• USDA plans to close Izard, Fulton offices

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday its decision to shutter Farm Service Agency offices in nine Arkansas counties including Izard and Fulton. The closures are part of the consolidations proposed in January as part of USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service. In all, …

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  • USS America reunion planned

    BATON ROUGE, La. — The USS America Carrier Veterans Association will hold its reunion Sept. 11 through 15 at Holiday Inn South, located at 9940 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, La. A highlight of the reunion will be a trip to Pascagoula, Miss., for a …

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  • Protest votes show Obama displeasure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some presidential primary voters in Kentucky and Arkansas are taking a swipe at President Barack Obama, denying the incumbent nearly 4 out of every 10 votes cast on the Democratic side. In Kentucky’s closed primary, about 42 percent of registered Democrats who …

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  • Romney sweeps primaries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney swept the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican presidential primaries Tuesday, inching closer to the GOP nomination he is certain to win. With no serious opposition left, the former Massachusetts governor easily won both contests. He won all 42 delegates at stake …

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  • Robin Gibb dies after long cancer battle

    LONDON (AP) — With his carefully tended hair, tight trousers and perfect harmonies, Robin Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, defined the disco era. As part of the Bee Gees — short for the Brothers Gibb — they created dance floor classics like …

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  • Donna Summer dies at 63

    Donna Summer NEW YORK — Like the King of Pop or the Queen of Soul, Donna Summer was bestowed a title fitting of musical royalty — the Queen of Disco. Yet unlike Michael Jackson or Aretha Franklin, it was a designation she wasn’t comfortable embracing. …

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  • Nolan Richardson III found dead in home

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say Nolan Richardson III — the son of former Arkansas and Tulsa basketball coach Nolan Richardson — has been found dead in his home. Officer Jason Willingham said Monday that the younger Richardson’s wife found him in a chair …

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  • Rural post offices get shorter hours

    WASHINGTON — Congressman Rick Crawford on Thursday announced that Independence County post offices will remain open due to a new strategy from the U.S. Postal Service. By telephone, Crawford said the offices along with others in the nation scheduled for possible closure will remain open, …

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  • Markets, food stamps net approval

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers. Currently, fewer than a quarter of the nation’s roughly 7,100 farmers markets are set up to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, or food stamps. But …

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  • Sabini elected racing chairman

    OKLAHOMA CITY — New York State Racing and Wagering Board chairman John Sabini is the new chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Sabini, who was elected last year, was sworn in during the association’s annual meeting recently. In other actions, Commissioner Duncan Patterson …

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  • Liberator of women’s hair Vidal Sassoon dies

    Vidal Sassoon LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care. When he came on the scene in the 1950s, hair was …

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  • George Lindsey, TV’s Goober Pyle, dies

    George Lindsey NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Hee Haw,” has died. He was 83. The Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsey died early Sunday morning after a brief …

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