State courts

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks with a reporter in Washington. On Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Hutchinson scheduled execution dates for eight inmates in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
February 27, 2017 - 8:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks with a reporter in Washington. On Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Hutchinson scheduled execution dates for eight inmates in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
February 27, 2017 - 6:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson...
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February 27, 2017 - 4:25 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates over a 10-day period in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson...
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February 27, 2017 - 2:54 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday set execution dates for eight inmates in an attempt to resume the death penalty after a nearly 12-year hiatus, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death. The Republican governor signed a proclamation...
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In this Dec. 13, 2016 photo, Rob Phillips poses under a gate at his home with the old Anaconda smelter smokestack in the distance in Opportunity, Mont. Phillips is one of dozens of residents who are suing for the right to remove arsenic and other toxic metals from their land after they say federal officials and the smelter's owner botched the 34-year environmental cleanup. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
February 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm
OPPORTUNITY, Mont. (AP) — George Niland wonders whether he should wear a respirator when he mows his lawn. Serge Myers laments not being able to garden in his backyard. Rob Phillips puzzles over why his 22 acres have been marked as an unblemished island surrounded by a sea of contamination. The...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks at an event in Little Rock. Rutledge said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, she was pleased that the state Supreme Court had tossed out a Fayetteville ordinance extending anti-discrimination protection to members of the LGBT community. Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and a handful of other cities had approved local ordinances prohibiting discrimination. The court agreed with state lawyers who said legislators intended to have uniform anti-discrimination measures statewide. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
February 23, 2017 - 3:01 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional. The...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks at an event in Little Rock. Rutledge said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, she was pleased that the state Supreme Court had tossed out a Fayetteville ordinance extending anti-discrimination protection to members of the LGBT community. Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and a handful of other cities had approved local ordinances prohibiting discrimination. The court agreed with state lawyers who said legislators intended to have uniform anti-discrimination measures statewide. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
February 23, 2017 - 2:59 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional. The...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks at an event in Little Rock. Rutledge said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, she was pleased that the state Supreme Court had tossed out a Fayetteville ordinance extending anti-discrimination protection to members of the LGBT community. Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and a handful of other cities had approved local ordinances prohibiting discrimination. The court agreed with state lawyers who said legislators intended to have uniform anti-discrimination measures statewide. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
February 23, 2017 - 2:55 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional. The...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Duane Buck. The Supreme Court has ordered a new court hearing for a Texas prison inmate Buck who claims improper testimony about his race tainted his death sentence. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
February 22, 2017 - 12:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race. Lawyers for inmate Duane Buck said the result of the court's 6-2 decision is that Buck must either be given a...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Duane Buck. The Supreme Court has ordered a new court hearing for a Texas prison inmate Buck who claims improper testimony about his race tainted his death sentence. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
February 22, 2017 - 10:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate who claims improper testimony about his race tainted his death sentence. The justices voted 6-2 in favor of inmate Duane Buck. Buck had tried for years to get federal courts to look at his...
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