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Arkansas Arts Center's economic clout sought

Trustee’s free study will help Arts Center solicit grants

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas Arts Center trustee's firm will produce a report about how the museum boosts Little Rock's economy and culture, with the findings to be used to solicit grant funding and private donations, officials said Monday. Continue reading...

Lethal-drug findings from state Medical Board investigation expected next month

Subscriber onlyA state Medical Board investigation into how the state obtained the drugs it used to execute four inmates in eight days could yield findings by early next month, the board's attorney said. Continue reading...

U.S. judge orders Arkansas execution evidence preserved

Subscriber onlyA federal judge on Friday evening ordered Arkansas to examine Kenneth Williams' execution more closely, hours after Gov. Asa Hutchinson rejected calls for an independent investigation into the lethal injection. Continue reading...

4th execution caps state's series

Subscriber onlyGRADY -- Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams on Thursday, ending an eight-day stretch in which the state administered lethal drugs to four convicted murderers in its fastest pace of executions in nearly 57 years. Continue reading...

ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS: Williams' death-row good deeds vied with vile ones

Subscriber onlyGRADY -- Before Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams, who confessed to killing four people, he became a minister on death row who sought to impart lessons to children at risk of leading criminal lives. Continue reading...

Arkansas execution rules block out parts; getting full picture difficult, lawyers, other witnesses say

Subscriber onlyA full account of what happened during two Arkansas executions Monday -- journalists reported the deaths were not abnormal, while attorneys outlined disturbing concerns -- has been difficult to establish given restrictions on what witnesses can see and hear. Continue reading...

2 killers executed hours apart

Subscriber onlyGRADY -- In the nation's first double execution since 2000, Arkansas delivered heart-stopping doses of lethal drugs Monday night to death-row inmates Jack Jones Jr., 52, and Marcel Williams, 46. Continue reading...

Arkansas carries out 1 execution; at 11:56 p.m., drugs end Lee’s life

Subscriber onlyArkansas killed a prisoner Thursday night for the first time in more than 11 years after the state high court spared another death-row inmate's life. Continue reading...

For Ledell Lee, fighting verdict to the end futile

Prosecutor: As serial rapist, killer, he deserved his death

Subscriber onlyMore than two decades after he was found guilty in the slaying of a Jacksonville woman, Ledell Lee died by lethal injection Thursday night amid his protestations of innocence and last-ditch efforts for court-ordered DNA tests. Continue reading...

Hold put on 2 executions set for today

Appeals, high court rulings on tap as clock ticks away

Subscriber onlyTwo late-evening rulings Wednesday again halted Arkansas' march toward executions, although the state attorney general's office plans to take action to reverse the most sweeping of the judicial orders. Continue reading...

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