A prosecutor in northeast Arkansas is calling for a special prosecutor to review an ethics panel's findings about a Democratic state senator.
The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday fined Sen. Paul Bookout $8,000 and reprimanded him after finding out that he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on women's clothing, a home theater and other personal items last year.
Prosecutor Scott Ellington on Monday called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to review the commission's findings and determine whether there should be a criminal investigation.
There has been a slight increase in the state’s unemployment rate, according to officials with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. The jobless rate for July was up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent.
Bernadette Coleman is the Bureau of Labor Statistics manager with the department. She says the small hike is partially due to seasonal factors.
"The summer has something to do with it. One thing I particularly think about is the school situation, because schools are still out in July… so the summertime does make a difference,” said Coleman.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says more legal action will be coming from the state concerning the oil spill in Mayflower.
Monday McDaniel and Congressman Tim Griffin were guests on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show discussing pipeline safety. You can listen to the full hour at this link. McDaniel's segment begins about 13 minutes into the program. Griffin calls in toward the end of the show.
A member of the Federal Communications Commission is to discuss school Internet connectivity in a central Arkansas talk.
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel of the FCC is to speak at the Cabot Public Schools administration building on Monday.
Rosenworcel is to highlight the need for affordable Internet access in classrooms. She is to appear with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who is being challenged in a re-election bid by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has endorsed fellow Democrat Mike Ross in the race to succeed Beebe as governor.
Beebe on Saturday endorsed Ross' 2014 gubernatorial bid.
Ross became the only announced Democratic candidate for governor last month after former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter dropped out of the race for the party's nomination. Ross represented Arkansas' 4th Congressional District for 12 years and announced he was running for governor in April.
Beebe is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
Faulkner County authorities are searching for three inmates who have escaped from the county jail.
Sheriff Andy Shock told reporters that 27-year-old Jonathan Jackson, 27-year-old Joel Vermillion Jr. and 41-year-old Stacy Ray Wilson escaped shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday through a fence in the jail's recreation yard. Shock said the three then stole a car from a business near the jail and fled.
The sheriff's office website shows that Wilson was being held on burglary and drug charges and that Jackson and Vermillion were being held on drug charges.