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Arkansas Abortion Facilities Threatened With Suspension

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 12/14/2017 11:19 am

Two Arkansas abortion facilities were threatened with suspension — one for not listing the Red Cross on its emergency number list and another for using cloth booties on an exam table — under a new law that the abortion providers are challenging in federal court, according to documents released Wednesday.

Arkansas Appeals Judge's Order Blocking New Abortion Laws

by Associated Press 8/25/2017 11:16 am

Arkansas is appealing a federal judge's order blocking the state from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second-trimester procedure.

Groups Issue Warning with Arkansas Abortion Lawsuits (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/26/2017 6:59 am

Opponents repeatedly warned that GOP moves to restrict abortion would prompt the types of legal challenges that have halted or overturned other bans enacted in recent years. And now the lawsuits are coming.

House Panel Approves Plan to Reinstate Arkansas Voter ID

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/26/2017 7:04 am

A House panel sought Wednesday to reinstate Arkansas' voter ID law, and expanded Republican majorities in the Legislature could help it survive yet another court challenge like the one that struck down a nearly identical plan more than two years ago.

Opposition Led by Tom Cotton Takes Aim at Criminal Justice Overhaul

by Associated Press 2/10/2016 7:06 am

A handful of Senate Republicans dealt a severe blow to an overhaul of the criminal justice system in Congress, with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton calling the legislation "a massive social experiment in criminal leniency."

Arkansas Asks US Supreme Court to Revisit Abortion Question

by Associated Press 10/7/2015 6:59 am

Arkansas' attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to use a law passed by state legislators in 2013 to reconsider its 1973 ruling broadening abortion rights.

Leslie Rutledge: Unclear Whether JPs Must Officiate Gay Weddings

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/6/2015 6:55 am

It's unclear whether courts would require a justice of the peace to officiate over a same-sex wedding, even though clerks are required to issue licenses to gay couples, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday.

Religious Freedom Laws Not Used Against Gays in the Past

by Associated Press 3/31/2015 4:17 pm

Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays - and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

Demand Rises For Body Cameras, Rarely Used by Police in Arkansas

by Sean Beherec 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, and questions about what actually happened during his encounter with Officer Darren Wilson, there has been a resurgence in calls for all police to wear body cameras.

Armed and Dangerous in Ferguson (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 8/27/2014 1:19 pm

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about the role of a militarized local police in our communities. The resources on display in that small Missouri town exist in many communities across the country, and shedding light on them is both necessary and justified.

Opponents Say 12-Week Abortion Ban Won't Stand

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 4:10 pm

Arkansas is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent that abortion is legal until the point a fetus can live outside the womb, opponents of a state law that would ban the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy argued Thursday.

Problems Alleged in Arkansas Voter ID Requirement

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 5/22/2014 7:32 am

The group that sued to challenge Arkansas' law requiring voters to show identification at the polls said Wednesday it is investigating complaints that voters were wrongly prevented from casting ballots in the primary election.

ACLU Files Lawsuit to Challenge Arkansas Voter ID Law

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/16/2014 3:19 pm

A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.

Tentative Trial Date Set in Case Challenging Abortion Law

by Associated Press 5/30/2013 7:22 am

A tentative trial date has been set in a lawsuit challenging a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Arkansas GOP Eyes Planned Parenthood Money Next

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/7/2013 5:01 pm

Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even harder for women to get abortions in the state.

Arkansas Senate Overrides Mike Beebe's Veto of 12-Week Abortion Ban

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/5/2013 2:13 pm

The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation that would give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Arkansas Senate Overrides Veto on Abortion Bill

by Associated Press 2/28/2013 9:18 am

The Arkansas Senate has overridden Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of legislation banning most abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy.

Rita Sklar: Protecting The Bill Of Rights

by Gwen Moritz 2/25/2013 12:00 am

Rita Sklar has been in Arkansas for 22 years, 20 of them with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, and yet she’s clearly not from around here.