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5:20 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

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4:38 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Gay Marriage Ruling

Same-sex couples lined up Monday in the Pulaski County Courthouse to get marriage licenses.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court has suspended a judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples.

The state Supreme Court on Friday granted a request to suspend Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's decision voiding a 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Piazza last week struck down the ban, but expanded that ruling on Thursday to include all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying.

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4:03 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Police Shoot Man With Ax At Brinkley bank

Police in Brinkley say an officer shot a man who carried an ax to a local bank.

The Friday incident occurred at the Bank of Brinkley, where police say the man had uttered a threat earlier in the day.

When the man went back to the bank and brought an ax, officers first used an electric stun gun on him, but were unable to subdue him. Little Rock television station KATV reports that's when the officer fired.

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2:36 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ex-Saline County Sheriff Arrested On Felony Charges

Former Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington and two former sheriff's employees are facing felony charges.

Court documents filed Friday show Pennington and former office worker Jo Nell Mallory charged with felony abuse of public trust and theft of property. Investigators allege they stole money and had work done at their homes in exchange for dismissing fines or community service sentences.

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2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Attorneys Ask High Court To Not Suspend Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

One of the same-sex couples that lined up outside the Pulaski County Courthouse Monday to get a marriage license.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorneys for a group of gay couples are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a bid to suspend a judge's decision striking down all measures preventing same-sex couples from marrying.

The attorneys requested Friday that the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject a bid by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and four counties to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Piazza ruled the ban unconstitutional last week, and expanded his ruling to include all state laws preventing gay couples from getting married.

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1:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Drops In April To 6.6 Percent

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell by three-tenths of one percent in April - down from 6.9 percent in March to 6.6 percent.

Arkansas' Department of Workforce Services said Friday that the civilian labor force decreased by 8,300 because of 5,100 fewer people unemployed and 3,200 fewer workers.

Department spokeswoman Becky Heflin said in a news release that the number of Arkansans without a job in April stood at 86,700 - a decline of 12,300 in the number of unemployed from the 99,000 who were jobless in April 2013.

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11:36 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Resolution On Gay Marriage In Arkansas Fails In Legislature

Arkansas lawmakers have blocked a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.

A non-binding resolution objecting to a judge's decision striking down the ban failed before the Arkansas Legislative Council on a procedural vote Friday. The resolution would have urged justices to overturn Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down all measures preventing gay couples from marrying.

The proposal failed to win enough votes to be considered by the panel.

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9:12 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Washington County Again Issuing Gay Wedding Licenses

The Washington County clerk has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after a circuit judge in Pulaski County ruled that all state laws barring gay marriage are unconstitutional.

Two same-sex couples received wedding licenses shortly after the Washington County clerk's office opened Friday at 8 a.m. Clerk Becky Lewallen says a couple did stop by Thursday afternoon for a license, but she told them toreturn in the morning.

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9:05 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Hillary Clinton To Attend LR Exhibition Opening

An exhibition of blown glass by artist Dale Chihuly is to open at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is to attend the opening gala.

The invitation-only reception is set for Friday night at the Clinton Center. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday and will run through Jan. 5.

One of Chihuly's pieces is in the Clinton Center's permanent collection. In 2000, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock hosted a special exhibition of his works.

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5:19 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Marriage Licenses Again Being Issued To Gay Couples In Arkansas

A gay couple exchanges rings during a ceremony Monday at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Same-sex couples are again being allowed to marry in some Arkansas counties after a judge Thursday clarified a previous decision.

Gay marriages were stopped in Pulaski and Washington Counties Wednesday after the Arkansas Supreme Court noted last week’s ruling didn’t address a law that applied to county clerks. One day later Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down all state laws preventing gay couples from getting married.

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