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Arkansas casino legalization proposal approved for ballot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A casino legalization proposal that two Native American tribes have each contributed more than $1 million to support was approved Wednesday to appear on the Arkansas ballot in November. Secretary of State Mark Martin's offi...

 

Arkansas abortion pills restriction remains on hold

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court won't allow Arkansas to enforce a law that critics say would make the state the first in the U.S. to effectively ban abortion pills. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied a...

 

Church group's opposition stuns advocates of 'tort reform'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — So-called tort reform has been an easy sell in states controlled by Republicans, and backers of a lawsuit-limiting proposal on the ballot in Arkansas this fall expected little trouble winning passage until they ran into a s...

 

Judge seeks end to ethics case over death penalty protest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An effort to sanction an Arkansas judge who participated in a death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the use of an execution drug has more to do with displeasure at the sight of his protest than any ethical...

 

Concern in Arkansas town highlights trade fears in US states

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — A Chinese company's announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm...

 

Plan for $4.5B wind farm scrapped after regulator's denial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A utility says it's dropping plans for what would have been the largest wind farm in the country after regulators rejected the $4.5 billion project. American Electric Power said Friday it was cancelling plans for the...

 

Analysis: Bribery claims overshadow Arkansas government

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A corruption probe that's already ensnared a prolific lobbyist and two ex-lawmakers implicated a state senator who also happens to be a nephew of the governor. A member of the panel licensing medical marijuana facilities...

 

Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program's launch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a judge's ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first licenses for businesses...

 

Judge asked to again halt Arkansas abortion pills law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge on Friday to again block an Arkansas law that restricts how abortion pills are administered, saying the restriction makes the state the first in the U.S. to effectively ban that...

 

Analysis: Arkansas faces more fights over abortion limits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to let Arkansas enforce a law that critics say effectively bans abortion pills in the state is a setback for abortion rights supporters who have been fighting a wave of restrictions in the...

 

Man acquitted for destroying 2nd Ten Commandments monument

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A man who destroyed a Ten Commandments monument outside of Oklahoma's state Capitol was acquitted Thursday of destroying another one three years later outside of Arkansas', with the judge citing evidence that the man...

 

Arkansas pauses marijuana dispensary applications' review

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas regulators have stopped reviewing applications from businesses that want to sell medical marijuana, weeks after a judge struck down the state's licensing process for growing the drug. A spokesman for the...

 

Plans to exempt Arkansas stadiums from gun law OK'd

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Concealed handguns won't be allowed at dozens of Arkansas college sports facilities, including the football stadiums for the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Arkansas State Red Wolves, after state police approved plans to...

 

Analysis: Ruling upends Arkansas medical pot program launch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas judge who put the brakes on the state's medical marijuana program didn't do so because of an objection to legalizing pot's use for certain patients. In fact, he was downright apologetic about putting the progra...

 

Arkansas cities, counties sue drug makers over opioid crisis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A coalition of cities and counties around Arkansas announced Wednesday it had sued dozens of makers and distributors of opioids, arguing that the companies should bear the cost of drug abuse in the state. The Association...

 

Arkansas judge blocks state from licensing pot growers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the state from awarding its first licenses for companies to grow medical marijuana in response to complaints about the state's process for reviewing applications for the...

 

Arkansas lawmakers advance regulation of pharmacy managers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel advanced a proposal Tuesday to regulate pharmacy benefit managers, as lawmakers began a special session focused primarily on addressing a cut in reimbursements rates pharmacists have seen. The House...

 

Analysis: Arkansas Medicaid plan avoids shutdown fight

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medicaid shutdown fatigue is starting to set in at Arkansas' Capitol. Despite all the talk of a work requirement being key to keeping the state's Medicaid expansion alive this year, the Trump administration's approval of...

 

Analysis: Arkansas Medicaid plan avoids shutdown fight

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medicaid shutdown fatigue is starting to set in at Arkansas' Capitol. Despite all the talk of a work requirement being key to keeping the state's Medicaid expansion alive this year, the Trump administration's approval of...

 

Analysis: Arkansas GOP talks school safety, but not guns

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — With dueling hearings and panels in the wake of Florida's school massacre, Arkansas' Republican governor and lawmakers have made it clear they want school security on the agenda when they return to the Capitol for next...

 

Arkansas governor forms panel to look at school security

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed a commission Thursday to look at improving security at Arkansas schools in light of the recent school massacre in Florida, though he said he would oppose gun control measures such as raising the...

 

Arkansas names 5 companies picked to grow medical marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas took the first step Tuesday toward launching its medical marijuana program, as state regulators named the five businesses they intend to license to grow the drug. The state Medical Marijuana Commission announced th...

 

Arkansas judge dismisses Monsanto lawsuit on dicamba ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' ban on the use of a weed killer blamed by farmers in several states for crop damage will remain in place after a state judge dismissed a legal challenge by a maker of the herbicide. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Ch...

 

Analysis: Dicamba debate lingers in Arkansas courts, Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over Arkansas' effort to ban an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied, causing widespread damage, is far from over, with attention now shifting to a manufacturer's lawsuit. The...

 

Arkansas legislative panel backs proposal to ban herbicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers recommended regulators move forward Tuesday with efforts to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, advancing the prohibition despite a lawsuit...

 

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