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State board backs some local control for Little Rock schools

Sep. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State Board of Education on Friday approved a plan to give limited local control to the Little Rock School District nearly five years after the state took over the district amid concerns about lagging student performance at some schools. The panel approved a "proposed...

Houston area sees relief, rescues after Imelda leaves 4 dead

Sep. 20, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Emergency workers used boats Friday to rescue about 60 residents of a Houston-area community still trapped in their homes by floodwaters following one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history. At least four deaths have been linked to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which...

Lawsuit seeking records over 1987 teen deaths dismissed

Sep. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge dismissed a Benton woman's 2016 lawsuit that aimed to obtain documents from three federal agencies to reveal information about her son's 1987 death. The dismissal on Wednesday followed Linda Ives' request for documents related to beliefs that the deaths were potentially...

Inhofe: Arkansas River system facing $225M backlog in upkeep

Sep. 20, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Arkansas River system that runs from Tulsa to the Mississippi River is facing a $225 million backlog of "critical" upkeep projects after being hampered for months by historic flooding in Oklahoma, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said. The Environmental and Public Works Committee's senior member...

Arkansas looks to build momentum against San Jose State

Sep. 20, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Chad Morris was wary of calling last week's win over Colorado State a turning point in the Razorbacks' fortunes under his watch, but he came close. Arkansas (2-1, 0-1 SEC) beat Colorado State with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, turning a tie game into a rout. It...

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 governor's spokesman leaving for consulting firm

Sep. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief spokesman for the past five years is leaving to take a job with a consulting firm. Hutchinson on Wednesday announced that Communications Director J.R. Davis is resigning at the end of the month. The Gilmore Strategy Group announced that Davis...

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...

Aluminum wheel manufacturer to cut jobs in NW Arkansas

Sep. 18, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A company in northwest Arkansas that makes aluminum wheels says it will eliminate at least 250 jobs before next summer. Superior Industries International said Wednesday it will eliminate between 250 and 281 jobs between Nov. 18 and June 2020 at its facility in Fayetteville. The...

Little Rock extends homeless program that pays minimum wage

Sep. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Little Rock City Board is extending a program that pays minimum wage to homeless people who pick up litter. KATV reports that the board's unanimous vote Tuesday approved an ordinance for $160,000 to fund the Bridge to Work program for one more year to determine its...