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Arkansas lawmakers give final OK to ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill, stronger voter ID law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation that loosens the state's restrictions on using lethal force in self defense. The House on Wednesday voted 72 to 23 for the bill, which removes the state's duty to retreat before...

Three killed in Madison County, child abducted; ASP makes quick arrest

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The Arkansas State Police (ASP) is leading a homicide investigation involving the deaths of three Madison County residents and the abduction of a child from the home where the killings occurred.  Late Tuesday afternoon, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department made a request for Arkansas...

Arkansas lowering eligibility age for virus vaccine to 65

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Featured image: Hutchinson at Tuesday's statewide COVID-19 briefing. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has lowered the eligibility age for receiving the coronavirus vaccine from 70 to 65. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced the move, saying it will make the vaccine available to another 115,000...

Arkansas continues to see slowdown in coronavirus cases

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is continuing to see a low number of new coronavirus cases after a week of winter weather slowed down testing and vaccinations. The Department of Health on Monday reported 245 new virus cases, bringing the state’s total since the...

AP News: Arkansas bill would ban transgender athletes from female sports

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican attorney general and lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would prohibit transgender athletes from playing in girls' and women's sports teams at schools. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Monday said she wasn't aware of any instances of transgender athletes...

AP News: Arkansas Senate approves bill banning nearly all abortions

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved a measure banning nearly all abortions in the state, despite objections to it not allowing the procedure for victims of rape or incest. The majority-Republican Senate on Monday approved the ban on a 27-7 vote,...

UPDATE: Arkansas officer expected to fully recover after Saturday shooting

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LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas police officer who was shot multiple times during a confrontation at a fast-food restaurant with a man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old North Carolina girl is expected to make a full recovery. Officials in Lonoke, Ark., say...

Asa: GOP governor tells CNN ‘it’s time’ for Republicans to move to different voices besides Trump

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Arkansas' GOP governor says he won't back a Trump 2024 bid According to the Associated Press, Arkansas' Republican governor is making clear he won't back Donald Trump if the former president runs for the White House in 2024. Asa Hutchinson says “it’s time” to move on...

ASP: Officer in stable condition, kidnapping suspect dies in Lonoke confrontation

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UPDATE, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Click here. The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division is leading the investigation as it relates to the officer-involved shooting at 1834 Arkansas Highway 31 in Lonoke and a second crime scene south of Lonoke where a fugitive wanted in...

Mountain Home man jailed after bloody attack in Izard County

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In a report from Izard County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Charley Melton, on the morning of Feb. 14, Deputy Evan Jones was dispatched to a residence for a reported domestic violence incident. Upon Deputy Jones's arrival, he observed several spots of dried blood on the stones...

Arkansas reports 10 more virus deaths as new cases slow

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has reported 10 more deaths from the coronavirus as this week's snowstorms continued to slow vaccinations and testing. The Department of Health on Thursday reported Arkansas’ COVID-19 deaths now total 5,323. The state’s new virus cases grew by only...