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Local & Regional News
2:20 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Handgun Discovered At Maumelle High School Prompting Lock Down

Authorities say Maumelle High School briefly went on lockdown after a handgun was discovered in a classroom.

Pulaski County Special School District spokeswoman Deb Roush says the school went on lockdown at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday after someone saw a student with a gun.

Roush says Maumelle police responded quickly, and an 18-year-old student was taken into custody.

Maumelle police say officers discovered a .25-caliber handgun on a bookshelf in a classroom. No one was injured, and police say the threat is over.

Local & Regional News
11:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Election Commission Asks Court To Deny GOP Bid To Enter Voter ID Suit

A sign at the entrance of a Pulaski County polling location last month in Little Rock reminds voters that a photo ID is required
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Pulaski County Election Commission is asking a judge to deny the Arkansas Republican Party's request to intervene in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law.

The commission on Monday asked a Pulaski County judge to reject the GOP's effort to help defend a state panel's decision to allow absentee voters who don't submit a copy of their photo identification with their ballot additional time to turn in their ID.

The commission is suing the state Board of Election Commissioners, saying the state board overstepped its bounds.

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Local & Regional News
8:52 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Officials Say Multiple Arrests In Cocaine Ring

Officials say multiple arrests have been made for a cocaine ring that was operating in central Arkansas.

Federal drug officials said Monday the arrests were related to an indictment of 23 people on drug and weapons charges. Officials allege those arrested were involved in the trafficking of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine since 2011 in North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County areas.

Between 2012 and 2013, officials say the drug trafficking organization had traded up to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week in Little Rock, valued up to $310,000.

Local & Regional News
8:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Arkansas AG Asks Court To Reconsider Drug Ruling

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

McDaniel on Monday filed a petition for rehearing over the high court's decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its suit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc.

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Local & Regional News
3:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Man Charged With Murder In Prank Death Of Little Rock Teen

Prosecutors have formally charged a man accused of killing a 15-year-old girl when he fired a gun into a car full of teenagers he thought had vandalized his car.

Authorities on Friday charged 48-year-old Willie Noble with one count of first-degree murder and six felony counts of committing a terroristic act.

Police said Noble's car was spattered with eggs, mayonnaise and toilet paper on Feb. 14, and he told investigators he waited for the pranksters to return. When a carload of seven teenagers appeared about 45 minutes later, police say Noble fired.

Local & Regional News
1:47 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Arkansas Police Join Effort To End Texting & Driving

Law enforcement agencies across Arkansas are joining a national effort to stop texting while driving.

Arkansas State Police said Monday that the crackdown is part of a six-day national program that begins Thursday.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign combines officers watching for drivers who are texting along with a national advertising and media plan designed to inform the public about stepped-up patrols and a driver's responsibility to obey the law.

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Local & Regional News
12:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ex-Treasurer's Lawyers Continue Push For Acquittal After Jury Conviction

Martha Shoffner, leaving federal court last month in Little Rock after her convicted on 14 bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner say prosecutors failed to show Shoffner was paid with any business funds as her legal team continues pushing for her acquittal on 14 bribery and extortion charges.

Shoffner's attorneys on Monday again asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to acquit Shoffner, who was convicted last month of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.

Prosecutors last week argued that they had proven Shoffner's conduct affected interstate commerce, so the conviction should stand.

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Local & Regional News
11:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Manslaughter Charges Dropped Against Ex-Little Rock Officer

Former Little Rock Officer Joshua Hastings in court Monday.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A judge has dismissed manslaughter charges filed against a Little Rock police officer who was set to go to trial for the third time in the shooting death of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen granted the prosecutors' request Monday to drop charges against Josh Hastings.

In a motion, the prosecution said it made the request "based on its good faith belief that it cannot obtain a conviction" against Hastings.

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Local & Regional News
1:49 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Fruit Trees, Row Crops May Be Affected By Recent Weather

Up and down temperatures across Arkansas may affect Arkansas fruit trees and a wet spring could delay planting of row crops in the state.

Benton County extension agent Neal Mays says northwest Arkansas went through "brutal" temperatures recently with several nights of temperatures at or below zero. Mays says it will soon be known just how much damage was done to fruit crops and said he expects at least some fruit buds were killed.

Local & Regional News
4:22 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Prosecutors: Ex-Treasurer Martha Shoffner Was Properly Convicted

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving court after last month's conviction.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Prosecutors say former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner was properly convicted on 14 bribery and extortion counts over payments she received from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments.

Federal prosecutors on Friday asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to deny Shoffner's motion to acquit her conviction last month over the $36,000 in cash payments she received from bond broker Steele Stephens.

Shoffner's attorneys have argued prosecutors failed to prove that the former treasurer harmed the federal government.

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