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Many people in Arkansas jails and prisons have mental-health issues, and state officials have created a program to divert more of them to treatment instead of incarceration. (Getty Images)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As many as 5,000 people in Arkansas jails and prisons may have mental-health issues, studies show, and state officials are taking steps to change that. The Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill to provide alternatives to jail for these people, and expand crisis intervention t

A new study shows that African-Americans in Arkansas are behind residents of many other states when it comes to economic and social equality. (iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Progress toward economic and social equality for African-Americans in Arkansas lags behind many other states, according to a new study. A new WalletHub survey showed there is a lot of ground to make up in order for the state to realize civil rights leaders' dreams of equality

GRAPHIC: The Arkansas Secretary of State's office lists the kinds of IDs that a voter must have to vote. Graphic from the Secretary of State's website.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Confusion caused by Arkansas's voter ID law might mean serious problems as folks go to the polls for the primary. Last year's law requires Arkansans to present a photo ID to vote. But it's under a legal cloud, and as with similar laws in other states, may be ruled uncons

GRAPHIC: According to a new poll performed for AARP, many older Arkansans report age discrimination.  Graphic courtesy AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Older Arkansans overwhelmingly think age discrimination is a problem, an AARP survey shows, and almost all of them favor more legal protection. The poll taken last month spoke to registered Arkansas voters 50 and over. A large number said age discrimination is a reality in the wo

According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil

PHOTO: A new study finds Arkansas children, and particularly children of color, are falling behind in education and other measures of well-being. Photo courtesy the U.S. Dept. of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The serious gaps in achievement for children of color in Arkansas are the subject of a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation checked the progress of America's kids and found that in Arkansas, white children are not doing especially well - but black and Latino children are doi

Oscar Perez is in the U.S. without permission, but since coming to this country at 17 he's built a life and business that presently employs three. PHOTO of Oscar and his children at home, courtesy of Amanda Perez.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Behind all the immigration debates and statistics are real people, such as Amanda Paris Perez. Perez was born and raised in Rogers and still lives there, taking care of her two young children and helping her husband, Oscar, run a small construction firm. Oscar slipped i

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Maryland has become the latest state to repeal its death penalty, and a half-dozen others are considering doing so, including Arkansas. New legislation (HB 2166 and SB 1055) in the state House and Senate would give maximum life sentences instead. Arkansas hasn't executed anyone

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