Latest Arkansas state government News

Arkansas House ousts member over no-contest plea in tax case

Oct. 11, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House voted Friday to expel a member who pleaded no contest to not paying his state income taxes, making him the first person to be kicked out of that chamber since the 1800s. Lawmakers voted 88-4 to oust Republican state Rep. Mickey Gates, easily eclipsing the...

The Latest: Official says inmate could be on prison grounds

Sep. 30, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on a convicted murderer in Arkansas who escaped custody 10 years after escaping prison (all times local): 11:08 a.m. Arkansas prison officials are unsure whether a convicted murderer they reported missing from a prison has left the facility's grounds. Department of...

Arkansas court won't let judge hear execution cases again

Sep. 19, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it won't allow a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug to resume hearing execution cases. The court rejected the request by Pulaski County Circuit...

Arkansas attorney general wants judge barred from her cases

Sep. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to reassign cases involving her office from a judge who has been prohibited from handling execution cases, accusing him of regularly being biased against her staff. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Tuesday...

Coming for your AR-15? O'Rourke scrambles Dems' gun message

Sep. 14, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's "hell yes" moment at the Democrats' presidential debate is scrambling his party's message on guns. The Democrats have long contended their support of gun control laws does not mean they want to take away law-abiding citizens' firearms. But on Friday, they struggled to...

Arkansas House speaker files resolution to oust lawmaker

Sep. 13, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' House speaker took the first step Friday toward removing a lawmaker who has refused to step down after pleading no contest to not paying state income taxes. Speaker Matthew Shepherd filed a resolution to remove fellow Republican Rep. Mickey Gates, who was arrested last...

Arkansas speaker seeks lawmaker's removal over tax plea

Sep. 6, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' House speaker on Friday said he's seeking the removal of a lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes. Speaker Matthew Shepherd told House members that he's filing a resolution to remove fellow Republican Rep. Mickey Gates, who was arrested last year...

Arkansas, home to supremacist groups, weighs hate crimes law

Aug. 25, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Long before a mass shooting killed 22 people at a Walmart in Texas, the threat of white supremacy was well known in neighboring Arkansas, where extremist groups over the decades have made their home in the mountains and dense woods of the state's remote rural areas. In the 1980s, a...

Tofurky asks court to halt enforcement of meat-labeling law

Aug. 14, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A plant-based food producer has asked a federal court to temporarily stop Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans labeling vegetarian and vegan products as meat and advertising them as such while litigation is underway. Hood River, Oregon-based Tofurky Co. told courts Wednesday...