Latest Arkansas state government News

Arkansas is sued for rejecting petitions on an abortion-rights ballot measure

Jul. 16, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is being sued for rejecting petitions in favor of a proposed ballot measure to scale back the state's abortion ban, with supporters asking the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to order officials to start counting more than 100,000 signatures from people who back...

Arkansas groups not asking US Supreme Court to review ruling limiting scope of Voting Rights Act

Jul. 01, 2024 19:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Progressive groups in Arkansas have decided to not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a lower court's ruling that private groups can’t sue under a key section of the federal Voting Rights Act. The Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the Arkansas State...

Former Arkansas legislator Joyce Elliott experiences stroke, undergoes surgery, her family says

Jun. 27, 2024 17:35 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Joyce Elliott, a former Arkansas state legislator who ran for Congress twice, has undergone surgery after experiencing a stroke, her family said Thursday. Elliott, 73, experienced the stroke while in Dallas, Texas, this week and has since been transferred...

US Supreme Court sends Arkansas redistricting case back to judges after South Carolina ruling

Jun. 03, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

The Supreme Court on Monday sent a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' 2021 U.S. House map back to a three-judge panel, ordering it to review the suit in light of the high court's decision against similar claims of bias in a redistricting case from South Carolina. The ruling is a setback...

Federal prosecutor in Arkansas stepped down while being investigated, report says

May. 16, 2024 19:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal prosecutor in Arkansas left the post while under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with an employee in the office, Justice Department documents show. The report, first reported by the Intercept and released Tuesday, said that...

Today in History: May 6, the Hindenburg crashes in flames in New Jersey, killing 36

May. 06, 2024 14:48 PM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 6, the 127th day of 2024. There are 239 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 6, 1937, the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while attempting to dock at...

Arkansas panel bans electronic signatures on voter registration forms

Apr. 24, 2024 15:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has prohibited election officials from accepting voter registration forms signed with an electronic signature, a move that critics say amounts to voter suppression. The State Board of Election Commissions on Tuesday unanimously approved...

Sanders orders US and Arkansas flags flown at half-staff in honor of former governor

Apr. 23, 2024 20:20 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. flag and the state flag of Arkansas will be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday to honor former U.S. Sen. David Pryor, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders' office said. Pryor, 89, who also served as governor of Arkansas, died of natural causes...