A lawyer for a death row inmate convicted in the 1997 slaying of a security guard at a North Little Rock mall says the Arkansas Supreme Court should send the prisoner's case back to a lower court for a hearing.
One of Andrew Engram's lawyers, Julie Vandiver, told the state's highest court Thursday that the justices should 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.
Engram was convicted of killing Laurie White. Engram's lawyers say he has an intellectual disability.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has revived part of a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds its public schools.
On Thursday, justices reversed part of a Pulaski County judge's decision dismissing a lawsuit by the Deer/Mount Judea School District that claims the state has not lived up to the reforms ending the long-running Lake View school funding suit.
The court ruled that Deer/Mount Judea raised new issues that have emerged since the Lake View case ended in 2007.
Gov. Mike Beebe says Arkansas doesn't have any more resources to cover the costs of programs affected by the federal government shutdown, and the state budget administrator says the number of state employees furloughed could rise to more than 4,000.
Beebe on Wednesday told state agency directors in a memo that as of Friday, any programs or employees dependent on federal funding are to be suspended until the end of the shutdown.
An Arkansas lawmaker is suggesting nearly a dozen changes to the state's ethics and campaign finance laws that he says could be considered if the Legislature is called back to the Capitol for a special session on teacher insurance premiums.
Democratic Rep. Warwick Sabin of Little Rock sent House and Senate members on Wednesday drafts of 11 bills that he's trying to see if there's support for during a special session. Gov. Mike Beebe is considering whether to call lawmakers back to the Capitol to address looming hikes in teacher insurance rates.
Whether it's legal to openly carry a weapon, like a handgun, in public in Arkansas may depend on who you ask or where you live. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman examines legislation that took effect this August as gun rights activists are openly demonstrating their interpretation of the law.
One of the organizations in Arkansas that has been impacted by the federal government shutdown is the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Some of the department's employees are paid through federal funds.
KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with the director of that department, Teresa Marks, and has this report.