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Arkansas Senate OKs alternate, scaled-back hate crimes bill

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved a stripped-down hate crimes bill derided by long-time supporters of such legislation who claim the measure is too vague. The Senate approved the measure Wednesday, sending it to the House. The bill requires offenders to...

Arkansas virus vaccinations rising; cases and deaths decline

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of Arkansans receiving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine is rising and the increase in virus cases and deaths are falling. The Arkansas Department of Health on Saturday reported 29,343 additional doses administered for a total...

Hutchinson vetoes transgender youth treatment ban in state

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor has vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments for transgender youth, though lawmakers could enact the restriction over his objections. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday rejected the measure that...

Arkansas reports 13 new COVID-19 deaths as active cases drop

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths as the state's active cases continue to drop. On Wednesday, the Department of Health said the state's COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began last year now totals 5,560. The state’s active cases, meaning ones...

Arkansas State Police: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

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Distracted driving is on the rise and leaving a deadly wake across the nation’s roads and highways. Beginning next week Arkansas law enforcement officers will join other police and sheriff’s authorities across the nation to stop drivers who exhibit the telltale signs of driving while...

Dem-Gaz: Arkansas VA won’t prescribe or pay for medical marijuana despite state legalization

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Even though Arkansas voters have approved the sale of medical marijuana, doctors at the state VA will not be able to prescribe nor will the VA pay for the drug for veterans. Click here for the article from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

UPDATE: Body found Friday confirmed to be Sutherland

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UPDATE, Aug. 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m.:  The family of Sydney Sutherland's boyfriend, Alex, has confirmed on Facebook the body discovered Friday afternoon was that of Sutherland. The post (below) also notes a person has been confessed and has been arrested. No names were released.  UPDATE,...

HBO to begin production on season 3 of ‘True Detective’ in Fayetteville

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Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will play Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hays The third installment of the HBO crime anthology True Detective created by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will be filmed and produced in northwest Arkansas, beginning in early 2018, according...

Hutchinson signs transgender sports ban into law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Republican governor has signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the move Thursday afternoon. It makes Arkansas the second state so far this...

UPDATE: Suspect in fatal NLR pizzeria shooting turns himself in

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police say a 21-year-old man has surrendered to police as their suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman outside a Little Rock-area pizzeria. A police statement says Marlon Marbley Jr. (pictured below), of Little Rock, surrendered Monday afternoon...

Arkansas Senate OKs ban on treatments for transgender youth

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved banning gender confirming treatments for minors. The Senate on Monday voted 28-7 in favor of the restriction on transgender youth, sending the measure to the governor’s desk. The bill would prohibit doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone...