A Democratic state senator who was fined and reprimanded by an Arkansas ethics panel says he doesn't have any updates about his intentions at the Legislature.
Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he resigned from his position with St. Bernards Healthcare on Monday because he felt it was best for both him and the hospital.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected a request to certify the popular name and ballot title of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for repealing the prohibition of cannabis in Arkansas.
McDaniel rejected the request from Lt. Col. Marjorie LeClair in an opinion on Monday because he said there were ambiguities in the text.
The proposed measure must be certified by McDaniel before LeClair could begin gathering signatures in an effort to qualify for a spot on the 2014 ballot.
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.