• Court will expedite gay marriage case

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court has agreed to move quickly on a case challenging the state’s gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court granted a motion today by a group of same-sex couples to expedite the appeal. The court has said it’ll hold …

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  • Two injured in plane crash

    MIDWAY (AP) — Two men injured in a northern Arkansas single-engine plane crash are recovering. Thirty-six-year-old pilot Andrew Tuberville was released from the Baxter Regional Medical Center on Wednesday. Forty-eight-year-old passenger Ronnie Skaggs is listed in good condition at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. The …

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  • Disasters declared

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7. Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, Vilsack …

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  • Forestry fire show set

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Forestry Commission Rural Fire Protection Fire Show will be held Saturday. Firefighters from statewide fire departments and their families are invited to gather at program headquarters in Greenbrier from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The mission of the show is …

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  • Prosecutors charge 33 in oxycodone ring

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged more than 30 people in an oxycodone drug ring in Arkansas. Monday’s announcement of the 33 people charged with conspiring to distribute oxycodone includes former Razorback and NFL running back Cedric Cobbs. Cobbs has also been charged …

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  • Trains nearly repaired after crash

    WINSLOW (AP) — An Arkansas & Missouri Railroad spokesman says two trains involved in a crash that injured more than a dozen people could soon be up and running again. Ron Sparks said the engines are in a repair shop but could be operational as …

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  • Thousands across state cast ballots

    LITTLE ROCK — Thousands of Arkansas residents took advantage of early voting Monday in a closely watched midterm election highlighted by an expensive U.S. Senate race that could determine which party controls the chamber. Nearly 22,000 voters had cast a ballot by late afternoon as …

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  • Arkansas man helping township with genealogy

    CONWAY (AP) — Thanks to the exuberance and fervor of Jack Ruple, the diminutive community of Harve Township has stepped into the waters of Facebook technology. Ruple’s enthusiasm for the project knows no bounds. He is pushing forward with the concept of alerting residents of …

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  • Voters will get liquor issue in Nov.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court said Thursday that voters will be able to consider a proposal to expand liquor sales statewide, rejecting arguments that the idea’s backers missed a key deadline and failed to adequately tell people what a “yes” vote means. In …

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  • Child rapist draws 25 years

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A Mississippi County jury has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl who was later found dead. Jurors on Thursday found 30-year-old Freddie Sharp II guilty of raping Jessica Williams of Gosnell in August 2013. Authorities …

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  • 1 sentenced for child porn

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A 42-year-old Fort Smith man has been sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison on two counts of receiving images of child pornography. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that John Lea must also complete 10 years of supervised release after …

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  • 5 hurt after trains collide

    WINSLOW (AP) — A freight train collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas on Thursday, injuring more than a dozen people, authorities said. The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour in the Ozark Mountains when the accident occurred near Winslow, …

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