February 28, 2015

State News

Dispatcher murder trial postponed

The trial of a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher has been postponed until July 7, but that date is up for review at a hearing set for Monday.

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State lawmaker will propose execution by firing squad

LITTLE ROCK -- A lawmaker whose 12-year-old daughter was murdered by a man now on death row said Thursday that she will work to make the firing squad a legal execution method in Arkansas because court challenges have stalled efforts to resume the death penalty using lethal injections.

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Guns on campus measure advances in Legislature

LITTLE ROCK -- A bill to force public colleges and universities in Arkansas to allow staff and faculty to bring guns onto campus that was previously defeated found new life Thursday through the support of three Democrats.

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'Conscience protection' measure fails in committee

LITTLE ROCK -- A proposal to prevent state and local governments from infringing on a person's religious beliefs failed before an Arkansas legislative panel Wednesday after facing mounting criticism that it was an attempt to justify discriminating against gays and lesbians.

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States predict inmates' future crimes with secretive surveys

LITTLE ROCK -- States are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive, new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit future crimes and who might be safe to release, despite serious problems and high-profile failures, an Associated Press investigation found.

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Jazz legend Clark Terry dies at 94

NEW YORK -- Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on "The Tonight Show," has died. He was 94.

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Arkansas bars expanding local protections for gays, lesbians

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, a move criticized by retail giant Wal-Mart and gay rights groups who said the prohibition damaged the state's image.

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Arkansas officials warn of canceled road projects

LITTLE ROCK -- Voter-approved proposals have helped Arkansas weather declines in state and federal highway funding, and transportation officials are working with state lawmakers on a long-term solution before the proposals expire and projects stall.

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