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Board strips Little Rock teachers' union bargaining power

Oct. 10, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday stripped the collective bargaining power of the Little Rock teachers' union, sparking fears of a strike even as the panel backed off a plan that critics said would be a return to a racially divided system 62 years after the integration of...

Little Rock mayor proposes schools regain local control

Oct. 7, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock's mayor on Monday proposed returning local control to the city's schools after a state plan to only grant limited authority sparked fears that the district could revert to a racially divided, "separate but equal" system 62 years after the desegregation of Central High...

Missing Arkansas inmate found hiding on prison's roof

Oct. 1, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

BRICKEYS, Ark. (AP) — A convicted killer who baffled Arkansas prison officials by seemingly vanishing was found Tuesday hiding underneath a large ventilation hood on the prison roof. Authorities had suspected that inmate Calvin Adams didn't make it past the electric fence surrounding the East Arkansas...

Convicted murderer missing again from Arkansas prison

Sep. 30, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped from prison in 2009 while wearing a guard uniform is missing and may have escaped again, Arkansas prison officials said Monday. The Arkansas Department of Corrections said Calvin Adams, 49, was confirmed missing after a search of the 1,650-inmate...

The Latest: Official says inmate could be on prison grounds

Sep. 30, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on a convicted murderer in Arkansas who escaped custody 10 years after escaping prison (all times local): 11:08 a.m. Arkansas prison officials are unsure whether a convicted murderer they reported missing from a prison has left the facility's grounds. Department of...

Plan for Little Rock schools stokes fears about segregation

Sep. 25, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A plan to only grant Little Rock partial control of its schools is stoking fears that the district may return to a racially segregated "separate but equal" system 62 years after nine black students were escorted into an all-white high school. The state took over Little Rock's...

Today in History

Sep. 25, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2019. There are 97 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill...

Arkansas court won't let judge hear execution cases again

Sep. 19, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it won't allow a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug to resume hearing execution cases. The court rejected the request by Pulaski County Circuit...

Arkansas attorney general wants judge barred from her cases

Sep. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to reassign cases involving her office from a judge who has been prohibited from handling execution cases, accusing him of regularly being biased against her staff. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Tuesday...

Bobby Petrino apologizes to Arkansas fans over 2012 firing

Sep. 9, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former coach Bobby Petrino apologized Monday to fans in Arkansas seven years after he was fired for misleading officials about his extramarital affair with an athletic department employee that was exposed after a motorcycle crash. Petrino returned to Arkansas, where he coached the...