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Drug fresh, Arkansas' oldest death-row prisoner to have execution set

Vials arrive, so governor to name date

Subscriber onlyArkansas' oldest death-row prisoner will have an execution date set, the governor's office announced Thursday, just as a prison spokesman revealed the state had acquired a drug to carry out further lethal injections. Continue reading...

Arkansas man already in prison for kidnapping girlfriend gets 15-year term for molesting teen

He’s convicted of sex assault on girl

Subscriber onlyA 33-year-old Sherwood man, already serving prison time for the gunpoint kidnapping of his longtime girlfriend, was convicted Thursday of molesting the woman's 13-year-old daughter despite the girl's courtroom admission that she had exaggerated some of her accusations. Continue reading...

Confederate group sets Arkansas rally to show support for preserving monuments

Subscriber onlyHOT SPRINGS -- The Confederate Square Group will hold a demonstration Saturday on Arlington Lawn in Hot Springs National Park to show support for preserving monuments to Confederate history. Continue reading...

State fears U.S. site will fail Medicaid-shorn Arkansans

Subscriber onlyThe chairman of a state insurance board said Thursday that he's concerned about whether federal officials will leave themselves enough time to implement changes Arkansas hopes to make to its expanded Medicaid program. Continue reading...

Little Rock, 2 Pine Bluff charters win panel's favor

3 schools, 2 others still need final OKs

Subscriber onlyThe state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Thursday gave preliminary approval to three open-enrollment charter school plans -- one in Little Rock and two in Pine Bluff -- bringing to five the number of new schools receiving panel support this week. Continue reading...

Former central Arkansas luxury pool seller admits to stealing from company, customers

Pleads guilty, faces prison, fine for stealing $381,171.57

Subscriber onlyA former salesman for Elite Pools by Scott, a North Little Rock business that designs and builds luxury swimming pools, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Little Rock to a wire fraud charge, admitting he stole $381,171.57 from the company and several customers. Continue reading...

Speech zones expand at Arkansas university

Events spill over now, school says

Subscriber onlyRUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University has expanded its designated area for free speech to accommodate a growing student population. Continue reading...

Little Rock police explain plan for overtime to increase patrols in high-crime areas

45 officers a day, each add 4 hours to one shift a week

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock police provided new details Thursday on a plan to increase patrols in high-crime areas by requiring officers to work overtime. Continue reading...

Arkansans call Trump response a lost opportunity

Subscriber onlyThe White House missed an opportunity to clearly, unambiguously denounce white supremacy, two Arkansas Republican officials said Thursday. Continue reading...

Arkansas man focus of FBI investigation into illegal gambling operation

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Investigators of a suspected gambling operation found photographs of slot machines on a real estate website when the owner put the house up for sale in November, according to court documents. Continue reading...

Arkansas burglary suspect, 35, jailed after two-hour police standoff

Subscriber onlyHOT SPRINGS -- A suspect in an aggravated residential burglary earlier this summer was arrested after a two-hour standoff with Hot Springs police Wednesday at a residence on Lawson Street. A nearby day care was evacuated as a precaution. Continue reading...

Arkansas man dies at Little Rock hospital month after beating

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas man has died at a Little Rock hospital of suspected head trauma weeks after being beaten at his home, according to the Drew County sheriff's office. Continue reading...

2 senior aides leave Arkansas governor's office

Ritchie takes Medicare post

Subscriber onlyAndrew "Vu" Ritchie, a senior policy adviser to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is departing the governor's office to be senior counselor at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C., Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said Thursday. Continue reading...

1 Arkansas eatery's drink permit OK'd, 1 denied

Subscriber onlyA Searcy business, the Rock House, has become the city's first restaurant to obtain an alcoholic beverage permit. Continue reading...

Panel approves extension of Arkansas lottery's Intralot pact

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed seven-year extension of its multimillion-dollar gaming contract with Greece-based Intralot Inc. cleared a legislative panel Thursday, after the lottery's director said the agency would probably pay more if it sought bids. Continue reading...

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