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Arkansas judge strikes down juvenile sentencing law

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:36:41 GMT

An Arkansas judge struck down a new state law Thursday eliminating mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, ruling that it denies individualized sentencing hearings to offenders who are in prison for offenses committed when they were minors. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled the law violated the U.S. and Arkansas constitutions and ordered a new sentencing hearing for Brandon Hardman, who convicted of capital murder for a fatal shooting he committed when he was 16. The new Arkansas law was enacted this year to comply with recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that say mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

Man accused of scams in SWFL escapes from prison camp

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:06:31 GMT

DERMOTT, Ark. A man accused of scamming numerous Southwest Floridians out of cash and cars has escaped from an Arkansas prison work camp, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers said.

Arkansas boy's death spurs review of child care licensing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:35:23 GMT

The death of a 5-year-old boy left in a hot van at a facility overseen by an Arkansas lawmaker has spurred a legislative committee to review existing rules and regulations for child care licensing. Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, and Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, announced the review to the Joint Performance Review panel Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Music For Miles

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:05:44 GMT

Northwest Arkansas is home for, and host of, some amazing creative talent. Our corner of the state also attracts some impressive names when it comes to nationally and internationally touring musical celebrities.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:47:04 GMT

Lori Griffin, Van Buren, to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2022.

Pea Ridge Shows Support For Internet Sales Tax

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:44:57 GMT

Pea Ridge City Council members voted to approve a resolution showing their support for the state's work to create an Internet Sales Tax during their meeting on Tuesday night . He explained that business owners have told him that people will come in, look around and then purchase the same items from online stores.

UA Rich Mountain Foundation Receives Donation for Frank Ca

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:38:37 GMT

The Frank C. Bainum VFW Post #4451 recently presented a donation to the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Foundation to provide scholarship funds for $2,000. The scholarship priority award is to provide financial assistance to students attending University of Arkansas Rich Mountain that are Veterans or a dependent or descendent of a Veteran.

Bott Radio Network Expands in Arkansas & South Dakota

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:20:27 GMT

Contact: Sam Rinearson, Bott Radio Network , 913-693-5707 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 21, 2017 / Christian Newswire / -- Bott Radio Network expanded its nationwide Christian Talk Radio network with the launch of two new radio stations, serving Rapid City, SD at 90.3 FM, and serving Fort Smith, AR at 88.9 FM. Building on the legacy of Christian programming begun by AFR on these stations, BRN began broadcasting its format of Quality Bible Teaching, Christian News and Information on these full-power FM stations in June.

Groups file lawsuits over new Arkansas abortion restrictions

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:04:00 GMT

Abortion-rights groups asked a federal court Tuesday to block Arkansas from enforcing new restrictions lawmakers approved this year, including a ban on a commonly used second-trimester procedure that the groups say would make it nearly impossible for many women in the state to have an abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the measure banning the procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

Commission recommends 2 percent pay raise for all elected state...

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:41:35 GMT

STRIKES OUT: Chief Justice Dan Kemp made another pitch for an 11 per cent pay riase for the Supreme Court, but the pay commission recommended 2 percent. The Independent Citizens Commission that sets salaries for elected state officials today proposed a 2 percent pay raise for the year beginning July 1 for all of them, thus rejecting an 11 percent pay raise for the Arkansas Supreme Court pitched again today by Chief Justice Dan Kemp.

ATU receives $600K grant for building

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:13:41 GMT

Arkansas Tech University has received a $600,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to help fund a renovation of Williamson Hall on its Russellville campus. Combined with an initial $600,000 grant awarded to ATU in 2016, the ANCRC has now committed $1.2 million to the forthcoming renovation project.

Waltons top list of state givers

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:16:22 GMT

No surprise here, but the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the names of the top givers in Arkansas are Walton and Walton - Jim and Robson, that is. The brothers, sons of Walmart founder Sam Walton, have given Walmart stock valued at $182.3 million to charity since 2000.

Tax filing deadline extended for storm, flood victims in Arkansas

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:18:49 GMT

The release states that "certain deadlines falling on or after April 26, 2017, and before Aug. 31, 2017, are granted additional time to file through Aug. 31, 2017." The release also adds that taxpayers who have an estimated income tax payment originally due on or after April 26 but before Aug. 31 will not face penalties for failing to pay estimated tax installments as long as they're paid before Aug. 31. Arkansans will also be granted additional time to meet state tax obligations.

Free Nationwide Fruit Tree Project Makes Way To Northwest Arkansas

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:17:14 GMT

Tri Cycle Farms in Fayetteville is getting 44 new apple, pear, persimmon and cherry trees. The generous donation will bring the farm one step closer to completing its mission to end food insecurity in the community.

David Brooks: Whitewater scandal was 'far more substantive' than Trump-Russia scandal

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:00:30 GMT

One element lacking from media coverage of the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russia is historical perspective . On Tuesday, however, some perspective was injected into the discussion from an unlikely source.

Weight of Swollen Reservoir Blamed for Arkansas Earthquake Swarm

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:33:32 GMT

Earthquake geologist David Johnston works with the Arkansas Geological Survey. He says the added weight of the water at Bulls Shoals Lake likely triggered 10 earthquakes over five days last week near Harrison, a city about 140 miles north of Little Rock.

Applications Available for Arkansas Medical Pot Facilities

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:01:19 GMT

LITTLE ROCK - Applications are now available for those who want to sell or grow medical marijuana in Arkansas under a new constitutional amendment legalizing the drug for some patients.