State News

Judge won't recuse himself from suit

LITTLE ROCK -- A federal judge is refusing to recuse himself from a lawsuit filed by a former colleague against Arkansas Supreme Court justices who disqualified him from death row cases.

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Winter storm delivers ice, snow

LITTLE ROCK -- The start of a winter storm left an icy glaze across eastern Arkansas on Friday, snarling traffic and shuttering schools ahead of a cold snap expected to last into next week.

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House to offer harassment training

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas House will soon offer voluntary sexual harassment training to lawmakers, while the state Senate is considering whether to conduct similar training when lawmakers convene for their 2019 legislative session.

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Judge weighs corruption trial evidence

FAYETTEVILLE -- Lawyers and a federal judge met behind closed doors to discuss whether certain documents should be off-limits to prosecutors at the upcoming public corruption trial of a former Arkansas state senator and two other men.

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Walmart boosts starting pay, closing dozens of Sam's Clubs stores

NEW YORK -- Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing 10 percent of its Sam's Club warehouse stores -- a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs -- on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses.

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GOP struggles to woo candidates in many states where Trump won

BISMARCK, North Dakota -- Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota got a hard sell last week from President Donald Trump, who gave Cramer and his wife a personal tour of the West Wing and used the gilded luster of the newly renovated Oval Office to entreat Cramer to challenge popular Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

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'Little Rock Nine' member writes book

LITTLE ROCK -- One of the nine black teenagers who were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock by federal troops 60 years ago has written a book about her role in the school's racial desegregation.

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Panel stands by plan to ban herbicide

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas regulators stood by their plan Wednesday to ban an herbicide that farmers in several states say has drifted onto their crops and caused damage, despite a request from lawmakers to reconsider the restriction and a lawsuit by a maker of the weed killer.

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