• coronavirus May 13

    Unemployed Americans Thought They'd Receive Benefits Until September. Now That Aid Is in Jeopardy

    Unemployed Americans thought they’d receive benefits until September. Now that aid is in jeopardy in a growing number of states.

  • transgender rights Apr 6

    Arkansas Governor Vetoes Transgender Youth Treatment Ban

    Arkansas’ governor has vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments for transgender youth, though lawmakers could enact the restriction over his objections.

  • Roe v. Wade Mar 10

    Arkansas Governor Signs Near-Total Abortion Ban Into Law

    Arkansas’ governor has signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, but opponents plan to challenge the sweeping measure before it takes effect later this year

  • Georgia Aug 25, 2019

    Arkansas, Home to Supremacist Groups, Weighs Hate Crimes Law

    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 group known as the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm...

  • Donald Trump Jun 23, 2019

    Trump's Popularity Could Be Tested If Sanders Runs in 2022

    Press secretary Sarah Sanders seems to be in an enviable position as she leaves the White House for a possible run for governor in her home state of Arkansas. She has the tacit endorsement of a president popular in the state and political connections that go back to her dad Mike Huckabee’s more than 10 years as governor. Since her...

  • Governor Jun 6, 2019

    Arkansas Police Confirm Dead Body is Former State Lawmaker

    On Thursday, Arkansas authorities confirmed that the identity of a body found outside of a former Republican state lawmaker’s house in Pocahontas is Linda Collins-Smith. While police have not yet provided a cause of death, they have announced the case as a homicide. Collins-Smith served one term in the Arkansas state House, where she was originally elected in 2010 as...

  • Donald Trump Mar 27, 2019

    US Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules in Blow to Trump

    The Trump administration’s efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency were dealt a blow Wednesday, when a federal judge ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermined the program’s mission of providing health care for the needy. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., blocked work requirements for low-income people in two states — Arkansas and Kentucky. He found that...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    After Parkland, Parents Push for School Security Upgrades

    In Kentucky, parents have pooled money to pay an armed officer to begin patrolling schools. A mayor outside Cleveland, Ohio, is urging a security levy to pay for guards. And a town in New Jersey has begun assigning off-duty police to stand vigil inside all its school buildings. In the jittery aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, novel efforts...

  • Donald Trump Jan 13, 2018

    GOP-Leaning States Line Up to Require Work for Medicaid

    Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid. Whether that’s a commonsense approach or an added burden that will end up costing many Americans their health insurance will now be debated in states across the country considering...

  • D.C. Sep 25, 2017

    6 Decades After ‘Little Rock Nine,' School Segregation Lingers

    Among the most lasting and indelible images of the civil rights movement were the nine black teenagers who had to be escorted by federal troops past an angry white mob and through the doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 25, 1957. It had been three years since the Supreme Court had declared “separate but equal”...

  • JUDGE Aug 16, 2017

    Arkansas Can Block Planned Parenthood Money, Federal Court Rules

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group. In a 2-1 ruling, an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued preventing the state from suspending any...

  • driver Jun 16, 2017

    Arkansas' 4th Execution Set After Stay Request Rejected

    Arkansas’ aggressive effort to execute condemned inmates is set to conclude Thursday after the state Supreme Court refused to stay the execution of a man who killed a former deputy prison warden following an escape. Kenneth Williams, 38, was sentenced to death for killing Cecil Boren after escaping from the Cummins Unit prison in a barrel of hog slop. Williams...

  • JUDGE May 26, 2017

    New ‘Blue Lives Matter' Laws Raise Concerns Among Activists

    Following a spike in deadly attacks on police, more than a dozen states have responded this year with “Blue Lives Matter” laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers, raising concern among some civil rights activists of a potential setback in police-community relations. The new measures build upon existing statutes allowing harsher sentences for people who...

  • Associated Press Apr 29, 2017

    Arkansas Governor Dismisses Calls for Full Execution Probe

    Arkansas’ governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state’s execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection that involved a controversial sedative. Attorneys for Kenneth Williams called for a full investigation after Williams became the fourth convicted killer executed in Arkansas in eight days...

  • driver Apr 28, 2017

    Arkansas Awaits Word From Supreme Court on Execution

    Arkansas prepared to execute its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday, but the state was awaiting word from the U.S. Supreme Court on Williams’ last appeals before...

  • Governor Apr 21, 2017

    Arkansas Conducts 1st Execution Since 2005, Plans 3 More in April

    Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation’s most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976. Ledell Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, four minutes before his death warrant...

  • Associated Press Apr 21, 2017

    Supreme Court Clears Way for Arkansas Execution

    Arkansas prepared late Thursday to carry out its first execution since 2005 after three other lethal injections planned by the end of the month were scrapped in the face of court challenges. The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Ledell Lee’s execution less than an hour before his death warrant was set to expire at midnight, rejecting a round...

  • attorney Apr 20, 2017

    Arkansas Suffers 2 Setbacks to Multiple Execution Plan

    Arkansas suffered two more setbacks in its unprecedented bid to carry out eight executions this month with the state’s highest court granting a reprieve to an inmate scheduled to die Thursday and a county court saying the state can’t use one of its lethal injection drugs in any executions. While both of Wednesday’s rulings could be overturned, Arkansas now faces...

  • Governor Apr 18, 2017

    Arkansas Races Against the Clock to Begin Executions

    Arkansas raced against the clock to get U.S. Supreme Court approval to execute a convicted killer Monday but backed off putting another inmate to death as part of what had been a plan to carry out double executions on four nights before the state’s supply of a lethal injection drug expires....
    In a chaotic day of legal wrangling, state and federal...

  • attorney Apr 17, 2017

    Fight Continues Over Arkansas Executions

    A life and death battle is working its way through the courts as Arkansas moves closer to the planned execution of eight death row inmates over the next 11 days.

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