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Democrats pick Gray as chief

posted: 03/26/2017 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Democrats on Saturday selected state Rep. Michael John Gray as chairman of the party.

Arkansas Parole Board hears 2 death-row pleas

posted: 03/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Two of eight men scheduled to be put to death next month say they are innocent of murder, and their cases were pleaded Friday morning inside the Varner prison.

Arkansas Senate backs longer prison stays for repeat offenders

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

Despite warnings that state prisons lack money and space for more criminals, senators voted 20-9 Wednesday for a proposal that would require repeat offenders to stay in prison longer.

Law ends minors' absolute life terms in Arkansas

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Life-without-parole sentences for juveniles were removed from Arkansas' sentencing statutes with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's signature earlier this week.

Arkansas panel bats down execution curbs

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Ending executions in Arkansas -- or at least significantly reducing their frequency -- was debated in a House committee Tuesday, with lawmakers broadly voicing support for the death penalty.

Radio host Casey Kasem's daughter appears before Arkansas panel, urges visitation bill

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The daughter of the late radio host Casey Kasem appeared before a legislative committee Monday to advocate for a bill intended to grant relief to family members who are cut off from their incapacitated relatives.

Arkansas birth certificate revisions rejected; change would be against 'natural order for birth,' senator says

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Senate lawmakers rejected revisions to Arkansas birth certificate laws Monday. The changes were first proposed by the Republican attorney general's office as a solution to a claim of equal rights violations raised by same-sex couples.

Arkansas House panel backs constitution tweak; measure would raise amendment bar

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas lawmakers took their first vote Monday toward referring to the state's voters a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for them and the Legislature to change the state's constitution.

Arkansas Democrats to pick new chief

posted: 03/19/2017 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Democrats will gather this week to elect a new leader for the first time since the party held a majority in both chambers of the Legislature and five of the state's six congressional offices.

Lee-King holiday split clears final vote; governor to sign it

updated: 03/18/2017 3:55 a.m. Comments 10

The great-great-grandson of a man who left Mississippi to fight for the Union got the last word Friday in a yearslong debate over Arkansas' single-holiday celebration of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee.

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