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31 apply for Daisy Gatson Bates, Johnny Cash sculptures

Oct. 22, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than 30 sculptors applied to create statues of Little Rock Nine mentor Daisy Gatson Bates and musician Johnny Cash, which are tentatively planned to be displayed in Washington, D.C., late next year. Fifteen people applied to design and cast Bates' statue, and Cash's statue...

Donation nearly triples size of Arkansas veterans cemetery

Oct. 21, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas veterans cemetery nearly tripled its size with land donated from a military post, officials said. The Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock on Tuesday celebrated its 141-acre expansion, which enlarged it from 82 acres to 223 acres. The Camp Robinson...

Voters stand in line Monday Oct. 19, 2020 at the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock, Ark.,  as they wait to vote on the first day of early voting. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Early voting begins in Arkansas for November election

Oct. 19, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Early voting began Monday in Arkansas for the November general election, and lines were reported at several locations around the state. Secretary of State John Thurston hasn't predicted how many of the state's 1.8 million registered voters will cast a ballot in this year's...

Arkansas Supreme Court rules to keep proposals on ballot

Oct. 17, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that two proposed amendments will not be removed from the general election ballot next month, upholding a lower court's decision to dismiss the case against the secretary of state. Tom Steele, chairman of the Arkansas Term Limits committee, filed...

22,000-plus mail-in ballots requested in Little Rock area

Oct. 15, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than 22,000 mail-in ballots have been sent to voters in the county where Little Rock is situated, Pulaski County Clerk Terri Hollingsworth said Thursday. “That means approximately 8% of the electorate have the means to cast their vote before polls even open on...

Arkansas judge dismisses lawsuit challenging virus mandates

Oct. 14, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by some Republican legislators challenging a mask mandate and other restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled that Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson was within his...

Sen. Joyce Elliott, left, and Congressman French Hill, candidates for the 2nd Congressional District, debate Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at the Arkansas PBS studio in Conway, Ark. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Arkansas congressman, rival spar over tax cuts, health care

Oct. 12, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Republican Rep. French Hill and Democratic challenger Joyce Elliott clashed over President Donald's Trump's tax cuts and the federal health overhaul Monday as the two met up for their only debate in an Arkansas congressional race that's turned unexpectedly tight. Hill, who represents a...

Teen sentenced to 42 years in Arkansas officer's death

Oct. 7, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 42 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of an Arkansas police officer, according to prosecutors. Derrick Heard was 16 when he was accused of killing Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford in...

Elliott raises $1.4M in bid for US House seat in Arkansas

Oct. 7, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Democratic challenger Joyce Elliott outraised Republican Rep. French Hill for the second quarter in a row as fundraising and spending ramped up for an increasingly heated race for a central Arkansas congressional seat. Elliott's campaign on Wednesday announced raising more than...

Police: Suspect in 2 Arkansas killings caught in California

Oct. 6, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A southern Arkansas man suspected in the killings of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old son has been arrested in the Los Angeles area, police said Tuesday. Jory Worthen was captured in Burbank, California, on Monday after leading U.S. marshals on a foot chase across rooftops, Camden...