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Court won't reconsider judge's bid to handle execution cases

Oct. 17, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider a request by a judge who demonstrated against the death penalty to resume hearing execution cases. Justices on Thursday denied Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's request that the court take another look at its Sept. 19...

Arkansas judge announces bid for state Supreme Court seat

Oct. 14, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge announced Monday he's running for a seat on the state's Supreme Court, setting up another potentially expensive and heated race in a state that has drawn heavy involvement from outside conservative groups. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Morgan "Chip" Welch said he...

Board strips Little Rock teachers' union bargaining power

Oct. 10, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Education on Thursday stripped the collective bargaining power of the Little Rock teachers' union, sparking fears of a strike even as the panel backed off a plan that critics said would be a return to a racially divided system 62 years after the integration of...

Arkansas ex-senator moved to halfway house ahead of release

Oct. 10, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas state senator who pleaded guilty to money laundering and fraud charges has been moved from a federal prison in Oklahoma to a halfway house ahead of his scheduled release next month. Former Sen. Jake Files is serving an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty...

Little Rock mayor proposes schools regain local control

Oct. 7, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock's mayor on Monday proposed returning local control to the city's schools after a state plan to only grant limited authority sparked fears that the district could revert to a racially divided, "separate but equal" system 62 years after the desegregation of Central High...

Little Rock police arrest man in September fatal shooting

Oct. 6, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock have arrested a suspect in last month's fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man. Officials say 20-year-old Daquayveon Flanagan was booked on complaints of first-degree murder and terroristic act in the Sept. 15 shooting death of Emmanuel Cooper. Pulaski County...

Newly dedicated Arkansas memorial honors Gold Star families

Oct. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When a military service member dies, a family weeps. Children grow up without a parent at graduations. Spouses watch their grandchildren grow up never knowing their grandfather or grandmother. The Arkansas Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, dedicated on a recent Saturday at the...

Arkansas lawmaker facing possible expulsion has GOP rival

Oct. 4, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker who faces potential expulsion from the House after pleading no contest to not paying state income taxes now has a Republican primary rival in his re-election bid next year. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Friday that Lakeside High School administrator...

Missing Arkansas inmate found hiding on prison's roof

Oct. 1, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

BRICKEYS, Ark. (AP) — A convicted killer who baffled Arkansas prison officials by seemingly vanishing was found Tuesday hiding underneath a large ventilation hood on the prison roof. Authorities had suspected that inmate Calvin Adams didn't make it past the electric fence surrounding the East Arkansas...

Arkansas bicyclist dies after tumbling down a 30-foot slope

Sep. 30, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a bicyclist has died after falling down a 30-foot (9-meter) embankment off a central Arkansas highway. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says Jim Krause died Saturday morning on Highway 300 near Wye Mountain. A Pulaski County coroner pronounced him dead at...