• Regional winners named

    LITTLE ROCK — Three regional winners have been named in the Arkansas State Fair Junior Queen competition Wednesday in Little Rock. Juliana Fletcher, 15, of Widener, Kaylee Guthrie, 15, of Melbourne and Summer Thorn, 16, of Batesville were named finalists. Fletcher is a sophomore at …

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  • ‘Fought in Earnest’ chronicles historical events

    MOUNTAIN HOME — A free traveling exhibit, “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” which chronicles major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865, will be displayed in Gaston Lobby of Roller Hall at Arkansas State University in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 5 …

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  • Clinton National Airport eyes baggage fix

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The largest airport in Arkansas wants to spend nearly $300,000 to help prevent planes from taking off without their passengers’ suitcases. Officials with the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field say a design flaw in its baggage-handling system is to …

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  • Judge wants new look at Buffalo River hog farm

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge wants regulators to take another look at the potential impact of a hog farm near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas. Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. said Thursday a previous assessment was too brief. That review helped …

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  • Agri official retiring

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun’s retirement becomes effective Dec. 31. In a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe, Calhoun says that it has been “an honor and privilege” to serve in the …

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  • Conway hosts state gospel singing convention

    CONWAY — The 102nd Annual Arkansas State Gospel Singing Convention will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Bowry Baptist Church, located at 889 Otto Road in Conway. Lunch will be served at noon Saturday. For more information call Mackenzie Clark, …

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  • Powhatan state park to hold Ghost Walk

    POWHATAN — A Ghost Walk will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Powhatan. Guests can tour each of the town’s five historic buildings, hearing ghost stories at each site. Some of the stories are adapted from traditional folk tales, but others may …

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  • Rutledge: Kids’ smartphones ‘are the devil’

    CONWAY (AP) — The Republican candidate for attorney general said Wednesday she would use the office to keep children safe online, telling voters that smartphones in the hands of young people “are the devil.” When asked during the debate at the Arkansas Educational Television Network …

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  • Arkansas court rules unanimously against voter ID

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — In a unanimous ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court found that the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional. The high court said Wednesday that Arkansas’ Constitution lists four requirements to vote: that a person be a citizen of the United States and …

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  • Man dies while detained by Union County deputies

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 36-year-old man died while he was being detained by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says the incident happened late Tuesday as deputies were responding to a disturbance call. Deputies encountered Eric Smith of …

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  • Springdale man sentenced in child porn case

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — A 45-year-old Springdale man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison without the possibility of parole for receiving child pornography images. Federal prosecutors said Michael Pankey was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 10 years of supervised release. …

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  • GOP claims Steel improperly holds 2 offices

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Republican Party said in a lawsuit Tuesday that the Democratic candidate for attorney general is improperly holding two government offices. State Rep. Nate Steel’s campaign said he provides legal services to the city of Nashville under a contract but …

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