• 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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  • Man’s death ruled homicide

    FLIPPIN (AP) — Authorities say the death of a 61-year-old man in Flippin has been ruled a homicide. Flippin Police Chief Dusty Smith says Robert McCorkle’s death earlier this month was ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner’s office. Authorities hope the public will …

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  • State officials confirm avian flu in Scott Co. bird

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A chicken in Scott County is confirmed with avian influenza and state officials have quarantined poultry within a 6.2-mile radius around the infected bird’s farm. The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said today that the chicken tested positive for H7N7 low …

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  • Gov. Beebe seeks federal disaster declaration

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a major disaster declaration for 12 Arkansas counties that were affected by severe storms, tornadoes and floods beginning in late May. Beebe’s office said Tuesday that those 12 counties …

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  • Hearing delayed for suspended deputy

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A complaint unsealed in federal court alleges that a suspended Garland County sheriff’s deputy hired a 17-year-old runaway as a prostitute. A detention hearing had been scheduled for Neil Parliment on Tuesday, but a judge postponed the hearing at the request …

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  • Hearing set in Blytheville suit over school choice

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A hearing is set for next week in federal court over a lawsuit challenging the Blytheville School District’s decision to exempt itself from the state’s school choice law. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker scheduled the hearing for 1 p.m. Monday in …

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  • Feds to investigate Lafayette County finances

    LEWISVILLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors are investigating after a state audit found more than $160,000 missing from the Lafayette County tax collector’s bank account. Special Prosecutor Ian Vickery said Tuesday that he’s handing the case over to the FBI and U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge. Vickery …

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  • Counties leery of Blueways title for White River

    STUTTGART (AP) — Several Arkansas counties are opposing a federal designation that names the White River and its watershed part of the National Blueways System The federal government announced earlier this year that the 700-mile river will be the second in the country to receive …

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  • Hot Spring Co. police seek missing woman

    CADDO VALLEY (AP) — Authorities in Hot Spring and Clark counties are searching for a 58-year-old woman who disappeared near DeGray Lake. The Hot Spring County sheriff’s office told reporters Monday that Deborah Cronn was last seen on Arkansas Highway 7 in Caddo Valley about …

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  • Ark. eyes other execution drugs

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas plans to consider using different drugs in lethal injections after the state lost its account with a pharmaceutical company that supplied it with chemicals, a prisons official told The Associated Press on Monday. “The pharmaceutical company closed our account, and …

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  • Widow named sheriff

    WALDRON (AP) — The widow of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter will serve out the remainder of her husband’s term in office. Carpenter died May 31 while trying to rescue two residents trapped by rising floodwaters. On Monday, the Scott County Quorum Court appointed Amie …

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  • Weather service predicts rain

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says Arkansas will get a break from the summer heat this week. Rain and thunderstorms are predicted for most of the state. Forecasters said northwest Arkansas should see rain beginning this morning, with the front moving to …

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