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News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

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BOONEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say three suspects have been arrested in the beating death of a Booneville man who witnesses say was pulled from his car and attacked. Investigators say the victim, 41-year-old Gregory Kennedy, was believed to have had a role in the beating of the pregnant girlfriend of one of the suspects.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that found the state's death penalty law unconstitutional. A Pulaski County judge struck down the law in February, saying the Legislature gave too much authority to the Department of Correction when it granted the agency's director power to choose the lethal injection drug.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican Congressman Tom Cotton says a new group of military veterans supporting his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor. The U.S. Army veteran made the announcement yesterday with about two dozen veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Little Rock while criticizing President Barack Obama over troubles at VA hospitals and clinics.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The rate of Arkansas high school seniors going directly to college increased in 2013 to 54.3 percent, continuing a trend that began in 2009. But the chairman of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board says it's not increasing fast enough to meet the governor's goal of doubling the number of college graduates in Arkansas by 2025.

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