• ‘Star-Spangled Baby’ shower set at presidential library

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas field office of Operation Homefront and Walmart will host a program called “Star-Spangled Baby,” a military baby shower for 50 new or expectant military moms. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Clinton Presidential …

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  • Graduate receives degree

    CROOKSTON, Minn. — The University of Minnesota at Crookston recently announced its list of spring semester 2013 graduates. Among them were William Bart Likes of Bradford, who received bachelor of manufacturing management degree in manufacturing management.

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  • AHPP awards funds

    LITTLE ROCK — Izard County will receive $133,750 for its courthouse, according to a news release. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, awarded $2 million in grants for projects in 41 Arkansas counties through its County Courthouse Restoration …

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  • Exxon: Report blames pipeline bust on defects

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An independent report blames manufacturing defects for the failure of an ExxonMobil pipeline that sent 150,000 gallons of crude oil into the small town of Mayflower, the company said Wednesday. The report, provided to Exxon and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials …

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  • Certify crops by Monday for disaster aid eligibility

    PINE BLUFF — Monday is the deadline to certify spring-seeded crops, said Dr. Henry English, director, Small Farm Program, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Traditional crops such as corn, cotton, grain sorghum, soybeans and rice as well as commercial vegetables should be certified. …

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  • Arkansas dries out, fire danger increases

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service on Tuesday advised that drought conditions are developing in Arkansas, something already evident to farmers and ranchers whose fields are starting to show the effects. The Arkansas Forestry Commission categorized all but the state’s northeast as being …

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  • Thieves stealing downtown plants

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — Businesses in downtown Blytheville are asking for help in catching thieves who has been stealing plants that are part of a beautification effort. Officials say the thefts have been taking place for several months. Among the victims are a salon, a bank …

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  • House speaker named bank’s regional president

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter has been named regional president of Centennial Bank. The bank announced Tuesday the Republican lawmaker from Cabot would oversee the acquisition of Liberty Bank by Centennial’s parent company, Home BancShares Inc. Officials with Home BancShares last …

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  • 2 arrested after infant left alone in vehicle

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two people are charged with endangering the welfare of a minor for leaving an infant alone in a car on a hot evening in North Little Rock. Police said Monday that 26-year-old Terrill Woodard and 29-year-old Latisha Franklin were arrested …

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  • Sentence commutation denied

    LITTLE ROCK — One of two murderers sentenced to 45 years in prison has been turned down for a sentence commutation by the Arkansas Parole Board, according to a news release. Jorge Pablo Gonzalez’s request was denied by the board when it met Monday; the …

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  • Pedestrian, hit by car, dies

    OZARK ACRES — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle about 11:38 p.m. Monday in Ozark Acres, according to a preliminary report from Arkansas State Police Troop B headquarters. The victim was David Dwayne Halfacre, 43, of Williford, said the investigating officer, state …

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  • 2.95-carat diamond unearthed

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — State parks officials say a Kentucky man discovered a nearly 3-carat diamond Thursday at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds park. Terry Staggs of Richmond discovered the 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond — the largest diamond found so far this year at the park in …

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