• 90-year-old won’t be retried on murder charge

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A judge says a 90-year-old Arkansas man who killed his wife by nearly decapitating her in 2007 during what was once believed to be a murder-suicide attempt will not be tried again for first-degree murder. Autry Thrift Basham of Mansfield was …

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  • 2 killed in Fort Smith by man wielding machete

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A man with a machete hacked two people to death in Fort Smith and police arrested the suspect at his mother’s home. Authorities say the victims were outside a house on North D Street when the suspect, 20-year-old Gregory Aaron Kinsey …

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  • $200K made available for electronic waste management

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality plans to make about $200,000 available through its Electronic Waste Grants Program this year. The grants facilitate and support the proper management of electronic waste. The following entities in Arkansas are eligible to apply for funding …

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  • Splash Island one of many thrills found at Magic Springs

    HOT SPRINGS — Located in the scenic foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Magic Springs Water and Theme Park in Hot Springs is the only park of its sort in Arkansas. The attraction’s latest feature is Splash Island, a giant interactive water play structure. “What we …

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  • Underground pollution not spreading at Whirlpool

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A consultant’s report says a plume of underground pollution at the former Whirlpool Corp. factory in Fort Smith isn’t spreading. People living near the plant have sued Whirlpool over the contamination. City Administrator Ray Gosack said Wednesday that the report only …

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  • Conservation groups support Blueway designation

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Canoe Club, Arkansas Public Policy Panel and other groups are urging legislators and county officials to support the new designation of the White River Watershed as a National Blueway, according to a news release from James Szenher with the Arkansas …

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  • Foreigners must report agricultural land deals

    LITTLE ROCK — Linda Newkirk, USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director, is reminding Arkansas producers that the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “The Farm Service Agency …

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  • $500 prize fish caught

    HOT SPRINGS – The second time proved the charm for retired horse trainer Carlos Nanez. He recently landed a $500 walleye in the 2013 $60,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge. Nanez’s catch was the eighth prize fish landed so far in the Challenge. However, it was …

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  • 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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