The Arkansas Democratic Party is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Republican Rep. Tom Cotton illegally solicited contributions for his Senate campaign during an interview inside the U.S. Capitol.
But Cotton’s campaign says conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt misspoke when he said Cotton was in the Capitol as he joined the talk show by phone on Sept. 30.
During a press conference in Little Rock Tuesday, Democratic Party campaign law and finance attorney Benton Smith alleged a violation of federal campaign law had occurred.
Federal agriculture officials say Arkansas' corn harvest is complete while harvesting of sorghum and rice is almost done.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service says 98 percent of the sorghum harvest is complete, along with 92 percent of the rice harvest.
According to the statistics service, 100 percent of cotton bolls have opened and 54 percent are harvested. The Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas says the cotton crop is a full week behind the typical pace.
A federal appeals court has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9. A federal judge on Oct. 22 had rejected the district's request to delay the trial.
A lawyer and blogger is suing Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr for withholding his personal cell phone number from an open records request.
Matt Campbell on Monday filed a complaint in Pulaski County Circuit Court that accused the Republican lieutenant governor of violating the state's Freedom of Information Act by redacting the number from records released by his office. Campbell runs the Democratic-leaning Blue Hog Report website.
Former Mount St. Mary Academy teacher and volleyball coach Kelly O'Rourke, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a student, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for repeatedly contacting the victim.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Judge Barry Sims said he was coming down hard on the teacher for willfully disregarding the court’s no-contact order after pleading guilty in the case.
Last month O’Rourke pleaded guilty to violating the terms of her original sentence and read a statement in court apologizing for her actions.