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Arkansas now officially has the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, placing a ban on almost all abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy. The Arkansas Legislature voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of the law, which takes effect later this summer. The 12th week of pregnancy is typically when a fetal heartbeat can be detected by ultrasound. The law makes exceptions in cases of rape, incest or severe medical problems … Discuss

A committee in the Arkansas House of Representatives has approved the “heartbeat-bill,” which would ban abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill contains exceptions in cases of rape, incest and certain medical conditions. Another Arkansas bill that is working its way through the legislative body and has been approved by the Senate would prevent abortions after 20 weeks—the point at which some research suggests that the fetus can feel pain. Both of the bills are expected to receive a full House vote in the coming days. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, has not said whether or not he will veto the legislation if the bills proceed to him … Discuss

The Arkansas House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to pass the Church Protection Act. The law seeks to allow individual places of worship to decide whether or not to allow concealed handguns in their churches and gives them the right to decide who can carry them. Other states, including South Carolina, Wyoming and Louisiana also have laws that allow firearms in churches. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Democratic governor Mike Beebe … Discuss

The "West Memphis 3" made headlines in the early '90s after they were convicted for killing two young boys in West Memphis, Ark. But the three have maintained their innocence, and DNA evidence seemed to back up their claims. Today, the state of Arkansas released them after the DNA evidence was reexamined ...

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Predictions of a severe storm season continue to come true. Early Wednesday morning, tornadoes tore through Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, taking 10 lives. Some storms returned to the already devastated Joplin, MO, and twister development was also reported in northern Texas…

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