• Starting today: Motorists must change lanes for tow trucks

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — In addition to changing lanes while approaching police cars, fire trucks and ambulances, Arkansas motorists will have to slow down or try to go around tow trucks and utility company vehicles. Under a law that takes effect today, motorists must exercise …

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  • HUD awards $16M to provide housing for families, seniors

    LITTLE ROCK — Two cities in Independence County will each receive more than $60,000 for their public housing authorities, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. The money is to be used to make major large-scale …

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  • Bridal show scheduled

    LITTLE ROCK — A fall bridal show will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The show’s 120 vendor booths help brides-to-be plan their weddings from start to finish. The bridal show is a mixture of …

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  • Flags to fly at half-staff

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Flags at the Arkansas Capitol are being flown at half-staff to mark the death of a soldier from Little Rock who was killed in Afghanistan. The Defense Department announced today that Sgt. Jamar Hicks died at Forward Operating Base Salerno during …

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  • State police roll out new low-profile cruisers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Police has deployed 24 new low-profile vehicles that are designed to blend in with ordinary traffic. The agency showed off the vehicles at headquarters early today. The new cars are equipped the same as a conventional patrol car …

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  • Rain submerging fields, helping pastures across state

    HARRISBURG — August should be a hot, dry month in Arkansas, accompanied by raucous cicadas songs and the thrum of diesel irrigation pumps. Waves of rain-laden storms have rendered the cicadas a solo act in some Arkansas counties. “Never had a farmer wish a rain …

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  • Three judicial districts seeking volunteer child advocates for northeast Arkansas

    Little Rock — The Juvenile Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the Arkansas State CASA Association are launching a major recruiting initiative intended to serve the children and families of three large, and mostly rural judicial districts in northeast Arkansas. The …

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  • Bass Pro to hire

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Bass Pro Shops is about to start hiring for an Outdoor World store it is opening in southwest Little Rock. The company says a job fair will be Aug. 19-21 at the Metroplex Event Center on Colonel Glenn Road near Interstate …

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  • Baxter Co. boat builder expands

    MIDWAY (AP) — A Baxter County boat company that has been producing watercraft for anglers for more than 40 years is expanding and adding about 20 new employees. Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boats are expanding into a 30,000-square-foot building across the street from the original …

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  • 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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