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A former central Arkansas circuit court judge has voluntarily surrendered his license to avoid a disciplinary hearing.

The Arkansas Supreme Court accepted the surrender Thursday from Michael Maggio, barring him from practicing law in Arkansas. The Faulkner County judge pleaded guilty to bribery earlier this year.

Maggio pleaded guilty in January for accepting campaign donations from a nursing home owner and a lobbyist in exchange for reducing the award from a wrongful death lawsuit. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Larry Jegley
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Arkansas' prosecutors are asking an independent panel to raise their salaries about 23 percent, arguing their pay should be more closely tied to what judges currently receive.

Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards has asked the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to inspect all county bridges built in the last 20 years.

Edwards sent a letter to Highway Director Scott Bennett asking for the inspections, her office confirmed Wednesday. KHOG-TV reports that Edwards also sent a letter to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, asking her office to investigate the safety of the Stonewall Bridge and the Harvey Dowell Bridge.

Apollo 13 crew
NASA

Two Apollo 13 astronauts and its Mission Control flight director are to speak at the University of Arkansas about the flight, its problems and the eventual safe return to Earth.

Flight Capt. James Lovell, lunar module pilot Fred Haise and flight director Gene Krantz are to speak April 23 in Bud Walton Arena as part of the student Distinguished Lecture Series. The third astronaut on the flight - Jack Swigert - died in 1982.

Apollo 13 launched April 11, 1970, intended to be the third NASA mission to land men on the moon. But an oxygen tank exploded, crippling the spacecraft.

A Jonesboro police officer has fatally shot a man who authorities say attacked the officer with a machete. Department spokesman Stephen McDaniel says officers were dispatched late Tuesday night to the 31-year-old man's Jonesboro home.

Police haven't released the suspect's name, but say he was wanted on felony charges. McDaniel says the suspect fled into his home and that the officer tried to follow. He says the officer tried to push open the front door before the suspect struck the officer's arm. The officer then fired several times at the suspect and retreated.

Arcbest
Arcbest Corp.

ArcBest Corporation is set to break ground in the company's new corporate headquarters at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is to attend the ceremony scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

ArcBest is a freight transportation and logistics company formerly known as Arkansas Best Corporation. Its companies include ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther Premium Logistics, FleetNet America, U-Pack and ArcBest Technologies.

ArcBest President and CEO Judy McReynolds says the new headquarters is expected to result in 975 new jobs in Fort Smith through 2021.

Asa Hutchinson governor
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has selected a former Supreme Court justice, a circuit judge and a Searcy attorney to help decide a case related to the challenge over the state's gay marriage ban.

James Clay
Delaware State Police

A Delaware man charged last month in a 1967 Arkansas killing is fighting extradition. 

At a hearing Tuesday in Georgetown, Delaware,67-year-old James Clay's attorney questioned a filing by Arkansas authorities, arguing that it was not notarized.

The judge in the case gave the defense until next week to file papers challenging the state's authority to hold Clay in custody. After that another hearing will be set.

Clay is charged in the 1967 shooting death of James Ricks of North Little Rock.

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear arguments this week for two inmates sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles.

If they prevail, the attorney for James Grubbs and Aaron Hodge says, that would mean all 56 Arkansas inmates convicted for crimes committed as juveniles who are serving mandatory life without parole would have to be resentenced.

Leslie Rutledge attorney general
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says whether gay marriage is legal in the state should be decided by the current state Supreme Court, not the justices who heard oral arguments in the case last year.

Rutledge said in a motion filed Monday that a retired state Supreme Court justice and a special justice appointed to the case should not participate in the proceedings since both spots on the court have been replaced. The court said the dispute over who should participate in the appeal must be addressed before it decides whether gay marriage should be legal.

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