• Fetal-pain bill forwarded

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas House panel has advanced a proposal that would ban abortions starting at the 20th week of a woman’s pregnancy based on the disputed notion that a fetus is capable of feeling pain at that point. Lawmakers on the House …

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  • Judge affirms $181M in fees

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A judge says Johnson & Johnson must pay $181 million in fees to attorneys who successfully argued that the pharmaceutical company committed Medicaid fraud in the marketing of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox ruled Thursday that Arkansas …

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  • Halter files papers to run for governor

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has made his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year official. Halter on Wednesday filed articles of incorporation papers with the secretary of state’s office to allow him to organize and finance his campaign …

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  • Public can still have input

    LITTLE ROCK — Public input is a crucial component of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s process for setting hunting and fishing regulations, and if you missed the Tuesday night public input meeting in your area you can still have input. The meetings are part …

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  • Arkansas River backwater habitat to get work

    LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently approved an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore Arkansas River backwater habitat at Rector Brake and Coal Pile. The grant money will come from the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership. …

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  • Judge voids vote to allow liquor sales

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Sebastian County judge has voided the election results that approved the sale of liquor in Barling. Circuit Judge Steve Tabor ruled Tuesday that Arkansas law and state Supreme Court precedent are clear that when a county or district votes to …

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  • State could see severe storms

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several inches of rain may fall in parts of Arkansas and a large part of the eastern half of the state is likely to see wind and hail damage from an approaching storm system, forecasters said Monday. The Storm Prediction Center …

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  • Searcy names new police chief

    SEARCY (AP) — Searcy Mayor David Morris has named a new police chief and he’s tapped the White County Sheriff’s Office for his choice. Morris on Monday announced Chief Deputy Jeremy Clark would take the helm of the department, though his start date is to …

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  • Baby killer pleads

    De QUEEN (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in the beating death of his newborn son has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Vonderrick Smith sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was charged in the February 2011 death of his son, 1-month-old Kason Smith. …

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  • Police: Dad left toddler, went drinking at bar

    CONWAY (AP) — A Conway man is charged with endangering a minor for allegedly leaving his 13-month-old son home alone so he could drink at a bar in Little Rock. Police said Monday that the child’s mother told authorities Friday night that she believed the …

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  • Ark. Senate approves guns in church bill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Monday to allow concealed handguns in churches and other places of worship, rejecting complaints from a handful of Democratic lawmakers that it undermines the idea of the institutions being sanctuaries from violence. By a 28-4 vote, the …

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  • Abortion restriction proposed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected under a bill introduced by a Republican senator Monday, a proposal that would prohibit the medical procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Sen. Jason Rapert filed legislation requiring …

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