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John Moritz

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300 seeking medical marijuana licenses in Arkansas; applicants start lining up before sunrise

posted: 09/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Equipped with camping chairs and boxes of paperwork, entrepreneurs aiming to beat the deadline to apply for the state's first medical marijuana business licenses began lining up outside government offices in Little Rock before sunrise Monday.

Justices won’t rethink ruling

posted: 09/17/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday declined to take a second look at its decision to uphold the capital murder conviction of Arron Michael Lewis, who is serving a life term for killing Realtor Beverly Carter.

Melee at Arkansas prison injures 3 inmates; incident is latest in string of violent outbursts at lockups

posted: 09/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Three inmates were injured, and windows and surveillance equipment were damaged in a "disturbance" late Thursday night in the Cummins prison near Grady, according to a statement Friday from the state Department of Correction.

Arkansas death-row inmate tries to drop appeal blocking execution; request denied

posted: 09/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' Supreme Court justices, who in April stayed the execution of Don Davis, said Thursday that the condemned killer cannot fire his legal team and drop the appeal that has, for now, spared his life.

Arkansas justices won't rethink appeal in murder case; Realtor Beverly Carter's killer serving life

posted: 09/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday declined to take a second look at its decision to uphold the capital murder conviction of Arron Michael Lewis, who is serving a life term for killing Realtor Beverly Carter.

Justices deny Davis' bid to drop stay of execution

posted: 09/15/2017 1:05 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' Supreme Court justices, who in April stayed the execution of Don Davis, said Thursday the condemned killer cannot fire his legal team and drop the appeal that has, for now, spared his life.

Arkansas judges overturn neglect case involving mother whose 3-year-old drowned in washing machine

posted: 09/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 15

A south Arkansas mother whose 3-year-old drowned in a washing machine should not have had to surrender her newborn to the state months after an accident based on her "mindset," the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Arkansas Community Correction tweaks rules on employees' use of force

posted: 09/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers gave a quick review Tuesday to new wording of rules dictating when and how Arkansas Community Correction employees can use force.

Lawmakers to take up pitch for race relations panel

posted: 09/10/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Lawmakers in Little Rock are moving forward with the idea of forming their own panel to delve into race relations, though critics said Wednesday that the plan has been poorly communicated.

Governor declares programs' successes

posted: 09/09/2017 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday ended his second biennial conference on foster care and prison re-entry with a declaration that his administration had achieved "measurable" successes in both areas and a promise to continue his focus on both systems.

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