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Fresh new polling from Talk Business & Politics in conjunction with several partners presents attitudes from Arkansans on a variety of gun-related topics. TB&P, Hendrix College, Impact Management Group, and KATV Channel 7 partnered on the survey, which was conducted Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

A federal appeals court panel has upheld a lower court ruling that federal agents acted lawfully during a search and seizure at a Little Rock water bottling facility.

The three-judge panel from the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in the opinion released Thursday that FBI and IRS agents acted reasonably when they detained employees of Mountain Pure Water in Little Rock for several hours during a search of the facility in 2012.

The employees claimed the agents used excessive force and improperly detained them for several hours.

Mena Police
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  Police in Mena have released the name of an officer who shot and killed a man nearly a week ago.

Police Chief Brandon Martin said Monday that Sgt. Kenneth Mann shot 30-year-old Shawn Dickens last Tuesday after Dickens first fought with and ran from the officer, then picked up a weapon that fell from his clothing and pointed it at the officer.

Dickens was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

An Arkansas State University spokesman says students working on a video project sparked a report of armed men near the student union that led to a lockdown of its Jonesboro campus.

Spokesman Bill Smith says the students have been located and talked to, and there was apparently no gunman.

The university sent an emergency alert shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday saying two armed men were seen near the student union. A later message said three men wearing all black were seen. The university lifted the lockdown about an hour later after authorities determined there was no threat.

Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck has been arrested on two charges, including one felony.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported Tuesday that Cradduck was arrested on a felony count of tampering with a public record and a misdemeanor count of tampering.

Cradduck has been under investigation for allegedly trying to backdate pay for an employee of the county jail.

KHOG-TV reports that Cradduck's next court date is scheduled for Feb. 29th.

Clark County authorities and Arkansas State Police say a 5-year-old girl has died after being found not breathing in a home near Amity by deputies investigating a report the child was "possibly" poisoned.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler told reporters that deputies were called to the home Sunday and found both the girl and a woman with a gunshot wound. Sadler says the girl was pronounced dead at a hospital and the woman is hospitalized in undisclosed condition.

prison jail department of correction
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Arkansas inmates will no longer be prohibited from growing facial hair. The state’s Board of Corrections voted Thursday to modify the state’s grooming policy. 

 In 2015 inmates were allowed to grow beards based on sincerely held religious beliefs, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January. The state had argued beards in prison were a security risk. 

According to Department of Corrections spokesperson Cathy Frye, 5,675 inmates cited religious reasons for growing facial hair in 2015.

Arkansas State University

The chancellor at Arkansas State University is praising the community's response after an armed man drove onto campus and prompted an hours-long lockdown until he surrendered.
 
Chancellor Tim Hudson issued a statement Friday morning commending the strength of first responders, students and staff after Thursday's incident. He ended the statement: "Together we rise; together we thrive."
 

The City of Little Rock's proposed 2016 budget includes increased training courses and municipal funds to replace previously grant-funded positions at the Little Rock Police and Fire Departments.

According to City Manager Bruce Moore, public safety is a priority for the city's more than $250 million budget next year. 

"We're ensuring we fill those positions as soon as they become vacant. On average we lose about 25 positions to retirements and transfers and so on," said Moore. 

The City of Little Rock is recommending a 2.5 percent salary increase to city workers including police, firefighters, and 911 call center staff as part of its 2016 budget. 

A recent consultant’s review of the city’s 911 call center found staffing issues are leading to a weaker 911 service. The report said calls to 911 regularly go unanswered.

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