Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin's office is asking a judge to deny a request to block a voter ID law, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" to the state.
Martin's office on Wednesday asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox to deny a motion lift the stay on his decision against the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. Fox ruled the law unconstitutional in May, but suspended his decision. That ruling has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.
A reward is being offered for information on the deaths of several Interior least terns found on a small island in the Arkansas River.
Least terns are protected by federal and state endangered species regulations.
The endangered birds are found anywhere along the Arkansas River, from the Oklahoma state line to the Mississippi River.Their main nesting area is a section of the river from Clarksville downstream to Pine Bluff.
A reward of up to $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths.
Gov. Mike Beebe has named a former liaison to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to serve a seven year term on the panel.
At the announcement Wednesday at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center, Beebe said Andrew Parker has an ideal background for becoming a commissioner.
"A love for the outdoors, an understanding that hunting and fishing in Arkansas is a major past time, a major educational experience, a major family experience, a major economic engine and a corollary with the tourism that is so important for our state," Beebe said.
The Bull Shoals police chief has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest.
Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking and stomping Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest. He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.
State officials are working to implement changes to health insurance for public school employees enacted in last week’s special legislative session. At a joint meeting of the Insurance and Commerce committees Tuesday Republican Representative John Burris asked about the fate of part-time workers being removed from the health plan for school employees.
The director of the Employee Benefits Division, Bob Alexander, said the state has directed districts to help part-timers find state and federally funded navigators.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says it's removing portions of online campaign videos that were shot on property destroyed in a tornado after the property owner said he was misled about the use of the footage.
Doug Boydston complained Tuesday about the video featuring footage shot on the Mayflower RV property destroyed by a deadly tornado in April. He says he wasn't told it would be used as a political attack against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.
Cotton's campaign released a letter Boydston sent complaining about the video.
A soon-to-be-released documentary film looking at music legend Glen Campbell will get an advance screening Thursday in Little Rock. It’s called “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” and will be shown at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater.
“Of course Glen Campbell is one of our most famous native sons and to get the opportunity to see this film ahead of audiences across America and the world is a real honor,” said Courtney Pledger, artistic director for the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.