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‘Stand Your Ground’ bill fails before Arkansas House panel

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House panel has rejected legislation that would have eased the state’s restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense. The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday rejected the proposal to remove the state’s duty to retreat after hearing...

State COVID-19 hospitalization numbers hit new record Monday

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Arkansas due to the coronavirus has reached another record. The Arkansas Department of Health said Monday the state's COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by 11 to 1,074. The state's confirmed and probable coronavirus cases rose by...

Over 26,000 pounds of pills turned over in Arkansas during Drug Take Back Day

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Over 26,000 pounds of old prescription medications were collected during last month's Prescription Drug Take Back Day. That word comes from the office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Justin King, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assistant special agent-in-charge, joined the attorney general in reporting...

2021 brings potential increase in Arkansans’ paychecks

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Department of Finance and Administration adjusts income tax withholding tables / In total, paychecks in Arkansas will increase by $7 million each month LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- To ring in 2021, Arkansans may see a little boost in their paychecks thanks to changes in the...

Arkansas governor, lawmakers unveil hate crimes proposal

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new push is underway in Arkansas to end the state's distinction as one of only three without a hate crimes law. Arkansas' Republican governor, attorney general, and nearly two dozen lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation imposing harsher penalties for...

State senator proposes pulling per diem for legislators who don’t mask up

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Many Republican legislators in states where coronavirus cases have surged are rejecting mask-wearing requirements, even in their own capitols. An Arkansas state senator is proposing that her colleagues risk losing their per diem if they're caught not wearing their masks....

Arkansas Senate panel approves home delivery of alcohol

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced legislation allowing home delivery of alcohol by liquor stores. The measure endorsed by the Senate City, County, and Local Affairs Committee on Tuesday would make permanent a move that the state has taken...

Gov. Hutchinson announces inclusion of food manufacturing workers into vaccine group 1-B

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced during his weekly COVID-19 briefing that Phase 1-B will be expanding effective March 2 to include food manufacturing workers. This expansion will cover an estimated 49,000 Arkansans. Arkansas will receive 24,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week in the initial shipment. This...

Arkansas governor signs Stand Your Ground bill into law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a measure that eases the state’s restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday that removes the duty to retreat before deadly force...

State Police arrest Mountain Home man on internet stalking charge

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The Arkansas State Police is continuing its investigation of a Mountain Home man following his arrest earlier today. Special Agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division arrested Michael Adam Johnson, 35, after he is alleged to have set-up a meeting with a 14-year-old...

Boy shot at Arkansas junior high dies

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy who was shot at an Arkansas junior high school earlier this week has died. A Pine Bluff police spokesman says the boy, identified by his family and the Watson Chapel School District as Daylon Burnett, died Wednesday...