• Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson self-reports, receives fine

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson reported himself to the state Ethics Commission for giving $2,700 to his then-girlfriend and drew a $500 fine and a warning letter. The commission on Wednesday also cited Hutchinson for failing to accurately disclose the spending on …

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  • Jonesboro mall sells to New York firm for $96M

    JONESBORO (AP) — A New York-based real estate investment firm is buying the Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro for $96 million. Rouse Properties Inc. closed Wednesday on the purchase from a private partnership led by David Hocker. The purchase also includes an adjacent shopping …

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  • Cold slightly helps Arkansas duck hunters

    STUTTGART (AP) — Cold and snowy weather since Christmas has helped Arkansas’ duck habitat only a little bit. Snowmelt has increased water levels slightly, making the state more attractive to ducks, but much of state remains drier than in recent seasons. Cold weather in the …

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  • Boyfriend arrested for woman’s death

    SALESVILLE (AP) — Baxter County authorities have arrested a Salesville man on suspicion of capital murder in the beating death of his live-in girlfriend on New Year’s Eve. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said deputies responded to a 911 call “an incident in Salesville, and …

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  • Power outages down to 279

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Entergy Arkansas says it’s restored power to all but 279 homes and businesses that lost electricity in the Christmas Day winter storm. As of Tuesday afternoon — a full week after the storm dropped ice and snow on the state — …

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  • Jazz night planned

    JONESBORO — New jazz night will feature NJHB and guests from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at TheArts@311, located at 311 South Church in Jonesboro. There is no charge for admittance. For more information check Events at facebook.com/TheArtsAt311 or call (870) 934-8710.

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  • Drought tops state agri stories of 2012

    LITTLE ROCK — Drought dominated agricultural news in Arkansas in 2012, causing grief for the state’s livestock industry, and prompting row crop farmers to dig more deeply into their wallets to keep their thirsty plants alive. Drought’s overall impact on Arkansas gained the highest number …

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  • New PB mayor fires police chief

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Pine Bluff will be getting a new police chief along with its new mayor. On her first day on the job Tuesday, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth fired Pine Bluff Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones, but wouldn’t give a reason for the change, and …

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  • Inmate dies in suspected suicide

    OSCEOLA (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at the Osceola jail has been found dead of a suspected suicide. Prosecutor Scott Ellington says 20-year-old Michael Jones of Osceola returned from his work-release program Friday when deputies reportedly found contraband on him. Ellington said that Jones’ …

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  • Justice Robert Brown retiring from Ark. high court

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has blazed new trails in addressing privacy rights, funding for public education, tort changes, term limits and separation of powers, among other areas, one of its most senior members says in a retrospective of his two decades …

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  • Operating generator indoors leaves one dead

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a Pulaski County man likely died of carbon monoxide poisoning after he ran a generator indoors without proper ventilation. Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs says 68-year-old James Willis was pronounced dead Monday at UAMS Medical Center of suspected carbon …

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  • Judge considering suit over Barling alcohol vote

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Sebastian County judge is considering a lawsuit over whether a vote legalizing alcohol sales in Barling should stand. Barling voters approved the measure Nov. 6 but opponents are challenging the legality of the vote. In the complaint, attorney Erik Danielson …

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