Couples: Deny stay in Arkansas gay marriage case
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers representing couples who are challenging Arkansas' gay-marriage ban are asking the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar same-sex marriage case.
A judge in Pulaski County threw out the state's ban on gay marriage in May, and more than 500 same-sex couples received marriage licenses before the state's high court issued an emergency stay. Since then, attorneys for the state have asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to suspend proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on a similar case.
In a court filing Friday, attorneys representing the couples argued that the state showed no proof it'd be harmed if the stay was lifted.
A similar filing was made last week in federal court.
Additional signatures submitted for wage hike item
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group proposing to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has submitted additional signatures in its effort to put the increase before voters in November.
Give Arkansas a Raise Now on Monday submitted 69,070 signatures to the secretary of state's office to place the proposed initiated act on the ballot. Monday was the deadline for the group to submit additional signatures for the measure.
The group last month had fallen 15,107 signatures shy of the 62,507 needed from registered voters to put its proposed initiated act on the ballot, and had been given 30 extra days to circulate petitions. The proposal calls for raising minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017.
The secretary of state's office has 30 days to review the petitions.
MOUNTAIN HOME-POLICE CHASE
Police: Arkansas man charged in officer assault
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas authorities have charged a man after a police pursuit that left the man and an officer injured.
The Baxter Bulletin reports 53-year-old Rory Gregory is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing, theft and resisting arrest using force.
Mountain Home Police say officer Larry Caruso pursued Gregory's truck Saturday night along U.S. Highway 62 because of a suspected theft.
Police say Gregory rammed the officer's car. They say Caruso got out to arrest Gregory, who tried to run over the officer. Police say Caruso punched out the truck's driver's-side window and managed to stop the vehicle.
Caruso suffered minor cuts to his arms.
Gregory was treated at a hospital before being booked into the Baxter County Detention Center on $1 million bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.
JEFFERSON COUNTY-FATAL CRASH
Sheriff's office: Teen killed in Redfield crash
REDFIELD, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say a Jefferson County teenager was killed in a single-vehicle wreck near Redfield.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Sunday evening on River Road. According to the sheriff's office, 17-year-old Cody Farley of Redfield was a passenger in a vehicle that spun out of control and overturned five times.
Farley was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The sheriff's office says the driver of the vehicle was likely traveling more than 100 mph at the time of the crash. Authorities say the driver had swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the roadway before the crash.
Police: Arkansas man shot in arm at home
BOONEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Booneville police say they're searching for three suspects involved in a residential shooting.
Police Chief Albert Brown tells The Southwest Times Record that Tommy Johnson was shot at his home Saturday evening. Brown says three suspects knocked on Johnson's home and then shot him with a .22-caliber pistol. He says Johnson suffered a superficial wound to his arm and refused medical treatment.
Brown says he was unsure of Johnson's age. He says four people were at the home during the shooting.
No arrests have been made. Brown says the investigation is ongoing.
JAIL PROPOSAL-LOGAN COUNTY
Logan County considers developing new jail
PARIS, Ark. (AP) - After discussions for a shared jail between two western Arkansas counties fell through, one of the counties says it's moving forward to develop plans to build its own facility.
Officials in Logan and Franklin counties had been exploring earlier this year in building a 150- to 200-bed jail that would be shared by the two counties.
Logan County Jail Committee board chairman Mike Schluterman tells the Times Record that the committee met earlier this month and decided to consider building its own jail. He says Franklin County officials no longer were interested in sharing a jail.
Logan County has a 34-bed jail in Paris. A jail review committee inspected the facility and told county officials they needed to address issues, including overcrowding.
Arkansas' jobless rate dips to 6.2 percent in July
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in July.
The agency says the jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from June's numbers. The 6.2 percent unemployment rate mirrors the national rate in July.
Officials say seven major industry sectors posted decreases in July. The biggest drop came in the government sector, which reported a drop of 12,700 jobs. Officials say the decrease is caused by summer break at schools and universities.
Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities decreased by 900 in July as well.
Officials say five industry sectors posted gains, with most coming in educational and health services and in leisure and hospitality.
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