• 12-year-old unearths diamond

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A 12-year-old North Carolina boy on vacation with his family has unearthed a 5.16 carat diamond at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park. Park officials said Saturday that Michael Dettlaff of Apex, N.C., found the honey brown diamond on July 31 after …

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  • El Dorado plant to shut down

    EL DORADO (AP) — Pilgrim’s Pride has announced plans to shut down its rendering plant in El Dorado that has 30 employees. Pilgrim’s Pride spokesman Cameron Bruett said the company is moving the production to a Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Texas. The plant closing comes …

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  • Faulkner Co. burglars hit homes during funerals

    CONWAY (AP) — Authorities in Faulkner County say it appears local burglars have been reading the obituaries and breaking into homes while the owners are away at funerals. A woman’s home in Conway was burglarized on Wednesday while she was attending her husband’s funeral. Authorities …

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  • ANRC sued over order to remove earth dam

    CLINTON (AP) — A landowner in Clinton is suing the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission after it approved an order in July that he tear down an earthen dam he built in a flood plain and without a permit. The lawsuit by Dan Eoff alleges the …

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  • 2013-14 Performing Arts Series season tickets on sale

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Tickets for the 2013-14 Performing Arts Series at Arkansas State University at Mountain Home go on sale today. Season ticket holders may purchase the full season of four shows for $100. Students 18 and younger may purchase tickets for half price. The …

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  • Remington breaks ground on Lonoke expansion

    LONOKE (AP) — Remington Arms Company broke ground Thursday on an expansion to its ammunition plant in Arkansas, adding between 50 and 100 jobs in a project that the company says will help meet a growing demand by gun owners around the country. Officials with …

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  • School bus safety urged as students return

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses. Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, “Flashing Red, Kids Ahead.” The three-week campaign …

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  • Boy drowns in swimming pool according to Searcy police

    SEARCY (AP) — Searcy police says a 5-year-old died in an accidental drowning at an apartment-complex swimming pool. Police say the boy was found unresponsive Wednesday night in the pool at The Ridge at Searcy apartment complex. Authorities say the child was taken to White …

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  • Man convicted of rape sentenced to 11 life terms

    VAN BUREN (AP) — A western Arkansas man convicted of rape has been sentenced to 11 consecutive sentences of life in prison. A Crawford County jury on Thursday convicted 49-year-old Earl Delmar Pigg of Van Buren on the 11 rape counts, plus a count of …

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  • Arkansas Lottery sued over ticket response

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A lawsuit filed against the Arkansas lottery accuses the agency of not informing gamblers that winning scratch tickets were taken out of circulation by a former security officer who pleaded guilty to stealing from the instant games. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday …

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  • 2 arrested in theft of 50 tons of soybeans

    HARRISBURG (AP) — Sheriff’s investigators in Poinsett County have arrested two men for the theft of 50 tons of soybeans worth $26,000. Officials say the beans disappeared on Feb. 6 from the Riceland Grain Dryer at Weiner. A brokerage had sent several trucks to the …

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  • Storms bring flash flooding to northwest Arkansas

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for parts of northwest Arkansas as storms dump heavy rain on the area. Forecasters say strong thunderstorms brought up to 3 inches of rain in one hour Thursday morning for some areas. …

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