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Court rejects Arkansas attorney general's request, won't pull prosecutor from opioid suit

Subscriber onlyIn a unanimous decision Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied the attorney general's demand that a prosecuting attorney drop a lawsuit against opioid-makers that's similar to her own. Continue reading...

Rutledge opioid suit bid rejected

Won’t toss case, high court rules

Subscriber onlyIn a unanimous decision Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied the attorney general's demand that a prosecuting attorney drop a lawsuit against opioid-makers that's similar to her own. Continue reading...

Filing pans Arkansas AG's bid to get 1 opioid suit tossed

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge's demand that a prosecuting attorney drop a lawsuit against opioid makers that's similar to her own drew harsh responses Wednesday from the leaders of a coalition of Arkansas county and city officials. Continue reading...

Makers hid opioids' dangers, lawsuits filed in Arkansas claim

2 cases key on marketing, doctor lobbying

Subscriber onlyTwo lawsuits filed in separate state courts this month say opioid-makers lied about the risks and benefits associated with their addictive painkillers through a deceitful marketing scheme for years. Continue reading...

State sues 3 firms over opioids crisis; AG alleges deceit to hawk pain pills

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Leslie Rutledge said she sued opioid manufacturers Thursday to "make them pay for what they have done to Arkansas." Continue reading...

Public housing upgrades in Little Rock expected to start in June

Subscriber onlyOfficials with Little Rock's public housing agency said Wednesday that multimillion-dollar renovations at three downtown housing towers will begin around June, after the project's magnitude prompted a months-long delay. Continue reading...

State, cities, counties sue opioid makers, suppliers

Subscriber onlyThe state and a coalition of 87 Arkansas counties and cities are suing the makers and distributors of addictive painkillers for their role in the opioid epidemic. Continue reading...

Youth justice on right path, Arkansas governor says

More services, fewer jailings seen as an end goal for state

Subscriber onlyArkansas' juvenile-justice system needs an overhaul, and progress is underway, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Juvenile justice overhaul in Arkansas a work in progress

Subscriber onlyArkansas' patchwork juvenile probation system needs an overhaul to treat children in the system more equitably, says a group of judges and youth advocates. Continue reading...

State to test youth-offender project targeting mental health, recidivism

Subscriber onlyArkansas is a test site for a national pilot project aimed at helping children overcome barriers they face after getting out of jail. Continue reading...

Suit alleges rights violations in Arkansas Department of Human Services custody cases

Subscriber onlyTwo state caseworkers routinely took children away from their parents and violated families' civil rights for years, a federal lawsuit says. Continue reading...

Probation in Arkansas often hurts kids instead of helping them

Patchwork system ineffective, rife with disparities

Subscriber onlyChildren entrenched in Arkansas' juvenile probation system often find themselves without needed help because of overworked officers and judges who won't change the way they handle cases. Continue reading...

Arkansas schools accused of using youth court as discipline

Subscriber onlyIn southeast Arkansas, school officials threatened to withdraw money for juvenile probation officers’ salaries as leverage for desired outcomes in juvenile court cases, a report found. Continue reading...

SE corner of state at a loss, with little to offer at-risk kids

In poor, transportation-isolated area, probation alternatives few, far away

Subscriber onlyEUDORA -- No one in power cares what happens to kids in Eudora. Continue reading...

Arkansas day care's billing of Medicaid reviewed

Subscriber onlyA Hot Springs child day care provider is at the center of a state-led investigation after the day care's therapy director accused a top employee of insurance fraud. Continue reading...