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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas state senator who is a nephew of the governor has been charged with spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a Caribbean cruise, tuition payments and groceries.Federal prosecutors on Friday announced that Republican state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is charged with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. Hutchinson, who is a nephew of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 18. By Andrew DeMillo. 500 words, with photo.


— ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS — The second of Arkansas' three lethal injection drugs has expired and prison officials say their search for a replacement remains on hold until an execution secrecy law is expanded.

— BURNED BODY-CEMETERY — A parolee has been charged in the slaying of an 80-year-old Arkansas woman who was reported missing last week and her burned remains were later found at a cemetery.

— UNIVERSITY-PLEA DEAL — A Bentonville man has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to false imprisonment involving a University of Central Arkansas student.




Mired in its worst six-year stretch in school history, Arkansas prepares for a fresh start under first-year coach Chad Morris against Eastern Illinois on Saturday. The Razorbacks will be led by quarterback Cole Kelley, who was named the starter this week. By Kurt Voigt.



MONACO — American long jumper Jarrion Lawson, who won silver at last year's world championships, has been suspended after failing a doping test. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping issues in track and field, says Lawson — a former Arkansas standout — tested positive for a metabolite of the banned anabolic steroid trenbolone. It didn't say when the positive sample was taken. Lawson has been suspended until a full disciplinary hearing. Lawson was fourth in the long jump at the 2016 Olympics. SENT: 140 words, with photo.


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