CRIMES AND COURTS
ARKANSAS PUTS TWO INMATES TO DEATH IN FIRST DOUBLE EXECUTION IN U.S. SINCE 2000
A second Arkansas inmate has been put to death in the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000. Marcel Williams died more than three hours after Jack Jones was pronounced dead. Both men died from lethal injections administered at the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Cummins Unit. The two men, who were each sentenced to death more than 20 years ago, pursued legal challenges into the night in hopes of halting the executions, but neither effort was successful.
ARRON LEWIS GUILTY OF CAPITAL MURDER, KIDNAPPING IN REALTOR BEVERLY CARTER'S DEATH
"The only thing that Beverly Carter did that day was go to work. That's all she did," Carter's son Carl Carter Jr. told reporters outside the courtroom after Arron Lewis was found guilty. Carter's body was found buried in a shallow grave behind an Argos concrete plant in Cabot in September 2014, four days after she had went missing while on a trip to show a house in Scott.
TRUMP TO LITTLE ROCK CROWD: CRUZ COMMITTED FRAUD, CLINTONS 'LEFT YOU'
After a delay that lasted more than an hour, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his case to a crowd of supporters in Little Rock, inserting a number of Arkansas references as he spoke. Trump's speech at Barton Coliseum touched largely on economic policy, including trade with China. He also spoke on his plan for a border fence to control immigration, his proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act and ways to improve the treatment of veterans.
CAMPAIGN'S FOCUS TO GIVE AMERICANS 'FAIR SHOT,' CLINTON SAYS
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Arkansas for the second time during her bid for the White House. During what her campaign called a "grassroots organizing event" at Philander Smith College, Clinton said: "We are not going to let our country be taken backwards." Clinton also said she owes "so much to the people of Arkansas" for their support, adding that the state "holds so many wonderful memories for me and my family."
BREAKING AND SPOT NEWS
1 DEAD, 1 HURT AFTER SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK
A small plane crash at the North Little Rock Municipal Airport killed one person, officials said. Two people were on board the plane at the time of the 1:32 p.m. crash, and the second was transported to the hospital, North Little Rock city spokesman Nathan Hamilton said. The Cessna 310 crashed within the fenced area surrounding the small airport and caught on fire after impact.
CHANCELLOR: NO ACTIVE THREAT AT ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AFTER SUSPECTED GUNMAN'S ARREST
Chancellor Tim Hudson said during a 5 p.m. news conference that "there is no continuing danger" at Arkansas State University after a gunman drove a truck onto a lawn near the university's student union. "The Arkansas State community remains strong and we're safe thanks in large part to the quick action and cooperation of our law enforcement officers and safety personnel," he said. No one was injured and no shots were fired on campus.
WALLEY FAMILY PACKS UP FEW BELONGINGS IN EVACUATION RUSH
With Perry County residents near the Arkansas River seeking higher ground elsewhere, the muddy water’s putrid stench inland is now occupying their neighborhoods. Traveling through inundated areas along the Arkansas River, shortly before the anticipated crest, several homes in the area sat vacant. Many homeowners are living in the homes of their friends and families waiting for floodwaters to recede.