The Arkansas Department of Correction says a pharmaceutical company has closed its account after the state last month acknowledged plans to use its anti-seizure drug phenobarbital in executions.
Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press that West-Ward Pharmaceuticals officials notified the agency Wednesday that the company was closing the prison system's account.
The agency said last month that it would use phenobarbital in executions, even though the barbiturate has never been used in U.S. lethal injections.
Arkansas State University is warning Bill Halter that it owns the trademark to the "Arkansas Promise Scholarship" and says the Democrat needs to stop using a similar phrase in his campaign for governor.
One of Halter's policy proposals is called the "Arkansas Promise."
The program would pay college tuition for Arkansas high school graduates who maintain a 2.5 grade point average, attend school in state and qualify for the state's lottery scholarship.
The Arkansas General Assembly this session enacted legislation on both public charter school authorization and inter-public school transfers. Phyllis Stewart, Arkansas Department of Education Chief of Staff, explains how both measures will work to expand school choice options.
KUAR won seven awards for its news and arts coverage at the 2013 Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists contest.
During an awards banquet Monday evening, the station learned four were first place winners, two won second place and one was a third place winner.
SPJ is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the U.S. Part of its mission is to encourage high standards and ethical behavior in journalism, while promoting and supporting diversity in the industry.
The newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks system is moving into a fresh phase of development and is marking the milestone with the opening of a visitor center in Marianna.
Mississippi River State Park, which operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning a Thursday ceremony at the center, which features a variety of exhibits, park information and a walking trail.
The park includes several sites and its development has been in the works since 1999, though the idea was first proposed in the 1960s.
A 2.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northeast Arkansas town of Trumann at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. It's the latest in a series of seismic events occurring over the last several months near the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Scott Ausbrooks, the Geohazards Supervisor with the Arkansas Geological Survey, says that although the magnitude was not severe, even small increases in magnitude results in an exponential release of energy. Ausbrooks says,
A dime-sized snail found only on Mount Magazine in western Arkansas has become the first invertebrate to be delisted under the Endangered Species Act.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that the Magazine Mountain shagreen has been taken off the endangered list.
Wildlife service southeast region Director Cindy Dohner says the wildlife service, the US Forest Service, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission worked together to remove threats and protect the habitat of the snail.