At a press conference this morning at the State Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Asa Hutchinson continued voicing his opposition to the two ballot initiatives that could bring medical marijuana to the state. Hutchinson was backed by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and several prominent Arkansas businessmen, who said they were worried marijuana use by their employees — along with a clause that would keep them from discriminating against those prescribed marijuana for illnesses — would cause safety concerns for their workforce and drive up insurance costs. /more/
A spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department said a suspect died last night after experiencing medical distress shortly after being taken into custody by officers for a break-in near Highway 5 on the Pulaski/Saline County line. The suspect, a Latino male, remains unidentified at this writing. /more/
In a nod to the increasing difficulty of finding and buying drugs to legally kill people on purpose, the legislature passed a law last year that made all information about where and how the state gets their execution drugs secret. For the long answer on why — and the dicey lengths states will go to in order to keep the machinery of death running — read this new report from Vice.com, "The Sordid Ways Death-Penalty States Obtain Execution Drugs." /more/
John Tyson, chairman of the board of Tyson Foods; board member Barbara Tyson and Tyson CEO Donnie Smith have announced a gift of $15 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital's planned northwest campus in Springdale. The gift is the largest in Children's history. /more/
Police say a confrontation between a convenience store clerk and a man on the parking lot of the store where he worked turned deadly early this morning, with the clerk later arrested for first degree murder. /more/
The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear an appeal of lower court decisions that could mean $187 million in payments to thousands of Walmart and Sam's Club workers in Pennsylvania who weren't paid for work during lunch breaks. /more/
The United States Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 to uphold a lower court decision awarding $5.8 million to Iowa employees of Tyson Foods in a dispute over pay for time spent putting on and off protective work clothing. /more/
Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
Response to our story about rehoming and adoption has been overwhelmingly positive, with one exception. Rep. Nate Bell (R-Mena) has informed me that writing this story makes me the predator and Justin Harris the victim. I'm hellbound, apparently.
It had to happen. Donald Trump's debate interjection that Hillary Clinton was a "nasty woman" has become a battle cry among women; a Twitter meme; a Facebook favorite, and, naturally, a marketing opportunity for T-shirt, button and bumper sticker makers.