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FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution. Two groups sued a central Arkansas city on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate Lee who was executed nearly three years ago. (Benjamin Krain/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Groups seek items they say could exonerate executed inmate

Jan. 23, 2020 5:03 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two groups sued a central Arkansas city on Thursday seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate an inmate who was executed nearly three years ago. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Innocence Project asked a state judge to order Jacksonville authorities to...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin is interviewed in his office at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. An independent panel has approved raises for all 135 members of the Arkansas General Assembly and the state's seven constitutional officers for a total of more than $150,000 combined in payroll increases. Griffin, asked the commission not to increase his salary at all. Even so, the panel unanimously approved his pay raise.

Arkansas panel OKs pay raises for some elected officials

Jan. 23, 2020 1:52 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An independent panel has approved raises for all 135 members of the Arkansas General Assembly and the state's seven constitutional officers for a total of more than $150,000 combined in payroll increases. The Independent Citizens Commission approved the 2.5% bump on Wednesday,...

Group sues again to block Arkansas eye law referendum

Jan. 23, 2020 1:50 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of an Arkansas law expanding the procedures optometrists can perform mounted a new legal challenge Thursday to prevent a referendum on the measure from appearing on November's ballot. Arkansans for Healthy Eyes filed the lawsuit after the state Supreme Court said it...

This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

New appeal filed in 12-year sentence for cellphone in jail

Jan. 23, 2020 1:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court should overturn an “astonishing” 12-year prison sentence given to an African American man who took a mobile phone into a jail cell when he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge, attorneys argued in court papers filed Thursday. The state's...

Monyyong sends Little Rock past Troy with an 81-63 win

Jan. 22, 2020 10:43 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Ruot Monyyong scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds and Little Rock beat Troy 81-63 on Wednesday. Jaizec Lottie scored 14 and Kamani Johnson 12 making all five of his shot attempts. Charles Norman's jump shot with 38 seconds before halftime put Troy up...

Perry's double-double lifts Missississippi St. past Arkansas

Jan. 22, 2020 9:58 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Reggie Perry had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 77-70 win over Arkansas on Wednesday. Perry has now scored 20 points or more in five of his last seven games. He also recorded his SEC-leading 11th double-double of the season and his 20th career...

Authorities: Deputy injured after Arkansas standoff

Jan. 22, 2020 3:39 PM EST

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries while exchanging gunfire with a man in northeast Arkansas after responding to a call about terroristic threats, authorities said. Craighead County Deputy Sheriff Logan Dotson was struck in his head twice with shotgun pellets on Monday,...

Driver in stolen Arkansas SUV crashes into Missouri building

Jan. 22, 2020 1:25 PM EST

SRPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected drunken driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen Arkansas sport utility vehicle has crashed into a parked vehicle and a restaurant in Missouri while fleeing from law enforcement. The Greene County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office says in a news release...

Russellville man killed after shootout with police

Jan. 22, 2020 7:29 AM EST

ATKINS, Ark. (AP) — Police in western Arkansas fatally shot a man who had opened fire on officers, authorities said. The Atkins Police Department said an officer responded Tuesday morning to reports of someone armed with a handgun “exhibiting aggressive behavior” and pointing his weapon at...

9 hurt when truck, school bus collide in Arkansas

Jan. 21, 2020 10:44 PM EST

HOXIE, Ark. (AP) — Nine people were injured, including a child who was airlifted to a hospital, when a school bus and a dump truck collided Tuesday afternoon on a state highway in northeast Arkansas, authorities said. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the vehicles collided just south of...