• Jonesboro factory to add workers

    JONESBORO (AP) — The Jonesboro City Council is considering a plan this week to authorize up to $41 million in revenue bonds to help Unilever complete an expansion at its plant, which makes hair-care products. The council is set to vote Tuesday night on the …

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  • Effort under way on health care expansion

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Officials have begun making presentations to inform businesses and individuals about how expanded availability of health care insurance coverage will affect people in Arkansas. Instead of expanding the Medicaid program, the Legislature opted to use federal money to enable poorer residents …

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  • 2 boys safe after spending night along river

    GILLHAM (AP) — Two boys say they used lessons learned in Boy Scouts to survive overnight after being swept away by the Cossatot River in southwest Arkansas. Eleven-year Preston Pierce of Queen City, Texas, and 10-year-old Joseph Clark of Ashdown were wearing life jackets when …

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  • Man, 84, gears up for horse show

    JONESBORO (AP) — GW Edgar of Brookland has been working with horses since before World War II. Edgar, now 84, was just 8 years old when he first acquired his love for horses. His father logged and farmed with a team of horses on the …

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  • Parsons wins Best in Show

    CONWAY — Artist Sheila Boylan Parsons of Conway, formerly of Batesville, won the Best in Show award at the annual Conway League of Artists Spring Show and Competition, held in April at the Faulkner County Library in Conway. “St. Mark’s Square,” a watercolor of the …

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  • Underwater Treasure Hunt scheduled on Norfork Lake

    JORDAN — The Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Underwater Treasure Hunt on Aug. 17 at Sand Island on Norfork Lake. The event is for the whole family. Certified scuba divers will search for tokens underwater (no deeper than 40 feet) and …

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  • State’s AG says schools can’t arm teachers, staff

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas school districts can’t use a little-known state law to employ teachers and staff as guards who can carry guns on campus, the state’s attorney general said Thursday in an opinion that likely ends a district’s plan to arm more than 20 …

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  • Recent rain decreases drought area

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Recent rainfall has reduced the area covered by drought in Arkansas from about 91 percent to 71 percent in just one week. Large drought-free swaths swept across parts of counties bordering Missouri, the northeastern part of the state and areas of …

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  • 1 accused of fraud

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Little Rock health care provider has been arrested for felony Medicaid fraud. McDaniel says 21-year-old Tequila Fitzgerald turned herself in to Pulaski County authorities Thursday morning after the Attorney General’s Office issued a warrant …

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  • ASU to commission Sidney woman as 2nd lieutenant

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Military Science Department will commission two ROTC cadets into the United States Army and Army National Guard in a ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the ASU Convocation Center. Rebecca Diane Burkhart of Sidney will receive a …

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  • Making the best of back-to-school sales tax holiday

    LITTLE ROCK — This year’s sales tax holiday is this weekend just in time for back- to-school shopping, and Laura Connerly, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has a few tips to help families save money. The sales tax holiday …

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  • Demo chairman steps down

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chairman of the state Democratic Party is stepping down after two and a half years at the helm. The party announced Wednesday that Will Bond was leaving as the party’s chairman. Bond, a former state representative from Jacksonville, was elected …

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