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Coroner: LR woman shot by lover in 'accident' declared brain-dead

updated: 04/16/2014 5:03 p.m. Comment 1

A Little Rock man who admitted to shooting his girlfriend in a purported accident Sunday is now charged with first-degree murder after the woman has been declared brain-dead, authorities said Wednesday.

2 LR women accused of Medicaid fraud

posted: 04/16/2014 3:53 p.m. Comments 4

Two Little Rock women who run a day treatment center have been arrested for purportedly bilking the state's Medicaid program out of more than $41,000.

ACLU challenges Arkansas voter ID law

updated: 04/16/2014 2:32 p.m. Comments 18

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is asking a judge to strike down a state law requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot, arguing the new requirements violate the Arkansas constitution.

U.S. judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

posted: 04/16/2014 12:33 p.m. Discuss

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

Lottery Commission approves monitor games

updated: 04/16/2014 12:32 p.m. Comments 9

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to approve electronic-monitoring games a day after a legislative panel expressed its lack of support for the measure.

Bloomberg plans $50 million gun control network

posted: 04/16/2014 12:25 p.m. Comments 2

NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

Man charged with marathon hoax held on high bail

updated: 04/16/2014 12:21 p.m. Discuss

BOSTON — The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after his initial court appearance.

Sections of I-540, U.S. 71 to be dubbed I-49

posted: 04/16/2014 12:15 p.m. Comment 1

Arkansas highway officials say the federal government has given it permission to label portions of a west Arkansas interstate highway as I-49.

U.S. homebuilding up in March after frigid winter

posted: 04/16/2014 11:05 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.

Eggstraordinary weekend

posted: 04/16/2014 11:02 a.m. Discuss

Everyone is invited to congregate at the river for the 26th annual Community Easter Sunrise Service, according to Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section. The service, organized by Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church and with participation from community leaders and area choirs, takes place at Little Rock’s First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.

Car missing from homicide scene found in Little Rock

posted: 04/16/2014 10:29 a.m. Discuss

A car belonging to a woman found slain in her Little Rock home Tuesday has been found, police said Wednesday.

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

posted: 04/16/2014 10:08 a.m. Comment 1

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine.

N. Korea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

posted: 04/16/2014 10:05 a.m. Comments 2

LONDON — North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to take action against a London hair salon's poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un.

16-year-old, missing three weeks, is sought

posted: 04/16/2014 9:37 a.m. Discuss

Pulaski County authorities are seeking the public's help in finding a 16-year-old who has been missing since March 25.

NLR man charged in head-on crash

posted: 04/16/2014 8:53 a.m. Comments 4

A North Little Rock man who police suspect was driving while intoxicated when he hit another vehicle head-on Tuesday night, critically injuring one, has been arrested.

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