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Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Minors

The state is likely to appeal the decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which last year upheld a temporary order blocking the law. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Official: Doctor at Arkansas Jail Used Ivermectin on Inmates for COVID

Inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail have been prescribed ivermectin to combat COVID-19, despite warnings from federal health officials that the antiparasitic drug should not be used to treat the coronavirus. read more >
State Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren.
Government & Politics / Legal

Judge Reinstates Contractor Fired After Criticizing Lawmaker

A federal judge reinstates an Arkansas attorney’s contract with the state after the state canceled it when he criticized a lawmaker’s support for banning gender-confirming treatments for transgender youths. read more >
Jason Rapert
Government & Politics / Health Care

Lawmakers Send Hutchinson Near-Total Abortion Ban

Arkansas lawmakers approve legislation banning nearly all abortions, sending the bill to a Republican governor who has expressed reservations about the move. read more >
Legal

Wendy Kelley, Head of Arkansas Prisons, to Retire

The head of Arkansas' prison system said Monday she's retiring at the end of July after more than 2,300 inmates have been infected with the coronavirus. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Lawsuit Filed Over Coronavirus Outbreak at Cummins Prison

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Arkansas of not taking adequate steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus in its prisons after more than a third of the inmates at one facility tested positive. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Federal Judge Continues Blocking 3 Arkansas Abortion Laws

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that three Arkansas abortion restrictions she temporarily blocked will remain on hold while she considers a lawsuit challenging them. read more >
Rita Sklar
Government & Politics / Legal

Rita Sklar, Longtime Executive Director of ACLU of Arkansas, to Retire

The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is retiring after nearly three decades heading the group. read more >
Jason Rapert
Health Care / Legal

Bill by Jason Rapert Would Ban Abortion If Roe Ruling Overturned

An Arkansas lawmaker files legislation that would trigger an abortion ban in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 decision that legalized the procedure across the nation. read more >
Trent Garner
Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Lawmakers Eye More Abortion Restrictions Next Year

Arkansas' predominantly Republican Legislature is preparing to take up new abortion restrictions when lawmakers convene next month, even as the state's past efforts to restrict the procedure remain caught up in legal fights. read more >
Bart Hester
Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Times Sues Over No-Boycott Pledge for Vendors

An Arkansas newspaper is asking a federal judge to strike down a state law that requires government contractors to pledge to not boycott Israel or reduce their fees by 20 percent. read more >
Workers placed the Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol early on May 22 — two years after lawmakers approved a measure permitting the statue on state grounds.
Government & Politics / Legal

Lawsuits Seek Removal of Arkansas Ten Commandments Display

Opponents of a Ten Commandments display at the Arkansas state Capitol are suing to have the monument removed, arguing it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing

Judge Blocks Arkansas from Enforcing Anti-Begging Law

A federal judge has blocked an Arkansas anti-loitering law that opponents say unfairly targets panhandlers, calling it "plainly unconstitutional" and saying that other laws address the safety concerns state officials cited as the need for the restrictions. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Arkansas Panhandling Law

The American Civil Liberties Union asks a federal judge to halt a new Arkansas anti-loitering law that it says unconstitutionally targets panhandlers. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Judge Hears Arguments in Challenge to Arkansas Abortion Laws

Abortion rights supporters said Thursday four new Arkansas laws they're trying to block would create unnecessary delays for women seeking the procedure and could effectively require a partner's consent beforehand, while the state argued the groups are coming up with problems that don't exist in the new restrictions. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Hot-Checks Lawsuit Dismissed by Judge

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Sherwood and a judge that alleges they're violating constitutional rights by effectively operating a debtor's prison with a court that's imposed fines and jail time on thousands of people whose checks bounce. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban of Common Abortion Procedure

Arkansas' governor on Thursday approved a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure - restrictions that are expected to face a legal challenge. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

Mark Martin: Arkansas Panel Can’t Reject Ten Commandments Display

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said Tuesday a state panel doesn't have the authority to reject placing a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, while three other proposed displays would still need legislative approval. read more >
Government & Politics

Group Sets Plans for Ten Commandments Near Arkansas Capitol

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments planned near Arkansas' Capitol will weigh 6,000 pounds and stand more than 6 feet tall, the group lined up to install the display said in an application filed Monday. read more >
Michael Loos
Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Religious Objection Opt-Out for Arkansas Counselors Advances

A rule allowing counselors in Arkansas to refer patients to another provider over religious objections to treating them won initial approval Tuesday, sparking criticism. read more >