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5:51 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Seeks To Uphold Verdict In Drug Case

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state's highest court to uphold a $1.2 billion fine leveled against Johnson and Johnson and a subsidiary over the marketing of an antipsychotic drug.

McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the state Supreme Court asking justices to uphold the ruling over the drug Risperdal.

The drug makers have appealed the ruling. A Pulaski County jury last year ruled the companies downplayed and hid risks associated with the drug.

Attorneys general from 35 states asked to file briefs defending the fine, as did 65 legislators.

Local & Regional News
3:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Arkansas AG Seeks To Uphold Verdict In Drug Case

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who Tuesday filed a brief with the Arkansas Supreme Court, asking justices to uphold the fine against Johnson and Johnson.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state's highest court to uphold a $1.2 billion fine leveled against Johnson and Johnson and a subsidiary over the marketing of an antipsychotic drug.

McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the state Supreme Court asking justices to uphold the ruling over the drug Risperdal.

The drug makers have appealed the ruling.

A Pulaski County jury last year ruled the companies downplayed and hid risks associated with the drug.

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1:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Arkansas Governor To Hold Off On Scheduling Executions

Now that nine death row inmates have challenged Arkansas's new lethal injection law and urged a judge to rule that the Department of Correction can't use a 2013 execution law to put them to death, Governor Mike Beebe has put execution dates on pause.

Even though the attorney general has asked the governor to set execution dates for the inmates, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample told KUAR News on Tuesday that the governor's decision comes as the Department of Correction plans to rewrite its lethal injection procedures  and the inmates' case works its way through court.

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1:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Lawyers Seeking Jurors For LR Policeman's Trial

Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

The defense team for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a burglary suspect is asking prospective jurors whether they've ever had to name a snap decision at work.

Josh Hastings was fired after the death last August of Bobby Moore III.

Hastings' trial opened this week in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Defense lawyer Bill James asked potential jurors Tuesday to consider whether they've ever had to make quick decisions while working.

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Local & Regional News
11:53 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Potential Bike Lanes On South Main Street Spark Debate

Credit In Arkansas

The City of Little Rock is holding a meeting Thursday to consider reducing the number of lanes on South Main Street to add bike lanes and calm traffic. 

Cycling enthusiasts are not the only ones interested in the potential bike lanes.  Residents and officials are on both sides of the debate are speaking up on the issue.

Bud Laumer is an instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and professor of sustainable land use planning and transportation at UCA.

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8:14 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Beebe Wants Review Of Arkansas Parole System

Arkansas' governor says the state's parole system needs review after a parolee was charged in a Little Rock murder.

Darrell Dennis was charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and capital murder in the May 10 death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Dennis had been arrested 14 times since being released on parole in 2008 following an aggravated robbery conviction - and that he skipped parole revocation hearings.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lt. Governor and Mayflower Mayor: Oil Spill Clean-Up A Success, Area Better Than Before

The Marsh
Jacob Kauffman

Lt. Governor Mark Darr and Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland toured clean-up efforts undertaken in the aftermath of the March oil spill in Mayflower. 

Darr and Holland toured the still-empty neighborhood in the North Woods subdivision of Mayflower, where residents have been told they can come back to their homes but none have elected to do so.

The two also toured the marsh adjacent to Lake Conway, where much of the oil eventually collected.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Arkansas To Look At Other Execution Drugs

Officials say Arkansas plans to consider using different drugs in lethal injections after the state lost its account with a pharmaceutical company that supplied it with drugs earlier this year.

State Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press Monday that the agency no longer has a supplier for the drugs listed in its current lethal injection protocol.

So, Wilson says the department plans to look at other drugs and to rewrite its protocol.

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Local & Regional News
12:37 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Counties Leery Of 'Blueway' Title For White River

Several counties along the White River are opposing a national designation that names the White River a National Blueway.

County leaders opposed to the measure say they're worried the national designation could mean limitations for landowners and farmers.

But Emily Beyer of the U.S. Department of Interior says the National Blueways System is not regulatory, nor does it affect private property rights or governmental authorities.

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8:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Weather Service Predicts Rainy Week For Arkansas

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The National Weather Service says Arkansas will get a break from the summer heat this week.

Rain and thunderstorms are predicted for most of the state. Forecasters say northwest Arkansas should see rain beginning Monday morning, with the front moving to the central and southern parts of the state Monday afternoon and evening.

Forecasters say some isolated storms could be severe, but a widespread outbreak isn't expected.

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