• Wording of alcohol item rejected 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas attorney general’s office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would make alcohol sales legal in all 75 of the state’s counties. Thursday’s ruling by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said there were ambiguities in the text of …

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  • Man won’t face death penalty for setting girlfriend on fire 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t seek the death penalty against a North Little Rock man charged with setting his girlfriend on fire then dousing her with gasoline. Matthew Nichols is charged with capital murder in the May 2013 death of Jessie McFadden. …

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  • Voyeur doc held on $500K bond 

    PARAGOULD (AP) — A Paragould gynecologist and obstetrician charged with taking photographs of a nude female patient has been ordered held on $500,000 bond. Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington says Dr. Paul Becton made his initial appearance in Greene County District Court Thursday where bond was …

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  • Court upholds son’s conviction for beating mother to death

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a Dardanelle man sentenced to life in prison for the death of his mother. Tommy Bowden was convicted of first-degree murder for the January 2012 death of his mother, 71-year-old Julie Richardson. …

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  • Shoe company laying off 56 workers in Hot Springs 

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Citing competition in the industry, a Hot Springs shoe manufacturer has announced plans to lay off more than half of its workforce at its Lake Catherine Footwear facility, leaving 56 people out of work. Munro & Co. said Thursday that the …

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  • Confederate Heritage Day is Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK — The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday on the state capitol grounds in Little Rock. The ceremony is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans observance of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. The …

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  • Financial tips for Financial Literacy Month

    Credit Counseling of Arkansas, a nonprofit organization, has released several financial tips in recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month. • Set some financial goals for yourself — short-term, mid-term and long-term. Goals are your motivation for doing a budget. • Track your spending for …

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  • Paragould gynecologist charged with video voyeurism 

    PARAGOULD (AP) — A Paragould gynecologist is being sought on felony charges after allegedly taking photographs of a nude female patient. Prosecutors on Monday charged 68-year-old Dr. Paul Becton with five counts of video voyeurism. An affidavit says the patient notified Paragould police that she …

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  • 6-carat diamond found at park 

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A man who moved to the Murfreesboro area because he enjoys hunting for precious stones at Crater of Diamonds State Park has found a 6.19-carat white diamond. David Anderson found the stone Wednesday and named it the “Limitless Diamond,” in honor of …

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  • Bull Shoals police chief now on leave after arrest 

    BULL SHOALS (AP) — The mayor of Bull Shoals says the town’s police chief has now been placed on administrative leave. Chief Dan Sutterfield was arrested earlier this month on federal charges of using excessive force and falsifying a report in a July 2013 arrest. …

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  • Man charged with stealing from church, school 

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Police in Van Buren have arrested a man for allegedly embezzling $94,000 from a church and a school where he handled the organizations’ finances. Van Buren police say 39-year-old John Richard Hays is charged with felony theft. Hays served as treasurer …

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  • Hearing set in challenge to gay marriage ban 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Advocates of ending Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County. More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge …

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