Part of interstate, overpass in Arkansas closed after crash

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 14:31

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A portion of northbound Interstate 555 in northeast Arkansas and a bridge over the interstate is closed after a tractor-trailer rig crashed into the overpass, then exploded and burned.

Jonesboro police spokesman Paul Holmes says 57-year-old Jackie Becker of...

Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:05

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Workers have installed a Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol, two years after lawmakers approved a measure permitting the statue on state grounds.

The 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) monument was placed on the Capitol grounds early Tuesday. Opponents...

Supreme Court sides with same-sex couples in Arkansas suit

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled for same-sex couples who complained an Arkansas birth certificate law discriminated against them.

The justices on Monday issued an unsigned opinion reversing an Arkansas high court ruling that upheld the law.

Under the law, married...

An Arkansas prison inmate recaptured after 32 years

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:58

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas prison escapee who had been on the run for more than three decades has been recaptured.

The state Department of Corrections says 60-year-old Steven Dishman was arrested Sunday at a home in Springdale in northwest Arkansas by local law enforcement and...

Boxer Jermain Taylor fails to appear at court hearing

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:12

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has ruled in favor of the cousin of world champion boxer Jermain Taylor regarding a 2014 shooting incident after the former Olympian didn't appear at a court hearing.

Taylor is currently serving a six-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty...

Man accused of killing deputy, 2 others takes plea deal

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:54

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing a sheriff's deputy and two other people last month.

Little Rock television station KATV reports James Arthur Bowden was sentenced Friday after taking a plea deal...

Arkansas closer to adopting voter ID law

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:45

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas legislators have approved rules necessary to implement a new voter-identification law that could go into effect as early as September.

The state Board of Election Commissioners approved the rules Wednesday for a new law that says voters should show photo...

Much of Arkansas university exempt from guns on campus law

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:42

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Because of a charter high school, much of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus will be exempt from a law allowing guns on college campuses in the state.

The state law goes into effect Sept. 1 and allows persons with concealed-carry licenses who take...

Sheriff: Crews recover body of man, 18, in Arkansas River

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:55

BARLING, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of an 18-year-old who drowned in the Arkansas River in western Arkansas while trying to help other swimmers who were struggling in the water.

Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown says the man was pulled under the water Saturday...

Arkansas man sentenced for health care fraud

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:12

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An Arkansas man who owned a medical imagining business was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution for health care fraud.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release that 39-year-old Cody Lee West, of...