• Groups sue to block state’s 12-week abortion ban

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to overturn the more restrictive of Arkansas’ two new abortion laws, saying the near-ban of abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas …

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  • 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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