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Tennessee man sentenced in Arkansas child pornography case

Sep. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for taking an Arkansas teenager and using her to produce child pornography, according to federal court records. Craig Gillum, 55, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Little Rock to...

Arkansas panel: State not responsible for drowning deaths

Sep. 17, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has determined that the state is not responsible for the drowning deaths of a woman and her son, saying there was not a state official directly supervising the 911 dispatcher involved. Jinglei Yi, 39, died January 2013 after an ice patch sent her vehicle into a...

3 children killed in 2 incidents on Arkansas roads

Sep. 16, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

BENTON, Ark. (AP) — A toddler died Tuesday after apparently being dropped from a moving vehicle on a central Arkansas interstate, Arkansas State Police said. State troopers responded to a call from a driver who said a child had just been dropped from a moving vehicle on Interstate 30 in Saline County,...

Little Rock police officer who fatally shot motorist resigns

Sep. 11, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A white Little Rock police officer who fatally shot a Black motorist during a traffic stop last year resigned on Friday, accusing the police chief of making his working conditions “intolerable" since a judge ordered him reinstated. Officer Charles Starks was fired last year...

Black couple sues over social distancing fight at steakhouse

Sep. 10, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Black couple who got into a fight with white customers at a Little Rock steakhouse who weren't wearing masks and stood too close filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the restaurant of discrimination and not enforcing coronavirus safety rules. The federal lawsuit stems from a June 27...

Arkansas reports 385 new coronavirus cases, 11 more deaths

Sep. 9, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Wednesday reported 385 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus as a White House task force said the state has one of the highest rates for new cases in the country. The Health Department reported the state's total cases since the pandemic began in March is 66,406. The...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. Hutchinson issued the order Thursday, July, 16, 2020, effective Monday, July 20, requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state, which is dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor issued the order after weeks of resisting such a requirement. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Virus cases at University of Arkansas approaching 1,000

Sep. 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials on Tuesday said their biggest growth in new coronavirus cases is among college-aged people as the number of active infections at the University of Arkansas' main campus approached 1,000. The Arkansas Department of Health on Tuesday reported 294 new...

Teen fatally shot on Arkansas interstate near Little Rock

Sep. 5, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 19-year-old Little Rock man was fatally shot as he rode in a vehicle on Interstate 530 just south of Little Rock, according to Arkansas State Police. Three others in the vehicle were wounded, one critically, when they were fired on from another vehicle, state police said late...

Man charged for vandalizing Little Rock Confederate graves

Sep. 4, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man faces felony charges for vandalizing a Confederate cemetery in Little Rock earlier this year, police said. Mujera Benjamin Lungaho, 30, was arrested Thursday and faces felony charges of first-degree criminal mischief and felony desecration and removal of a cemetery grave...

One injured in shooting at shopping mall in Arkansas

Aug. 31, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man was wounded Monday in a shooting at a shopping mall in Arkansas. North Little Rock police said the shooting happened during a “physical disturbance" outside a jewelry store on the second floor of McCain Mall, and the victim was taken to an area hospital. A police...