• Arkansas River backwater habitat to get work

    LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently approved an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore Arkansas River backwater habitat at Rector Brake and Coal Pile. The grant money will come from the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership. …

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  • Judge voids vote to allow liquor sales

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Sebastian County judge has voided the election results that approved the sale of liquor in Barling. Circuit Judge Steve Tabor ruled Tuesday that Arkansas law and state Supreme Court precedent are clear that when a county or district votes to …

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  • State could see severe storms

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several inches of rain may fall in parts of Arkansas and a large part of the eastern half of the state is likely to see wind and hail damage from an approaching storm system, forecasters said Monday. The Storm Prediction Center …

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  • Searcy names new police chief

    SEARCY (AP) — Searcy Mayor David Morris has named a new police chief and he’s tapped the White County Sheriff’s Office for his choice. Morris on Monday announced Chief Deputy Jeremy Clark would take the helm of the department, though his start date is to …

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  • Baby killer pleads

    De QUEEN (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in the beating death of his newborn son has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Vonderrick Smith sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was charged in the February 2011 death of his son, 1-month-old Kason Smith. …

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  • Police: Dad left toddler, went drinking at bar

    CONWAY (AP) — A Conway man is charged with endangering a minor for allegedly leaving his 13-month-old son home alone so he could drink at a bar in Little Rock. Police said Monday that the child’s mother told authorities Friday night that she believed the …

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  • Ark. Senate approves guns in church bill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Monday to allow concealed handguns in churches and other places of worship, rejecting complaints from a handful of Democratic lawmakers that it undermines the idea of the institutions being sanctuaries from violence. By a 28-4 vote, the …

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  • Abortion restriction proposed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected under a bill introduced by a Republican senator Monday, a proposal that would prohibit the medical procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Sen. Jason Rapert filed legislation requiring …

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  • Animal Planet crew seeking bigfoot in Ark.

    FOUKE (AP) — Bigfoot remains elusive, but a crew from the Animal Planet television show “Finding Bigfoot” is seeing what they can find in Fouke, where the legend Fouke Monster still lives. The television crew has been filming in the Fouke area since early January …

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  • Lawmakers propose drug testing

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas state lawmakers are weighing a bill that would require prospective and current recipients of unemployment benefits to pass a drug test and a proposal to require the same of the state’s elected officials and public employees. Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, …

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  • Stormy weather is forecast

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Stormy weather and heavy rain is in the forecast for Arkansas on Tuesday. The National Weather Service said that temperatures today will be unseasonably warm, with highs in the 60s and 70s across the state. On Tuesday, a cold front is …

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  • Parole board deems sentence commutation ‘without merit’

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found a sentence commutation application made by an Independence County man serving time for murder and other crimes to be without merit, according to clemency recommendations issued by the board on Wednesday. Nimous D. Burrow was imprisoned …

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