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A rush to judgment raises questions about bridge inspections

Jul. 25, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Monty Frazier was on leave when he received the phone call that ended his career. It was May 11, and the 51-year-old father of three had taken the week off from his job as a heavy bridge inspector with ArDOT, the Arkansas Department of...

Arkansas Democrats urge lifting of state's mask mandate ban

Jul. 22, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A group of Democratic lawmakers in Arkansas, which has the nation's highest COVID-19 rate, urged the governor and Republicans who control the Legislature on Thursday to lift the state's ban on schools and government entities requiring people to wear masks. ...

Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions

Jul. 20, 2021 22:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions in the state while she hears a challenge to its constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the...

Little Rock liquor store worker killed, man arrested

Jul. 18, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting an employee of a liquor store at the drive-through. The suspect, Patrick Brown, 34, surrendered to officers early Sunday after barricading himself in an apartment. Police say...

Robert Shaw, an AP bureau chief in 3 US states, dies

Jul. 15, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Robert Shaw, whose more than 40-year career with The Associated Press included leading news coverage in three states, has died. He was 79. Shaw died Thursday in the Dallas suburb of Lewisville with family around him, his daughter, Erin Moore, said. ...

Man thought shot by police in Arkansas now ruled a suicide

Jul. 13, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — What police initially thought was a fatal officer-involved shooting of an armed man outside a Little Rock hospital emergency room turned out to be a self-inflicted shooting, the state medical examiner said Tuesday. The shooting happened Monday...

Hutchinson takes over governors group as virus resurges

Jul. 08, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican whose state is struggling with a resurgence in coronavirus cases and lagging vaccinations, called combatting vaccine resistance a priority as he took over as head of the National Governors Association. ...

Board returns local control to Little Rock School District

Jul. 08, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday lifted the last remaining restrictions on the Little Rock School District, returning it fully to local control nearly six and a half years after a state takeover. Arkansas took over the 21,000-student...

Ex-election commissioner launches bid for secretary of state

Jul. 07, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Pulaski County election commissioner on Wednesday announced he's running for Arkansas secretary of state. Josh Price announced he's seeking the Democratic nomination for secretary of state next year. Secretary of State John Thurston,...

Man charged in Arkansas jogger's slaying seeks trial delay

Jul. 05, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man charged with killing an Arkansas woman who went missing after she went jogging is seeking to delay his trial. Attorneys for Quake Lewellyn on Friday asked a judge to continue his trial until next spring. The attorneys cited a volume of...