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Recreational marijuana measure OK’d for Arkansas ballot

Sep. 22, 2022 19:49 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday said voters can decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, overturning a state panel's decision to block the measure from the November ballot. Justices granted a request by Responsible Growth Arkansas, the...

Sarah Sanders released from hospital after cancer surgery

Sep. 17, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, a Republican who is running for governor in Arkansas, was released from a hospital Saturday after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer. “Following successful surgery on Friday to remove her thyroid and...

Sarah Sanders undergoes surgery for thyroid cancer

Sep. 16, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas, underwent surgery Friday for thyroid cancer. Sanders announced she underwent the surgery after a biopsy earlier this month revealed that she had thyroid cancer....

Arkansas Human Services head Cindy Gillespie stepping down

Sep. 15, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The head of the Arkansas Department of Human Services is stepping down next month after more than six years of running the agency, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday. Hutchinson announced the resignation of Secretary Cindy Gillespie, who he named to run...

States' plans to make school safer reflect political divides

Sep. 06, 2022 13:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In the aftermath of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, governors around the country vowed to take steps to ensure their students would be kept safe. Months later, as students return to classrooms, money has begun to flow for school security upgrades,...

After school shootings, are states making classrooms safer?

Sep. 06, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

The shooting last May that killed 19 children and two teachers inside an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, led to pledges by governors in several states to make classrooms safer. But their speed in following through has varied. Here's a look at where school safety...

States tapping historic surpluses for tax cuts and rebates

Aug. 31, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Stoked by the largest surplus in state history, Missouri's Republican-led Legislature devised a $500 million plan to send one-time tax refunds to millions of households. In a shock to some, GOP Gov. Mike Parson vetoed it. Parson's objection: He wanted a...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 25, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Court: Arkansas can't ban treatment of transgender kids

Aug. 25, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday said Arkansas can't enforce its ban on transgender children receiving gender-affirming medical care. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking the state...

3 Arkansas officers suspended after video captures beating

Aug. 23, 2022 07:09 AM EDT

MULBERRY, Ark. (AP) — Federal authorities said Monday they have started a civil rights investigation following the suspension of three Arkansas law enforcement officers after a video posted on social media showed two of them beating a man while a third officer held him on the ground. ...