Now that nine death row inmates have challenged Arkansas's new lethal injection law and urged a judge to rule that the Department of Correction can't use a 2013 execution law to put them to death, Governor Mike Beebe has put execution dates on pause.
Even though the attorney general has asked the governor to set execution dates for the inmates, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample told KUAR News on Tuesday that the governor's decision comes as the Department of Correction plans to rewrite its lethal injection procedures and the inmates' case works its way through court.
The defense team for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a burglary suspect is asking prospective jurors whether they've ever had to name a snap decision at work.
Josh Hastings was fired after the death last August of Bobby Moore III.
Hastings' trial opened this week in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
Defense lawyer Bill James asked potential jurors Tuesday to consider whether they've ever had to make quick decisions while working.
Arkansas' governor says the state's parole system needs review after a parolee was charged in a Little Rock murder.
Darrell Dennis was charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and capital murder in the May 10 death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Dennis had been arrested 14 times since being released on parole in 2008 following an aggravated robbery conviction - and that he skipped parole revocation hearings.
The National Weather Service says Arkansas will get a break from the summer heat this week.
Rain and thunderstorms are predicted for most of the state. Forecasters say northwest Arkansas should see rain beginning Monday morning, with the front moving to the central and southern parts of the state Monday afternoon and evening.
Forecasters say some isolated storms could be severe, but a widespread outbreak isn't expected.