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Court can't add watershed pipeline removal to decree, utility told

posted: 07/30/2015 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas Water is free to advocate for removal of the Pegasus pipeline, but a federal court lacks the authority to order the removal as part of a proposed consent decree with Exxon Mobil, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

3 teens of interest in 2 deaths return

posted: 07/29/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Three teenagers described as "persons of interest" in the shooting deaths last week of a Conway couple were turned over to Arkansas authorities Tuesday.

'Pot' proposals denied, man planning appeal

posted: 07/27/2015 4:40 a.m. Discuss

A Van Buren County man isn't giving up on his cause, even though the attorney general's office has rejected five proposed ballot titles that would have asked voters to legalize marijuana for various purposes.

Judge again says no to oil-spill suit targeting Exxon

posted: 07/26/2015 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge Friday denied a request that he alter or amend his decision dismissing a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over its Pegasus crude-oil pipeline.

3 held over Conway slayings

posted: 07/25/2015 3:54 a.m. Comment 1

Police in Texas were holding three Arkansas teenagers Friday for questioning about the shooting deaths of a Conway couple -- a case that already has led to the arrest of a boy the couple was raising.

Boy, 14, held in guardians' Conway deaths

posted: 07/24/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A 14-year-old boy whom a slain Conway couple had been raising was being held on capital-murder charges Thursday, and police opened the door to the possibility of more arrests.

Two found slain at Conway home

posted: 07/23/2015 3:35 a.m. Discuss

Police investigating the shooting deaths of Maumelle's public-works director and his wife said they had detained one person for questioning Wednesday.

AG rebuts pipeline oversight suggestion

posted: 07/22/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas attorney general's office told a federal judge Tuesday that it opposes Central Arkansas Water's suggestion that the utility oversee a proposed consent decree between Exxon Mobil and the state and federal governments.

Arkansas' own 1 of slain

posted: 07/18/2015 5:11 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Arkansans sent out messages of condolence Friday for the family of Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, a Marine with ties to Russellville who was killed in a shooting rampage Thursday at military facilities in Tennessee.

Utility objects to settlement on oil pipeline

posted: 07/17/2015 4:02 a.m. Comment 1

A federal judge should reject or at least delay the Justice Department's proposed settlement with Exxon Mobil, Central Arkansas Water said in a letter that assailed the government for dismissing the utility's request to move the Pegasus pipeline away from the Lake Maumelle watershed.

Three Faulkner County deputies back on job after excessive-force review

posted: 07/17/2015 3:42 a.m. Comment 1

Three deputies in the Faulkner County sheriff's office have returned to work after being placed on administrative leave during an investigation to determine whether they had used excessive force during two recent arrests, the office said late Thursday.

Prosecutor receives excessive-force case

posted: 07/15/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

The Faulkner County sheriff's office has given the prosecutor's office a criminal-investigation report on deputies' conduct during the May arrests of two men accused of leading officers on a high-speed car chase during which shots were fired at police.

State police investigate death at Van Buren County lockup

posted: 07/15/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Police is investigating the death of a woman who had been taken to the Van Buren County jail for disorderly conduct at the Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton, authorities said Tuesday.

Arrestee kicked on tape; 1 fired

posted: 07/11/2015 4:26 a.m. Discuss

A Faulkner County sheriff's deputy was fired Friday for using "excessive force" against a suspect during a videotaped arrest in May, while three other deputies are on leave and federal authorities are joining the investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Lawyer: Clerk to serve same-sex pairs

posted: 07/09/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A day after urging other county clerks to join her in refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Van Buren County clerk reversed her position and said she would issue them upon request, an attorney said Wednesday.

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