Arkansas lawmakers are set to talk about certifying public school employees to carry guns.
Tuesday's joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in Little Rock comes after a state board voted in September to allow more than a dozen school districts to continue using teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards.
Three Pulaski County School Districts, the state of Arkansas, a group called the Knight Intervenors and a group representing black families have agreed to settle a decades-long lawsuit.
The settlement would have the state send about 65 million dollars a year to the three districts for four more years among other provisions. The fate of the deal hinged on a Little Rock School Board meeting on Monday.
Lawmakers are scheduled to discuss alternative methods of carrying out the death penalty in Arkansas.
The House and Senate Judiciary Committees are to take up the matter when they meet jointly in Little Rock on Tuesday.
Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and that isn't expected to change anytime soon.
Some of the state's more than 35 death row inmates are challenging the state's new execution law in court. And the state prison system has said it plans to rewrite its lethal injection protocol to include a different drug or drugs.
Arkansas drivers may find it easier to navigate around congested roadways as the state Highway and Transportation Department implements a new online map Idrivearkansas.com, providing motorists with real-time traffic updates. Spokesman Danny Straessle says the new program will be much needed in the future.
A Fayetteville attorney has been convicted of helping former northwest Arkansas developer Brandon Barber commit bankruptcy fraud.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a federal court jury in Fort Smith on Monday found attorney K. Vaughn Knight guilty of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud, bankruptcy fraud, false statements and money laundering.
The Pulaski County jail has become critically overcrowded, Sheriff Doc Holladay said Monday, which could result in it only being able to house the most dangerous offenders.
It comes as Arkansas has made changes to the parole system, stiffening rules for when people must be detained for violating parole. That has greatly increased the number of violators being detained at county jails, waiting for space to become available in state prisons.