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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former state lawmaker from northeast Arkansas is being ordered to repay the salary he received as a city attorney while he was also a member of the House of Representatives.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that former Rep. Wes Wagner must repay $26,231 to the city of Manila for his salary in 2013 and 2014 while he was serving in the House and being paid by the state.

Arkansas soybean farmers who rely on a chemical called Dicamba to kill weeds must stop using it during the growing season next year. That’s because it has allegedly been drifting to neighboring farms and killing crops.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas lawmaker says the Legislature's tax overhaul task force is looking to determine which of the state's sales-tax exemptions should be kept and which should be abandoned.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that PFM Consulting Group presented a report to the task force Tuesday with 7-year-old state estimates of financial impact of the exemptions.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas has identified a New York pharmaceutical company as the maker of one of its lethal injection drugs, and the company says it doesn't want any of its products used in executions.

A package insert for the state's supply of midazolam released by the state Wednesday identifies Athenex as the maker of the drug, one of three used in Arkansas' lethal injection process. The insert was included as part of an affidavit filed by state Correction Department officials.

The execution of Arkansas death row inmate Jack Greene has been halted by the state Supreme Court. Justices granted an emergency stay on Tuesday for the execution slated for Thursday night. Greene’s attorneys argue he suffers from extreme mental illness and wouldn’t rationally understand his execution.

His legal team asked the state’s highest court to review a lower court ruling that the state’s prison director – not a medical professional – has the authority to determine whether a person is mentally competent to stand for execution.

On the eve of a major decision by the state over the controversial weed killer dicamba, tensions are running high in Arkansas’s farming communities.

“This is probably the most divisive the agricultural community has ever been,” said Shawn Peebles, an organic farmer in Augusta. 

Peebles said he hasn’t personally sustained damage from dicamba drift but he is experiencing issues with companies no longer wanting to do business with Arkansas growers due to concerns about residue from the weed killer.  

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of November 10!


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JONESBORO – For the upcoming academic year, Arkansas State University will utilize the “superscore” method for ACT scores for the majority of incoming student admissions and institutional scholarships, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced today.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas auditors have found that the state treasurer's office has spent state funding on events, meals, gifts and personal purchases without a reasonable business purpose.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor says he's unlikely to halt the execution next week of a convicted killer whose attorneys have argued is mentally incompetent to be put to death.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday he's seen nothing in the case file so far that would prompt him to grant clemency to death row inmate Jack Greene, who's scheduled to be put to death on Thursday.

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On Friday, ASU-Newport’s Marked Tree campus turns 50 years old.  A celebration takes place Friday afternoon on site from one to five.  Director of Marketing and Communications at ASU-Newport Jeremy Shirley tells about how the Marked Tree campus got started.

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of November 4!

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Officials at Nucor Steel in Hickman made a major announcement during their 25th anniversary celebration near Blytheville Thursday. 

A 230-million dollar expansion means 100 more jobs are coming to Nucor Steel.  Vice President and General Manager MaryEmily Slate says the new mill is the first of its kind.

“This is the first mill in America that will take deeper reductions on higher strength steels so we can make stronger and lighter steels for many customers, including those in the automotive industry,” says Slate.

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd is expected to provide an update on how much it might cost to build a facility to house a regional crisis stabilization center when he addresses the Craighead County Quorum Court tonight. 

The county was one of four counties in the state to receive a one-point-six million dollar grant from the state to house a center.  A total of five million dollars was released for the project by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

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