• Hutchinson, other Republicans switch votes on Medicaid plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — In a dramatic vote Tuesday, nine Republicans switched their votes to support a plan that would let Arkansas use federal Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents. One of them is District 52 Rep. John Hutchinson of Harrisburg, who …

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  • National Guardsmen to conduct earthquake training

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — National Guardsmen from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana and Texas are conducting emergency training in Oklahoma to prepare in case a major earthquake strikes the region. The exercise called “Vigilant Guard” was being held today at the Camp Gruber Training Site near …

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  • 2 killed on I-55

    MARION (AP) — Arkansas State Police say two construction workers were killed on Interstate 55 when a pickup swerved into their lane and struck them. A preliminary report says 34-year-old James Rains of Marion and 55-year-old Marshall Turner of Memphis were killed Tuesday night when …

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  • Free legal help for Arkansans with housing-related problems

    LITTLE ROCK — Low to moderate-income Arkansans who are facing foreclosure, landlord and tenant issues, consumer fraud issues and other housing-related legal problems can get free legal assistance through the Housing Rights and Consumer Protection Program. The Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid …

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  • Scholarship available

    STUTTGART — Nursing and pharmacy students are encouraged to apply now for a $1,000 scholarship offered through the Nicky Hargrove Memorial scholarship fund. Each applicant must be an accepted or current student in a registered nursing program or a doctor of pharmacy program. The applicant …

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  • Area student set to perform

    MAGNOLIA — Southern Arkansas University’s Department of Theatre and Mass Communications is presenting a 10-Minute Play Festival, and  Amanda Cannon of  Drasco will be playing a role in the production. Cannon will be  an actor for the short plays at SAU’s Harton Theatre April 23, …

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  • ‘Who’s Who’ names students

    BEEBE — Several students from Arkansas State University-Beebe were named to the 2013 Edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.” Recipients, which include students who attend ASU-Beebe, ASU-Heber Springs, ASU-Searcy, and the Little Rock Air Force Base programs, were named to the …

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  • Statewide essay finalists named at banquet

    CONWAY — The Arkansas Better Business Bureau Center for Character Ethics, the character education initiative of the Better Business Bureau, recognized the winners of the “Laws of Life” essay contest at a recent awards banquet at Hendrix College. The statewide contest was open to winners …

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  • Blytheville officials say geese thinning working

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — The pond at Blytheville’s Walker Park has been fouled by too many geese making their homes there. But city officials say a mechanism that disturbs the sleep patterns of the birds is causing them to look for new homes. City Parks and …

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  • Agnos Cemetery cleanup slated

    AGNOS — The Agnos Cemetery cleanup day has been set for Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., said cemetery association member Boyd Estes. “Everyone is asked to please plan to attend and bring tools,” said Estes. “Help is very much needed.” In case of rain the …

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  • Japanese American Internment Museum to open in McGehee

    McGEHEE — The new World War II Japanese American Internment Museum will be officially opened Tuesday in McGehee. The museum will be unveiled at 1 p.m. with an opening ceremony, which will be followed by a tour of the featured exhibit, “Against Their Will: The …

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  • Dollarway eyes school closing

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — The Dollarway School District in Pine Bluff is under state control so it can get its finances and academics in order, and officials are looking at closing an elementary school. Superintendent Frank Anthony has run the district since the state took …

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