Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking a federal appeals court to uphold the state's 12-week abortion ban, arguing the prohibition furthers the state's interests in protecting pregnant women, unborn children and the medical profession.
McDaniel on Tuesday filed a brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that it should overturn a federal judge's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional.
McDaniel in April filed a notice with the court that he would appeal U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling.
A week after securing their parties' nominations for Arkansas' top office, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson have agreed to a statewide televised debate.
Little Rock television station KATV announced Tuesday that Ross and Hutchinson agreed to participate in an hour-long debate on Oct. 7. The debate will be held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and will air live statewide on KATV, in conjunction with KHBS/KHOG and KAIT. It will also be live-streamed on station websites.
Arkansas Business released its annual survey of the 75 largest private companies in the state in this week's issue, finding improving revenues and that many companies are making expensions.
Four new companies qualified to make the list: Summerwood Partners, Ritter & Co., Douglas Cos. and ABC Financial.
The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $31.15 billion in their most recent fiscal years, and the price of entry to the list was $88.8 million.
A few hundred veterans and their family members visited the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock Monday for an observance of Memorial Day led by veterans officials and state leaders.
Gloria Lawson attended with her husband Charles, a Vietnam veteran. She noted Arkansans are still at war and said she feels close to veterans of all eras.
“It gives me a feeling of greatness to know that everybody loves one another, to be here, and to support each other during, especially during the war times that we’re going through, and also to be together,” said Lawson.
An Arkansas judge is for now keeping a stay on his ruling against a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday formally entered his decision that Arkansas' new voter ID law is unconstitutional.
The five-page order formalizes a May 2 ruling Fox issued from the bench. Fox then said he wouldn't block the state from enforcing the law during the primary, and Friday's order kept the stay on his decision.
There is a move by some legislators to include a ban on monitor games by the Arkansas lottery if there is a special session called this summer.
A special session is a possibility so legislators can address health insurance plans for public school employees. But Gov. Mike Beebe's office said Friday that he's still waiting to see a proposal on the insurance matter and that no one has discussed the lottery issue with him yet.
Leslie Rutledge, one of two candidates in a runoff election for the Arkansas nomination for Attorney General, Friday received the endorsement of third place candidate Patricia Nation. Rutledge said she wants Nation to actively bring support.
“Patricia I don’t want you to be behind me in this effort. I want you to be right beside me on the campaign trail and moving forward because we need her voice, we need her experience,” said Rutledge.