• Parole office admits lapses

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Top parole administrators say Arkansas’ parole and probation agency’s past leadership failed to properly and consistently share information with the public as state law mandated. Sheila Sharp, the new head of the Department of Community Correction, appeared before the Legislature’s Joint …

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  • Board favors commutation for killers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended commuting the life sentences of two convicted killers, including a 74-year-old who has been in prison since 1965. The board announced the recommendations Thursday for 74-year-old Samuel Billingsley and 40-year-old Dustin Vickers. Billingsley was convicted …

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  • Application deadline nears

    The National Park Service is now accepting applications for grants to preserve and interpret the U.S. confinement sites and other locations where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. This year’s deadline for applications is Nov. 1. “With these grants, the …

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  • Insurance plans coming next week

    LITTLE ROCK — Information on the cost of insurance plans offered in the Arkansas marketplace created under the federal health care law will be released a little more than a week before consumers can begin signing up, state insurance officials said Thursday. The announcement prompted …

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  • ASU to honor Ockert

    JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2013 at Homecoming on Oct. 12. This year’s honorees are Darrel Cunningham of Fort Smith, Danny L. Ford of Rector and Roy Ockert Jr. of Jonesboro. All three are devoted …

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  • Missing carnival worker ID’d as Pocahontas body

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Police in Pocahontas say a body found in the city is that of a missing carnival worker. Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said Thursday the body was identified as that of 26-year-old Mathew St. Amant of Church Point, La. The chief says …

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  • Cruisers for Cadence benefit set for Saturday

    BLYTHEVILLE — The Cruisers for Cadence McGuire Benefit has been set for Saturday at Holiday Inn at Blytheville. Activities will include a car show judged by Cadence McGuire, a concert held at the Bistro 1121 Club and a silent auction. The 10th Street Cruisers are …

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  • Teen dies in accidental shooting

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police say a teenager has died in what appears to be an accidental shooting outside of a fast food restaurant. Sgt. Doug Formon says the shooting was reported Wednesday night at Chick-fil-A in Jonesboro. Formon said the shooting happened inside a …

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  • Body found in Pocahontas

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Authorities in Pocahontas say a body was found Wednesday near the Randolph County fairgrounds. Arkansas State Police is investigating. Neither a name nor gender of the dead person has been released. Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said that three weeks ago his …

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  • Flippin mayor shoots out window at City Hall

    FLIPPIN (AP) — Authorities say no one was injured after the mayor of Flippin accidentally shot out a window in the police chief’s office at City Hall. The rifle had been seized by Flippin police. In the report, Police Chief Dusty Smith says he was …

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  • Political Animals Club celebrates 30th anniversary

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Political Animals Club was started as a “little group” where people could talk about politics and public service, the Arkansas club’s founder said Wednesday at its 30th anniversary event. Gov. Mike Beebe joined other elected officials and former Govs. Jim …

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  • ASU holds workshop on oral history research

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will host a workshop on documenting and presenting local history and culture at 8 a.m. Friday in the Mockingbird Room of the Carl R. Reng Student Union. Dr. Barbara Truesdell of Indiana University and Dr. Douglas Boyd of …

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