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More than 150 same-sex couples marry in Arkansas amid state high court delay

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – The Arkansas Supreme Court delayed its ruling until at least Tuesday on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to wed, even as more than 150 gay and lesbian couples were married at a county courthouse in the capital city of Little Rock.…

Same-sex couples flock to Arkansas after judge strikes down marriage ban

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – Nearly 100 same-sex couples, hoisting rainbow flags, crowded the county courthouse of Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, on Monday morning to receive marriage licenses after a judge last week struck down the state’s 10-year ban on gay marriage. Arkansas is the…

‘It’s long overdue’: Arkansas’ marriage equality ban struck down by state judge

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – An Arkansas state judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday saying it violates equal protection provisions of the U.S. Constitution, with the ruling adding to the momentum of expanding marriage rights for same-sex couples. “Arkansas’s marriage laws discriminate…

Storms kill 21, tornado roars through Mississippi city

On a second day of ferocious storms that have claimed at least 21 lives in the southern United States, a tornado tore through the Mississippi town of Tupelo on Monday destroying homes and businesses, according to witnesses and emergency officials. At least one person was killed in Tupelo, a city…

Storm system that killed 16 in Arkansas also produces tornado in Mississippi

By Colin Sims VILONIA, Arkansas (Reuters) – A ferocious storm system caused a twister in Mississippi and threatened tens of millions of people across the U.S. Southeast on Monday, a day after it spawned tornadoes that killed 16 people and tossed cars like toys in Arkansas and other states. A…

At least 17 killed as tornadoes rip through Arkansas and Oklahoma

Powerful tornadoes killed at least 17 people as they flipped cars, ripped up homes and uprooted trees across south-central United States, emergency officials reported Monday. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said that 15 people were killed…   Watch a video report from KATV below:…

Delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk

The baby in Arkansas seems healthy at birth. Warm, fuzzy skin. A normal weight. But Aiden Cooper can’t keep down formula. Don’t worry, he’s fine, doctors assure his mother as they leave…  …

Republican to DREAMers: I understand immigration because I was born in Arkansas

A California congressman told a group of DREAM Act-eligible students that he understands what it’s like to be an immigrant because he was born in Arkansas. The Washington Post‘s Plum Line blog reported that Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) was confronted by a group of young immigrant activists at a political…

Arkansas 12-week abortion ban likely to be struck down, says pro-life lawyer

Lawyers from both sides of the abortion debate have acknowledged that an Arkansas bill that bans terminations after 12 weeks is likely to be struck down in the courts. A vote by the Republican-dominated Arkansas legislature on Wednesday gave the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the US. Lawmakers…

Arkansas House passes most restrictive abortion ban in U.S.

The Arkansas state House of Representatives voted on Monday for a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks without any exceptions, according to the Associated Press. The bill, which passed by a vote of 77 to 15, also bans insurers from providing abortion care if they participate in the…

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