State News

Prison agency: Complacency led to inmate's escape

PINE BLUFF -- One prison staffer has been fired and another was suspended without pay after an investigation showed complacency among Arkansas Department of Correction employees led to the escape of an inmate who was previously convicted of killing a teenage girl and stuffing her body in a barrel, authorities said Monday.

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Rutledge evaluating ruling's impact on Arkansas suit

LITTLE ROCK -- Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is evaluating how a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas abortion law will affect a lawsuit over Arkansas' restrictions on how the abortion pill is administered, the Republican said Monday.

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Eldridge criticizes Boozman's votes on gun control bills

LITTLE ROCK -- Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge criticized Republican Sen. John Boozman Wednesday for opposing an effort to prevent terrorists from buying guns, saying an alternative measure backed by the Arkansas lawmaker doesn't go far enough.

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Arkansas Senate rivals spar on gun control measures

LITTLE ROCK -- U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge on Thursday backed efforts to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns as Republican Sen. John Boozman's campaign accused the Democratic challenger of politicizing the mass shooting in Orlando.

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