Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen is asking Gov. Mike Beebe to oppose a recent decision by the Arkansas Board of Corrections to spend millions of dollars to plan for construction of a new prison. The 1,000 bed state prison itself is estimated to cost up to $85 million to build.
In a letter to the governor Wednesday, Judge Griffen blamed “misguided” policies of the war on drugs for leading to the imprisonment of people who are not a threat to society.
Crews have removed the body of an Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot from a crash site in Montgomery County.
12 days after disappearing during a wildfire patrol, the remains of pilot Jake Harrell were being taken back home to North Little Rock on Wednesday.
Harrell missed a check-in on Jan. 31 while flying over western Arkansas. An emergency beacon in his aircraft didn't work and searchers didn't spot the wreckage until Tuesday. Harrell was found dead at the scene.
The crash site was in remote and rugged wilderness and crews needed the extra day to remove the body.
Searcy voters have approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund a variety of city services, including street and infrastructure improvements and payments into the police and fire retirement system.
According to unofficial results, about 64 percent of voters approved the tax increase during a special election Tuesday. The levy will increase the city's existing 0.5 percent sales tax to 1.5 percent for eight years. The Daily Citizen reports that the tax increase is expected to generate $51.2 million over eight years.
A scene from Richard Strauss's "Die Frau ohne Schatten" with Johan Reuter as Barak, Ildikó Komlósi as the Nurse, Richard Paul Fink as the Messenger of Keikobad, and Christine Goerke as the Dyer's Wife.
The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues Saturday, February 15 at noon on KLRE Classical 90.5 with an archival broadcast of Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten from last fall, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and featuring two highly acclaimed performances from the leading sopranos: Anne Schwanewilms in her network broadcast debut as the Empress; and Christine Goerke, who has recently emerged as a major dramatic soprano, singing the role of the Dyer’s Wife.
The Arkansas Senate has endorsed the secretary of state's wording of three proposed constitutional amendments legislators have referred to voters, after questions were raised about who had the authority to prepare the ballot measures' language.
The Senate on Tuesday voted 25-8 to support the ballot titles and popular names selected by Secretary of State Mark Martin's office for the three proposals that the Legislature voted last year to put on the 2014 ballot.
The search for missing Arkansas Forestry Commission Pilot Jake Harrell ended tragically Tuesday evening as Arkansas National Guardsmen, lowered by helicopter to the site of his wrecked plane, discovered the pilot did not survive.
The site of the plane crash was discovered late Tuesday afternoon after being spotted by a civil air patrol plane.
Spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said it’s still unclear why the plane crash occurred.
A proposal to allow Arkansas school districts to arm non-classroom employees as volunteer security guards has failed to win enough support to be considered by the state Senate.
The Senate voted 19-2 for a resolution allowing the bill by Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson to be introduced. The measure needed at least 24 votes to be considered during the fiscal session, intended to focus on budget issues.
Hutchinson's proposal would have allowed the state to issue security guard licenses to non-classroom employees who go through training.