• Arkansas Tech becomes 3rd-largest college in state

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Tech University has become the third-largest institution of higher learning in the state. Arkansas Tech reported a preliminary enrollment of 12,003 students Friday for the fall 2014 semester. That surpasses the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of …

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  • New Miss America crowned – Miss Arkansas 2nd runner-up

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant Sunday night, with the help of a red plastic cup. For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic …

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  • Sentencing planned for former Pocahontas judge

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former northeast Arkansas judge previously imprisoned for sending a live snake in the mail faces more time behind bars after he was convicted in a separate drug case. Bob Sam Castleman was to be sentenced today in federal court in …

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  • Ex-official pleads guilty

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — The former head of the Benton County road department has been sentenced to 90 days in prison after pleading guilty to felony theft of property and misdemeanor theft of services charges. Scott Stober was sentenced Thursday and was given credit for 53 …

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  • Recreation areas closed

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — Several recreation areas in the Sylamore Ranger District in Arkansas have been closed as authorities search for a man wanted on assault charges in Mississippi. The U.S. Forest Service says the North Sylamore Creek Hiking Trail, the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail, Gunner …

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  • Gun brought into school

    MAUMELLE (AP) — Police have arrested a North Little Rock man who they say brought a gun into an elementary school. Maumelle Police Capt. Jim Hansard says 33-year-old Kevin Hamilton is charged with possession of a firearm on school property and possession of a gun …

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  • Hearing set in case over Hot Springs water issue

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A judge has scheduled an emergency hearing for Monday on a complaint that seeks to force a local water issue onto the November ballot. Two identical petitions filed this week sought to have an ordinance placed on the ballot to direct …

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  • Guilty plea entered in fatal mall shooting

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former pizza restaurant employee in Little Rock has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of his former supervisor during a robbery at Park Plaza Mall. Tristan Bryant pleaded guilty …

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  • Engineer says gators eroding sewer pond levees

    GARLAND CITY (AP) — A Texarkana engineer said alligators are causing sewer pond levees to erode in a southwestern Arkansas city. Engineer A.L. Franks suggested to the Garland City Council that it apply for a $450,000 federal grant to repair two sewer pond levees and …

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  • Boat launch closed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The boat launch area near Two Rivers Park Bridge on the south side of Little Maumelle River will be closed for most of this week. The closing is so the remains of a boat marina that was damaged during a flood …

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  • Hunters find human skull

    FULTON (AP) — Arkansas authorities say a human skull and a scrap of clothing have been found on a sandbar in the Red River. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton says a cattle farmer reported the skull on Monday. The farmer tells authorities dove hunters discovered …

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  • Group appeals over Saline County alcohol issue

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group backed by Walmart and Kum & Go has filed an appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court to let Saline County residents vote on whether not to legalize alcohol in the Nov. 4 election. Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips ruled in …

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