Gorsuch faced early test in court's life-and-death power

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 16:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 11 days on the job, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had an early taste of the weighty power that sometimes comes to a member of the nation's highest court.
Gorsuch for the first time faced a vote in which he could have spared a man's life.
While his four...

Former Arkansas US Rep. Jay Dickey dies at 77

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:56

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A four-term Arkansas congressman who sponsored a bill to prevent certain research on gun violence and its impact on public health — and who later said he regretted the law — has died. Jay Dickey was 77.
Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff confirmed...

Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:51

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was...

The Latest: Court allows Arkansas to use execution drug

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:26

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' efforts to carry out executions before the end of April (all times local):
4:15 p.m.
The Arkansas Supreme Court is allowing the state to use a lethal injection drug in upcoming executions, despite a supplier's complaint that it was...

Arkansas officials ask courts to clear path for executions

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:52

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prepared again Thursday to conduct its first executions since 2005, wary and weary after a series of court decisions gutted its unprecedented plan to put eight men to death before the end of the month.
Lawyers for the state were asking courts to clear a...

Legal hurdles loom large in Arkansas plan for executions

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:57

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas remains hopeful it can execute five inmates before the end of the month after courts blocked the state from putting two men to death Monday night.
The inmates are fighting their executions on multiple legal fronts, but there are currently no stays in place...

Arkansas inmates set to die Thursday say they're innocent

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:54

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawyers for Arkansas inmates condemned to die Thursday in a planned double execution insist they are innocent and one of them says advanced DNA techniques could show he didn't kill a woman in 1993.
Their strategy to win stays of execution is in marked contrast to...

The Latest: Inmate slated to die Thursday due at hearing

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:11

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' plans to conduct several executions this month (all times local):
1:20 p.m.
One of the five Arkansas inmates who are still scheduled to die before the end of the month is due at a hearing regarding his request for further DNA testing...

University of Arkansas considers metal detectors for stadium

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:40

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is looking to add metal detectors at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2pwdYyx ) reports the university has no metal detectors for...

US Republican leaders take questions from Arkansas residents

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:43

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two Republican leaders held a town-hall-style meeting in Arkansas to address various issues regarding the Trump administration, including President Donald Trump's tax returns.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2ojWIbZ...