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.
ARKANSAS EXECUTES DEATH-ROW INMATE LEDELL LEE, FIRST PRISONER TO DIE IN STATE SINCE 2005
DAYS BEFORE SCHEDULED EXECUTION, ARKANSAS INMATE'S REQUEST FOR DNA TESTING DENIED
GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE IN ARKANSAS' EXECUTION PLANNING
ARRON LEWIS GUILTY OF CAPITAL MURDER, KIDNAPPING IN REALTOR'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 ASU 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.
TOWNSELL SAYS NEW LGBT PROTECTIONS ARE 'STATEMENT' AGAINST ARKANSAS LAW
Conway now joins other Arkansas cities in affording “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” protections to its city employees. The Conway City Council, in a 6-2 vote, passed an amendment to the city’s employee handbook outlining additional anti-discrimination measures for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
MAKING A SPLASH: CITY CONSIDERING PURCHASE OF SPIRIT HOMES FOR COMMUNITY CENTER USE
Nearly 13 years after Spirit Homes shut down, the City of Conway is testing the waters on a proposed community center at the site in west Conway. In recent months, city leaders as well as a number of residents have been part of a discussion that would transform the 220,000-square-foot building and 17 acres of surrounding land at 901 McNutt Road into a community center to house recreational amenities such as a 50-meter pool and tennis courts.
FAITH-BASED 'GOD'S NOT DEAD 2' MAKES ARKANSAS DEBUT AT PRIVATE SCREENING
A faith-based film shot largely in Little Rock last summer was seen for the first time by most of the people behind the project, including its big-name lead actor. Melissa Joan Hart in a Twitter post said the screening of God's Not Dead 2 at Riverdale 10 Cinema in Little Rock was her first of many stops planned as part of a publicity tour.
EVERY INCH OF NORTH LITTLE ROCK HOUSE, YARD COVERED FOR CHRISTMAS
Traveling onto Covington Drive in North Little Rock at night around Christmastime, nothing seems out of the ordinary — at least not initially. As passersby make their way further down the road, though, a faint light grows and illuminates more of its surroundings. Holiday symbols of all shapes and sizes continue to emerge until only specks of a homeowner's front yard are visible.