• Judge denies request to move trial for woman

    JONESBORO (AP) — A judge has denied a request to move the trial of a Jonesboro woman charged in a plot to kill her husband. Circuit Judge Victor Hill rejected Michelle Despain’s request in an order dated Tuesday. Despain’s lawyers have expressed concern about news …

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  • Deer causes fatal motorcycle crash

    ODEN (AP) — Authorities say a western Arkansas man is dead after a deer crashed into his motorcycle. Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Tuesday night in Oden in Montgomery County. According to a preliminary report, 60-year-old Kenneth Brunet of Oden was driving his …

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  • No endangered beetles at Barling mall site

    BARLING (AP) — A proposed 70-acre mall at Barling cleared a regulatory hurdle when a survey turned up no endangered beetles on the property. Officials said Wednesday that traps set to check for the presence of endangered burying beetles came up empty. The site on …

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  • Workers’ comp office to close in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission has decided to close its Fort Smith satellite office as a cost-cutting measure. The commission says it was debating whether to close offices in Springdale or Fort Smith. Commission CEO Alan McClain wrote in a letter …

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  • Author James Patterson funds Arkansas scholarship

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Bestselling author James Patterson has given $48,000 to establish a scholarship fund for University of Arkansas students majoring in elementary or secondary education. Chancellor G. David Gearhart says he was contacted by Patterson to discuss the possibility of the scholarship fund. Patterson …

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  • Entergy Corp. laying off; includes 165 in Ark.

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Entergy Corp. says it plans to cut 800 jobs — nearly one-third of them in Louisiana, where the bulk of its employees live. Spokesman Chanel Lagarde says layoffs have begun and should be completed this year. He says Entergy is committed …

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  • NW Ark. nursing home evacuated due to flooding

    JOHNSON (AP) — Rising floodwaters prompted the evacuation of a northwest Arkansas nursing home, but officials say no one was injured. Rhe Blossom Hill Assisted Care facility in Johnson was evacuated this morning after a resident awoke to water in her bedroom. Officials say residents …

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  • Pocahontas to host NEA Marble Show

    POCAHONTAS — The Second Annual Northeast Arkansas Marble Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Days Inn, located on Highway 67 South in Pocahontas. Anyone interested in buying, selling, trading or learning about marbles is welcome. Hotel rooms will be open …

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  • Public workshop on child abuse slated

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s department of criminology, sociology and geography has joined with the community effort to help reverse the regional problem of child abuse through a public workshop it will conduct for mandated reporters. Child-safe Communities and Mandated Reporter Training will be held …

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  • Ark. to get $167K in settlement

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A pharmaceutical company that has agreed to pay almost $491 million to settle allegations it illegally marketed an organ transplant drug will return more than $27 million to state health care programs, including nearly $167,000 to Arkansas’. The settlement with Pfizer …

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  • China stops fowl imports

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal agriculture officials told members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation Tuesday that China has stopped importing the state’s poultry products. Sen. Mark Pryor decried the decision, saying an “isolated incident” led to the ban. He didn’t say what the incident was, but …

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  • Fungus that kills bats prompts precautions at Arkansas caves

    WEST FORK — A low level of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats has been detected in two north Arkansas caves. The fungus was discovered in a cave at Devil’s Den State Park in Washington County and a private cave located in southern …

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