LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions. An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin's office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016. McDaniel's office rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot. The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The American Red Cross in Arkansas has deployed two disaster responders to join Red Cross teams providing care since early July in north central Washington for residents in the path of wildfires. It will be the agency's second time within a few months that it will be providing disaster support to the state of Washington.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A state panel has approved a deal to house as many as 250 Arkansas inmates at an unused portion of the Pulaski County jail as part of an effort to ease prison overcrowding. The move is part of a $6 million plan approved by lawmakers earlier this month to open about 600 beds across the state. Corrections officials are asking for $100 million next year to build a new state prison.
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