The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in the state.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Friday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.
McDaniel's office says the proposal doesn't clearly define the term "legal residents" and is unclear what regulatory authority, if any, the Legislature would have over the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale and use of marijuana.
More than 5,300 homeowners in Arkansas are facing flood insurance premium increases as the federal government reduces subsidies to the program.
The number comes from an Associated Press analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program. More than 2,300 business and vacation homeowners in Arkansas will have to pay more.
President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that limits the increases to up to 18 percent for owners of primary homes. Business owners and owners of vacation homes will see a mandatory 25 percent annual increase.
Families of firefighters who died in the line of duty gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
The ceremony included the marching of colors by bagpipers, drums and honor guard, the unveiling of the statue, reading of the 1958 A. W. "Smokey" Linn's Firefighter’s Prayer, the ringing of bells for each fallen firefighter and the laying of a rose on top of memorial wall for each name.
Governor Mike Beebe was on hand and thanked the families of fallen firefighters.
Republican state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home is one of five finalists for a lobbyist position for the University of Arkansas.
UA spokesman Steve Voorhies told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Key and the others were interviewed by a search committee.
The other finalists are Washington, D.C.-based Mac Campbell; Seattle-area higher education consultant Allison Rosenberg; Little Rock advertising executive Denver Peacock; and Randy Massanelli, the state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.
The job carries the title of vice chancellor for governmental relations.
At the Governor’s Mansion Friday four of the state’s more prominent legislators recalled and analyzed, for the Political Animals Club, some of the dilemmas over amending the private option in order to gain enough votes for it to pass this last fiscal session.
They were in agreement their peers exhibited remarkable civility and capacity for solutions but some compromises stuck out. Senator Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock spoke critically about an amendment removing funding for non-emergency transportation.
Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.
In a court filing Friday, Shoffner's lawyers said no government witness offered proof that interstate commerce was impacted "by robbery or extortion" and that no money changed hands in return for "official acts" by Shoffner.
An Arkansas judge has awarded another $525 million to seven women abused by Tony Alamo after no one showed up to defend the evangelist.
Miller County Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson entered a default judgment against Alamo awarding an identical amount to the sum the Twenty First Century Holiness Tabernacle Church was ordered last month to pay in actual and punitive damages. The church is affiliated with Alamo Ministries.
Alamo was convicted in 2009 of taking young girls across state lines for sex. He's serving a 175-year prison sentence.