Arkansas is temporarily blocked from enforcing a law that would have allowed criminal charges against librarians and booksellers for providing "harmful" materials to minors.
A tornado raced through the Arkansas capital and surrounding areas, splintering homes, overturning vehicles and tossing trees and debris on roadways as people raced for shelter.
Under the Youth Hiring Act of 2023, those under 16 don't have to get the Division of Labor's permission to be employed. The state also doesn't have to verify their age anymore.
Lawmakers in Tennessee are advancing a bill that would restrict drag show performances in the state. This bill and others like it threaten the LGBTQ community as well as businesses, critics say.
Tulsa, Okla., has offered a blueprint, however imperfect, for how to confront a history of racial violence. In neighboring Arkansas, the city of Elaine has found the Tulsa model hard to replicate.
Administrators tore out a two-page timeline depicting recent events, including the police killing of George Floyd, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Jan. 6 insurrection. They cited "community backlash."
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the bill in April banning state and local mask mandates, but now he says cases are up and children under 12 are vulnerable because they can't get vaccinated.
The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. And this weekend, 80,000 doses will expire because of lack of demand. The campaign is on to get people to sign up.
"My own personal view that this is too extreme, it was too broad and did not grandfather in those young people who are currently under hormone treatment," he said, before apologizing.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, called the Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act, or SAFE Act, "a vast government overreach." The legislature could override the veto with a simple majority.