A pre-trial hearing is set for a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a teenager who was suspected in a burglary.
Attorneys on Tuesday are to discuss various motions that are pending ahead of a trial that's scheduled next week for Josh Hastings.
Hastings was fired in October after Chief Stuart Thomas concluded Hastings violated department policies related to a June 25 burglary and the Aug. 12 shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore Jr. Hastings has pleaded not guilty.
Arkansas Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter says he will make an announcement Tuesday that will run for a statewide office, but isn't saying which one.
There has been a lot of speculation in recent months that Burkhalter is considering a run for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Sitting Governor Mike Beebe is term-limited and can not run for re-election.
Burkhalter, who is also a small business owner and entrepreneur, has close ties to Beebe, as well as former President Bill Clinton.
Former Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is now a lobbyist working on issues that impact small businesses and independent contractors. Lincoln lost her Senate seat to Republican John Boozman in the 2010 election.
In an interview with Talk Business Arkansas, Lincoln says Senator Mark Pryor will face many challenges for reelection, especially when it comes to getting his message out to voters.
Federal prosecutors are trying to seize more than two dozen properties held by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo's ministries so proceeds from their sale can be given to children Alamo was convicted of abusing.
U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge on Monday announced that his office filed court papers to seize Alamo-related properties in Fort Smith, Fouke and Texarkana.
Alamo was convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex and is serving a 175-year prison sentence.
Arkansas lawmakers are studying the state's scholarship programs after a shortfall prompted Gov. Mike Beebe to tap into reserve funds to continue grants that help students pursue degrees in some medical fields.
Members of the House and Senate Education Committee on Monday said they planned to look at the state's 24 scholarship programs.
State higher education officials say they need an additional $5.5 million to restore about 4,800 scholarships for incoming students that will be cut because of a shortfall in its fund.
Police in Searcy are considering ending a program that allows residents to text anonymous tips about crime.
Police Chief Jeremy Clark tells The Daily Citizen that the TipSoft program that police purchased in February 2012 has generated 21 tips. The program costs the department $1,700.
Police Lt. Steve Taylor says the department may not have educated the public thoroughly about the program. And Clark says he had never heard of TipSoft before becoming the city's police chief in February 2013.