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AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages mount

Aug. 12, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa funneled $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri budgeted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic...

AP: States boost flood prevention as damage costs soar

Aug. 11, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — After devastating flooding this year, Iowa put $15 million into a special fund to help local governments recover and guard against future floods. Missouri allotted more money to fight rising waters, including $2 million to help buy a moveable floodwall for a historic Mississippi...

Arkansas governor says lawmaker should resign or be ousted

Aug. 2, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor said Friday that a state lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes should be removed from office if he doesn't resign. Gov. Asa Hutchinson repeated his call for state Rep. Mickey Gates to resign, saying it his fellow Republican has no...

Arkansas Speaker: Would be best if colleague resigns

Aug. 1, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' House speaker on Thursday said he's told a lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes that it would be in everyone's best interests if he resigned, and wouldn't rule out seeking the lawmaker's removal if he doesn't go voluntarily. Speaker Matthew...

Court won't recuse from judge's bid to hear execution cases

Aug. 1, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it won't disqualify itself from considering whether to allow a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration to resume handling execution cases again. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen took part in the April 2017...

Arkansas lawmaker pleads no contest to not filing taxes

Jul. 29, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker pleaded no contest Monday to not paying state income taxes and agreed to pay thousands of dollars back to the state, but his lawyer said the legislator had no plans to step down from his statehouse seat. State Rep. Mickey Gates of Hot Springs entered the plea...

Filing opposes release of lobbyist in Arkansas corruption

Jul. 27, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a former Arkansas lobbyist is a danger to society if he's released from a Missouri jail where he's awaiting sentencing in a corruption case involving former Arkansas lawmakers and the Missouri-based nonprofit Preferred Family Healthcare. The Arkansas...

Governors weigh health care plans as they await court ruling

Jul. 25, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As they gather at a conference in Utah, governors from around the U.S. are starting to think about what they will do if an appeals court upholds a lower court ruling overturning former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. More than 20 million Americans would be at risk...

Sheriff's deputy, 1 other killed in north Arkansas shooting

Jul. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two people, including a sheriff's deputy, were killed Thursday in a shooting in rural northern Arkansas. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stone County Sheriff's deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed as he was responding to a call in Leslie...

Ex-lobbyist in Arkansas corruption case seeks freedom

Jul. 13, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas lawmakers in a political corruption case in Arkansas and Missouri is asking to be released from custody pending his formal sentencing. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that request to release 58-year-old...