Members of 15 year old Bobby Moore’s family were visibly upset leaving the Pulaski County Courthouse after Judge Wendell Griffen declared a mistrial. Jurors deliberated for parts of two days before telling the judge they could not reach a unanimous decision.
Prosecuting attorney John Johnson said afterward it’s difficult for jurors to separate the badge from the person. “It’s always going to be hard for a jury to convict a police. We have a defendant in this case who is trading on the good will that other excellent police officers have created in this community,” said Johnson.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is criticizing Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton for supporting military action in Syria, while a conservative group backing Cotton is launching radio ads portraying the Arkansas senator as too liberal.
Pryor's campaign on Thursday targeted Cotton for being the only member of the state's congressional delegation who publicly supports giving the president authority to strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.
A website launched by the campaign cited the stance as an example of misplaced priorities by Cotton.
Education officials in Arkansas say the number of students in the state taking Advanced Placement tests has increased by 6.6 percent in 2013.
According to the College Board, the nonprofit entity that provides SAT and AP exams, Arkansas’s overall scores on AP tests have also improved with an 8.6 percent increase in the number of exams with a score of 3 or higher out of a possible 5.
Mary Kathryn Stein oversees AP programs for the state’s Education Department.
A jury is struggling to reach a verdict this hour in the retrial of a former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter for shooting a suspect.
It's the second day of deliberations in the trial of 27-year-old Josh Hastings. The jury has been deliberating since 10:20 a.m. and has been sending notes back-and-forth through the courtroom throughout the afternoon.
The jury reported it was deadlocked and Judge Wendell Griffen asked them to come to a resolution.
Tim Massad, Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability with the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the featured speaker at the Clinton School of Public Service on Thursday.
Massad oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which provided financial support to the nation’s financial institutions and housing markets during the Great Recession in 2008. The controversial TARP plan was approved and began implementation in September 2008, and is nearing its 5-year anniversary this month.