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Panel advances stadium gun ban

LITTLE ROCK -- An Arkansas House committee advanced a measure to exempt college sporting events from a state law allowing guns after the Southeastern Conference appealed for guns to be banned from facilities such as football stadiums.

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Judge rejects bid to halt executions

LITTLE ROCK -- An Arkansas judge dismissed an effort Tuesday to block the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over 10 days next month, while a new federal lawsuit argued the compressed schedule is depriving the condemned inmates of a fair process to seek clemency.

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Senate OKs bill keeping hybrid Medicaid expansion

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved keeping the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion another year after Republican efforts to repeal and replace the federal health law that created the program failed in Congress.

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Board recommends rejecting inmates' clemency requests

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two inmates facing lethal injection next month, as a new lawsuit challenges the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period.

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Bid to keep Arkansas Medicaid plan falls short

LITTLE ROCK -- An effort to continue the hybrid Arkansas Medicaid expansion another year failed Monday in the state Senate, days after Republican efforts to repeal and replace the federal health law that enabled the expanded coverage faltered in Congress.

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Ark. governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago.

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Arkansas reconsiders letting guns in stadiums, arenas

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas.

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Governor signs gun bill

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.

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Accelerated executions: Arkansas plans 8 over 10-day period

LITTLE ROCK -- After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period -- an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire.

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Arkansas ends practice of dual Lee-King holiday

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' governor signed legislation Tuesday ending the state's practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same holiday as slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., leaving only two states remaining that honor the two men on the same day.

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Ark. lawmakers OK plan to reinstate voter ID law

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas lawmakers approved a measure Monday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, sending to the governor's desk a requirement that was struck down as unconstitutional more than two years ago.

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