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Teen shot Friday in Maumelle dies

Maumelle police say a 17-year-old shot in the head Friday at a Maumelle apartment died Sunday from the wound.

Arkansas: Where the people don't rule

The people rule is the state motto. The Farm Bureau and Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce have a different idea.

Despite security checks, gunfire breaks out in club

KARK reports on a hospital interview with one of those wounded in a late night club shooting in Little Rock who said security checks were made of those entering.

The no-comment Sunday line: Pass the whipped cream

Good news. The strawberry crop is in.
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How the tobacco lobby manipulates state legislatures, including in Arkansas

New York Times reports today on the trickery of the tobacco lobby in advancing the cause of e-cigarettes and vaping, including recent legislation in Arkansas.

Three shot at Little Rock nightclub

Three people were shot in a nightclub fight on West Roosevelt early this morning.
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Good morning Arkansas Blog readers

The Arkansas Times has unveiled a new website. This means a few days without the comment function, but be patient. It will return.

Punishing the poor is a waste of money: See drug testing

Think Progress reports on the results of 13 states, including Arkansas, requiring drug testing for recpients of a welfare program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. It's a waste of money.
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Celebrating the 2019 Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team

The 25th edition of the Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team was another impressive assembly of Arkansas high school seniors.

Video: The daily news roundup

Arkansas news roundup for Friday, April 26.

Planning commission recommends Heights neighborhood tree ordinance for approval by board of directors

At a Little Rock Planning Commission meeting on Thursday afternoon, commissioners unanimously voted to recommend the city board of directors approve an ordinance presented by the Heights Neighborhood Association that would create a design overlay district in the Heights. 

Kansas Supreme Court says state constitution protects abortion rights

The Kansas Supreme Court today ruled that the state Constitution protects a woman's right to abortion, a decision that will drive a push to amend that state's constitution.The case has some relevance to Arkansas.
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Texas judge blocks Israel boycott law

A third federal judge has found constitutional problems with a state law, this time in Texas, aimed at punishing those who won't pledge not to participate in boycotts against Israel.

Satanic Temple deemed church by IRS

The Satanic Temple, among those challenging religious statuary on the state Capitol grounds, can now claim discrimination as a church denied a place for its Baphomet statue equivalent to that given the Christian Ten Commandments.

Judge blocks Trump administration gag rule on family planning money

A federal judge in Washington has blocked a Trump administration rule aimed at crippling health providers of family planning services who also provide or even talk about abortion.

Little Rock police release file on Bradley Blackshire shooting by Charles Starks

The newly released file on the investigation of a police officer's fatal shooting of Bradley Blackshire indicates he has no memory or "blacked out" in the critical moments when the shooting began.

Little Rock jury convicts in Japanese air base assault case

A federal court jury in Little Rock has convicted Rodrigo Pineda Gomez, 44, of charges related to the assault of three U.S. airmen in Japan.

Thursday's open line and the daily video news roundup

Here's the daily open line. And click the video for a headline/comment roundup.

Health agency owner charged with Medicaid fraud

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced the arrest of Chirie Bazzelle, owner of New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services, on Medicaid fraud charges related in part to contracts with others arrested previously in the sprawling public corruption probe involving Preferred Family Healthcare.

Attorney General announces lawsuit against three opioid distributors

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a lawsuit in Pulaski Circuit Court against opioid distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation.
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