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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020, in Little Rock, Ark., during a news conference at the Capitol to reveal a draft of a proposed hate-crime law that will be considered during the next legislative session. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Arkansas governor, lawmakers unveil hate crimes proposal

Aug. 19, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor, attorney general and a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would impose harsher penalties for crimes motivated by the victim's race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, an effort that would end the state's distinction as one...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Sen. Linda Collins, R-Pocahontas, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Collins. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Arkansas woman pleads guilty to killing former lawmaker

Aug. 6, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a former state lawmaker who was found dead from multiple stab wounds outside her home last year. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda...