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Death penalty statute backed

High court asked to reinstate law

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Dustin McDaniel's office Friday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that struck down the state's death penalty statute as unconstitutional. Continue reading...

Child-care licensing rules stall

State commission again lacks a quorum to vote on proposal

Subscriber onlyThe first overhaul to the state's licensing requirements for child care centers in more than 45 years failed Friday to move past a governor-appointed commission. Continue reading...

Arkansas' national park sites draw 2.8 million

Subscriber onlySince 2002, Libby Smith and her husband have run Bear Creek Log Cabins in St. Joe near the Buffalo National River. Designated as the United States' first national river in 1972, the Buffalo is one of Arkansas' most popular National Park Service sites. Continue reading...

PB Main Street shut by building collapse

Council to look at structural reviews

Subscriber onlyMain Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues in downtown Pine Bluff was blocked off after the rear portion of an aging three-story building partially collapsed Friday afternoon. Continue reading...

State notes rise in rate of college-going seniors

Subscriber onlyMore Arkansans went straight to college from their public high schools in 2013 than the year before, but the state's college-going rate still dips below the national average. Continue reading...

Called 311, 2 potholes vanished

Subscriber onlyDear Mahatma: A comment about "Pothole City." I called the city's 311 number and reported two potholes in front of our home. They were filled the next day. Way to go, Public Works Department. -- Happy on Skyway Continue reading...

Jury buys confession; killer of 2 sentenced

Subscriber onlyA Maumelle man who told a Pulaski County jury that his own repeated confessions to a 2011 double-homicide were drug-addled ravings that could not be believed was sentenced to 45 years in prison on Friday. Continue reading...

Club's back pay put at $342,754

Lawyers argue liability, tips in briefs filed with U.S. court

Subscriber onlyAn attorney for seven former workers at the now-defunct Peaches Gentleman's Club in Jacksonville argued Friday that the club's former owners should have to pay them $342,754.60 for denying them minimum wages during a three-year period. Continue reading...

State board clears plan for prison

Subscriber onlyENGLAND -- The Arkansas Board of Corrections approved on Friday a state Department of Correction recommendation to build a maximum-security prison that will cost on the high end of a previous $75 million to $100 million estimate for a new 1,000-inmate facility. Continue reading...

Municipal candidates in Saline County file

Subscriber onlyThree people filed as candidates for Haskell mayor Friday, the first day of the municipal filing period in Saline County. Continue reading...

Pryor announces three-part jobs legislation at Port of LR

Subscriber onlyDemocratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor revealed a three-prong job legislation proposal Friday at a news conference held at the Little Rock Port. Continue reading...

I-630 lanes to close for bridge painting

Subscriber onlyWork on the Interstate 430/Interstate 630 interchange in Little Rock will require lane closures next week on I-630, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said. Continue reading...

Wreck shuts down 14 miles of I-40

Subscriber onlyAuthorities shut down a 14-mile section of Interstate 40 eastbound for several hours Friday to allow for the removal of a tractor-trailer involved in an accident the previous night. Continue reading...

Carroll County sheriff given job of collecting debt for court

Subscriber onlyStarting next month, it will be up to the Carroll County sheriff to try to collect some of the $2.8 million owed to the county's circuit court. Continue reading...

$440,000 awarded to UA researcher

Subscriber onlyThere are no molds for snowflakes, nor any blueprints for the way many biological structures come together. Continue reading...

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