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Attorneys request details about motive in Linda Collins case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) — Attorneys representing a woman accused of killing a former Arkansas lawmaker are requesting that prosecutors provide more information about why they believe she was motivated by money. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Wednesday that Rebecca O’Donnell’s defense team filed motions...

Mammoth Spring man arrested after vehicle strikes, kills highway worker

A Mammoth Spring man has been arrested after Arkansas State Police say the vehicle he was driving struck and killed a highway construction worker in Tyronza, Saturday, May 30. The preliminary fatality report says Kristopher Gould, 27, of Mammoth Spring, was driving his 2010 Chevrolet...

Gov. Hutchinson declares state of emergency over protests

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has declared a state of emergency in response to continued demonstrations to protest the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. A statement from a spokeswoman for Gov. Hutchinson said Tuesday the Governor acted to unify command of...

Federal judge upholds use of sedative in Arkansas executions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld Arkansas’ execution process, rejecting death row inmates’ claims that the use of a sedative amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday ruled the state’s use of midazolam in...

Coronavirus cases approach 7,500 in Arkansas; no new deaths

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Officials say the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in Arkansas, particularly in northwest Arkansas. At a press conference Monday in Rogers, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said cases grew by 190, for a total of 7,443 statewide. No new deaths...

State sees largest single-day increase in ‘community’ COVID-19 cases

At his statewide COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday there were 261 new coronavirus cases in the state since Wednesday. It is the largest single-day increase in community cases so far. Community cases mean these cases are not in rest homes or the prison...

Group stops collecting signatures for marijuana legalization

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) — A group seeking a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas has stopped collecting signatures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Arkansas True Grass wanted an amendment to legalize marijuana use and expunge prior drug convictions on the Nov....

Arkansas State Capitol to reopen to the public June 1

Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston announced in a media release Wednesday that the Arkansas State Capitol would reopen to the public on Monday, June 1. Hours and services will be limited. Until further notice, the building will be open to the public from 9...

Arkansas’ health chief announces departure as virus surges

Arkansas' top health official is leaving later this year as the state continues seeing a resurgence of coroanvirus cases. Health Secretary Dr. Nathaniel "Nate" Smith (pictured above), a fixture at the statewide COVID-19 briefings, announced Tuesday that he's leaving Aug. 28 for a job with...

Newport teenager drowns in Buffalo River Monday afternoon

Authorities say a 16-year-old male from Newport drowned in the Buffalo River late Monday afternoon. Officials with the National Park Service report the incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. at Grinder's Ferry, a popular destination on the river between Marshall and Harrison, just off US Highway...

Arkansas bars to reopen over next week after virus closures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Bars in Arkansas are being allowed to reopen over the next week with new coronavirus safety measures as the state's three casinos resume operations. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said freestanding bars will be allowed to reopen on May 26....