Agency for Delta appoints governor

Fellow governors from the Delta region backed the Bentonville native Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Hutchinson replaces Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. The White House has called on Congress to eliminate the Delta Regional Authority, but Arkansas Republican leaders have staunchly defended the independent federal agency, which promotes economic development in some of the nation's poorest counties.

State must pay $71,214 to attorney

Arkansas must pay $71,214 to the Heber Springs lawyer who got the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the state's discriminatory birth-certificate practices, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled Friday. The judge found that attorney Cheryl Maples is entitled by federal law to reimbursement for the time and expenses she has devoted to the 2 A1 2-year long legal battle that saw the nation's highest court summarily overturn the Arkansas Supreme Court on the issue last year.

Capitol news in brief

Jenae Green and Vanessa Torres of C-SPAN show visitor Michelle Gibson some of the interactive features aboard the C-SPAN tour bus during its stop Tuesday at the state Capitol. Gov. Asa Hutchinson touted Arkansas' economy and state budget in an appearance Tuesday on C-SPAN, but said Washington will have to find its own solution to federal deficits.

Medicaid expansion high on fiscal session to-do list

At the state Capitol on Wednesday, bill custodian JoAnn Drew sorts through appropriation bills that will be introduced in the Senate when the legislative fiscal session begins Monday. Ahead of Arkansas' fiscal legislative session that starts Monday, supporters of the state's version of Medicaid expansion have been urging Senate critics of the controversial program to vote to fund it once lawmakers convene.

State’s GOP delegation gives high marks to speech

President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address got rave reviews from members of the all-Republican Arkansas congressional delegation. The state's two U.S. senators and four U.S. representatives, who have praised Trump's first year in the White House, said Tuesday's speech struck the right tone.

Democrats’ Schumer draws criticism with deal to end shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives at the Capitol at the start of the third day of the government shutdown, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Schumer, arguably the most powerful Democrat in Washington, is trying to keep his party together to force a spending bill that would include protections for young immigrants.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested his previous job as a spy for the Soviet Union's secretive KGB intelligence agency helped prepare him for his current role at the helm of the Kremlin. Mr. Putin credited his past profession during an interview aired on state-run television in response to being asked if he's changed his behavior since becoming president, The Moscow Times reported Tuesday.

Getting Arkansas data can be challenging

Government secrecy was a big winner in Arkansas during 2017, but not by a shutout. Lawmakers granted wide-ranging secrecy to schools, universities and the state Capitol police, and as the end of the year approached the Legislature wouldn't talk about a past harassment complaint involving a legislator.

Medicinal pot advice OK at VA but no Rxs

Once Arkansas allows medical marijuana sales, veterans in the care of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs physicians can discuss the drug with their doctors, but that's it. In the federal government's eyes, marijuana is an illegal, Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning the VA won't recommend, prescribe or pay for cannabis.

Planned Parenthood: Arkansas faces having 1 abortion clinic

A Planned Parenthood subsidiary told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that Arkansas' restrictions on how abortion pills are administered could effectively end medication abortions in the state and leave Arkansas with only one clinic where women can end their pregnancies. Under an Arkansas law passed in 2015, doctors who provide abortion pills must hold a contract with another physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital and who would agree to handle complications.

Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to restore injunction on medical abortion

Planned Parenthood Great Plains today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review and correct the 8th Circuit Court of Appeal's July ruling that would allow the state to effectively ban the safest abortion procedure - the administration of drugs that would trigger miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy. At issue is Arkansas's Act 557 of 2015, which requires physicians who provide medical abortion - including Arkansas's two Planned Parenthood Clinics and Little Rock Family Planning Services - to contract with a second physician with hospital privileges.

Planned Parenthood asks Supreme Court to restore injunction on medical abortion

Planned Parenthood Great Plains today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review and correct the 8th Circuit Court of Appeal's July ruling that would allow the state to effectively ban the safest abortion procedure - the administration of drugs that would trigger miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy. At issue is Arkansas's Act 557 of 2015, which requires physicians who provide medical abortion - including Arkansas's two Planned Parenthood Clinics and Little Rock Family Planning Services - to contract with a second physician with hospital privileges.

A Birth Certificate is a Person’s First Possession


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A recent controversy over birth certificates in Arkansas demonstrates that these slips of paper are imbued with political and social meaning. In 2015, a married couple, Marisa and Terrah Pavan, had their first child , who was conceived through sperm donation.

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An Arkansas judge on Friday blocked the state from issuing any birth certificates until officials are able to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's birth certificate law illegally favors heterosexual parents. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox on Friday set aside his orders requiring the state and three same-sex couples go into mediation on how to fix the state law to comply with the U.S. high court's order.

Filing defends laws on abortion

A federal judge's July 28 order blocking the enforcement of four abortion-restricting laws enacted this year by the Arkansas General Assembly should be reversed, attorneys for the state have argued in a 59-page brief filed at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. a Act 45, which would have taken effect July 30 and bans a common second-trimester procedure, dilation and evacuation, that supporters of the law have called "particularly barbaric" but foes say is the safest second-trimester abortion method available in outpatient facilities.

Party leaders in state plan a competitive ’18

An attempted revival of Democrats in Arkansas is being mounted in legislative districts that the party lost or ignored in 2016, with candidates announcing that they intend to run against GOP incumbents in places like Rogers, Conway and west Little Rock. But the state's Republicans, who have near-supermajorities in the Legislature, are looking to pad their recent wins in next year's elections.

#NeverTrumps Stuck on Style over Substance

Ten months into the Trump presidency, #NeverTrumpers are still stuck in denial and anger, a long way from acceptance, the final step of grieving. Despite endless predictions that he wouldn't be the nominee or that he wouldn't win the election, here we are ten months into the era of Trump.

14 sites in Arkansas, including Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, get…

A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller - WASHINGTON - Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump's former national security adviser, notified the president's legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel's investigation Flynn's lawyer shuts down communications with Trump's team, a sign he may be cooperating with Mueller probe - Michael Flynn speaks during a press briefing at the White House on Feb. 1. A lawyer for the former national security adviser told President Trump's legal team this week Here's What Trump Told The Coast Guard When He Visited Them On Thanksgiving - "I said, how good is this plane? They said, well, sir, you can't see it. I said but in a fight.

Clinton allies look forward to reunion

A quarter-century after unseating an incumbent Republican president, the masterminds behind Democrat Bill Clinton's successful 1992 White House bid are returning to Little Rock this week to celebrate their achievement. The former Arkansas governor, who had dreamed of the presidency for decades, will be making the journey, along with his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

State appeal tossed in teen killer’s case

The Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by state attorneys on Thursday who had argued that a Crittenden County circuit judge erred in instructing a jury about what type of sentences the nation's highest court allows for juveniles. The case came as the Arkansas Supreme Court is set to hear the appeal of a different case that is a constitutional challenge to Act 539 of 2017, which bars life-without-parole sentences for youths.

Arkansas court grants inmate’s bid to halt execution

In this on Oct. 4, 2017, frame grab from video, Arkansas death row inmate Jack Greene appears before the state parole board at a prison in Varner, Ark. Greene is scheduled to die Nov. 9, 2017, but his lawyers are arguing that he is severely mentally ill and that, as a result of that, he sticks strands of tissue into his ears and nose to the point that they become bloody.

Look whoa s talking: Ita s President Donald Trump a ” again

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON - Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to lose: President Donald Trump wanted to talk.

Exploratory bid tests extent of state’s GOP rifts

With nearly $1.2 million in the bank and a laundry list of accomplishments he's touting to Republican voters that include tax cuts and several new abortion restrictions, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at first glance should be in a comfortable position for the 2018 GOP primary as he ramps up his re-election bid. But a potential primary campaign against Hutchinson next year may test how much room, if any, there is to challenge his conservative credentials.

Ex-judge admits to giving light sentences for nude photos

Ole! Melania wears flamenco-style skirt and figure-hugging white top to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month alongside the President at annual White House event - and he resists mentioning the wall! All smiles! Georgina Chapman is seen for first time since Harvey Weinstein expose, leaving $15M pad an hour after her grinning husband as NEW tales of his 'sexual harassment' emerge Corrupt ex-judge, 71, admits giving lighter sentences to male criminals who agreed to pose NAKED for him - and even made some wear handcuffs for the photo sessions in his courtroom Joseph Boeckman had faced possible sentences of 260 years in prison and $2.5 million in fines if convicted of all charges in a 21-count indictment As a district court judge in Cross County, 100 miles east of Little Rock, Boeckmann mainly handled lower-level offenses from 2008 to last year Dozens of men who had passed through his court ... (more)

Ex-judge admits to giving light sentences for nude photos

A former Arkansas judge admitted Thursday that for years he gave lighter sentences to men guilty of minor crimes in return for nude photographs and sexual favors, in a misconduct case that a top legal discipline official called one of the worst in state history. Joseph Boeckmann had been set for trial this month but pleaded guilty to wire fraud and witness tampering.

Groups urge ban on wild turtle trapping

Several conservation groups have petitioned the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to ban the trapping for sale of the state's wild turtles. The conservation groups cited concerns that unlimited trapping of the slow-moving reptiles has led to declines in turtle numbers.

Moving on up

When the Arkansas Democrat sent me to Washington, D.C., in 1986 to serve as its bureau chief in the nation's capital, I quickly learned that Southerners who live and work on Capitol Hill tend to hang together. That's how I got to know Bob Mann.

The Nation in Brief

Before sunrise today, tens of thousands of costumed, paint-slathered revelers will gather on the streets of Brooklyn for a joyous Caribbean celebration rooted in emancipation. Brooklyn's version of the Caribbean carnival, called J'ouvert, has been held for decades in the pre-dawn darkness on Labor Day, but there was serious talk of canceling the party this year because of violence accompanying the event.

Washington news in brief

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, who underwent heart surgery on Aug. 15, hopes to return to the U.S. Senate when it reconvenes Sept. 5. The Republican from Rogers was released from a Washington-area hospital on Aug. 19. He was undergoing follow-up surgery, three years after having a tear in his aorta repaired.

Arkansas Ready to Execute Again: ‘Delusional’ Killer Gets Date With Death

Four months after Arkansas officials sparked outrage by trying to kill eight inmates in 11 days , the state has set another execution date - this time for a murderer who stabbed, shot and beat a retired minister with a can of hominy but who is, according to his lawyers, too delusional to be put to death. Jack Greene, 62, is scheduled for a lethal injection on Nov. 9. He has no pending appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case last year.

Appeals court voids pipeline safety order for Exxon

An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline-safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order in 2015, and it could have applied to more than 1,000 miles of the Texas oil and gas company's pipelines.

Appeals court voids pipeline safety order for Exxon

An appeals court has voided an order that would have required Exxon Mobil to revise its pipeline-safety procedures after a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued the order in 2015, and it could have applied to more than 1,000 miles of the Texas oil and gas company's pipelines.

In the Abuser’s House #3


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The violence of the day appears to be coming to an end. But not before one woman died in the car attack on anti-racist counter-protestors which left many others wounded - some with injuries that appear life-threatening.

Arkansas governor: Changes needed to Senate health care bill

John Hatcher, right, and Ethan Williams, both of Jonesboro, hold up signs for passing motorists while protesting the healthcare bill in front of the Municipal Center Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Jonesboro, Ark. The U.S. Senate GOP's stalled health care legislation needs to ease some of its limits on Medicaid spending and give greater control of the program to the states, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday.

Protesters rally at senators’ Little Rock offices, urge rejection of Medicaid cuts

A group of demonstrators held a rally and delivered postcards, signed by about 1,000 Arkansans, to the Little Rock offices of U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman on Wednesday, asking them to oppose efforts to cut Medicaid and other government health care assistance. Cotton is one of 13 members of a Republican working group assigned to write Senate legislation aimed at dismantling the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Still no word on Arkansas birth certificate case

No word again today from the U.S. Supreme Court on the petition for it to review an Arkansas Supreme Court decision denying equal treatment to same-sex couples in the issuance of birth certificates. Heterosexual couples are presumed to be parents in birth certificate issuance.

The two revolutions

The first is a political revolution that began in 2010. Since the end of that year, Arkansas has gone from a congressional delegation in which five of the six members were Democrats to one in which all six are Republicans.

Update on school tax election spending

Here's an update on spending in the Little Rock school tax election Tuesday. The group supporting the tax, the Committee to Rebuild Our Schools Now , reported raising an additional $19,150 since its first report, for a total of $30,400 so far, with $19,000 left to spend on May 2, when the report was filed.

The Latest: Inmate lurches 20 times during execution

The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday : An Arkansas inmate executed for the 1999 killing of a former deputy warden following an escape lurched 20 times on the gurney before three lethal drugs took his life. Kenneth Williams was executed Thursday night.

Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Plaintiff – Appellant v. Wendy Kelley,…


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Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Plaintiff - Appellant v. Wendy Kelley, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, in her official capacity; Rory Griffin, Deputy Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, in his official capacity; Dale Reed, Chief Deputy Director, Arkansas Department of Correction, in his official capacity Defendants - Appellees Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Plaintiff - Appellant v.

2 Arkansas men set to be executed want stays for poor health

This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams. The two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday, April 24, 2017, in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health.

Arkansas executions: What’s next?

The state of Arkansas will resume efforts this week to execute death row inmates before its supply of sedatives used in lethal injection expires. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson scheduled eight executions in 11 days, the most in the shortest amount of time since capital punishment returned to the United States in the 1970s, creating a race against the clock and a tangled web of legal challenges.

Federal judge issues injunction to block Arkansas executions

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order stopping the state from using the drug of vecuronium bromide for lethal injections. "We are calling on state officials to accept the federal court's decision, cancel the frantic execution schedule, and propose a legal and humane method to carry out its executions".

Stephen Colbert and ‘Stephen Colbert’ bid farewell to Bill O’Reilly

The removal of conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly from his top-rated Fox News show over allegations of sexual harassment "is an important next step to clean up Fox News and make it a respectful and professional work environment", says the attorney representing Gretchen Carlson in her harassment case against Roger Ailes-the network's founding President who left the company a year ago in a scenario that mirrors O'Reilly's departure. Fox News Channel announced Wednesday O'Reilly has immediately departed the network.

National briefs: Order aims to roll back Dodd-Frank

President Donald Trump set the stage Friday for a rollback of regulations that were intended to curtail corporate tax evasion and prevent another financial crisis. Frustrated by the slow pace in Congress on his goal of overhauling the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation law and the fact that his mission of rewriting the tax code remains in limbo, Mr. Trump ordered his Treasury Department on Friday to review measures put in place by the Obama administration.

The Latest: Judge won’t block Arkansas executions

In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution which is scheduled for Thursday. Unless a court steps in, Lee and Stacey Johnson are set for execution Thursday night.

Arkansas executes inmate after U.S. Supreme Court gives go-ahead

Arkansas executed its first inmate in 12 years on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the inmate's request to halt the lethal injection in a late-night ruling. Ledell Lee, 51, was the first to be put to death out of a group of eight men that Arkansas originally planned to execute within a span of 11 days, before the expiration of one of the drugs the state uses for the lethal injection.

Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more

Solomon Graves, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Correction, waits at a desk behind an Arkansas flag for a telephone call with news from the death chamber at the Cummins Unit prison on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected stay requests from Ledell Lee, allowing his execution to proceed at the prison near Varner, Ark.

Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more

Arkansas was able to conduct 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 the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976. Ledell Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, four minutes before his death warrant was due to expire at midnight, capping a chaotic week of legal wrangling.

Arkansas looks to carry out 1st execution since 2005

In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent.

Arkansas Supreme Court lifts judge’s stay, allowing state to use execution drug

Updated: The on-again off-again attempts by Arkansas to execute multiple death row inmates were off again Wednesday evening after two court actions halted a plan to carry out two of the death sentences Thursday, NBC News reports. In a sweeping decision yesterday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray put the execution of Ledell Lee on hold, ruling that the prison cannot use its supply of vecuronium bromide, a paralytic that is part of the three-drug mixture used by the state for lethal injections.

The Latest: Inmate declines last meal, receives communion

In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent.

Arkansas determined to fight legal challenges to executions

Arkansas has said it will appeal a court ruling that bars the U.S. state's use of a lethal injection drug and effectively puts a stop to its plans to execute eight prisoners in 11 days. A state circuit judge issued the temporary restraining order on Wednesday after the U.S. pharmaceutical firm McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc accused the state of obtaining the muscle relaxant vecuronium bromide under false pretences.

U.S. Supreme Court won’t allow Arkansas execution

The legal fight in Arkansas , which last put someone to death 12 years ago, came after the number of USA executions fell to a quarter-century low in 2016. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled that judge, stating in its opinion that there's only "equivocal evidence" that midazolam will raise the risk of a painful execution.

Of itch and irony

I've never beheld such a powerful official hankering to kill and kill now as was evident Monday night in the political leadership of Arkansas. The state had weathered a wild flurry of late-afternoon court decisions that shook out this way: Instead of killing seven death row inmates in 11 days starting Monday night, the state would be allowed to kill five death row inmates over a week starting Thursday night.

The Latest: Arkansas governor disappointed by court ruling

In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent.

The Latest: Prison employee describes buy of execution drug

In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent.

Conservatives stymied by latest Arkansas execution setback

Arkansas' attempt to carry out its first execution in nearly 12 years wasn't thwarted by the type of liberal activist judge Republicans regularly bemoan here, but instead by a state Supreme Court that's been the focus of expensive campaigns by conservative groups to reshape the judiciary. The court voted 4-3 Monday night to stay the executions of two inmates who were part of an unprecedented plan to put eight men to death in 11 days.

Conservatives stymied by latest Arkansas execution setback

Arkansas' attempt to carry out its first execution in nearly 12 years wasn't thwarted by the type of liberal activist judge Republicans regularly bemoan here, but instead by a state Supreme Court that's been the focus of expensive campaigns by conservative groups to reshape the judiciary. The court voted 4-3 Monday night to stay the executions of two inmates who were part of an unprecedented plan to put eight men to death in 11 days.

The Latest: Arkansas inmates petition US Supreme Court

In this Monday evening, April 17, 2017 photo, the sun sets behind clouds over an Arkansas State Police command post outside the Varner Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction near Varner, Ark. As state officials prepare to carry out a double execution Thursday ahead of a drug expiration deadline and despite the setback the U.S. Supreme Court delivered late Monday, lawyers for those condemned men look to be taking a different approach: claiming the prisoners are actually innocent.

Arkansas inmates set to die Thursday claim innocence

Lawyers for Arkansas inmates condemned to die Thursday in a planned double execution are claiming 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 first two inmates who faced the death chamber in Arkansas and were spared Monday by arguing they should not be put to death because of mental health issues.

AP Exclusive: Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis

A Georgia congressional election in a historically conservative district is headed to a runoff that raises the stakes in an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm... A Georgia congressional election in a historically conservative district is headed to a runoff that raises the stakes in an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

US Supreme Court spares Arkansas inmate from execution

People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions.

The Latest: Split Arkansas court blocks 2 executions

People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark.

Arkansas court halts 2 executions set for Monday night

People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions.

The Latest: Lawyers: Don’t rush Arkansas executions decision

People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark. less People gather at a rally opposing the state's upcoming executions, on the front steps of Arkansas' Capitol, Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark.

Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution ask court to review

Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should take up their claim that the compressed timetable would violate "evolving standards of decency." U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted the inmates stays of execution on Saturday, but she rejected their arguments that too little time between executions violated their constitutional rights.

Arkansas governor says execution plan just part of the job

Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. Actor Johnny Depp greets someone as he walks to the podium to speak at a rally opposing Arkansas' upcoming executions, which are set to begin next week, on the front steps of the Capitol Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark.

Arkansas fights to put convicted killer Bruce Ward back on April execution list

All eight executions in Arkansas were on hold as of Sunday, but if they resume this week as originally planned, state officials want convicted murderer Bruce Earl Ward back on the list. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed an appeal late Saturday asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to vacate its Friday order granting a stay of execution for Ward, who had been slated to die Monday.

Huckabee: North Korean Leader ‘Seriously Crazy’

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "seriously crazy" and a threat to the "entire planet." In remarks Saturday night on Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine," the Arkansas Republican and minister said Kim "thinks in the terms of publicity and showing off."

Judge halts Arkansas plan to execute 8 inmates in 11 days

A federal judge dealt another blow Saturday to Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute eight inmates in an 11-day period, saying the men have the right to challenge a drug protocol that could expose them to "severe pain." The state still hopes to begin the executions Monday and the attorney general's office promised an appeal to overturn U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker's order.

Here are the 8 inmates Arkansas planned to execute in 11 days

Despite several court rulings that put its plans in jeopardy, Arkansas hopes to go ahead with the executions of six men between Monday and April 27, which would be a pace exceeded only by Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reauthorized the death penalty in 1976. Arkansas initially planned to execute eight inmates before the end of the month, when its supply of a key execution drug expires.

Arkansas’ multiple execution plan in limbo after rulings

Arkansas' push to resume executions after nearly 12 years with an already compromised plan to put eight men to death over 11 days is in limbo after a judge blocked the use of a lethal injection drug a supplier says officials misleadingly obtained and the state's highest court halted the execution of one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die. A federal judge could further upend the plans, with a possible ruling on Saturday on whether to halt the executions over the inmates' complaints about the compressed timetable and the use of a controversial sedative in the lethal injections.

Arkansasa multiple execution plan appearing to unravel

Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute eight men by the end of the month appeared to unravel Friday, with a judge blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and the state's highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die. This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows Bruce Earl Ward, who has been scheduled for execution April 17, 2017.

The 7 inmates scheduled to die in Arkansas this month

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas intends to execute seven death row inmates between Monday and April 27, a pace never seen since the U.S. Supreme Court reauthorized the death penalty in 1976.Gov. Asa Hutchinson initially set four double-executions so the state could use a key execution drug before its April 30 expiration date, but a federal judge ... (more)

ROBERTS: The deadly liberal delusion

Does anybody here remember Blanche Lincoln? She was a two-term senator from Arkansas, a moderate Democrat who prospered in a red state by defying liberal power brokers like big labor. The unions and ultra-left pressure groups went after her big-time in 2010, backing a primary challenge by Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter.

Accelerated executions: Arkansas plans 8 over 10-day period

After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period - an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire. If carried out, the executions beginning April 17 would make Arkansas the first state to execute that many inmates in such a short time since the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a rising star in Trump’s orbit

Faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president's wiretapping claims, Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't flinch, she went folksy. Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America," she pulled out a version of an old line from President Lyndon Johnson: "If the president walked across the Potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim."

Naming airport after Clintons doesn’t fly with GOP lawmaker

In this May 3, 2013, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks at ceremonies in Little Rock, Ark., to dedicate the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican state lawmaker, is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats _ Bill and Hillary Clinton _ from Little Rock's airport.

Naming airport after Clintons doesn’t fly with GOP lawmaker

In this May 3, 2013, file photo, former President Bill Clinton speaks at ceremonies in Little Rock, Ark., to dedicate the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. With his party now holding all of the levers of power in Arkansas politics, Sen. Jason Rapert, a Republican state lawmaker, is pushing to remove the names of the state's most famous Democrats _ Bill and Hillary Clinton _ from Little Rock's airport.

Amazon to collect taxes on state sales

Seattle-based Amazon on March 1 will begin collecting taxes on its sales to Arkansans and paying those taxes to the state government, Amazon spokesman Jill Kerr said Friday. Amazon's announcement came four days after the Arkansas Senate voted 23-9 to approve legislation aimed at persuading Amazon and some other companies that have no physical presence in Arkansas to collect taxes on their sales and remit the receipts to the state.

‘Debtor’s prison’ lawsuit part of a national trend

A federal lawsuit accusing a Sherwood judge of operating an unconstitutional "debtor's prison" that traps poor people in an endless cycle of fines, debt and jail time reflects a movement that is affecting courts across the country, including in Arkansas. The movement has gained momentum in the past two or three years, fueled by lawsuits, public reports documenting suspected unconstitutional practices and a letter that the U.S. Department of Justice sent out in March to the administrators for all state courts across the nation.

Huckabee: UN Trying to Push Israel Into a ‘Suicide Pact’

With its resolution on Israel, the United Nations is attempting to push Israel into "accepting borders that would essentially be a suicide pact," and the Obama administration was most likely behind the vote, former Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday. "Silence is agreement, and by the U.S. being silent and abstaining [from the vote], they did agree to it, and I think they helped orchestrate it," Huckabee, a strong advocate of Israel, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

Hope for the rebellion: A 2016 L…

"Rogue One," the latest movie in the "Star Wars" franchise, opened last week. Without leaking any spoilers, trailers have revealed a key line as protagonist Jyn Erso rallies the beleaguered rebels: "We have hope.

Did Trump pass over Huckabee, as he did Giuliani and Christie?

NO FIT: How Huckabee described the outcome of his talk with Donald Trump about a potential role in his administration. The Wall Street Journal says people are taking note that some Donald Trump loyalists, who defended him in the dark hours after the release of the pussy-grabbing comment on video, haven't landed spots yet in his administration.

Millions to travel, celebrate holidays

Jonathan Zayas snuggles with his 1-year-old son Nathaniel as he is greeted by his wife, Mabell, on Friday at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field after his return home to Arkansas for the holidays. He had been working in Florida.

State donations favored Clinton

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have lost the race for Arkansas electoral votes, but she won the race for Arkansas pocketbooks, according to postelection campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Farming subsidies rise 74% in state

Arkansas farmers have received $370.7 million in federal "safety net" payments for losses in 2015, an increase of 73.9 percent from the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In comparison, for losses in the 2014 farm year, Arkansas farmers received $213.2 million through Sept.

Arkansas cards against Clinton

Despite her last name and her long ties to the state, White House hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton found few allies in Arkansas on Tuesday. Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, won in eight of the state's 75 counties, capturing just 33.7 percent of the vote.

Trump pushes Melania back onto campaign stage: interview

Melania Trump will give two or three speeches in the final days of the U.S. presidential race, Republican candidate Donald Trump said in a television interview, apparently surprising his wife. The couple appeared in a taped ABC interview broadcast on Thursday less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 presidential election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

FAA: Arkansas event followed rules in airplane turkey drop

Federal Aviation Administration investigators say a festival in northwestern Arkansas did not break any rules when it tossed six live turkeys from an airplane. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the annual Turkey Trot festival was held last weekend in Yellville, which is about 90 miles north of Little Rock.

Ruth Ann Dailey: Clinton, Trump and the corrupting lust for power

Not long after we had left college for the working world, a girlfriend told me she thought a job, an award, a gorgeous dress on a sale rack - anything, really - should go to the person who wants it most. Meg said this apropos of a colleague who was competing with her for a promotion at the publication for which they both worked.

Huckabee says ‘Trump’s gotta be Trump’ in final weeks of campaign

Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday on "The Kelly File" that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should resist calls to shift his messaging in the final weeks of the campaign. In the wake of the New York Times report containing an IRS filing that showed Trump used the U.S. tax code to take a nearly $1 billion operating loss in 1995 and may not have had to pay federal taxes for 18 years, Huckabee said that Trump's supporters "don't care what the media says."

Election-time trio of exhibits on display in Texarkana

If "politics ain't beanbag," as the saying goes, then the reality seems to be that political jousting is a time-honored tradition in our body politic. While the current presidential election campaign in the U.S. may be knuckle-dragging its way through the pit of incivility, politics has always been ripe for tough talk, satire and ridicule.

DNC Day 3: Where it all began

In advance of Wednesday's packed convention activities - perhaps the most content-heavy convention night I can remember across my four decades watching conventions - the Arkansans delegation spent a little time with Bill Clinton at a reception called "Where It All Began." The name of the party - held at the WHYY-FM public radio building, a snazzy space near Independence Hall - was a double entendre for Philadelphia's role as the birthplace of American democracy and Arkansas's role in fostering Hillary Clinton's public service work.

Huckabee opts for Fox over convention speech

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee won't be speaking at the Republican National Convention this week, opting instead to appear on Fox News as a political contributor. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, had invited his former rival to address the delegates, but the network told Huckabee he'd have to choose between the news set and the convention stage.

Coalesce around Trump, governor urges state GOP

None of Arkansas' top Republican leaders supported Donald Trump in the state's March 1 primary, but now that the party's presidential nominating convention is here, they're lining up to back him. Five of the six Republicans in the state's congressional delegation are present.

Foes file to fight jury-award caps in medical cases

Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would cap jury verdicts against medical care providers announced Wednesday that they have filed paperwork allowing them to raise money to defeat the proposal in the Nov. 8 general election. The committee's directors include Martha Deaver, president of Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents, which was founded in 1995.

Hillary Clinton, astronaut? It wasna t her first setback

This 1985 file photo shows then-Arkansas first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in her inaugural ball gown. “It was the first time I had hit an obstacle I couldn't overcome with hard work and determination, and I was outraged,” she would write in her book, “Living History.” More than a half-century later, and after much hard work, much determination, and most of all, many, many obstacles - some undeniably of her own making - Clinton is no closer to actual space travel.

Wish for Water: Grant provides help to those without water

Marilyn La Combe stood outside an outbuilding at the Evansville Fire Department, dropped a quarter into the slot and jiggled the handle until water came out of the short hose. She gets about three minutes worth of water for each quarter, but the pressure is lower in the afternoon than it is in the morning, she said.

How Old Scandals Shaped Clinton’s Email Mess From Start To Finish

During the early years of the Clinton administration, when the president and his team were beset by the Whitewater real estate investment scandal, Hillary Clinton was, for better or worse, the White House bulldog. Whitewater was rooted in her and her husband's days in Arkansas, when they built an intricate web of relations with James and Susan McDougal, two Arkansas benefactors who went in on the real estate deal with them, donated money and employed Hillary Clinton at a prominent law firm.

Huckabee paying $25,000 for ‘Eye of the Tiger’

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit for using a 1980s rock anthem, "Eye of the Tiger," without the permission of the music's owner, CNN Money said this week. Terms of the settlement between the campaign and Rude Music Inc. are confidential, but details have emerged in recent Federal Election Commission filings.

Eldridge criticizes Boozman’s votes on gun control bills

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge criticized Republican Sen. John Boozman Wednesday for opposing an effort to prevent terrorists from buying guns, saying an alternative measure backed by the Arkansas lawmaker doesn't go far enough. Speaking to the Political Animals Club, Eldridge said he supports a proposal by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would let the federal government block many gun sales to known or suspected terrorists.

Air Guard to pin star, get 1st woman general

Col. Tamhra Hutchins-Frye will be the Arkansas Air National Guard's first female brigadier general after her formal promotion Saturday. Tamhra Hutchins-Frye decided to join the Arkansas Air National Guard in 1984 to fly fighter jets, but she was told no.

Maintenance work to force lane closures over Bull Shoals Dam

Maintenance work on Arkansas 178 at the Bull Shoals Dam in Baxter County will require lane closures beginning next month. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says all lanes of the Arkansas 178 bridge will be closed on June 6 and June 7 as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performs maintenance work.

Another bathroom lawsuit filed; is Arkansas in it?

Led by Texas, 11 states have sued the federal government in Texas over President Obama's reminder that the law says transgender students are protected by non-discrimination law, including in using bathrooms aligned with their gender. Early coverage doesn't answer these questions that come immediately to mind: 1) What is the cause of legal action against a reminder of the law ? As yet, the government hasn't cut off money to any school that discriminates against transgender students.

$1.4M aids study of obesity in state

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1.4 million grant for scientists to study why obesity rates in Arkansas are among the highest in the country. The grant from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service was awarded to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.