• Sentence commutation denied

    LITTLE ROCK — One of two murderers sentenced to 45 years in prison has been turned down for a sentence commutation by the Arkansas Parole Board, according to a news release. Jorge Pablo Gonzalez’s request was denied by the board when it met Monday; the …

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  • Pedestrian, hit by car, dies

    OZARK ACRES — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle about 11:38 p.m. Monday in Ozark Acres, according to a preliminary report from Arkansas State Police Troop B headquarters. The victim was David Dwayne Halfacre, 43, of Williford, said the investigating officer, state …

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  • 2.95-carat diamond unearthed

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — State parks officials say a Kentucky man discovered a nearly 3-carat diamond Thursday at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds park. Terry Staggs of Richmond discovered the 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond — the largest diamond found so far this year at the park in …

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  • Hearing set over Springdale brewery’s permit

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Environmental regulators will hold a hearing this fall to reconsider a wastewater storage permit the state granted to a northwest Arkansas brewery, after the local water district voiced concerns that it could imperil the area’s drinking water. The Beaver Water District requested …

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  • 1 held after nightclub shooting

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities arrested a Junction City man on suspicion of battery after a shooting at an El Dorado nightclub left three people injured. Police say the shooting happened early Saturday at The Brick House. According to police, officers responding to a disturbance …

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  • UAW Retirees to meet

    PARAGOULD — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould.

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  • Drug store keeps soda fountain tradition going

    TRUMANN (AP) — Customers at the Trumann Drug Store’s old-fashioned soda fountain can get a banana split topped with nostalgia or a plate lunch with a side of history. Shelia Hooker, the full-time cook for two years, works behind a 30-foot counter, which used to …

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  • Harless wins pageant award

    Miss White River’s Outstanding Teen was named a preliminary winner during the 2013 Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen pageant held in Hot Springs over the weekend. In the Thursday night preliminaries, Rachel Harless received the Artistic Expression in Talent award. For her talent, Harless, 17, of …

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  • Variable oakleaf caterpillars move through Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Forestry Commission says variable oakleaf caterpillars are gobbling trees’ leaves and leaving messes in parts of central Arkansas. The Forestry Commission says the caterpillars feed on the foliage of deciduous trees, eating leaves down to the main veins. Feeding …

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  • State at moderate wildfire risk

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says much of the state is at moderate risk for wildfires as Arkansas dries out from recent rainy weather. The commission says the moderate risk area covers northern, southern and central Arkansas. Western Arkansas and eastern Arkansas …

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  • Weatherization program aids low-income Arkansans

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has announced its Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) will administer the federally funded Weatherization Assistance Program effective immediately. The program was previously administered in Arkansas by the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Office of Community Services and operated …

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  • 5-year-old drowns in pool

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl drowned in a swimming pool in western Arkansas on Wednesday. Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown says the girl was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead after her 17-year-old brother and his 16-year-old girlfriend …

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