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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment for the 2018 ballot that would legalize marijuana in the state.
 
The proposal by Mary Berry of Summit would allow for the cultivation, production, distribution, sale, possession and use of the cannabis plant and all products taken from the plant, including marijuana.
 

The Arkansas Department of Health and Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare Inc. have announced the completion of the sale of the department's in-home health care operations for $39 million.

The finalized sale was announced Monday.

The state announced last August it was phasing out the program that provides in-home services to about 3,380 people.

Former President Bill Clinton
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Former President Bill Clinton's childhood home has reopened, seven months after the historic structure was intentionally damaged by fire.

An Arkansas panel has recommended tying higher education funding to factors such as degree completion, a move that supporters say will help make the case that the state's colleges and universities need more money.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday adopted the framework for a new "outcome-based" funding plan for the state's colleges and universities. Currently, most of the state's higher education funding formula is tied to student enrollment.

Bill Clinton Hope Home House
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The home in Hope where former President Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life is set to reopen following a Christmas Day fire.

National Parks Service officials told reporters that volunteers and employees are unpacking boxes in an effort to have the home ready for visitors on Saturday.

The Christmas Day fire that was called arson damaged the exterior and some of the interior of the home and graffiti was found on a sidewalk and on a door of the home. Authorities did not immediately return phone calls Thursday for comment on whether any arrests had been made.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
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A Little Rock attorney is dropping his challenge of the Arkansas Ethics Commission's decision on a complaint he filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Matt Campbell filed a motion Tuesday to voluntarily dismiss his petition over the settlement Milligan signed in February with the commission, which issued the treasurer a letter of warning and a $400 fine for four reporting issues on his campaign finance reports.

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Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties have won additional time to gather signatures to put the proposal on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday said Arkansas Wins in 2016 had fallen short of the 84,859 signatures from registered voters needed to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot. But at least 75 percent of the group's signatures are valid, qualifying it for another 30 days to circulate petitions.

Monroe County authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a shooting at a Clarendon police officer.

Sheriff Michael Neal says the 23-year-old suspect from Clarendon was arrested Monday night on four counts of committing terroristic acts and four counts of aggravated assault for opening fire as the officer arrived home Saturday.

The officer was not injured, but the house was struck by gunfire in what Neal called an ambush attack.

Online court records on Tuesday did not show that formal charges have been filed.

An execution drug obtained by the Arkansas prison system earlier this month appears to have been made by a subsidiary of Pfizer, even though Pfizer has said it doesn't want its drugs to be used in executions.

The Associated Press on Monday obtained redacted photos of the vecuronium bromide label from the Arkansas Department of Correction. It matches labels submitted to the National Institutes of Health by Hospira, Inc., which Pfizer bought last year.

A black man who was incapacitated with a stun gun is suing the white Arkansas police officer who arrested him.

Chardrick Mitchell on Wednesday filed the civil suit in Mississippi County against Blytheville Officer Stephen Sigman, Police Chief Ross Thompson and the city of Blytheville.

The lawsuit says police video shows Mitchell was walking away from Sigman on July 4 when the officer fired his stun gun at roughly the same time he announced Mitchell was under arrest. It alleges there's an "institutionalized practice of using excessive force against African-Americans."

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