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Most-attended outdoor play to open in Arkansas amid pandemic

May. 22, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas play that has been dubbed as the nation's most-attended outdoor drama prepared to open its season of performances Friday night with strict social-distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The opening of the Great Passion Play, which depicts the...

Governor vows 'consequences' if Arkansas concert proceeds

May. 13, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas theater will face consequences that could be enforced by the police if it proceeds with its plan to defy the state's coronavirus restrictions by holding what could be the country's first major concert this far into the pandemic, the governor warned Wednesday. TempleLive...

Prosecutor says woman killed Arkansas lawmaker for money

May. 11, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman charged with killing a former Arkansas lawmaker did it for money and to avoid arrest, a prosecutor alleged in a court filing. Robert Dittrich, the special prosecutor assigned to the case, filed a notice with Randolph County Circuit Court in late April. The Arkansas Times...

Court allows Arkansas ban on surgical abortions due to virus

Apr. 22, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday allowed Arkansas to ban most surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a judge's temporary restraining order that allowed surgical abortions to continue after the...

In this undated photo provided by the City of West Memphis, Mayor Marco McClendon poses for a photo. The mayor of the east Arkansas city has a pointed message for residents who he says aren't following social distancing guidelines to curb the coronavirus. McClendon told residents in a Facebook video Tuesday, April 14, 2020, to stay home, and he used an expletive that can also mean

Arkansas mayor has blunt message for residents on distancing

Apr. 15, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The mayor of an eastern Arkansas city has a pointed message for residents who he says aren’t following social distancing guidelines to curb the coronavirus. “With all emotion and no disrespect, stay your ass at home,” West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon said in...

Arkansas asks court to reinstate abortion ban due to virus

Apr. 15, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to allow the state to ban most surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a judge’s order that allowed the...