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Arkansas State Police say a man who had barricaded himself inside a home and held a 9-year-old at gunpoint was shot dead by a trooper.

State Police said 49-year-old William Lloyd Jones was shot early Thursday morning after the State Police SWAT team entered the home and rescued the child. They say a trooper fired at Jones after he pointed a gun at troopers.

Former Arkansas state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson arriving in court Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing in his corruption case.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

An orthodontist who operated several clinics in Arkansas has been charged in a bribery scheme involving a former state senator who acknowledged accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for efforts to change a dental practices law.

Prosecutors announced Monday that a federal grand jury has indicted Benjamin Gray Burris on 14 count of honest services wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud for the scheme involving former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorneys have filed four new federal lawsuits alleging that Little Rock's use of no-knock warrants in police drug raids violated the U.S. Constitution.

Civil rights attorneys Benjamin Crump and Mike Laux said Thursday the lawsuits against the City of Little Rock and officers with the Little Rock Police Department demonstrate police falsely obtained affidavits and were unreasonable in searches of residences.

Jake Files
Arkansas Times

A federal judge has denied a former Arkansas state senator's request to be released from a federal prison in Oklahoma where he has served just more than one year of an 18-month prison term for fraud and money laundering.

Republican Jake Files of Fort Smith filed the request last Friday, one year after reporting to the prison in El Reno, Oklahoma, to serve his sentence .

Jennifer Merritt
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect Wednesday in  Arkansas , including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic to close.

Jennifer Merritt
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

An official with Arkansas's only surgical abortion clinic said Monday that the facility could close within a month if a federal judge doesn't block a new law restricting who can perform abortions in the state.

KATV-Channel 7

Arkansas State Police have identified a sheriff's deputy killed in a shooting in northern Arkansas as Sergeant Mike Stephen.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stephen responded to a domestic welfare check at a house in Leslie, about 77 miles from Little Rock, around 8:40 Thursday morning. Shortly after talking with a woman outside the house, gunfire erupted. Stephen was killed at the scene.

Sadler said police are working to identify the suspect, who also died.

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is retiring after nearly three decades heading the group.

The ACLU of Arkansas on Monday announced the retirement of Rita Sklar, who has served as the organization's executive director since 1992. The group said Holly Dickson, its legal director, will serve as interim director and a national search will be announced soon.

Attorney Benjamin Crump (center) with plaintiffs Roderick Talley (left) and Derrick Davis (right ) at KUAR Wednesday.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A candidate for state representative who has filed a lawsuit against the Little Rock Police Department has been arrested after filming a traffic stop in southwest Arkansas.

KATV reports that Roderick Talley was charged by Arkansas State Police on June 8 in Hope for impeding traffic, driving with a suspended license and obstructing governmental operations.

Talley had previously filed a lawsuit against Little Rock's police department for its use of no-knock warrants after police blew open his apartment door in a raid.

Wendell Griffen
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug wants state Supreme Court justices to disqualify themselves from hearing his request to handle execution-related cases again.

Planned Parenthood says it's stopped providing medication-induced abortions at its facility in northwest Arkansas while it seeks a new location, leaving the state with two abortion providers.

The chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Great Plains said in a court filing over the weekend that the organization stopped providing abortions at its health center in Fayetteville, located 140 miles (226 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, while it looks for a new site. Planned Parenthood says it's not renewing its lease in Fayetteville, which expires at the end of the month.

Jeremy Hutchinson
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A former Arkansas lawmaker who is the governor's nephew has admitted to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to help a health nonprofit as part of a plea deal in a sprawling federal corruption investigation.

Little Rock federal courthouse
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal judge will hold a hearing on a challenge to three new abortion restrictions in Arkansas two days before the laws are set to take effect.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Friday scheduled a July 22 hearing on the new laws, including one that bans the procedure 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The laws are set to take effect on July 24 and are being challenged by the state's abortion providers.

Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

Sports wagering has begun in Arkansas with the first bets being placed at a Hot Springs casino.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyt said in a statement that Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort began offering sports wagering Monday morning and will allow gamblers to bet on games ranging from professional football and college basketball to cricket and rugby.

Hoyt says bets can be placed with tellers seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or at kiosks at the casino.

Linda Collins-Smith
Arkansas Legislature

A new judge has been named to handle the case surrounding the killing of a former Arkansas lawmaker who was found dead outside her home.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp on Thursday named retired Circuit Judge David Goodson to preside over the case involving the killing of former Sen. Linda Collins. Judge Harold Erwin had been presiding over the case and the order said he requested the reassignment but doesn't say why.

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