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  • Census: Immigration Boosting Population Growth In Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ sustained population growth in 2018 was bolstered more by people migrating to the state than residents giving birth, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. The statistics show the state’s birthrate in 2018 was the lowest of this decade, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The birthrate in Arkansas per 1,000 residents has dropped every year since 2010. The decline is part of a nationwide trend that some worry could hurt the economy, economic experts […]

  • Read It Here: Mueller Report Released To Public

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN/AP) — After years of investigating, the Department of Justice released a redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday (April 18). The report is nearly 400 pages and covers subjects ranging from questions about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election to whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. Read or download a copy of the full redacted report here. Barr held an 8:30 a.m. news conference to present his interpretation of the report’s findings, before […]

  • US Retail Sales Soared 1.6% In March

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales surged in March at the fastest pace since late 2017, as spending on autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing jumped. The Commerce Department says that sales increased a seasonally adjusted 1.6% from February, the strongest increase since September 2017. The gains mark a sharp rebound from a lackluster period of sales dating back to December. It’s a sign that the healthy job market has likely made consumers more eager to spend in ways that boost […]

  • US Claims For Unemployment Aid Hit Lowest Level Since ’69

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250, lowest since November 1969. Weekly claims have been at historically low levels — below 300,000 — for more than four years. Unemployment claims are a proxy for layoffs. The low levels […]

  • Arkansas Governor Signs Bill Raising Marriage Age To 17

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation that increases the state’s marriage age to 17. Under the previous law, 16-year-old girls and 17-year-old boys could get married with the consent of their parents. If the girl was pregnant, a judge could approve a marriage regardless of her age. The legislation signed Wednesday raises the marriage age to 17 regardless of circumstances, and parental consent is still required. Democratic Rep. Vivian Flowers of Pine Bluff sponsored the bill. She […]

  • North Korea Says It Test-Fired New Tactical Guided Weapon

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” in what may be an attempt to register displeasure with a deadlock in nuclear talks with the United States without causing those coveted negotiations to collapse. Leader Kim Jong Un observed the unspecified weapon being fired Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said. Kim was reported to have said “the development of […]

  • For-Profit Jail, Family Settle Arkansas Inmate Death Lawsuit

    TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Lawyers reached an undisclosed settlement Tuesday in a federal lawsuit in which the family of an Arkansas man alleged employees of a for-profit jail left the man to die in his cell as his health deteriorated. Representatives for Michael Sabbie’s family and LaSalle Corrections, which runs the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana, Texas, said they would not comment on the terms of the settlement stemming from Sabbie’s 2015 death, according to the Texarkana Gazette . The lawsuit also […]

  • Beyoncé Releases Surprise New Album

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé has surprised her fans by releasing a soundtrack to her Netflix documentary “Homecoming.” The 37-year-old superstar debuted “Homecoming: The Live Album” Wednesday, the same day a Netflix documentary exploring her historic performances at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was released. She was the first black woman to headline the event in which she paid tribute to America’s historically black colleges. The album features 40 tracks including “Single Ladies” and “Crazy in Love.” […]

  • Cotton Says More Than $1M Raised For Senate Re-Elect Bid

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton’s campaign says the Arkansas Republican has raised more than $1 million in the first three months of the year for his re-election bid. The Cotton campaign this week reported raising $935,000 in the fundraising period that ended March 31 and another $100,000 through a joint fundraising committee. Cotton’s campaign reported having $2.83 million in the bank for his 2020 re-election bid and spending more than $203,000 during the quarter. Cotton is […]

  • Alabama Man Dies After Gun In Diaper Bag Goes Off

    VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has died days after he was accidentally shot outside a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant when a gun discharged inside a baby’s diaper bag. Al.com quotes the Jefferson County coroner’s office as saying Tuesday that 22-year-old Timothy Roshun Smith Jr. has died. Police in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills say Smith was preparing to change his daughter’s diaper in a car outside the pizza restaurant Saturday when a gun stored in the diaper bag […]

  • Inmate Serving Sentence For Rape Dies In Arkansas Prison

    GRADY, Ark. (AP) — Corrections officials say an inmate has been found dead at a prison in southeast Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Correction says 43-year-old Kelley Holcomb was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday night at the Cummins Unit in Grady, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock. The agency says Holcomb was pronounced dead shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday in the prison infirmary. Holcomb was serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape out of Lonoke County. […]

  • Louisiana Man Charged With 100 Counts Of First-Degree Rape

    PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A 71-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape over allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving minors. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office tells news outlets the allegations against Harvey Joseph Fountain date to the 1970s. The sheriff’s office says deputies received a tip on April 1 that Fountain was sexually involved with juveniles, and an investigation found evidence supporting the allegations. Fountain was arrested on 50 counts of first-degree rape on April 9. Days […]

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