Clemency hearings begin for Arkansas death row inmates

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:58

Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution in April began their clemency hearings Friday.

Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee are scheduled to be executed in April.

Johnson, 47, was convicted of capital murder in the death of Carol Heath, who was killed in 1993 while her two young...

Lawyers seek exemptions from Arkansas' public records law

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:44

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawyers for two of Arkansas' university systems and the state Highway and Transportation Department are pushing for legislation seeking to limit access to some public records.
The measure would exempt some attorney-client communications and attorney work products...

Proposed legislation seeks to limit public records access

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:37

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawyers for two of Arkansas' university systems and the state Highway and Transportation Department are pushing for legislation that's one of several seeking to limit access to public records.
The proposed legislation would exempt some attorney-client...

Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:35

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago.
The bill signed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson...

Storms could spawn tornadoes across parts of Midwest, South

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:40

Forecasters are warning of severe storms as a powerful system moves across the central United States, the start of what could a turbulent stretch of spring weather over the next few days.
Nearly 19 million people living from Michigan to south Texas are at some risk of severe storms Friday...

Arkansas governor signs bill allowing lawsuits over videos

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:11

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill allowing companies to sue anyone who shares secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner. The bill was set up to target animal rights activists but opponents say it goes too far and could threaten...

Bat that bit girl in Arkansas tests positive for rabies

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 10:02

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say that a bat that bit an 11-year-old girl in Arkansas has tested positive for rabies.
A news release from the city of Hot Springs on Thursday says the city's animal services department has been notified by state health officials that the bat is rabid...

Arkansas program aims to prevent repeat prison stays

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:19

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kenneth Janski, after spending about 15 of the past 17 years in Arkansas prisons, said he volunteered to extend his current sentence.
Janski opted to remain in a faith-based program aimed at preventing repeat prison stays. He could have withdrawn to complete a...

Arkansas Senate backs repeat offenders bill

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:45

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas senators have approved a proposal that would require repeat offenders to stay in prison longer even though state prisons lack funding and space.
The state Senate voted in favor of the bill 20-9 on Wednesday, though Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson has...

Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:41

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas...