• Companies investing in Arkansas

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The state’s top economic development officer says companies have been investing heavily in production facilities, which has helped to secure jobs across Arkansas. But Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Grant Tennille says much of the investment hasn’t led to growth in …

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  • Lt. gov. drops out of race for Congress

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said today that he’s dropping out of the race for a seat representing south Arkansas in Congress amid ethics questions over his campaign finance reports. The decision came less than three weeks after Darr announced he …

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  • Ark. lawmakers to discuss schools arming teachers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are discussing school safety with superintendents of two districts that have been blocked from employing teachers, staff and administrators as armed volunteer security guards. The House and Senate Judiciary committees on Wednesday were expected to discuss school safety issues …

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  • Food plots outperform corn feeders for deer

    LITTLE ROCK — Like elevated stands, corn feeders are now prevalent in Arkansas deer hunting. There is a better way, according to wildlife biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission – food plots with a variety of plantings. Ralph Meeker, AGFC’s assistant deer program …

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  • Youth-only deer hunt set

    CASSCOE — White River National Wildlife Refuge, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation will be holding a youth-only deer hunt at Cooks Lake during the 2013 hunting season. The hunt will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Only 10 …

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  • Parties choose primaries to fill Bookout’s Senate seat

    JONESBORO (AP) — The state Democratic and Republican parties say they’ll use primary elections, rather than conventions, to choose candidates for a state Senate seat vacated after the resignation of Paul Bookout. Both parties sent letters Tuesday notifying Gov. Mike Beebe of their decision. Bookout, …

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  • 3 companies repaying incentives to Ark. fund

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three companies have repaid incentive money to the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund so far this year, and more are expected to do so after the recent announcement of layoffs at Hewlett-Packard and Nordex USA, state officials said. Allied Wireless, Nice-Pak …

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  • Saline sheriff pleads guilty

    BENTON (AP) — Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication. Pennington pleaded guilty Monday in Saline County District Court. He faces up to $3,000 in fines and a year of unsupervised probation. Pennington was arrested …

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  • Low tax revenues hurt city

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Officials in Fort Smith say a drop in sales tax revenue is continuing, so the city will have to continue with belt-tightening measures. City officials say they are looking at a 4 percent cut in general fund spending. Budget woes will …

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  • UA releases documents on spokesman’s firing

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas is disputing claims that it fired its former chief spokesman because of disagreements over the school’s openness and accountability to the public. University officials, including Chancellor G. David Gearhart, held a press conference Monday to discuss the firing …

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  • Shoe plant closes; 85 out of work

    MOUNT IDA (AP) — Munro & Co. has shuttered its Mount Ida shoe plant, saying that keeping the 45-year-old plant open was not “competitively feasible.” The plant had 85 employees, all of whom lost their jobs immediately Friday. The shoemaker will continue operations at Clarksville, …

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  • Stuttgart student faces expulsion after prank

    STUTTGART (AP) — Stuttgart school officials say a high school student may be expelled after allegedly spray painting “The South Will Rise Again” on a brick wall in the school’s courtyard. The school says another student reportedly involved in a series of pranks may be …

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