Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 17:38:00

Little Rock: The gun violence continues — one dead, two wounded

LRPD reports two shootings this afternoon, at 1803 Park Lane, where one person has died, and another at 24th and Marshall. Two other people were wounded.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 17:00:44

The Kenneth Williams' execution thread

Kenneth Williams, 38, is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. tonight at the Cummins Unit near Grady. If a court does not stop the execution, he will be the fourth death row prisoner to die over the last eight days in Arkansas.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 16:48:00

Last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 14:47:00

Commission to hear about plans for Ten Commandments monument

The state will move one step closer to a lawsuit on May 11, when the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will hear the American History and Heritage Foundation's plans for a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 13:13:00

UPDATE: Williams and a victim's family seek execution reprieve from Gov. Hutchinson. He declines.

Kenneth Williams' attorneys and family of one of his victims have written Gov. Asa Hutchinson in behalf of a reprieve in the execution scheduled for 7 p.m. today.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:59:00

An early open line

An early open line and news and comment at midday as we take a break for happier duty — the Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:38:00

ASU names chancellor finalists

Arkansas State University has announced three people to be interviewed for the position of chancellor of the system's main campus in Jonesboro.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:48:00

One killed, another wounded in alleged robbery attempt

Little Rock police say one 17-year-old was killed and another wounded by a man who said they attempted to rob him in apartments at 6115 W. Markham Street.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:23:00

New complaint filed in Kenneth Williams case

Lawyers for Kenneth Williams filed a new lawsuit this morning in Pulaski Circuit Court claiming that his execution tonight would cause unconstitutional cruel or unusual punishment.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 09:37:00

Death watch includes a family reunion, arranged by a victim's family

The execution of Kenneth Williams for his 1999 slaying of Cecil Boren during a prison escape remains scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, though actions in state and federal courts are anticipated in the final hours.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 07:58:00

Listen to the authors: A preview of Arkansas Literary Festival speakers

The Arkansas Literary Festival is coming up this weekend and you can get a taste of author talks to come by listening to a couple of podcasts with interviews with the writers.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 07:48:00

Can the Marijuana Commission receive paid travel?

An official opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge touches lightly on the many ways in which the medical marijuana amendment creates new legal concerns.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 07:40:00

Arkansas Medicaid 'savings' will produce some losers

The state offers an optimistic outlook on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plans to reduce the number covered by the state's expanded Medicaid health coverage. There's reason for questions.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 18:56:00

One dead, another hospitalized after midtown shooting

The Little Rock Police Department has tweeted that officers are on the scene of a double shooting at the Midtown Park Apartments, 6115 W. Markham St., near the corner of University Avenue and Markham. Police say one person has died, and a second victim is at a hospital. The apartments were previously known as the Plaza Towers, an affordable housing development.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 17:41:00

Semantics drives discord over Metroplan vote on 30 Crossing: CORRECTION

The board of directors of Metroplan voted today to seek public comment on an amendment to its Imagine Arkansas long-range transportation plan that would allow the highway department's 30 Crossing project, to widen 7 miles of I-30 through downtown North Little Rock and North Little Rock and replace the Arkansas River bridge, to go forward.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 16:49:00

Griffen asks probe of Ark. Supreme Court and AG's office conduct

At a press conference today at the Doubletree Hotel just across from the Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski County Fifth Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen and his attorneys announced that he has asked the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to investigate the conduct of the entire Arkansas Supreme Court, and asked the director of the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate the conduct of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and several others in the AG's office, related to what Griffen and his attorneys claim were forbidden ex parte conversations between the Supreme Court and the AG's office.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 16:34:00

New charges added in $9 million tax collection scam

The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today an expansion of charges in a case first announced  last year in which people impersonating IRS agents tricked people into sending them almost $9 million through wire cash transfers.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 15:32:00

Former detention officers plead guilty to conspiring to assault juveniles

The U.S. attorney's office in Little Rock announced today that two former supervisors at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville had pleaded guilty to conspiring to assault juvenile inmates.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 15:15:00

Wednesday's open line

Here's the Wednesday open line and a news roundup.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 14:46:00

State Supreme Court denies stay of Kenneth Williams' execution

The Arkansas Supreme Court in brief orders today denied petitions by Kenneth Williams for a stay in his scheduled execution at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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    The state will move one step closer to a lawsuit on May 11, when the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission will hear the American History and Heritage Foundation's plans for a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.
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    The execution of Kenneth Williams for his 1999 slaying of Cecil Boren during a prison escape remains scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, though actions in state and federal courts are anticipated in the final hours.
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    At a press conference today at the Doubletree Hotel just across from the Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski County Fifth Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen and his attorneys announced that he has asked the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission to investigate the conduct of the entire Arkansas Supreme Court, and asked the director of the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct to investigate the conduct of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and several others in the AG's office, related to what Griffen and his attorneys claim were forbidden ex parte conversations between the Supreme Court and the AG's office.

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