• White River named nation’s second Blueway – Officials say designation will boost tourism, expand recreation, fuel local economies

    LITTLE ROCK — Officials have designated the White River in Arkansas and its watershed as a National Blueway. The river is the second in the nation to receive that distinction; the Connecticut River was the first. The 700-plus-mile White River runs through Arkansas and Missouri …

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  • Man jailed for shooting woman

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Fort Smith man has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a woman who was a passenger in a van. Jonathan Lewis Jackson, 23, entered the plea Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Prosecutors …

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  • Machine gun owner pleads guilty

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Fort Smith man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal possession of a machine gun. Ryan Scott Doughty, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge Monday and faces sentencing at an as yet undetermined date. An …

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  • Former doctor to stand trial in slayings

    CONWAY (AP) — Jury selection was to begin today in the capital murder trial of a former doctor charged in a decade-old double slaying in Conway. Richard Conte, 63, was charged with two counts of capital murder in 2011 in the 2002 shooting deaths of …

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  • State has 7 flu deaths

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says reports of influenza are growing more widespread throughout the state. The department says the state has recorded seven influenza deaths this season and that reports of infections and hospitalizations are coming in from all regions …

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  • Man dies in industrial accident

    ARMOREL (AP) — Company officials say a man has been killed in an industrial accident at a plant in northeast Arkansas. Officials say the accident happened Saturday at the Precoat Metals plant near Armorel. Company representative Andrew Farrant says the victim was a technician who …

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  • White River to be a Blueway

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal, state and local officials are to join in announcing the designation of the White River in Arkansas as the nation’s second National Blueway. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes will join Sen. Mark Pryor, Rep. Tim Griffin, Deputy Assistant …

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  • Rainy forecast prompts drawdown of 2 lakes

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Entergy Arkansas is lowering the water levels of lakes Hamilton and Catherine in anticipation of heavy rain over the next few days. Entergy’s Ted Smethers says crews plan to lower Lake Hamilton by 6 inches and Lake Catherine by a foot. …

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  • Gov. names Lyon alum to post

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has named a new director for the Arkansas Heritage Department. Beebe on Friday named Martha Miller of Little Rock and Lyon College class of ’73 alumnus the post. She replaces Cathie Matthews, who retired at the end of …

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  • Storm system predicted

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says a storm system moving through the state is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of rain in parts of Arkansas. The weather service says the system will move into southern Arkansas this afternoon and will …

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  • Beebe plans to shorten sentence

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe’s office says he plans to shorten an inmate’s prison sentence from 240 years to 40 years. Beebe’s office said Friday the governor intends to grant a commutation of sentence to 52-year-old Larry Brothers. The governor’s office said Brothers …

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  • Dean’s List released

    RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University has announced its Dean’s List for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville for the fall 2012 semester. A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 semester hours to be named …

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