• Joplin man sentenced for helping girl run away

    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Joplin man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping a 13-year-old Arkansas girl run away from home. Thirty-four-year-old James A. Morey was sentenced Monday for kidnapping under a plea agreement he entered in July that limited his prison …

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  • Bi-fueling station lauded

    CONWAY (AP) — State and local officials held a celebration today of the opening of Arkansas’ first bi-fueling station offering both compressed natural gas and gasoline. Gov. Mike Beebe joined Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and Conway Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Lacy to mark …

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  • Company objects to disqualification in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The head of a Maryland company disqualified from bidding on a Medicaid contract in Arkansas complained Monday that the state relied too much on the knowledge that Louisiana had terminated a similar contract and didn’t take into account the firm’s performance …

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  • Petition’s author lacks resources to gather names

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The author of a petition that calls for a constitutional amendment to lengthen the terms of elected county officials in Arkansas says he doesn’t have the resources to begin collecting signatures to try to place the question on the November 2014 …

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  • Colleges, universities see decrease in headcount, increase in FTE

    LITTLE ROCK — The number of students enrolled in higher education in Arkansas is down slightly at 170,056, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Monday, but full-time equivalent enrollment is up as compared to last fall, based on preliminary data. Some campuses …

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  • Water plan to be discussed at upcoming public meeting

    LITTLE ROCK — A project that will guide the use of Arkansas’ water resources for the next four decades is now halfway to completion, according to Edward Swaim, of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. The Arkansas Water Plan Update process began in early 2012, and …

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  • Recovering addict talks of struggle

    PARAGOULD (AP) — He thought it was a safe alternative to marijuana, but when 41-year-old Jay woke up sober one morning and realized he had lost everything to synthetic marijuana, he decided it was time to quit. “It looks like marijuana, but feels worse than …

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  • LRR Audubon to meet Tuesday

    CLINTON — Little Red River Audubon Society will present the Arkansas Highways Wildflower Beautification Program by Phillip Moore, program director, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant in Clinton. A Dutch-treat meal will begin at 5:30. Door prizes will be awarded after the meeting. …

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  • Woman designs memorial for Mountain Home boy

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Laura Morrison had no idea when she graduated from Mountain Home High School more than two decades ago that a chance conversation with a former classmate would lead her to take on an incredibly personal and challenging professional job at her …

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  • Open carry firearms march in Jonesboro postponed

    JONESBORO (AP) — A planned march in downtown Jonesboro that organizers say is intended to educate people about openly carrying firearms in Arkansas has been postponed because of the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy. Arkansas Carry planned the march for Sunday but postponed it …

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  • 2 killed in motorcycle crash

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State Police say two people were killed after their motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck in Jonesboro. State police say the fatal collision happened Sunday night. According to a preliminary report, the truck’s driver turned in front of a motorcycle driven …

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  • Hay fires are growing risk as parts of state dries out

    HOPE (AP) — More than one-third of Arkansas is experiencing drought conditions, raising concerns among farmers about fires starting in hay fields. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows far southern Arkansas is in extreme drought, while parts just north are in either severe or moderate …

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