posted: 12/03/2013 4:42 a.m.
Ticket sales for the state lottery dropped by more than $600,000 in October from the same month a year ago, while the money raised for college scholarships increased by about $140,000, Director Bishop Woosley told the Arkansas Lottery Commission on Monday.
posted: 12/01/2013 4:02 a.m.
After Little Rock architect Brooks Jackson was in a fiery head-on collision in Oklahoma and pulled from the wreckage by firefighters, he decided to give back to those who helped save his life.
posted: 11/28/2013 4:34 a.m.
State Sen. Bryan King has asked the Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Agencies to study the salaries paid to agency directors after the governor’s office authorized pay increases for top agency officials.
posted: 11/23/2013 4:44 a.m.
The administrator of the Fayetteville Veterans Home was fired this week after a series of administrative failings and a number of new complaints, the state Department of Veterans Affairs said Friday.
posted: 11/22/2013 4:39 a.m.
A split Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday found that there is no “blanket ban” on unmarried, cohabiting couples hosting overnight visitation and reversed a lower court’s order denying a domestically partnered gay man such stays with his son.
posted: 11/21/2013 4:53 a.m.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the suspension of a Hot Springs Village veterinarian who had a woman’s dog treated by a chiropractor.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:23 a.m.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that legislation will likely be introduced during next year’s fiscal session to allow more public-school employees to carry firearms on campus.
posted: 11/17/2013 4:18 a.m.
The state Libertarian and Green parties will be on the ballot again in 2014, and officials from both parties say they will campaign to win.
posted: 11/17/2013 4:10 a.m.
Circuit Judge Phillip Smith violated five rules of the Code of Judicial Conduct by failing to rule on cases for several years, the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said Friday.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:44 a.m.
The jury that heard the case of a man convicted of killing a Trumann police officer was prejudiced by evidence that was unfairly allowed by the trial judge, the man’s attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:28 a.m.
Little Rock restaurateur Capi Peck said no one in her family knew the value of an heirloom purchased by her grandparents for $1,500 in the 1950s.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:14 a.m.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the state funeral board’s decision to deny licenses to a former funeral director and her business.
posted: 11/13/2013 4:33 a.m.
A combined legislative committee voted Tuesday to ask the attorney general’s office to intervene in discussions over a proposed “critical habitat” designation to protect two mussels with dwindling populations.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:35 a.m.
Retired Cpl. James Scott served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965-69, including more than two years fighting in Vietnam.
posted: 11/08/2013 3 a.m.
A circuit judge’s ruling that bars a father from hosting his son’s overnight visits while the same-sex partner of the father is at home is an “extraordinary intrusion” on him and his family and a violation of his constitutional right to privacy, his attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.
posted: 11/08/2013 2:53 a.m.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday certified the popular name and ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage in the state as a union between two people regardless of sex.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:31 a.m.
The Green Party of Arkansas gathered enough valid signatures to be recognized as a political party for the 2014 election, the secretary of state’s office said Wednesday.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:21 a.m.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court’s ruling that allowed a former Crittenden County sheriff’s deputy back pay for a suspension he served after he was indicted.
posted: 11/06/2013 4:32 a.m.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that he agrees with President Barack Obama “when he says Obamacare is so much more than a website. I just don’t mean it in quite the same way he means it. … I’m worried about the bad consequences of it.”
posted: 11/05/2013 4:39 a.m.
Seven school districts reported a net gain or loss of at least 100 students under the state’s school-choice law for the 2013-14 school year, according to preliminary survey results presented Monday to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:52 a.m.
The Libertarian Party of Arkansas has collected enough valid signatures to be recognized as a political party in the state, the secretary of state’s office said Friday.
posted: 11/01/2013 3:05 a.m.
Lonoke County is no longer bound by a 1991 court order to help with expenses at the Lonoke District Court because the law governing district court funding has since been changed, the county’s attorney argued Thursday.
posted: 11/01/2013 12:07 a.m.
The Arkansas Supreme Court revived a wrongful-death lawsuit Thursday, finding that a felon’s decisions while acting as a representative for his dead father were valid.
posted: 10/31/2013 4:47 a.m.
Before his death in 2006, the father of Little Rock restaurateur Capi Peck wrote her letters expressing his desire for her to own his multimillion-dollar sculpture by Alexander Calder.
posted: 10/25/2013 5:10 a.m.
An El Dorado hospital should not have to face a wrongful-death lawsuit because the deceased patient’s son who filed it is a convicted felon, a lawyer for the hospital told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.
posted: 10/24/2013 5:03 a.m.
A woman who was denied workers’ compensation-funded medical care after her physician died is allowed to continue the treatment with a new doctor, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
posted: 10/22/2013 12:39 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law Monday a package of bills passed by the Legislature during last week’s special session aimed at bailing out the health-insurance program for state public-school employees.
posted: 10/19/2013 3:58 a.m.
A bill to allow the state Department of Education to keep property taxes from school districts with unusually high property-tax revenue failed Friday after the House Education Committee blocked it.
posted: 10/18/2013 3:33 a.m.
The first day of the special session to address increased premiums for teacher health insurance was marked by debate over property taxes collected in school districts.
posted: 10/17/2013 12:57 a.m.
Ticket sales for the state lottery were up more than $2 million in September from a year ago, but the amount raised for college scholarships slipped by more than $560,000, Director Bishop Woosley told the Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday.
posted: 10/17/2013 12:53 a.m.
The Republican-controlled state Legislature will convene this afternoon in a special session aimed at addressing the state’s financially strapped health-insurance plan for public-school employees.
posted: 10/16/2013 4:53 a.m.
There hasn’t been a successful challenge to the state’s school-funding system since 2007, despite a revived lawsuit that seeks changes to that system, Attorney General Dustin Mc-Daniel said Tuesday.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:55 a.m.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross raised more than twice as much money last quarter as the three Republican candidates for governor combined, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:04 a.m.
The Little Rock School District, the plaintiff in a 30-year-old federal lawsuit against the state, has offered to drop its fight against open-enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County and agree to release the state from the terms of a 1989 agreement in return for seven more years of state desegregation aid.
posted: 10/15/2013 5 a.m.
After preventing a Little Rock man from visiting his property for nearly two weeks, federal officials have decided to let Drew Baker cross government land to get to his weekend getaway.
posted: 10/15/2013 12:02 a.m.
A contractor hired and paid by ExxonMobil said it’s no longer necessary to do extensive sediment sampling in Lake Conway.
posted: 10/15/2013 12:01 a.m.
The family of a patient who died at the UAMS Medical Center in 2009 was awarded $1.2 million Monday by the Arkansas State Claims Commission.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:42 a.m.
A lawsuit that argues online travel companies should have to pay gross-receipts taxes will be allowed to continue with class-action status, a unanimous Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
posted: 10/11/2013 12:53 a.m.
CONWAY — A death-row inmate who killed a security guard outside a North Little Rock mall should get another post-conviction review because his previous appeals attorney dropped the ball, the inmate’s current lawyer told the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday.
posted: 10/11/2013 12:05 a.m.
Parts of a lawsuit challenging the state’s school-funding system will be allowed to go forward despite objections that its merits have already been decided, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:45 a.m.
The family of the Scott County sheriff who was killed during a May flood rescue attempt was awarded $200,000 and scholarship benefits by the state Claims Commission Wednesday.
posted: 10/09/2013 4:57 a.m.
The Arkansas Code Revision Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved including two new abortion-related acts in the state’s law books, despite concerns that the measures possibly conflict.
posted: 10/09/2013 midnight
Working papers from an audit of former Treasurer Martha Shoffner’s office are not exempt from disclosure under the state’s public records law, according to an order filed Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.
posted: 10/04/2013 5:15 a.m.
Governmental bodies that want to levy gross-receipts taxes against online travel companies should be allowed to move forward with a class-action lawsuit, an attorney for the agencies told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.
posted: 10/03/2013 4:42 a.m.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered the Department of Correction to pay unemployment benefits to a prison guard who was fired after she was accused of ferrying contraband to inmates.
posted: 10/03/2013 12:46 a.m.
The intangible “goodwill” value of Little Rock’s Brave New Restaurant is so intertwined with the chef and co-owner’s reputation that it cannot be divided in a divorce decree, the Arkansas Court of Appeals found in a split ruling Wednesday.
posted: 09/28/2013 4:38 a.m.
The director of the state Department of Finance and Administration said Friday that more than 2,000 state employees could be furloughed starting Tuesday if the federal government does not approve a budget by midnight Monday.
posted: 09/28/2013 4:34 a.m.
The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday asked the Department of Environmental Quality to share with state legislators correspondence from federal regulators over mineral-discharge permits.
posted: 09/27/2013 4:54 a.m.
An Iraqi war veteran who killed his girlfriend in November 2009 was mentally ill and should not have been convicted of murder, his attorneys told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.
posted: 09/27/2013 12:28 a.m.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling dismissing lawsuits against the Department of Education for terminating union-negotiated contracts at the Pulaski County Special School District.