkadelphia, Ark. On Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, it was reported that Arkadelphia plans to pitch the site to other industrial prospects amid growing signs that the mill project's future is at risk because of trade tensions. (AP Photo/Karen E. Segrave, File)

Arkansas community pitches Chinese mill site to other firms

Feb. 11, 2020 3:12 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A community in southwest Arkansas plans to pitch a site it has been holding for a $1.8 billion Chinese paper mill to other industrial prospects amid growing signs that the project's future is at risk because of trade tensions. Sun Paper announced in 2016 it would build a facility...

Forrest City, Ark., Mayor Cedric Williams, left, holds a news conference after two police officers were wounded and a gunman was killed in an exchange of gunfire at a Walmart store in eastern Arkansas Monday morning Feb. 10, 2020. Williams said that the officers were hospitalized soon after the shooting at the store about 45 miles west of Memphis. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Gunman dead, 2 officers hurt in shooting at Arkansas Walmart

Feb. 10, 2020 6:28 PM EST

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — Two police officers were wounded and a gunman was killed Monday morning in an exchange of gunfire at a Walmart store in eastern Arkansas, authorities said. Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee said one of the officers was taken to a hospital about 45 miles (70 kilometers) to the...

FILE- In this file photo from March 19, 2015, Rep. Vivian Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, asks a question during a meeting of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Little Rock Police are investigating after an Arkansas lawmaker and a legislative candidate said they were harassed following a fundraiser and heard what they believe was a gunshot. State Rep. Vivian Flowers and Ryan Davis told police the incident occurred Monday night in a Little Rock neighborhood. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas lawmaker, candidate say they were threatened

Feb. 6, 2020 2:42 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police are investigating after an Arkansas lawmaker and a legislative candidate said they were harassed following a fundraiser and heard what they believe was a gunshot. State Rep. Vivian Flowers and Ryan Davis told police that the incident occurred Monday night after a...

This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows Abdulhakim Muhammad. The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Muhammad, who fatally shot a U.S. Army soldier and wounded another outside a recruiting station in Little Rock. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)

Appeal of man who shot Army recruiters in Arkansas rejected

Feb. 2, 2020 7:34 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who fatally shot a U.S. Army soldier and wounded another outside a recruiting station in Little Rock. The ruling dated Thursday and first reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said Abdulhakim Muhammad's appeal is...

This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows Karl Roberts. The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled against Roberts, a death row inmate who argued that he shouldn't be put to death because he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Justices on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 upheld a lower court's decision to reject the appeal of Karl Roberts, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1999 killing of his 12-year-old niece, Andi Brewer. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)

Court rejects death row inmate's mental illness claim

Jan. 30, 2020 3:22 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the appeal of a death row inmate who argued that he shouldn't be executed because he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In a 6-1 decision, the justices upheld a lower court's ruling against Karl Roberts, who was convicted and sentenced...

Rebecca O'Donnell, right, is escorted down a hallway by Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell after a hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Randolph County Courthouse in Pocahontas, Ark. O'Donnell has been accused of the murder of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins. (Alex Gladden/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

Woman pleads not guilty to attempted murder-for-hire plan

Jan. 29, 2020 6:19 PM EST

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — A woman charged with killing a former Arkansas state lawmaker pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that she asked fellow inmates to kill the victim's ex-husband and others while in jail. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell entered the plea to two...

9 hurt when truck, school bus collide in Arkansas

Jan. 21, 2020 10:44 PM EST

HOXIE, Ark. (AP) — Nine people were injured, including a child who was airlifted to a hospital, when a school bus and a dump truck collided Tuesday afternoon on a state highway in northeast Arkansas, authorities said. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the vehicles collided just south of...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. A woman charged with killing the former Arkansas state lawmaker faces new charges alleging that she asked fellow inmates to kill the victim's ex-husband. Authorities on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019, charged Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell with two counts of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder and two counts of criminal solicitation to commit tampering with physical evidence. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Woman charged in former lawmaker's death faces new charges

Jan. 14, 2020 4:57 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman charged with killing a former Arkansas state lawmaker faced new charges Tuesday alleging that she asked fellow inmates to kill the victim's ex-husband. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, who has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the killing of former state Sen. Linda Collins,...