The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lower court erred when it dismissed a petition from an inmate condemned to die for the rape and murder of a shopping mall security guard.
A Pulaski County jury in 1999 convicted Andrew Engram in the death of Laurie White, who worked at a North Little Rock mall.
The state's highest court on Thursday sided with Engram's lawyers, who asked justices to send his case back to a lower court for a hearing on whether he had good cause to file a petition after a deadline to do so had passed.
State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service to seize multiple marijuana plants found growing in the Winona Wildlife Management Area about 30 miles west of Little Rock.
The Winona WMA is managed in cooperation with the Forest Service and the AGFC.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is urging passage of the nation's farm bill. Vilsack spoke in Little Rock yesterday as politicians in Washington were set to begin negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill.
The farm bill sets policy for farm subsidies, rural development projects and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, better known as food stamps. The fight over renewing the farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamps program.
The congressional field vying for the Republican nomination, to fill Tim Griffin’s seat, widened Wednesday with State Representative Ann Clemmer officially entering the race. Clemmer, of Benton, styled herself as a candidate willing to fight through vetoes as she did in the legislative session to help pass a Voter ID law and greater restrictions on abortion.
However, Clemmer took a different tone when asked about the recent government shutdown.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced the opening of an on-campus, simulated hospital designed to give students real-world experience.
Built in 1949 and known formerly as Administration South, the facility spans 9,500 square feet and cost more than $7 million in renovations. It now features 22 beds and state-of-the-art materials, including basic medical equipment training manikins created for instructional purposes.
The number of cases of whooping cough in Arkansas has more than doubled from a year ago.
Dr. Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health says at this time last year, there were 141 reported cases. And so far this year, there are 342 cases.
"This [increase] is not a unique pattern to Arkansas. We are seeing this across the country. The patterns of increase are occurring in different regions at different times. We have clearly seen a huge upswing in the number of cases in children in elementary school and adolescents," says Wheeler.
Flash flooding is expected in much of Arkansas as forecasters predict heavy rain and thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow.
But meteorologist Tabitha Clark with the National Weather Service predicts the rain will let up in time for trick-or-treating in the late afternoon and evening on Thursday.
"As we get late into the afternoon, things are really going to start to taper off when the cold front gets here and pushes everything out. Although it might not be raining when kids go trick-or-treating, it's going to be really wet out," says Clark.
The Republican primary for a central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin could get more crowded.
State Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton planned Wednesday to announce whether she'll seek the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District. If she runs, she'll be the third Republican to launch a bid since Griffin announced last week that he wouldn't seek re-election next year.
Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.
The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.
Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.