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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…

Hundreds of dead birds litter Arkansas town for second year in a row

Officials in Arkansas are urging calm after hundreds of dead birds were found littering yards and streets in Beebe, Arkansas for the second New Year’s Eve in a row. The same thing happened last year, when thousands of dead birds were found in Beebe, scattered across an area of about…

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