{FD} Inmates who held guards hostage treated, returned to prison

The inmates who held two guards hostage for two and a half hours at a maximum security prison in Arkansas have been returned to state custody after being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, state prison officials said Monday The Department of Correction said the guards at the Maximum Security Unit in Tucker were released Friday night with minor injuries while the two inmates were treated at a hospital before being transferred to another prison facility the following morning.

{FD} Wholesaler investigating how Arkansas got execution drug

A drug wholesaler said Tuesday it’s investigating whether a lethal injection drug Arkansas bought and had planned to use in a now-halted execution came from a pharmacy that it supplies, a sale that the company says would have violated its contract with the pharmacy.

{FD} Settlement in lawsuit over Arkansas bounced checks

A city in central Arkansas and a local judge have agreed to change the way they handle suspects charged with writing bad checks to address accusations they were effectively operating a debtors’ prison that imposed hefty fines and jail time for thousands of poor residents.

{FD} Arkansas prisons adding safeguards after disturbances

Arkansas prison officials are upgrading security equipment and increasing restrictive housing for inmates after a series of violent disturbances that have included prisoners assaulting guards.

{FD} Arkansas judge barred from execution cases sues high court

An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration after blocking the use of a lethal injection drug is suing the state’s highest court for prohibiting him from considering any execution-related cases.

{FD} Arkansas court halts order on execution drug label

Arkansas’ highest court has halted a judge’s order requiring the state to release the labels and package inserts for an execution drug it plans to use in putting an inmate to death in November.

{FD} ‘Little Rock Nine’ members mark school’s 1957 desegregation

One of the nine black students who famously integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957 says the images of a white supremacist rally in Virginia last month immediately reminded her of the mobs she faced 60 years ago.

Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set

Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate.

{FD} Official: Prisoners escaped solitary recreation areas

Arkansas’ top prison official says two disturbances at a maximum security facility began when prisoners managed to escape solitary fenced in areas during their recreation breaks.

{FD} Prosecutor: Police justified in shooting of Arkansas teen

A black teenager pointed a BB gun that looked like a handgun at police before he was fatally shot by officers outside an emergency youth center in eastern Arkansas, a prosecutor said in announcing no charges would be filed against the officers.

{FD} Prosecutor: Officers won’t face charges in teen’s death

Two eastern Arkansas police officers won’t face charges in the fatal shooting of a black teenager outside an emergency youth shelter, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

{FD} AP NewsBreak: Arkansas inmates had Taser during incident

Several Arkansas prison inmates who stole keys from correction officers and held them in part of the facility also had a Taser, and another prison key was found on a bus after the inmates were sent to another facility following the incident, according to documents released by the state.

{FD} Weed killer turns neighbor against neighbor in farm country

A longtime Arkansas soybean farmer, Mike Wallace thought of his neighbors as a community and always was willing to lend a hand if they faced any hardships with their crops.

{FD} Little Rock Police: Several injured after nightclub shooting

Little Rock Police say they are investigating a shooting at an Arkansas nightclub that left at least 17 people injured.

{FD} Arkansas panel not pursuing probe over execution drugs

The Arkansas Medical Board isn’t pursuing an investigation into how drugs used to execute four inmates in April was obtained.