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Forecasters: Chance for heavy winds, tornadoes, flooding today in parts of Arkansas | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in the mid-to-late morning hours on Saturday across southern and southeast Arkansas, bringing threats of severe weather that include damaging winds, tornadoes, flash and area flooding and the possibility of hail, forecasters said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
At least four people were killed, including two children, and at least seven people were injured in crashes that took place on wet roads across Arkansas on Friday.
2-year-old in stable condition after being shot in arm in Pulaski County, deputies say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
A 2-year-old who was shot in the arm in Pulaski County on Friday night is in stable condition, authorities said.
Revoke work rule for state Medicaid, 2 lawmakers urge | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
Citing the more than 18,000 Arkansans who have lost coverage as a result of the work requirement for the state's Medicaid program, two congressional Democrats have called on Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to rescind his approval of such requirements in Arkansas and other states.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
The transition to managed care planned for March 1 will jeopardize services for about 40,000 Arkansans with significant mental illness or developmental disabilities, a lawsuit by 15 residential care facilities contends.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
Arkansas is seeking more than $3.7 million in damages from a company over its botched execution of contracts to provide rides to the doctor and day care centers for Medicaid recipients in 32 counties.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act Task Force on Friday endorsed legislation that would expand the state's public record law to cover private entities that perform government functions or provide "direct support" to a government agency.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
The Huntsville School District will pay $42,665 to settle a federal lawsuit over a student's expulsion.
Golf carts on streets big hazard | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
This week's column is noteworthy because it is sourced by letters -- pieces of paper with stamps and envelopes.
Severe storms, floods forecast in state today | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
Storms expected to move through Arkansas today have the potential to turn severe, especially over the southeast half of the state, forecasters said Friday.
LR housing authority extends contract | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
In a rare split vote, the Little Rock housing authority board decided Friday to expand its contract with a Wisconsin contractor that has been doing renovations for the agency for about four years.
Traffic stop ends in fatal shooting | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
A Little Rock police officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop after the driver of a vehicle reported as stolen accelerated and hit the officer Friday morning, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
The former owner of a Conway construction company was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for defrauding Centennial Bank out of more than $2.9 million.
Bill to boost dicamba fines faces delay | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
Proposed legislation to levy fines of up to $25,000 on scofflaws who illegally spray dicamba lacks an emergency clause, the same omission that hampered the effects of a similar effort two years ago.
U.S. sets out rule to bar abortion advice at clinics | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
President Donald Trump's administration on Friday issued a rule barring groups that provide abortion referrals from participating in the $286 million federal family-planning program.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
Senate Bill 336 would, among other things, created a new wholesale motor fuels sales tax in Arkansas — 3 cents a gallon on gasoline and 6 cents a gallon on diesel. The tax would be recalculated annually by the state Department of Finance and Administration. Future increases would be limited to 0.1...
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
Building permits issued in January for Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale on projects valued at $100,000 or more; a searchable list of all permits is at http://media.nwaonline.com/multimedia/buildingpermits. Multifamily includes apartments and duplexes.
Project to add parking spaces to Fayetteville National Cemetery | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
The first phase of a construction project at the National Cemetery should wrap by the end of the month with no interruptions in funeral service, its director says.
Teorea found fit to proceed in Springdale murder trial | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
A man charged in connection with accomplice to capital murder in the killing of a Springdale man last year is mentally fit to be tried, according to doctors at the Arkansas State Hospital.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 23, 2019
The body of a 76-year-old Jonesboro man was recovered in northeast Arkansas on Saturday morning, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Senate lawmakers convened for an early morning discussion Thursday of a half-dozen different proposals that have been submitted to amend the Arkansas Constitution.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A bill that would allow health care providers to offer a diagnosis over the phone to patients they have never seen in person failed to clear a House committee on Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
After a committee discussed his proposal for an hour, the sponsor of a bill that would require schools to place video cameras in special education classrooms upon request agreed to temporarily hold the bill to make several changes.
Shift on AG's ballot-issue reviews gains | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
An Arkansas Senate committee on Thursday endorsed legislation that would shift the attorney general's authority to review the wording of proposed ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments to the state Board of Election Commissioners.
Hog farm files dismissal appeal | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A Newton County hog farm has filed its fourth case in circuit court in the past six months, this time appealing a dismissal of its appeal of its second operating permit denial.
Couple take homeless man from LR on long trip home | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A year's worth of small talk outside the Pulaski County Courthouse, some Internet sleuthing, an unlikely friendship and a 620-mile road trip led a man living on the streets of Little Rock to a family reunion that had been on hold for 15 years.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A man who was found fatally shot Wednesday in Mississippi County was involved in a yearlong exchange of violence among a group of people, Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A legislative committee Thursday recommended paying a Little Rock attorney $48,578 for legal fees incurred during a yearslong effort to obtain documents about the state's execution drug supply from the Department of Correction.
Tests on baseball bat focus of trial hearing | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
FAYETTEVILLE -- Crime lab testing of a baseball bat was discussed Thursday at a pre-trial hearing for a 24-year-old man charged in the death of a homeless man found on undeveloped land owned by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
The start of a new calendar year makes moot the argument that Arkansas Works' work requirement detrimentally affected enrollees who lost medical coverage last year because those people could re-enroll as of Jan. 1, the U.S. Justice Department contends in a court filing this week seeking to dismi...
Case against UA professor goes to drug treatment court | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A criminal case against a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville professor has been moved to a drug treatment court.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A Little Rock man was sentenced Thursday to 27 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded a government program intended to feed Arkansas children in low-income areas.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Two people were arrested last week in connection with the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in Stuttgart, just days after his older brother was shot to death in the same city, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Authorities said they are investigating whether human remains found off a road in Conway are those of a man who disappeared more than three years ago.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A Sebastian County man who admitted hitting a toddler in the stomach was sentenced to prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in her death, according to a sentencing order.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has announced the members of a group that will study the city's form of government.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
The North Little Rock School District was cited in its 2017-18 annual audit for shredding records needed to verify that children in its grant-funded pre-kindergarten program met family income and/or other program eligibility requirements.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A notice of appeal was filed Thursday in response to a federal judge's recent dismissal of a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law requiring government contractors to vow not to boycott Israel.
North Little Rock barbecue restaurant to close after 99 years | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Venerable North Little Rock barbecue restaurant White Pig Inn won’t quite make it to the century mark. Owner Greg Seaton says he’s closing the restaurant at 5231 E. Broadway after 99 years of business Friday, March 8.
Little Rock police officer involved in shooting south of I-630 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Police in Little Rock say they are investigating a shooting involving an officer on Friday morning.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
POCAHONTAS — Alcohol sales are now legal in a northeastern Arkansas county after residents approved a measure to lift a 70-year-old ban on sales.
Little Rock sex offender arrested after dressing as elf for school holiday event, police say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A Little Rock sex offender is accused of dressing up as an elf at a local elementary school's holiday photo event late last year, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A 57-year-old Camden man was found dead after his vehicle ran off a highway in south Arkansas and landed upside-down in water Thursday night, authorities said.
Authorities investigate shooting at Hot Springs National Park overlook | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Authorities are investigating after a shooter wounded a person at a Hot Springs National Park overlook.
4 teens accused of stealing dozens of guns from Arkansas store, police say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Four teenagers accused of stealing more than 75 guns after breaking into a Northwest Arkansas store face multiple felonies following their arrests, police in Prairie Grove said Thursday.
Flash flood watch set, severe storms possible Saturday in state, National Weather Service says | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Storms expected to move through Arkansas on Saturday have the potential to turn severe, especially over the southeast half of the state, forecasters said Friday.
Man held in theft of Audi from from country club in west Little Rock | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A Little Rock man walked into a country club Thursday, took the keys to an Audi and drove away, an arrest report said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Two men were arrested Wednesday after ramming a car into four Pulaski County sheriff's office vehicles as they fled a failed drug deal, according to arrest reports.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would authorize school districts to give consent for medical care for homeless students.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
The Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would allow people convicted of sex offenses not to register with the state if their victim was under age 18 and the offender was no more than three years older, under certain conditions.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Legislation that would make unlawful the genital mutilation of a minor female sailed through the Senate on Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
The House on Thursday approved a new definition for "motor vehicle" under the state's driving-while-intoxicated law.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
A bill designed to stop a maneuver used by some businesses to delay paying unemployment taxes cleared a House committee on Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Legislation that attempts to link the identification of noncitizens in jury rolls and among registered voters drew a rebuke from House Minority Leader Charles Blake, D-Little Rock, who accused Republicans of using a double standard with regards to fiscal accountability.
Hutchinson's highway plan clears Senate | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Legislation to enact Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to raise $95 million a year for the state Department of Transportation to spend on highways zipped through the Arkansas Senate on Thursday.
State casino rules hashed out, adopted | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2019
Amid threats of legal action and the promise of legislation to change a constitutional amendment, the Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday unanimously adopted hundreds of pages of rules to regulate casino gambling in the state.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A judge on Wednesday sentenced Robert David Tackett to a reduced 15-month prison sentence for leaving timer-rigged cans of gasoline in his Maumelle home last year during a traumatic divorce from his wife of 36 years, with whom he co-owned a popular bakery.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Three cases of mumps have been confirmed at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with another case suspected, the state Health Department announced Wednesday.
NLR plans to remove wooden bridge | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A wooden bridge over railroad tracks closed for safety reasons nearly a year ago in North Little Rock will be removed and the crossing permanently shut down by Union Pacific Railroad, according to proposed legislation that will be presented to the City Council on Monday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
An Arkansas man was recovering at home Wednesday after a bolt of lightning struck him hours earlier as he loaded an airplane at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field in Little Rock.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Ron McDaniel and Marcia Dornblaser were the only people to file by Wednesday's deadline to be candidates for election May 21 to the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School Board.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Goodwill Industries and Arkansas Workforce Centers will host a career empowerment seminar today from 6-8 p.m.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A former employee at an Arkansas mental health center was placed on probation for asking a teen he met there to send him a nude photograph.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin will serve as 2019 chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, the association has announced.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Brett Kincaid has been hired as a temporary executive assistant to Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Work on an $87.4 million project to widen a section of Interstate 630 in west Little Rock will reduce westbound traffic to one lane tonight and Friday night, the Arkansas Department of Transportation said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A Blytheville man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he was found in the same residence as a deceased woman, police said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A student was in custody Wednesday after police found a gun inside a backpack at a West Memphis junior high school, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Six additional flu deaths have been reported in the state, bringing the total number of people in Arkansas who have died from flu-related illness to 31 this season, according to Department of Health officials.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Fort Smith police said Wednesday that they have arrested two men accused of shooting a cab driver in the face during an apparent robbery Tuesday night.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A man wanted in Missouri on a charge tied to a hit-and-run earlier this month that killed a woman was arrested Tuesday in Arkansas, according to authorities.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at arcourts.gov.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The Arkansas Times is asking a federal appeals court to revive its lawsuit challenging the state's requirement that government contractors pledge to not boycott Israel.
Skeletal remains found near I-40 in central Arkansas; police investigate whether they are those of man missing since 2015 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Authorities in Central Arkansas said they are investigating whether human remains found off a Conway road are those of a man who went missing more than three years ago.
Large part of Arkansas under enhanced risk for severe storms on Saturday, forecasters say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
More rainfall is expected in Arkansas before storms on Saturday that have the potential to turn severe, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
FAYETTEVILLE -- A man who was involved in a shooting incident at a strip club early last year pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court earlier this week.
Parolee sentenced to 6 years for ramming Arkansas State Police car | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A parolee who rammed an Arkansas State Police unit last year while fleeing was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to felony charges in Garland County Circuit Court.
Former Arkansas church camp director gets 6 years in prison after recording device found in cabin | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
SEARCY — A former director of a Christian summer camp in Arkansas has been sentenced to six years in prison after he was convicted on video voyeurism and child pornography charges.
Arkansas man sentenced to 40 years in killing of girlfriend's toddler | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A western Arkansas man who fatally struck a 1-year-old in the stomach was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, according to a sentencing order.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A former contestant on NBC’s The Voice and family members of country royalty will be part of the Delta Roots Country Festival on April 27 in downtown Helena-West Helena.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A man who was found fatally shot Wednesday in northeast Arkansas was involved in a yearlong exchange of violence between a group of suspects, Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A Northwest Arkansas lawmaker filed a bill Wednesday that would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill patients with lethal doses of medicine so the patients could end their lives.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Legislation was filed Wednesday to limit the last meals of prisoners on the night of their execution to food that is already available within the prison.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday backed additional protections for college journalists and their faculty advisers.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The Senate voted Wednesday to send the governor legislation that would clarify that a municipality may accept a legal payment and any associated costs through a debit card or credit card.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The Senate voted Wednesday to send the governor legislation that would clarify that a municipality may accept a legal payment and any associated costs through a debit card or credit card.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow the secretary of state to give U.S. and Arkansas flags flown over the state Capitol to members of the House of Representatives and Senate to give to people in their districts to recognize an individual's accomplishment.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
School districts would be authorized to give consent for medical care for homeless students under a bill that cleared the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor on Wednesday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The calendar of public events of the 92nd General Assembly for today, the 39th day of the 2019 regular session.
18 members of Oklahoma white supremacist prison gang indicted; not related to western Arkansas group, prosecutor says | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
OKLAHOMA CITY — Eighteen members of a white supremacist prison gang have been charged with racketeering, drug conspiracy and kidnapping that resulted in at least six homicides during the past 14 years, according to a federal indictment in Tulsa.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The owner of North Little Rock's Chicken Wangs restaurant was arrested Tuesday, accused of pointing a gun at a man for not turning off his headlights while waiting to pick up an order.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to raise fuel taxes and tap into expected casino revenue to increase funding for the state's highways.
Arkansas high school coach accused of letting student use stun gun on teammate during practice, police say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A high school baseball coach in Northwest Arkansas is accused of allowing a student to shock a teammate with a stun gun and letting players smoke during team practices, authorities said.
Senate panel backs bill to fund state highways | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would raise about $95 million a year for the state Department of Transportation to use for highways.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A unanimous ruling Wednesday from the nation's highest court will force Arkansas prosecutors and judges to re-evaluate some civil cases filed by law enforcement authorities to keep cash and other assets seized during criminal investigations, officials said.
Split board favors May 25 cutoff on dicamba spraying | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Farmers will be allowed to spray dicamba on soybean and cotton crops tolerant of the herbicide through May 25, the state Plant Board voted Wednesday night.
Bill to let advanced nurses prescribe drugs rejected | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
The Senate public health committee on Wednesday rejected a bill that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe drugs without entering an agreement with a physician.
Adoption oversight focus of House bill | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A bill aimed at greater oversight of adoptions, particularly among the Marshallese population in Northwest Arkansas, also would make it a felony to coerce an expectant mother to give up her baby for adoption.
Change to plant act's penalties sails in panel | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
A bill that would raise the bar for assessing penalties for farmers misusing dicamba or certain other herbicides flew through a House committee Wednesday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2019
Arkansas State University System trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to begin merging College of the Ouachitas into the university's system.