Arkansas legislators convene in Little Rock every two years to address the state's finances during a fiscal session approved by voters in 2010 - and every two years lawmakers propose non-budget measures that generally would be reserved for a general session.
Legislators say they don't want to wait to debate issues that would affect Arkansans now, even if it means disrupting the regular agenda.
In honor of Black History Month Governor Mike Beebe delved into the 1964 Civil Rights Act, passed 50 years ago, in his weekly radio address. The governor cited the words of Robert F. Kennedy but also suggested the latent power of regular folk, especially the young, to be of critical importance in movements for equality.
Fourteen families in central Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in connection with a series of earthquakes in Faulkner County.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday the lawsuit is against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Operating Inc. and Billiton Petroleum LLC,
The suit alleges natural-gas disposal wells resulted in thousands of earthquakes in Arkansas in 2010 and 2011. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the earthquakes damaged the plaintiff's homes and caused the market value for the houses to decline.
State officials are looking into persuading industries based in Europe to move to Arkansas. Both the aerospace and firearms sectors are of particular importance.
At a recent meeting of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission the announcement was made a team of officials will travel overseas to attend the world's largest air show in the hopes of attracting more aerospace developments in Arkansas.
AEDC Director Grant Tennille said attending will help Arkansas compete with other states.
A federal judge has ordered a separate trial for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges she spent thousands from her re-election campaign on personal items such as clothing and cosmetics.
U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes on Friday granted Shoffner's request to be tried separately on the 10 counts of mail fraud she faces over the campaign cash.
A federal grand jury earlier this month indicted Shoffner on the charges, adding them to charges filed last year accusing her of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.
A judge in Arkansas has granted a request by death row inmates to block any executions until the Legislature changes the state's law governing how inmates are put to death.
Judge Wendell Griffen said Friday that the law failed to define procedures and training for correction department staff who would administer lethal injections. Also, Griffen ruled that the current law gives too much latitude to the correction department director, who would have to choose the type of barbiturate to be used in executions.
A judge has scheduled a May trial date for a Forrest City man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a bicyclist.
First Judicial District Judge L.T. Simes issued an order Thursday scheduling a May 5 trial date for Majed Attahrawi.
Prosecutors charged Attahrawi with first-degree murder for the June 30 death of 59-year-old James Holland. Prosecutors alleged he intentionally ran over Holland with his cargo van after Holland allegedly tried to shoplift from Attahrawi's store. Police say Holland died after he was pinned between the cargo van and a telephone pole.