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Suspected tornado in Mississippi from Barry's wet remnants

Jul. 16, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A suspected tornado struck a rural area of north Mississippi on Tuesday, damaging homes and knocking down trees and power lines as the wet remnants of Tropical Storm Barry rumbled through several states, officials said. A storm that may have included a tornado passed through Victoria,...

Judge barred from executions cases seeks justices' recusal

Jul. 11, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug wants state Supreme Court justices to disqualify themselves from hearing his request to handle execution-related cases again. Pulaski...

Former Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty in corruption case

Jul. 8, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker who is the governor's nephew admitted Monday to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to help a health nonprofit as part of a plea deal in a sprawling federal corruption investigation. Former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson pleaded guilty in federal court in...

Arkansas governor orders levee review after historic flood

Jun. 27, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Thursday ordered a review of the state's levees and is asking lawmakers to approve $10 million for immediate repairs after historic flooding along the Arkansas River. Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order to create the Arkansas Levee Task Force to...

Lawsuit filed challenging Arkansas' 18-week abortion ban

Jun. 26, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters on Wednesday challenged an Arkansas law banning the procedure 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy and another requirement that they say would likely force the closure of the state's only surgical abortion clinic. In all, the lawsuit filed by the American...

Lawsuit calls Arkansas "ag-gag" law unconstitutional

Jun. 26, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A legal advocacy organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging an Arkansas state law that farm organizations have used to shield themselves from undercover investigations by animal rights groups. Lawyers for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and other animal rights...

Former Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty in corruption cases

Jun. 25, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker who is Gov. Asa Hutchinson's nephew pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting bribes and filing a false tax return, part of an agreement with federal prosecutors in a sprawling corruption probe. Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who is the son of former U.S....

Arkansas judge asks to handle execution-related cases again

Jun. 25, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion two years ago has asked the state Supreme Court to allow him to handle execution-related cases again. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Monday petitioned the high...

Former Arkansas lawmaker changing plea in corruption cases

Jun. 24, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew was expected Monday to change his plea in two federal corruption cases as he faced a new charge of accepting bribes in exchange for efforts to change a state dental law. Change of plea hearings were scheduled for two...

The Latest: Ex-lawmaker's plea change expected in 2 cases

Jun. 24, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on change in plea hearings scheduled in a former Arkansas lawmaker's corruption cases (all times local): 4:07 p.m. A former Arkansas lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew faces a new bribery charge and is expected to change his plea in two separate federal...