• Not getting all shook up: Ark. Elvis impersonator readies for competition

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Although the King of Rock ’n’ Roll died in August 1977, Elvis Presley’s music and persona’s influence remain to thrill and motivate millions of listeners, said Michael Cullipher, a Sallisaw, Okla.-based Elvis Presley tribute artist. “Elvis is so much bigger now …

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  • Inspection prompts Phillips Co. jail closure

    HELENA-WEST HELENA (AP) — Phillips County has closed its jail after a state inspection cited conditions that are unsafe and unhealthy for inmates and workers. Sheriff Neal Byrd announced the closure Tuesday. He says the jail’s 60 inmates were moved to nearby jails, with most …

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  • 2 hospitals work to protect infants

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Arkansas hospitals are starting a pilot program aimed at educating new parents about the dangers of shaking a baby. Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and said Tuesday that the effort is aimed at preventing …

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  • Suspected arsons investigated

    DYESS (AP) — State and federal investigators are looking into a string of fires that have destroyed homes in Johnny Cash’s hometown of Dyess. Four vacant homes have burned since February. Sheriff’s investigator Robb Rounsavall says agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and …

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  • Izard Co. native inducted

    FAYETTEVILLE — A 1992 graduate of Mount Pleasant and former resident of Guion was recently inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas, according to a news release. Paul Seay received his bachelor of science in industrial engineering in 1997. …

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  • ASU recognizes students

    JONESBORO — The College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro recognized its most outstanding graduating students during its recent annual Convocation of Scholars honors program, according to Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the college. Area award winners in the school …

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  • Child rape case now at 15 arrests

    JONESBORO (AP) — Police in Jonesboro say a 15th person has been arrested in connection with a rape and child pornography investigation involving a 12-year-old girl. Sgt. Lyle Waterworth said that a Searcy man was arrested Friday. Police say the 15 people arrested in the …

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  • Boy survives 20-foot fall at old plant

    TRUMANN (AP) — Authorities in northeast Arkansas say an 11-year-old boy was injured after he fell 20 feet inside a drain hole at an abandoned water treatment plant. Trumann Fire Department Capt. David Hicks says the child suffered a broken leg and broken ankle as …

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  • Four arrested for getting girls drunk, raping them

                WALNUT RIDGE — Four Lawrence County men were arrested Saturday after two girls told authorities they had been given alcohol and then raped while they were under the influence, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. All four men face …

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  • Friends of rivers to celebrate

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers welcome the public to help them “Celebrate the Rivers” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Vada Sheid Building on the campus of Arkansas State University in Mountain Home. Guests will learn how …

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  • ‘Outstanding’ grads recognized

    JONESBORO — The “most outstanding graduates” of the College of Business at Arkansas State University were recognized during an annual Convocation of Scholars honors banquet, according to Dr. Jim Washam, interim dean of the college. The outstanding graduate awards were presented to the senior in …

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  • Howell awarded

    JONESBORO  — Three students in the College of Engineering at Arkansas State University were recently recognized during a Convocation of Scholars honors ceremony as the college’s most outstanding graduates, according to Dr. David Beasley, dean of the college. Among them was recipient of the Chancellor’s …

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