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Ex-deputy charged with manslaughter in white teen's death

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas sheriff's deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists. A special prosecutor announced the...

 

Arkansas judge blocks state from enforcing mask mandate ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state from enforcing its ban on mask mandates after lawmakers left the prohibition in place despite a rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Pulaski County...

 

Governors pin hopes on full vaccine approval as cases climb

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As U.S. regulators weigh giving the final stamp of approval for certain COVID-19 vaccines, governors in states hard hit by the pandemic hope the move will help persuade the many holdouts in their states to finally get the...

 

Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor's objections. The Republican-controlled House and...

 

Arkansas governor vetoes transgender youth treatment ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth, though lawmakers could enact the restriction over his...

 

Arkansas governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v. Wade...

 

GOP states weigh limits on how race and slavery are taught

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Complaining about what he called indoctrination in schools, former President Donald Trump created a commission that promoted "patriotic" education and played down America's role in slavery. But though he's out of the White...

 

Early voting begins in Arkansas for November election

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...

 

University of Arkansas reports 151 new coronavirus cases

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas on Monday reported 151 more confirmed cases of coronavirus at its campus in Fayetteville and a White House report said the state continued to have one of the highest rates of positive tests in...

 

Some US police resist enforcing coronavirus mask mandates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lang Holland, the chief of police in tiny Marshall, Arkansas, said he thinks the threat of the coronavirus has been overstated and only wears a face mask if he's inside a business that requires them. He doesn't make his...

 

Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Utah and Oregon put any further reopening of their economies on hold amid a spike in coronavirus cases, but there was no turning back Friday in such states as Texas, Arkansas and Arizona despite flashing warning signs there,...

 

Arkansas governor: Dozens arrested after Floyd protests

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested at protests in downtown Little Rock over the death of George Floyd, the governor said Wednesday as demonstrations continued in Arkansas' capital city. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said 79 people were...

 

Arkansas may close some state parks over virus concerns

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas may temporarily close some of its most popular parks over concerns that large numbers of out-of-state visitors are crowding them during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday. Hutchinson said...

 

Little Rock schools close for 2 days over teacher sick calls

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock's schools shut down for two days starting Monday after hundreds of staff members called in sick, though the local teachers' union hinted that the absences are tied to ongoing complaints about the state's...

 

Little Rock schools brace for possible teachers strike

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock's school district is bracing for the possibility of its first strike in decades because a state panel this month voted to strip the local union of its collective bargaining power, adding more uncertainty to a...

 

Convicted murderer missing again from Arkansas prison

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped from prison in 2009 while wearing a guard uniform is missing and may have escaped again, Arkansas prison officials said Monday. The Arkansas Department of Corrections said Calvin Adams, 49,... Full story

 

Ginsburg: Work on court 'saved me' during cancer treatment

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday night that her work on the bench saved her during her cancer treatments, as the judge was given a rock-star reception in the home state of the president who...

 

Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he had been impaired while on duty was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients who authorities say he misdiag...

 

Eye surgery law sparks unusually public dispute in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As an optometrist in the small Arkansas town of Osceola, Dr. Matthew Jones must tell patients several times a week to seek treatment elsewhere — sometimes as far as an hour away — for procedures he says he's fully...

 

Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions in Arkansas minutes before they were set to take effect Wednesday, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic...

 

Lawsuit filed challenging Arkansas' 18-week abortion ban

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...

 

GOP lawmakers create hurdles for citizen ballot initiatives

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas voters have been active in recent years, passing ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana, raised the minimum wage and expanded casino gambling. That hasn't gone over well with Republicans. Arkansas'...

 

Record floods breach Arkansas levee, overtop 2 in Missouri

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Relentless flooding in the central U.S. Friday inundated communities and damaged or spilled over levees on three major rivers in two states. The fast-flowing Arkansas River smashed a 40-foot (12-meter) hole in a levee in...

 

Arkansas Senate OKs new requirement for abortion doctors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Senators in Arkansas approved a measure Thursday that imposes a new requirement on doctors who perform abortions, the latest in a series of restrictions on the procedure in the state that are moving quickly through the...

 

Arkansas Senate votes to require 'abortion reversal' notices

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to require doctors give written notice to women undergoing drug-induced abortions that the procedure can be halted halfway, a claim that medical groups say isn't backed up by science. The...

 

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