State records show the executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board resigned after an audit alleged she improperly charged more than $15,000 to her state credit card.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday that Catherine Gray resigned April 24 - the day before a special board meeting in which preliminary information from the state Office of Accounting's Internal Audit Section was to be presented.
A phone number listed for Gray had been disconnected.
An Arkansas judge has struck down the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled Friday that the 2004 amendment violates the rights of same-sex couples by defining marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman.
The ruling comes nearly a week after state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court.
McDaniel's office is expected to quickly appeal Piazza's ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Cleanup is underway after storms moved through Arkansas Thursday night, bringing down trees and causing scattered power outages.
The National Weather Service is investigating whether a weak tornado touched down in the western part of the state.
“There was a mobile home in the Russellville area in Pope County that received some damage due to some high winds,” said Kathy Wright, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. There were no reports of injuries.
The chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department has been indicted on a charge accusing him of using excessive force during the arrest of a resident.
U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced Friday that Daniel Sutterfield was charged with one count of deprivation of rights for allegedly using excessive force by kicking, stomping and using a stun gun on a resident who was under arrest.
Eldridge says Sutterfield also struck the resident with the butt of a shotgun after the resident was handcuffed.
No injuries or deaths have been reported after more than a half-foot of rain inundated western Arkansas in a 24-hour period.
The National Weather Service says Mena received 5.68 inches of rain in a four-hour period Thursday with a daily total of more than 7 inches. The weather service says the relentless downpour caused creeks and streams to overflow and flooding over roads.
Several people had to be rescued from the high waters, and flash flood emergencies were issued until the rainfall ended Thursday night.
A group of Arkansas legislators who have opposed the private option say they’ll ask a legislative committee next month to authorize another analysis of the financial impact of the program.
Republican state Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest says he’s concerned that the program, which uses federal Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low income Arkansans, is on track to cost the state significantly more than had been projected.
Arkansas Community Foundation on Thursday joined a growing list of organizations and government agencies attempting to aid the recovery effort after last week’s tornado damage. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports.
From their office in Conway the non-profit’s President Heather Larkin announced plans to distribute grants to a myriad of organizations with the intent of supporting intermediate and long-term rebuilding.
A former Helena-West Helena police lieutenant has lost an appeal of her convictions related to a federal drug trafficking and corruption investigation.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday turned away Marlene Kalb's arguments that there was insufficient evidence to convict her. Kalb was among dozens of people indicted as part of "Operation Delta Blues" in 2011.
Prosecutors accused police of protecting drug shipments moving through east Arkansas. Four other former law officers entered guilty pleas to various charges.