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Hill, Tucker decry 'lynching' radio ad | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A Republican congressman in central Arkansas and his challenger on Thursday condemned a political action committee's radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch black Americans if they win the midterm election next month.
Justices yank Issue 1, call it overly broad | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
For the second time in as many election cycles, the Arkansas Supreme Court has blocked efforts to let voters cap lawsuit damages and attorneys' fees, ruling Thursday that Issue 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot falls short of constitutional muster.
Court order puts hog farm's permit application process on hold | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A circuit judge has paused a state commission's order that had reopened a permit application process for a large-scale hog farm within the Buffalo River watershed.
Governor names 5 special justices | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday appointed five special justices to fill in for members of the Arkansas Supreme Court who recused from considering a broadcast company's appeal of a defamation case involving campaign ads about Justice Courtney Goodson.
Panel gives thumbs-up on LR charter school | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A proposal to alter the academic program and expand the grades served at what is now Quest Academy of West Little Rock won unanimous approval Thursday from the state's Charter Authorizing Panel.
Little Rock man accused of attacking toddler for 'wasting Kool-Aid' | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A Little Rock man attacked a 2-year-old boy Wednesday for "wasting Kool-Aid" and then told the child's mother that he would "break his ... arm next time," according to a police report.
U.S. senator seeks answers in Saudi case | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
U.S. Sen. John Boozman is expressing concern about the disappearance of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it's a mystery that must be solved.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A North Little Rock man tried to set his aunt's car on fire Thursday after she took out a protection order against him, according to an arrest report.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A proposed ballot measure to gradually raise the state's hourly minimum wage from $8.50 to $11 will remain on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
C&H Hog Farms has sued the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality over an unfulfilled public records request.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
Despite an impassioned plea from the Little Rock housing authority's executive director, the board denied his request Thursday for $266,000 to give out performance bonuses to employees.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
Surveillance video from the cul-de-sac where a Maumelle man was shot and stabbed multiple times last Friday morning shows a dark vehicle entering and exiting the area at the time of the attack, authorities said Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
Fueled by a Mississippi compounding pharmacy's incentives for recruiting patients covered by Tricare, the U.S. military's health insurer, a Little Rock man concocted a get-rich-quick scheme that generated more than $10 million in prescriptions for compounded drugs in a year's time, the U...
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
Cheryl Schluterman has been named interim president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, the agency's board decided Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A 27-year-old Texas man who was arrested in March 2015, two days after persuading a 15-year-old Sheridan girl he met on the Internet to run away with him, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison for transporting her across state lines for the purpose of sexual assault.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
The first flu death of the season in Arkansas was reported Wednesday, a spokesman for the state Department of Health said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A legislative committee on Thursday decided to wait until next month to make a recommendation on the fee that a state agency will charge insurance companies offering health coverage in the state through healthcare.gov in 2020.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
The North Little Rock School Board voted Thursday to remove "interim" from Bobby Acklin's superintendent title and extend his contract by two years to June 30, 2020.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
A Boo at the Zoo event — Sunday's meet-and-greet featuring <em>The Walking Dead's</em> Michael Cudlitz that was written about in Thursday's Style section — has been cancelled.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 19, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE — A $250,000 estate gift from Dick Trammel and his wife Nancy will provide scholarships for cheerleaders at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Phase 2 on water quality for Main Street wraps up | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A water-quality project on Little Rock's Main Street that aims to make the downtown business and arts district a little bit greener has expanded by two blocks.
LR school gets progress report | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
The under-construction Southwest High School opened to visitors Wednesday, enabling them to do what is known in education as an "interim assessment" or checkup on what will be the Little Rock School District's first new high school in more than 50 years.
5 justices file in own court to scrap case | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Five of the seven members of the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday sought to dismiss ethics charges against themselves in a petition filed to their own court, setting the stage for a mass recusal of the state's top judges.
Tornado numbers likely to rise in state, study finds | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
The number of tornadoes in Arkansas will likely increase over the next 100 years, based on a study published Wednesday in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science.
Vietnam vet, a state native, awarded Medal of Honor | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Retired Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley received the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam from President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
Man found guilty in botched robbery, kidnapping of Arkansas couple that ended with him being shot | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
An Arkansas man has been found guilty of robbing a Fayetteville couple at gunpoint last year.
Reorganization plan | Arkansas Times
Arkansas Times | October 18, 2018
French Hill's empty promises and more. Tweet of the week "I sponsored a balanced budget amendment in the House. We need a balanced budget ASAP! We do not need the higher taxes and greater spending of the DC Democrats who support my opponent. #arpx #...
Eateries plan watch parties for ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ episodes filmed in central Arkansas | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Two of the central Arkansas restaurants featured on the Food Network show 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' are planning events focused on the culinary road trip television show.
LR board hopeful said to be ineligible | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A candidate running to represent Little Rock's 2nd Ward faces a court injunction seeking to disqualify her from the race, based on her listing a residence outside that ward when she filed.
Fast forward in Blytheville | Arkansas Times
Arkansas Times | October 18, 2018
The East Coast Timing Association held its Arkansas 1-Mile Challenge in September, where racers from all over the country mixed gasoline, steel and passion in the pursuit of raw speed. Standing at the midpoint of the 11,602-foot-long runway at the forme...
Benton County candidate arrested in connection with forgery | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A candidate for Benton County justice of the peace was arrested Wednesday in connection with forgery.
ARKANSAS' LARGEST HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: Zombies part of the fun at annual Boo at the Zoo in Little Rock | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Forget lions and tigers and cheetahs. For the rest of this month, a new carnivore is invading the Little Rock Zoo: zombies.
Capital murder trial underway for Chumley | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A jury has been seated and the capital murder retrial of Mark Edward Chumley got underway Wednesday afternoon.
Crews repair cracked part on Arkansas bridge that sagged under heavy bus; span reopens | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A Northwest Arkansas bridge was reopened Thursday after engineers repaired a cracked part following an inspection prompted by a video that showed the structure sagging under a crossing bus.
Glen Schwarz: a part-time mayor | Arkansas Times
Arkansas Times | October 18, 2018
That's the perennial candidate's goal. Glen Schwarz wants to be the next mayor of Little Rock, but he has a few conditions: He will be a "part-time mayor" and work maybe 20 hours a week, because, according to Schwarz, "it's a very ephemeral kin...
After $78.5M sale, Mountain Valley water company to maintain Arkansas operations | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Mountain Valley Spring Water will continue operations in the Hot Springs area under its new ownership, the iconic brand’s chief financial officer said Tuesday.
Authorities in Arkansas say 69-year-old man raped 2 children under 13 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A 69-year-old man remained in an Arkansas jail Thursday afternoon, a week after he was arrested on multiple charges of rape and sexual indecency with children, two of whom were under the age of 13, authorities said.
After logging 400,000 miles traveling to Razorback events, family of Hogs superfan surprised with new car | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Employees at a central Arkansas car dealership surprised Hog superfan Canaan Sandy and his mother with a new car Tuesday after they had logged 400,000 miles on their old vehicle while traveling around the state for Razorback events.
Arkansan caught 30 minutes after robbing bank sentenced to 12 years in prison | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
An Arkansan arrested last year less than 30 minutes after robbing a bank was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison Friday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Arby's is serving a limited-time sandwich available in only 16 locations, including one in Arkansas, according to the restaurant chain's website.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
An individual wearing a mask similar to the one worn by Jason Voorhees in the horror movie "Friday the 13th" pointed a gun at a group of people outside a North Little Rock home, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A Little Rock woman won $100,000 off a $5 scratch-off ticket purchased in Arkansas' capital city, lottery officials said Thursday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
The Crawford County Quorum Court has voted to impose a higher fee on cities for housing their prisoners even though county officials admit that they can't justify the increase.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at an Arkansas prison over the weekend.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
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 courts.state.ar.us.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
LITTLE ROCK — A Republican congressman in central Arkansas has condemned a political action committee's radio ad in support of him that suggests white Democrats will lynch black Americans if they win the midterm election next month.
Arkansas Times | October 18, 2018
I truly appreciate your paper's coverage of the mental health [coverage] cuts and the recent rally to protest them ("Mental health cuts stir controversy," Oct. 4). Not violent I truly appreciate your paper's coverage of the mental health [coverage] cuts and the recent rally...
Arkansas Times | October 18, 2018
FOR: Warwick Sabin for Little Rock mayor. FOR: Warwick Sabin for Little Rock mayor. Full disclosure: The Observer used to work with Sabin back when we were both idealistic youngsters, during his brief and probably foolhardy flirtation with journalism. That's a big part of wh...
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
A state lawmaker Wednesday tangled again with the departing head of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System over the latter's testimony in July regarding how much the system has recovered through class-action lawsuits.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | October 18, 2018
The Arkansas Democratic Party on Wednesday suspended party-financed radio advertisements that Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said urge the election of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Henderson.