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Panel OKs funding for levee repair along Arkansas River

Jan. 17, 2020 11:06 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A state commission has approved nearly $9 million in funding to repair levees that were damaged by record flooding last year. The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission approved the $8.8 million in grant funding Thursday for 14 groups overseeing levees along the Arkansas River that...

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday, January 13, 2020 after speaking to a legislative committee about his decision to continue accepting new refugees, challenging skeptical GOP lawmakers to avoid creating “fear” about welcoming people from other countries. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)

Arkansas governor defends decision to accept new refugees

Jan. 13, 2020 6:45 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor on Monday defended his decision to continue accepting new refugees, challenging skeptical GOP lawmakers to avoid creating “fear” about welcoming people from other countries. Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a legislative committee that fewer than...

A downed tree rests on top of Anthony Dalrymple's home on Community Road in Baldwyn, Miss., after a small tornado moved through the area Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2020. Dalrymple was in the room that was struck during the time the storm passed through. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

Jan. 11, 2020 11:13 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the country. Storm-related fatalities were...

FILE - In this Friday, May 31, 2019, file aerial image provided by Yell County Sheriff's Department water rushes through the levee along the Arkansas River in Dardanelle, Ark. An Arkansas panel formed after historic flooding last year on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 called for increased oversight of the state's levees, consolidation of some levee districts and state grants to make improvements.
The Arkansas Levee Task Force presented its final report on the state's system of 92 levees. Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the panel in 2019 after flooding along the Arkansas River that affected several levees. (Yell County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Arkansas panel issues recommendations on state's levees

Jan. 7, 2020 6:43 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel formed after historic flooding last year released a report on Tuesday recommending increased oversight of the state's levees, consolidation of some levee districts and state grants to fund improvements. Gov. Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas Levee Task Force in...

Arkansas announces closure of hog farm near Buffalo River

Jan. 6, 2020 5:22 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials announced Monday that the closure of a hog farm near the Buffalo River has been completed, months after striking a deal with the facility's owners. Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst announced that the terms of the state's agreement with...

In this June 11, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump applauds next to Governors Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, second left, and Kim Reynolds of Iowa, left, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. An executive order by Trump giving states the right to refuse to take refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position. They're caught between immigration hardliners who want to shut the door and others who believe helping refugees is a moral obligation.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

GOP governors grapple with whether to accept refugees or not

Dec. 22, 2019 11:08 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An executive order by President Donald Trump giving states the right to refuse to take refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position. They’re caught between immigration hardliners who want to shut the door and some Christian evangelicals who believe...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo Senate President Jim Hendren speaks to reporters at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Hendron says he's won't seek another term leading that chamber next year. Hendren said Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, that he won't run for another two-year term as the chamber's president when senators meet at the end of next year's fiscal session to select a new leader. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo File)

Hendren won't seek 2nd term as Arkansas Senate president

Dec. 20, 2019 6:09 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Republican president pro tem of Arkansas' Senate said Friday he won't seek another term leading that chamber next year. Sen. Jim Hendren said he won't run for another two-year term as the chamber's president when senators meet at the end of next year's fiscal session to select...

New Jersey man faces sentencing in corruption case

Dec. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended a reduced sentence for a New Jersey political consultant caught in an Arkansas political corruption case. Donald “D.A.” Jones faces 33 to 41 months in prison when sentenced Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, where he...

This undated photo provided by the Fayetteville Police Department shows Officer Stephen Carr. Carr was fatally shot Saturday night, Dec. 7, 2019 while sitting in his patrol vehicle outside police headquarters in Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville Police Department via AP)

Arkansas officer 'ambushed and executed,' police chief says

Dec. 9, 2019 5:56 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Investigators were trying to determine why a man “ambushed and executed” a city police officer who was sitting in his patrol car outside police headquarters in a college town in northwest Arkansas. The Saturday death of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr was...

Arkansas governor makes road tax main priority for 2020

Nov. 27, 2019 5:49 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s re-election campaign will focus on winning voter approval for a proposed constitutional amendment that would make Arkansas’ 0.5% sales tax for highways and roads permanent. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation,...