A proposed agreement going before a federal judge could soon end decades of court battles and $1 billion in state funding to three Little Rock area school districts. U.S. District Judge Price Marshall will hear arguments Monday and Tuesday on whether to officially end the dispute rooted in the 1957 Central High School desegregation fight.
Marshall in November tentatively approved the plan calling for payments to end in four years after the state pays an additional nearly $70 million a year to the districts. Marshall cannot modify the agreement - only approve or disapprove it.
Governor Mike Beebe linked the future economic well being of Arkansans with attainment of higher education in his weekly radio address. Arkansas is near the bottom of the list of states in adults with college degrees, ranking 49th.
Governor Beebe voiced a timeline for improvement in his address.
Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday show the rate of lung cancer is in decline around the nation. The same is true in Arkansas. After a steady increase for a number of years, the state has seen a sharp decline in lung cancer from around 84 cases per 100,000 people in 2007 to 70 cases per 100,000, according to Dr. Gary Wheeler of the Arkansas Department of Health. Though he says the state struggled for many years to prevent a rise in lung cancer.
Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson's campaign says he raised more than $445,000 in the last three months of 2013 in his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Hutchinson's campaign on Friday announced that he ended 2013 with more than $1.3 million in the bank as he seeks the state's top office. Wednesday is the deadline for candidates to file their fundraising reports for the quarter that ended Dec. 31.
A hearing has been scheduled for an Oklahoma man on federal death row for the 1996 slaying of an Arkansas family as part of a conspiracy to create a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest.
Danny Lee of Yukon, Okla., was convicted of murder in aid of racketeering and was sentenced to death. His attorneys are challenging evidence presented during sentencing that suggested Lee was a psychopath and dangerous to others.
Prosecutors accused Lee and Chevie Kehoe of killing a Pope County gun dealer, his wife and 8-year-old daughter.
The National Fair Housing Alliance says it has found evidence that an apartment complex in North Little Rock discriminated against deaf rental applicants. The organization filed a complaint Thursday with the Department of Housing and Urban Development based on findings from a months-long investigation.
With pressure mounting for Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign or be removed from office over ethics violations, fellow Republicans are now wrestling with the political consequences of a prolonged impeachment fight during an election year.
Several GOP lawmakers said Thursday they're still holding out hope the lieutenant governor will reconsider his plans to stay in office, and said they're worried that questions about the Republican official's future will overshadow next month's legislative session.