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Republican legislators take aim at abortion pills with new bills

A bill filed by Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs) would revoke the medical license of doctors found to have provided abortion pills out of step with federal guidelines. Rep. Wayne Long (R-Bradford) has filed a shell bill taking aim at chemical abortions and Rep. Denise Garner (D-Fayetteville) filed a pill to broaden the definition of a medical emergency for abortions.

UPDATE: ASU-supporting legislator targets UAMS for NIL spending

State Sen. Ricky Hill (R-Cabot) is an Arkansas State University graduate and has filed a bill to prevent state-funded medical schools from spending money on the name, image and likeness of student-athletes. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has several TV ads featuring Razorback athletes.

Crystal Ridge Distillery hosting three-year anniversary party Saturday, with a goat!

Crystal Ridge Distillery will host a family-friendly anniversary party on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. They'll have a goat there! His name is Leonard. They'll also unveil a new moonshine flavor.

Families who don't want their school vouchers could send money back to public schools under new bill

If parents are free to do what they like with these new "Education Freedom Accounts," private school parents can choose to send their voucher money back to their public school districts. Right?

Check your guns: Circuit Judge cites 'Gunsmoke' in rousing case dismissal

In the dismissal of a case over guns in courtrooms, Circuit Judge Chip Welch said even the cowboys checked their guns at Miss Kitty's Long Branch Saloon on 'Gunsmoke.'

Two attorneys who represented Barnett in Jan. 6 trial assailed by judge in another case

A federal judge has warned two of the attorneys who were among those representing Bigo Barnett, a Gravette man convicted in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots of potential disciplinary action for repeated delays in a separate case also involving the insurrection.

Black majors make LRPD history in simultaneous assistant chief promotions

In addition to the historic simultaneous promotion, the officers are also only the sixth and seventh Black members in the history of LRPD's chief staff.