• Hearing set in case over Hot Springs water issue

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A judge has scheduled an emergency hearing for Monday on a complaint that seeks to force a local water issue onto the November ballot. Two identical petitions filed this week sought to have an ordinance placed on the ballot to direct …

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  • Guilty plea entered in fatal mall shooting

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former pizza restaurant employee in Little Rock has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of his former supervisor during a robbery at Park Plaza Mall. Tristan Bryant pleaded guilty …

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  • Engineer says gators eroding sewer pond levees

    GARLAND CITY (AP) — A Texarkana engineer said alligators are causing sewer pond levees to erode in a southwestern Arkansas city. Engineer A.L. Franks suggested to the Garland City Council that it apply for a $450,000 federal grant to repair two sewer pond levees and …

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  • Boat launch closed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The boat launch area near Two Rivers Park Bridge on the south side of Little Maumelle River will be closed for most of this week. The closing is so the remains of a boat marina that was damaged during a flood …

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  • Hunters find human skull

    FULTON (AP) — Arkansas authorities say a human skull and a scrap of clothing have been found on a sandbar in the Red River. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton says a cattle farmer reported the skull on Monday. The farmer tells authorities dove hunters discovered …

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  • Group appeals over Saline County alcohol issue

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group backed by Walmart and Kum & Go has filed an appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court to let Saline County residents vote on whether not to legalize alcohol in the Nov. 4 election. Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips ruled in …

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  • Teacher wages under study

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State researchers say that it would cost Arkansas taxpayers between about $2 million and nearly $7 million to increase the minimum starting teacher salary to $31,000 in public schools. The Bureau of Legislative Research released a report Monday at a joint …

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  • Copper theft closes preschool

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — About 170 students were turned away from their Little Rock preschool after thieves destroyed air conditioning units to steal copper. The director of the In His Image Youth Development Center says the thieves caused about $150,000 in damages to the five …

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  • Brookland officials want new census of population

    JONESBORO (AP) — Officials in a northeastern Arkansas city want a new count of its population to show the growth they say the city has experienced since the 2010 census. Brookland’s mayor, Kenneth Jones, said officials know the city is growing because of the number …

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  • Cargill won’t move hog farm

    MOUNT JUDEA (AP) — Minnesota-based food processor Cargill said Monday that it has no plan to shutter or relocate a north Arkansas hog farm, despite concerns from environmentalists who say the operation poses a pollution threat to the nearby Buffalo River. A Cargill spokesman said …

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  • UAW retirees to meet

    PARAGOULD — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould. Service representatives from Blue Cross, Express Scripts, Delta Dental, Davis Vision and United Auto Workers retiree medical benefits trust in attendance to …

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  • Arkansas’ full-time employee staff dips by 71

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas officials say the number of full-time state employees decreased slightly during the past fiscal year, the second decline in four years. A study compiled by state budget administrator Brandon Sharp says the number of full-time workers dropped by 71 to …

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