• Pryor thanks Diamond T 4-H

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — After receiving nearly two dozen handmade cards for Arkansas troops in Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is thanking the Diamond T 4-H Club of Independence County for its show of support for our men and women in uniform. Over the past few …

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  • Congress fixes Conservation Stewardship Program funding

    LYONS, Neb. — Farmers and ranchers will again have the opportunity to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program, which rewards producers for conservation practices on working lands, thanks to passage of legislation that replaces the funding for 2013 CSP enrollment that was accidently cut off …

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  • Christians mark Jesus’ crucifixion

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City today, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Throngs of pilgrims walked a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus’ steps along the Via Dolorosa, …

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  • However Supreme Court rules, gay marriage debate won’t end

    NEW YORK — However the Supreme Court rules after its landmark hearings on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide Americans and states for many years to come. In oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on two cases involving gay couples’ rights, the justices left …

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  • Vet with local ties assists in ground breaking procedure

    WYLIE, Texas — Former Batesville resident and veterinarian Dr. Toby Wallis assisted with a never-before-performed procedure in America — surgical bilateral denervation of the coxofemoral joints. The procedure to block nerve signals from the hip joints to the brain was performed on Tacoma, a 13-year-old …

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  • USS Boston reunion planned

    The USS Boston shipmates, crew members and all U.S. Navy ships named Boston are planning a July reunion of all USS Boston officers, crew, U.S. Marine Corps and flag personnel. The reunion will be held July 11-14 in Albuquerque, N.M. For details, write USS Boston …

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  • Diemer named president-elect

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Don Diemer, former Batesville resident and program director of the physician assistant program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale, has been elected to the position of president-elect of the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA). His term began in …

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  • Argentine Cardinal elected Pope Francis

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — From “the end of the earth,” the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis. He is …

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  • Commoner-turned-princess dies in Sweden

    STOCKHOLM — She was one of the better kept secrets of Sweden’s royal household: a commoner and divorcee whose relationship with Prince Bertil was seen as a threat to the Bernadotte dynasty. In a touching royal romance, Welsh-born Princess Lilian and her Bertil kept their …

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  • Country singer-songwriter Claude King dies at age 90

    NEW ORLEANS — Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit “Wolverton Mountain,” has died. He was 90. King had just celebrated his birthday and 67th wedding anniversary last month. The couple’s eldest son, …

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  • Hugo Chavez, fiery Venezuelan leader, dies

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez was a former paratroop commander and self-styled “subversive” who waged continual battle for his socialist ideals. He bedeviled the United States and outsmarted his rivals time and again, while using Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage. …

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  • Doctors say HIV cure is ‘close’

    WASHINGTON — A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There’s …

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