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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An attorney for an Arkansas judge who faces sanctions for participating in a death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the use of an execution drug says the complaint against the jurist is more about optics than it is ethics. A judicial ethics commission on Friday held a hearing on Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's request to dismiss the complaint against him over the demonstration last year. Griffen was photographed laying on a cot outside the governor's mansion during a death penalty demonstration last year. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words, photos.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has chosen a Boston-based consultant to grade the more than 200 applications for the state's first medical marijuana dispensary licenses. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Public Consulting Group Inc. was one of just two companies to respond to the state's request issued to 30 companies that could grade the cannabis-vending proposals. 250 words.


CHARTER SCHOOLS-ARKANSAS — Arkansas officials have rejected three more applications for new open-enrollment charter schools, increasing the total number of such applications denied this week to six.

DOUBLE KILLING ARREST — Police say they have arrested one man for the July killing of two northwest Arkansas residents, but they are still searching nationwide for a second man who is believed to be armed and dangerous.



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State's Broderick Fobbs welcomes his new coaching peers in the Southwestern Athletic Conference — and any new ideas they bring with them. Half the league's 10 programs have new leaders going into this season, though most of them have been around for a while as assistants. By John Zenor. 800 words, photos.

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