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21 arrested in Little Rock gangs dragnet; family members of ex-Hog McFadden among those charged in case

U.S. attorney’s office reports seizing vehicles, cache of illegal drugs, guns

Subscriber onlyOfficials say 21 people were arrested on federal charges Thursday morning in a wide-ranging takedown operation, part of a larger effort to target gangs and violent criminals in Arkansas' capital city. Continue reading...

Arkansas election season kicks off; 141 candidates file to run

Subscriber onlyCandidates -- along with their supporters and families -- packed elbow to elbow on the second floor rotunda at the state Capitol on Thursday for the opening of the state and federal campaign filing season. Continue reading...

148-year-old store in downtown Little Rock shutting doors

Military-supplies vendor says Net cutting into sales

Subscriber onlyA fixture in downtown Little Rock for almost 148 years, Bennett's Military Supplies will close at the end of March, owner Sheree Meyer announced on social media this week. Continue reading...

Arkansas panel vote advances proposal on tuition; bill lets families withdraw savings

Subscriber onlyThe Legislature's Joint Budget Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposal that would allow taxpayers with 529 college savings plans to use withdrawals for tuition at a public, private or religious elementary or secondary school. Continue reading...

Impassable roads shut Pulaski County district's schools again

Subscriber onlyPulaski County Special School District schools will be closed today, for the second consecutive day, because of flooding and impassable roads throughout the far-flung 640-square-mile rural school system. Continue reading...

Arkansas school-alert system measure advances

Subscriber onlyThe Joint Budget Committee on Thursday advanced legislation that would allow state government to fund the panic-button alert system in public schools. Continue reading...

Arkansas vote-districting changes pitched

Plan drafted for independent panel; ballot title submitted

Subscriber onlyMaps that dictate which voters get grouped together in districts -- and potentially which parties or incumbents get a boost when the ballots are counted -- have in some states become the subject of recent court battles and accusations of politics usurping cartography. Continue reading...

Murder charge dropped in northeast Arkansas shooting

Subscriber only Prosecutors have dropped murder and battery charges against a suspect in a shooting last year in northeast Arkansas after deciding the case didn’t implicate him. Continue reading...

Hot Springs legislator faces primary contest

Subscriber onlyA Hot Springs Republican who said he hopes to entice small businesses to the area announced on Tuesday that he would enter the Republican primary against state Rep. Laurie Rushing. Continue reading...

Struggling Little Rock schools' scoring previewed

Subscriber onlyThe Little Rock School District's Community Advisory Board on Thursday previewed the draft "ESSA index scores" for Hall High and Cloverdale and Henderson middle schools which all have a long history of poor academic achievement. Continue reading...

Central Arkansas animal shelter's backers ask county to return cash

Subscriber onlyA task force working to establish a Faulkner County animal shelter wants the Quorum Court to return the roughly $500,000 taken from a voluntary tax fund created to help finance the creation of a shelter. Continue reading...

State, county ranks aid U.S. prosecutions

Once deputized, 13 lawyers to join violent-crime fight

Subscriber onlyAs part of its new focus on violent crimes involving drugs and guns, the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District of Arkansas is getting extra manpower supplied by six counties and two state offices. Continue reading...

Interest in Pulaski County office grows

Democrat, Republican say they intend to join race for clerk’s seat held by Crane

Subscriber onlyTwo more candidates, a former state board director and a Pulaski County roads inspector, have shown desire to run for Pulaski County circuit/county clerk. Continue reading...

Arkansas justices reverse ruling for city in county jail fuss

Costs, prisoner status at issue

Subscriber onlyA dispute between the city of Blytheville and Mississippi County over the cost of housing municipal prisoners in the county jail was returned to circuit court Thursday, after the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a lower court judge's decision for the city. Continue reading...

ASU's Mexico campus is scene of pay protest

Subscriber onlyProtesters stating that they have not been paid for work related to the construction of the new Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro in Mexico held a rally at the campus this week. Continue reading...

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