• House to vote on ‘private option’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House is preparing for a possible vote on a bill to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private health insurance for low-income residents. House Speaker Davy Carter expected to hold a vote on the proposal today — but said …

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  • Flea Market begins Saturday

    SALEM — The 10th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market and Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-wide Yard Sale will be today and Saturday in Salem. A limited number of vendor space is still available, and there is outside space available. Inside space is 8’ by 8’ …

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  • Threads of Life quilt, fiber arts show to open Saturday

    JONESBORO — The Women’s Council for St. Bernard’s Development Found-ation will present the sixth annual Threads of Life Quilt and Fiber Arts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show will be held at St. Bernard’s …

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  • Freeze warning issued

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A freeze warning is in place in northwest Arkansas as a cold front brings unseasonably cool temperatures to the state. The National Weather Service issued the warning for this morning and again from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday. Forecasters say …

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  • 4 hurt when tornado hits near Botkinburg

    BOTKINBURG (AP) — Four people were hurt Wednesday when Arkansas’ first severe weather outbreak of the spring generated tornadoes that damaged homes and vivid lightning strikes that started house fires. Three of the people hurt were treated at a hospital and released after a tornado …

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  • Lottery numbers show scholarships, prizes, profits

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has been in operation for more than three years, and Independence and Jackson counties have seen advances and changes related to the lottery. Independence County citizens have received 1,217 scholarships to go to college anywhere in Arkansas. At …

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  • 11 arrested in child rape, porn case

    JONESBORO (AP) — Law enforcement officers have arrested 11 people in northeast Arkansas on rape and child pornography charges involving a 12-year-old girl. Jonesboro Police Sgt. Lyle Waterworth told reporters that local, state and federal officers arrested seven adults and four juveniles in various cities …

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  • Voters reject millage increase for college

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Garland County election officials say voters have rejected a proposed millage increase for National Park Community College in Hot Springs. Incomplete returns from Tuesday’s vote show the vote is 2,761-1,839 against the millage increase. Election officials say two voting machines have …

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  • Ark. Senate OKs nonpartisan prosecutor elections

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would make the state’s local prosecutors nonpartisan and would move the election for those offices from November to May. The Senate voted 20-13 Tuesday giving final legislative approval to the bill to make the …

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  • UAW retirees to meet

    POCAHONTAS — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould. Gary Style from United Auto Workers International Retired Workers Department will address the members. A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield-Michigan will …

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  • Blood tests urged for dental patients after evidence of tampering found

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health officials on Tuesday recommended blood tests for about 100 young patients of a dentist who sedated them with drugs possibly contaminated with infectious material. Screenings for dozens of patients of the now deceased Dr. William Jarrod Stewart will include …

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  • Forecasters predict strong storms, flash flooding risk

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Heavy rain is predicted for much of Arkansas as a storm system pushes through the state. Forecasters say parts of northwest Arkansas could see severe storms with damaging winds late today. A cold front will follow the system into Arkansas, and …

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