Senate takes up religion bill at governor’s request

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state’s biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

Senate approves religious protection bill

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas inched closer Friday toward becoming the second state this year to adopt a law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, with the state Senate approving a religious protection bill.

Former Attorney General opposes move

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several dozens of people, including former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, have gathered in Little Rock to show their distaste for a proposed law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, and Forrest City Fire Chief Johnny Ruffin reminds residents the change in time is a good opportunity to inspect smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

One killed, four injured as storms sweep across Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A powerful storm system swept across Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least one person and injuring four others, emergency officials said, as millions of people were in the path of hurricane-force winds and possible tornadoes later Monday.