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State appeals reveal-lethal-drug-seller ruling to justices

State attorneys asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to halt a Pulaski County judge's order for the Department of Correction to release details about its supply of execution drugs before the end of the week.

State senator announces plans to seek re-election

Republican state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas announced her re-election bid last week, joining a race that already includes a GOP candidate seeking to move from the House to the Senate.

Inmate growth to outstrip prisons

Report foresees state prisoner population surpassing 20,000

Arkansas' prison population is expected to surpass 20,000 inmates in the next decade -- thousands more than the system now can hold -- even as a turbulent period in the state's incarceration patterns appears to be ending, top prison officials were told Friday.

Policy would limit inmate autopsies

Suspicious, violent cases unaffected

Arkansas' prisons will no longer have to send the bodies of all inmates who die in their care to the state medical examiner under a new regulation approved Friday by the Board of Corrections.

Arkansas high court rules on youth terms

Lifers sentenced as minors can get new penalty hearings

Seven state inmates serving life-without-parole sentences out of Pulaski County for crimes committed in their youth can go before a judge for new sentences -- despite a new law stating what their term in prison should be -- the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

District 19 senator to seek re-election

Another lawmaker earlier announced plan to challenge GOP’s Collins-Smith

Republican state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas announced her re-election bid Wednesday, joining a race that already includes a GOP candidate seeking to move from the House to the Senate.

Appeal tossed in lawsuit against Park Plaza mall, security firm over killing of food court worker

Award in slaying at heart of filing

After a panel of judges determined that it did not have jurisdiction, the Arkansas Court of Appeals dismissed Wednesday the appeal of a $914,000 damage award against a Little Rock mall and its security contractor in a lawsuit over the killing of a food court employee.

Applicant total at 322 for medical marijuana licenses in Arkansas

Arkansas is not lacking in either medical marijuana enterprisers seeking to provide the soon-to-be legal drug throughout the state or creative names for their proposed businesses, public records show.

Medical marijuana-bid fees will net Arkansas $1.5M

Money collected by the state from hundreds of applicants for 37 licenses to grow or sell medical marijuana should top $1.5 million after the licenses are awarded, an official said Tuesday.

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300 seeking medical marijuana licenses in Arkansas; applicants start lining up before sunrise

Equipped with camping chairs and boxes of paperwork, entrepreneurs aiming to beat the deadline to apply for the state's first medical marijuana business licenses began lining up outside government offices in Little Rock before sunrise Monday.