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Lawsuit calls Arkansas "ag-gag" law unconstitutional

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...

 

Pine Bluff officials: Flood won't sink Arkansas city's hopes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An economically struggling Arkansas city in the midst of a revitalization plan continued flooding Tuesday as the Arkansas River crested its banks, but local officials said even after the waters recede, the community's...

 

Oklahomans clean up after flood; Arkansans brace for crest

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Storm-weary residents in Oklahoma were gutting waterlogged homes Sunday as the Arkansas River continued its slow crest rolling hundreds of miles downstream, even as many kept a cautious eye on this week's weather...

 

Hundreds in shelters as record flooding hits Arkansas River

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Temporary shelters were housing hundreds of people on Thursday following evacuations along the swollen Arkansas River, where officials kept a close eye on an aging levee system facing enormous pressure from enduring...

 

Rain intensifies flooding in saturated Arkansas, Oklahoma

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Brad Hindley planned to be vacationing on a lake this week. Instead, he's been on a boat in his swamped Fort Smith neighborhood trying to keep gas in generators that are pumping water from his flooded home in Arkansas'...

 

Intense rainfall in central US causing southern flooding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Historic flooding is hitting communities along the Arkansas River despite little rain in the region, thanks to downpours in areas father north and efforts by officials to control the powerful surge of water. Intense rain...

 

Arkansas' first medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Two and a half years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, qualifying patients could begin buying the product Saturday morning when the state's first dispensary opened, though the celebratory mood was...

 

Arkansas medical marijuana sales set to begin in mid-May

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medical marijuana sales in Arkansas are set to begin around May 12 as cultivators plan to begin harvesting the plant in the coming days and regulators finish the approval process for the state's first dispensaries....

 

Arkansas school district allows paper to post banned article

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas school district that ordered a student newspaper to take down an investigative report now says the article can be re-published on its website. A spokesman for the Springdale School District said Tuesday the...

 

Arkansas casinos coming, but where and when remain unclear

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution allowing licenses for four casinos: two existing gambling facilities and two others that will be built. About 54 percent of voters approved of the amendment...

 

Arkansas schools regularly suspend truant kids despite ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Five years after Arkansas banned the use of out-of-school suspension as a punishment for truancy, dozens of schools are still suspending children who repeatedly miss classes. A study last month out of the Office for...

 

Northeastern Arkansas hepatitis A outbreak unusually severe

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An atypical and unusually severe hepatitis A outbreak in northeastern Arkansas has infected at least 85 people and caused at least one death since February, health officials said Tuesday. In the past week, officials...

 

Arkansas to outsource evaluation of medical pot applications

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Medical Marijuana commission has voted to give a consulting group the power to evaluate applications and award 32 dispensary licenses for medical pot. By a vote of 3-2 Wednesday, the commission agreed that a...

 

State panel calls for armed presence at all Ark. schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas School Safety Commission issued its preliminary report Tuesday and recommends that every school always have an armed presence, including a trained resource officer whenever financially feasible. The report...

 

Rare type of tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in...

 

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