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

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Couples challenging the Arkansas ban on gay marriage packed a Pulaski County courtroom Thursday to argue that the state's constitutional amendment is itself unconstitutional. But state attorneys contend the voter-approved amendment declaring that marriage is between one man and one woman should stand. The judge said at the end of the hearing he expects to rule in about two weeks.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas attorney general's office has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure to legalize alcohol sales across the state. Lawyers say the wording is vague. Backers need to get state approval of the text before they can begin gathering signatures to get the question on the ballot. The measure would repeal laws that allow counties to conduct their own votes on whether to be wet or dry.

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - Bond has been set at a half-million dollars for a Paragould gynecologist who is facing felony charges. Prosecutors say Doctor Paul Becton is accused of taking nude photos of a patient during an exam. Police found images on Becton's cellphone that appear to be the woman.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of Tommy Bowden of Dardanelle. Bowden is serving a life sentence for beating his mother Julie Richardson to death with a shovel more than two years ago. Bowden argued that a judge shouldn't have denied a defense request to allow a psychiatrist to testify about his mental state. The high court disagreed.

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