• Teen pleads not guilty in death of neighbor girl

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — An Arkansas teenager accused of killing an 11-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Sowell pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday. He’s due back in court on Oct. 14, and his trial is set to begin …

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  • Alleged shooter found mentally fit

    HOPE (AP) — An Ozan man accused of shooting an Arkansas State Police trooper during a traffic stop has been found mentally fit to stand trial. Herman Lee White is charged with first-degree battery of a law enforcement officer for the March 2012 shooting of …

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  • Women’s program scheduled

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Bull Shoals-White River State Park will be hosting a Women’s Outdoor Weekend Oct.4-6, said Julie Lovett of the park’s staff. “During this three-day, two-night workshop, participants will attend different sessions on basic camping/backpacking skills, beginning bird watching, intro to fly fishing, beginning …

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  • Lawyer asks judge to block sex offender-Medicaid law

    LITTLE ROCK — An attorney for an Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago told a federal judge Thursday that a new state law prohibiting registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds is more about politics than serving the public good. Attorneys …

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  • 15-year-old arrested for having gun at school

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Police in Fayetteville say they arrested a 15-year-old junior high student who was caught with a loaded gun. No one was injured in the Wednesday incident at Woodland Junior High School. A Fayetteville police officer working at the school was told it …

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  • Court asked to throw out veteran’s conviction

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Lawyers for an Iraq war veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend in Arkansas say his case never should have gone to trial. Steven Russell’s attorneys told Arkansas’ highest court today that their client should have been found not guilty because of …

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  • Court: Ark. immune from school union lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court says a judge was correct to dismiss the state from a lawsuit filed by Pulaski County’s teachers and staff unions over the decision to cancel their contracts with the district. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a …

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  • Flippin mayor won’t resign

    FLIPPIN (AP) — The mayor of Flippin says he won’t resign his post, despite a recent incident in which he accidentally shot out a window in City Hall. At a city council meeting this week, Mayor J.J. Hudson said he wouldn’t step down. Councilwoman Stacie …

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  • Judge holding hearing on law axing Medicaid for sex offenders

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law that prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson is scheduled to hear arguments in Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker’s effort to …

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  • Ouachita Co. judge pleads innocent to new charges

    EL DORADO (AP) — Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly has pleaded not guilty to new charges handed down by a grand jury earlier this month. Hesterly was charged in January with bribery and conspiracy after federal prosecutors accused him of defrauding the federal government out …

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  • Walmart still stocking Paula Deen items

    LITTLE ROCK — Despite Walmart’s July announcement that it ended its relationship with Paula Deen, the world’s largest retailer said Wednesday that it expects to keep her branded cookware on the shelves through the end of the year. Walmart said that after dumping Deen, it …

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  • Macarons are work of art for Hot Springs baker

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — For three years, Clare Williams has brought a little French flair to Hot Springs. With MaryClare Macarons, Williams — who studied art and design — said her business is very much a new medium for her to express creativity and imagination …

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