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DNA Will Prove If State Executed an Innocent Man

Ledell Lee maintained his innocence until he was put to death in 2017

(Newser) - Ledell Lee was executed in Arkansas in 2017 , despite legal challenges requesting more DNA testing using modern technology; the state denied those requests. Lee never stopped insisting he was innocent of the 1993 murder of Debra Reese, and now Slate reports that his case "could result in DNA evidence... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Police Officer 'Ambushed and Executed' in His Car

The Arkansas officer's killer 'had no motive at all'

(Newser) - Police say an Arkansas officer was just sitting in his car when someone walked up and executed him, 5 News Online reports. Officer Stephen Carr was waiting for his partner behind the Fayetteville police station Saturday morning when a man armed with a 9mm handgun shot him multiple times, the... More »

Toddler Dies Trying to Save Puppy From Burning Home

Family lost track of 23-month-old while scrambling to put out fire

(Newser) - Arkansas couple Kurtis and Caitlin Sharp lost their home and their possessions in a house fire Saturday, but that was far from the worst loss they suffered that day. As family members, who were outside when the fire broke out around 5pm, were calling for help and trying to put... More »

Sarah Sanders on Possible Run: 'I Feel Like I've Been Called'

Former White House press secretary is clearly thinking about a gubernatorial run in Arkansas

(Newser) - So is Sarah Sanders running for governor in Arkansas ? She's not making anything official yet, but in a new interview with the New York Times , President Trump's former press secretary also isn't exactly downplaying the possibility. "There are two types of people who run for... More »

Paternity Test Is More Bad News for Hunter Biden

Lunden Roberts says he fathered their child

(Newser) - Someone get Joe Biden an aspirin—his son is back in the news. This time it's about a court motion saying Hunter Biden fathered a child with an Arkansas woman and owes her child support, People reports. "DNA testing has established with scientific certainty that the defendant is... More »

Chemistry Professors Arrested in Meth Probe

One had said 'Breaking Bad' was a boon to recruiting

(Newser) - Two chemistry professors in Arkansas have been accused of breaking bad, and have been arrested on suspicion of making methamphetamine. Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, have been on administrative leave since Oct. 11, the Democrat-Gazette reports, days after a chemical odor was reported in the science... More »

Bloomberg Qualifies for Ballot in 2nd State

He files the paperwork himself in Arkansas

(Newser) - Two down, 48 to go. Michael Bloomberg flew to Arkansas on Tuesday and personally filed the necessary paperwork to be a candidate in the state's primary, reports the New York Times . The former New York City mayor has now qualified for two states, having filed the paperwork for Alabama... More »

Locals on Edge as Prisoner Goes Missing—Again

Calvin Adams escaped an Arkansas prison in 2009 and may have just done so again

(Newser) - "We'll get him." That's the determined response of a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, which has pulled out all the stops to look for a convicted murderer who either managed to bust out of a state prison or is hiding very well somewhere on... More »

She Found No Diamonds for an Hour. Then She Went to YouTube

Miranda Hollingshead scores big at Crater of Diamonds

(Newser) - A first-time visitor to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park turned to YouTube for help in finding a gleaming rock and, almost immediately, spotted one. After searching through the dirt for about an hour on a spur-of-the-moment family outing on Aug. 16, Miranda Hollingshead of Bogata, Texas, sat down in... More »

VA Doctor Allegedly Made 3K Mistakes. 3 Patients Died

Arkansas' Robert Morris Levy faces up to 524 years if convicted

(Newser) - A former Veterans Affairs doctor is accused of making more than 3,000 errors, including "incorrect and misleading diagnoses" resulting in three patients' deaths. He faces up to 524 years in prison if convicted. Federal investigators say one veteran died of prostate cancer though Dr. Robert Morris Levy, the... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

White Supremacist Leader Captured After Prison Break

Gang leader, 2nd inmate escaped Ark. facility

(Newser) - Authorities on Thursday captured two fugitives, including a white supremacist gang leader, who escaped from an Arkansas jail and whose disappearance may have gone unnoticed for more than a day. Wesley Gullett, 30, was captured after he was found walking alone down a highway in Dover, which is about 100... More »

Freed School Shooter Killed in Car Crash

Andrew Golden was 11 when he took part in shooting that killed 5

(Newser) - One of the youngest people convicted of murder in American history has been killed in a car crash, 21 years after he and another student killed four students and a teacher at a middle school in Arkansas. Police say 33-year-old Drew Grant was killed in a crash Saturday evening in... More »

Woman Buys Out Entire Payless Store to Help Those in Need

Carrie Jernigan says it all began with a simple request from her daughter to donate one pair

(Newser) - It started with a pair of Avengers-branded shoes. One day in May, attorney Carrie Jernigan was shopping at a Payless near her home in Alma, Ark., with her kids, trying to grab as many pairs of deeply discounted footwear as she could after Payless announced it would soon be closing... More »

Judge Blocks 3 New Arkansas Abortion Laws

Temporary measure grants 14-day temporary restraining order

(Newser) - A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions from taking effect Wednesday in Arkansas, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state's only surgical abortion clinic to close. US District Judge Kristine Baker granted a 14-day temporary restraining order shortly before midnight Tuesday, the AP reports.... More »

A Diner's Menu Offer Sparks Debate: Is It Really Sexist?

Mama D's Diner lets people order a little extra for the 'girlfriend'

(Newser) - A restaurant's special "girlfriend" offer is lighting up the Internet and sparking debate about possible sexism. It all began June 28 when Nick Chisler posted the "My Girlfriend is Not Hungry" listing from an Arkansas diner on Facebook , per CBS News . The cheeky menu option at Mama... More »

Suspect in Murder of Former State Senator Is 'Good Friend'

Rebecca O'Donnell's partner claims her innocence in death of Linda Collins-Smith

(Newser) - Former two-term Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith was killed by her friend, a former campaign aide now charged with capital murder, according to state police. Following her Friday arrest during a traffic stop, 48-year-old Rebecca O'Donnell was charged Monday with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with... More »

An Ex-State Senator Was Murdered. A Woman Has Been Arrested

Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, 48, in custody after homicide of Ark.'s Linda Collins-Smith

(Newser) - A former Arkansas state senator was found dead of a gunshot wound at her Randolph County home last week, and now police have a suspect in custody, per CBS News . Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas has been arrested, with criminal charges still to come. A release from Arkansas... More »

'Ants Were My Nemesis,' Hiker Lost in Wilderness Says

Other hazards were expected

(Newser) - A drink of good, clean drinking water was Josh McClatchy's first request after being rescued. "It was so refreshing," he said. McClatchy had spent nearly five days fending for himself in the Caney Creek Wilderness of Arkansas after becoming lost on a hike last week. He was... More »

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