The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.
The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from inmate Gregory Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a beard. State corrections officials say their grooming policy prohibiting beards promotes hygiene and safety.
The court previously blocked the state from forcing Holt to shave the beard while the appeal was under consideration. The case will be argued in the fall.
The latest round of wintry weather brought over 34,000 power outages statewide Monday. With the threat of precipitation subsiding Entergy Arkansas reported over 26,000 outages while the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas claimed roughly 8,000.
Sally Graham with the state’s largest electric utility Entergy said most of their customers without power are in the state’s northeast.
The private option, Arkansas's alternative answer to the full-out Medicaid expansion prescribed by the federal Affordable Care Act continues to hold up progress on the state budget in this fiscal legislative session.
With the political climate surrounding this most-divisive issue, could a few lawmakers be holding out till after the political filing period to cast their vote for the alternative plan? Political scientist Jay Barth joins us to discuss some of the political aspects of this vote.
The Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock released a first batch of previously private documents Friday, providing insight into the operations of the Clinton White House.
Under the Presidential Records Act, such documents can be withheld for up to 12 years after a president leaves office. These documents could have been made available at the start of 2013, and there was some pressure for them to finally be made public.
Subsequent document releases are expected in the coming weeks.
The state Board of Election Commissioners has approved emergency rules about absentee voters that contradict what Arkansas' attorney general has said before.
The board endorsed the rules Friday about absentee ballots for voter identification. They allow voters who did not submit required identification with their absentee ballot to turn in the documents for their vote to be counted by noon Monday following an election.
Forecasters are predicting a round of freezing precipitation for Arkansas this weekend, though the northern half of the state will likely see the most ice. Jeff Hood, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said a cold front will begin entering Arkansas from the northwest late Saturday, bringing with it a chance of freezing rain and sleet and thunderstorms farther south.