Board recommends rejecting clemency for 2 Arkansas inmates

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two inmates facing lethal injection next month as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.
The board told Gov...

Arkansas inmates ask judge to halt 4 double executions

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The eight inmates facing lethal injection in Arkansas next month asked a federal judge on Monday to block the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.
Attorneys for the inmates sought a preliminary injunction to...

Group will oppose further efforts to make the Christian Bible the official book in Ark.

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:15

Ark. (Talk Business & Politics) — The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers (ASF) will oppose any efforts to make the Christian Bible the official book of Arkansas, ASF President Anne Orsi told Talk Business & Politics.

A resolution was passed without opposition in the Arkansas House...

Arkansas death row inmate: 'I wish I could take it back, but I can't'

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:12

GRADY (KATV) — Death row inmate Marcel Williams made his plea to spare his life to the Arkansas Parole Board on Monday morning at Arkansas Department of Correction's Varner Unit. Williams was the third inmate of five death row inmates who have requested executive clemency hearings before their...

Arkansas panel doesn't advance birth certificate bill

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:09

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bill that would allow married gay couples in Arkansas to list both spouses' names on their children's birth certificates without a court order has failed to advance out of a Senate committee.
Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott's bill failed to advance Monday from the...

Severe storms in forecast for US much of this week

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:51

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The springtime severe weather season is ramping up with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes in the forecast nearly every day this week, including in parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee on Monday.
A day earlier, the same storm system swept through parts of...

Opponents: Arkansas exposure bill targets transgender people

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:47

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker wants to expand the state's indecent exposure law in a move that opponents say could criminalize transgender people's use of bathrooms.
Republican Rep. Bob Ballinger's proposal would make it a crime for people to knowingly expose their sex...

New hunting and fishing license system debuts April 1

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:24

LITTLE ROCK – Hunters and anglers looking to renew their licenses this year will notice a big change from the long, tag-laden receipt they normally receive at their local sporting goods store. All licenses and permits sold by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission now will be available as a downloadable file outdoors enthusiasts can carry on their mobile phone or have printed off on a single piece of standard printer paper.

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...