Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights spar with lawyers for the state of Arkansas as they present their first formal arguments in court over a lawsuit challenging four abortion laws passed by the legislature this year.

A rapper arrested in Alabama after a shooting that injured more than two dozen people is Arkansas is being returned there to face charges in another shooting.

Court and jail records show Ricky Hampton signed papers agreeing to return to Arkansas. He left the county jail in Birmingham, Alabama, early Friday.

Also known as Finese 2Tymes, the 25-year-old performer from Memphis, Tennessee, was arrested in Birmingham on July 2 at a rap show held one day after the shooting in Arkansas.

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An Arkansas ethics panel is asking for a judge accused of failing to pay state and federal income taxes to be temporarily suspended with pay.

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission filed a petition Friday with the Arkansas Supreme Court, asking for Saline County Circuit Court Judge Bobby McCallister's suspension pending disciplinary matters.

The commission says it appears McCallister did not file taxes between 1995 and 2014, but it isn't clear how much he may owe.

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U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard oral arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging four Arkansas laws that regulate abortion procedures. The laws were passed by the state legislature earlier this year with three set to go into effect at the end of July. Lawyers representing the plaintiff in Hopkins v. Jegley are seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the laws’ implementation.

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As Arkansas continues to combat the problem that has earned it the title of “most obese state in the country”, a weight-loss group is gearing up for its international conference in Little Rock, beginning this Friday, July 13.

TOPS, or Take Off Pounds Sensibly, is a non-profit network of weight-loss support groups, and has about 125,000 members throughout the United States and Canada; roughly 2,000 of whom will attend their worldwide conference in Little Rock.

Paul Spencer is running for Congress.
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It’s now official, Paul Spencer announced on Thursday he is running as a Democrat to unseat Republican French Hill as central Arkansas’s U.S. Representative. The decision comes on the same day Senate Republicans released a revised version of legislation to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. 

Check out this interview with Spencer when he announced an exploratory committee back in June.

Libertarian Party of Arkansas Chair Michael Pakko with over 15,000 signatures to be submitted to the Secretary of State's office for ballot access. May 2016.
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For the fourth election cycle in a row, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas has been officially recognized as a ‘new’ political party. It needed 10,000 signatures to be able to put its candidates on the 2018 ballot. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has certified that 12,749  out of 15,108 signatures were determined valid.

The party had 90 days to collect signatures. Libertarians submitted them on June 12th. In a statement, LPA Treasurer Stephen Wait said it came at a cost of over $25,000 in addition “a lot of volunteer hours.”

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is exploring the possibility of starting a football team. The NCAA Division I school, which holds KUAR’s license, announced Wednesday it plans to hire an outside firm to complete a feasibility study. A student petition recently gathered about a thousand signatures in support of a football team. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and State Parks and Tourism Director Kane Webb have also expressed support.

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After outcry led to the tabling of a proposed Little Rock ordinance that would have restricted feeding large groups of people on public grounds, the city is about to embark on a trial plan for getting food to the homeless community.

On Tuesday, the Little Rock Board of Directors heard from the city's Volunteer Committee on Group Feeding that had spent six weeks studying the issue. The committee recommends relocating most feeding operations to the grounds of the Jericho Way Resource Center in southeast Little Rock, with transportation to and from downtown.

A medical supply company's challenge to Arkansas' three-drug execution protocol remains alive, though the state doesn't have enough drugs to put any inmate to death.

The state's lawyers went to court Wednesday to argue that Arkansas was immune to a lawsuit by McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. They said lawsuits against the state aren't valid unless Arkansas is committing egregious acts.

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