• Baby distracts robbery victim

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro Police said Tuesday a couple used a newborn baby to distract an elderly woman and steal jewelry from her home. Authorities said the victim was suspicious of the visitors but visited with them outside while they smoked. The man said he …

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  • Bailey to take early retirement

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Arkansas State University in Mountain Home has announced that Dr. Patricia Bailey, provost and vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, will take early retirement on Sunday. Bailey has served as vice chancellor since 1995 and was named provost in 2009 by …

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  • Filing: Shoffner plans to plead not guilty

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner plans to plead not guilty to charges she steered state investments to a bond broker who paid her $36,000 in cash but a judge says she must still appear at a hearing to enter the plea, …

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  • Arrest made in slaying

    CONWAY (AP) — Police in Conway have arrested a 23-year-old Morrilton man on a capital murder charge in the Father’s Day shooting death of a Conway man. Police spokeswoman LaTresha Woodruff said Friday that Lee Foster is being held without bond for the shooting death …

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  • Boats stolen at Lake Hamilton

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Garland County Sheriff Larry Sanders is warning boat owners to secure their vessels because of recent thefts. Sanders says property has been stolen from boats at Lake Hamilton in recent weeks. He says the items taken include batteries, electronics and anything …

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  • Lavaca alderman acquitted on child sex charges

    GREENWOOD (AP) — A former Lavaca Middle School teacher who is also a town alderman has been acquitted on felony sexual indecency and sexual assault charges. Jack Woodrow James, 52, was found not guilty Thursday by a Sebastian County jury. Several boys testified that James …

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  • Remains of missing Korean War soldier returned

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Army soldier from Missouri who disappeared in Korea in 1950 have been identified and returned to his family in Arkansas. The remains of Cpl. Marvin Omans arrived by plane Friday in Little Rock where they were …

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  • LRR Audubon Society to meet

    CLINTON — Little Red River Audubon Society will present a “Creature Feature” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Petit Jean Electric Building, located at 270 Quality Drive in Clinton. Several animals and birds from the Little Rock Zoo will be able to be viewed. A Dutch-treat …

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  • Cities mapping storm shelters

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials in at least two Arkansas cities are asking their residents to let them know if they have storm shelters, while a third says he wants to update his city’s maps of the shelters. City officials in Searcy have asked residents …

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  • Search on for missing girl

    PEA RIDGE (AP) — Investigators in Benton County have renewed interest in the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl in 2006. Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck says the agency received an anonymous letter that provided new leads in the case. Cradduck says there are new persons …

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  • ‘Credit When It’s Due’ to bolster college completion

    LITTLE ROCK — With a goal set by Gov. Mike Beebe to double the number of college graduates in Arkansas by 2025, the state has taken another step towards that goal by announcing an initiative to award more associate degrees to students who have completed …

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  • Road closing announced

    MOUNTAIN HOME — One lane of Highway 177 across Norfork Lake will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday except on federal holidays beginning June 24 and continuing for approximately 180 days to conduct maintenance on the dam’s tainter gates. Both …

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