• Belmont announcer could make historic call

    NEW YORK — If I’ll Have Another becomes horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 34 years on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes, he’ll take Larry Collmus into the history books with him. The chestnut colt’s attempt to accomplish the feat will be …

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  • ‘Feud’ host Richard Dawson dies

    NEW YORK — Richard Dawson brought a saucy, unabashedly touchy-feely style to TV game shows as host of “Family Feud.” The British-born entertainer, who died Saturday at age 79 from complications related to esophageal cancer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, earlier …

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  • Student graduates USF

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The University of Sioux Falls recently awarded 417 degrees at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Among those students included Joseph R. Foley of Batesville, who was awarded a nursing degree.

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  • Guitar ‘master’ Doc Watson dies

    Doc Watson RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and …

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  • 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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