October 10, 2015

State News

Jury clears Dover marshal after excessive force claim

LITTLE ROCK -- A federal jury ruled Tuesday that a couple and their son failed to prove their claim that a town marshal used excessive force during a 2011 encounter on a street in Dover, but the family didn't leave the courthouse empty-handed because another defendant reached a $225,000 settlement before jurors announced a verdict.

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Judge: State must fund some Planned Parenthood benefits

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas will block most Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday, after a judge ordered the state to continue paying for services only to the three women who are suing over the governor's decision to end payments to the organization.

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Ark. inmates challenge execution secrecy law

LITTLE ROCK -- Eight death row inmates have asked a judge to cancel their upcoming lethal injections in Arkansas, where executions have been on hold for a decade, arguing that prison officials' refusal to reveal where they obtain execution drugs is unconstitutional.

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Water authority seizes fire gear

ROGERS -- A rural water district seized equipment from an Arkansas fire department after it said it discovered that some firefighters there were tapping into a hydrant to fill swimming pools of residents, not train personnel.

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