Gov. Mike Beebe is touring damage caused by ongoing flooding in an east Arkansas city.
The governor plans to visit Brinkley on Tuesday afternoon and tour damage caused by the flooding, which began with torrential rains on June 29. Beebe will be joined by the Brinkley mayor to tour flooded areas.
Parts of the city remain flooded more than a week after the heavy rainfall.
Beebe's office says they're currently awaiting results from damage assessments.
Prison officials say an Arkansas death row inmate has died at a hospital after falling ill.
Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 61-year-old Joe Louis Dansby died Monday night at a Malvern hospital. Wilson says Dansby had been ill for much of the past year and was being housed at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit medical facility.
Wilson says Dansby was taken by ambulance to the hospital on Monday night because of vomiting and difficulty breathing. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Jury selection is underway for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Frank Williams was sentenced to die for the 1992 death of farmer Clyde Smith in Lafayette County. But the high court ordered a new sentencing in 2011, citing problems in the original sentencing in 1993.
This week's sentencing trial was moved to Miller County from Lafayette County because of pretrial publicity.
Baptist Health ceremonially broke ground Monday on Conway’s second hospital. Faulkner County leaders and Governor Mike Beebe joined company officials in plowing gold painted shovels into piles of soil on the 37-acre site along Interstate 40.
Baptist CEO Troy Wells says the $130 million, 96-bed hospital will help serve a growing population with a variety of needs.
Ballot measures raising the minimum wage and seeking to allow alcohol sales statewide met signature requirements by Monday’s deadline to be on the November general election ballot. Give Arkansas a Raise Now wants to incrementally raise the minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour. Chair Steve Copley says success now depends on turnout in November.
“The polls have shown 78% of Arkansas support us…so we think when it’s on the ballot, it will pass,” Copley says.
A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot.
Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures Monday to the secretary of state's office to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify.
Monday is the deadline for backers of proposed initiated acts and amendments to turn in petitions to qualify for the ballot.
A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot.
Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the ballot. The group said it turned in 77,288 signatures for the proposal. Initiated acts need at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters.
Monday is the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives. It'll now be up to the Secretary of State's office to determine if enough of the signatures are valid.
A recent change in Arkansas' liquor laws allows beer drinkers to enjoy a broader variety of beverages at home.
Stores holding retail beer permits now can sell locally produced beers in 32- and 64-ounce jugs known as growlers. The state's Alcohol Beverage Control Division says the aim is to increase sales and let microbrewers contribute to Arkansas' economic development.
Under the old laws, most microbreweries had few outlets. Regulators say they don't expect every retailer to sell growlers because beer-sellers would have to install expensive equipment.