• Republicans in Ark. consider unusual health stand

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Like their counterparts in other southern states, Arkansas Republicans denounced “Obamacare” during this year’s election campaign and called for its repeal. But now that they’ve won control of the Legislature for the first time in 138 years, GOP lawmakers are considering …

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  • Man crashes into detective’s car

    JUDSONIA (AP) — Authorities in White County say a man is in jail after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a detective’s unmarked car, then fled. Authorities say the incident happened Wednesday morning near Judsonia. According to the White County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Jerry Wayne …

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  • Arvest to buy 29 Bank of America sites

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas-based Arvest Bank has announced an agreement in which it will purchase 29 banking locations in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas from Bank of America Corporation. Terms of the purchase were not released. Arvest says it will acquire Bank of America assets …

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  • $11M upheld in brain surgery lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld an $11 million judgment an insurer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital was ordered to pay a Mabelvale couple after a doctor operated on the wrong side of their son’s brain. Thursday’s ruling rejected appeals by Proassurance …

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  • StrikeForce sign-up deadline announced

    LITTLE ROCK — Farmers and landowners in the 25 Arkansas StrikeForce counties have until Jan. 18 to submit applications to receive cost-share assistance to implement conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program  for the 2013 program year, said Reginald Jackson, state public affairs specialist …

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  • Mobility impaired youth take part in hunt at White River NWR

    SAINT CHARLES — The first two weekends of each December, 10 youth and five mobility impaired hunters who have been randomly selected participate in a “once in a lifetime deer hunt” on the Cooks Lake area of White River National Wildlife Refuge, said Holly Bounds …

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  • Bomb in Harrison safely disabled

    HARRISON (AP) — A bomb squad safely disabled a pipe bomb after evacuating Harrison’s City Hall as a precaution. Authorities say a woman found the device in her home Thursday and brought it to the police department, which is adjacent to City Hall. A bomb …

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  • Hector elementary burns in overnight fire

    HECTOR (AP) — Authorities say firefighters have contained a blaze that broke out overnight at an elementary school in Pope County. Authorities say the fire was reported at Hector Elementary School at about 10 p.m. Thursday. The blaze was contained by more than 100 firefighters …

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  • Comedy presented

    SMITHVILLE — Smithville Baptist Church will present “A Cricket County City Christmas,” a one-act comedy, at 6 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary. The play is about the wealthy Tippinhimer family who has invited their backward country relatives from Cricket County to join them in …

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  • Building homes, rebuilding lives – Homes for Our Troops to break ground on home for injured vet

    Farmington — For the past year and a half Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy has been recovering and picking up the pieces after being severely injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Now, the Homes for Our Troops organization will help Kennedy and his family forge …

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  • Harding Universty commencement nears

    SEARCY — Dr. John Reese, a member of the Harding University Board of Trustees, will be featured as the keynote speaker for the University’s commencement exercises on Saturday when about 360 graduates will receive diplomas at 10 a.m. on campus in Benson Auditorium. Reese was …

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  • Lecture features Titanic expedition leader Joslyn

    MOUNTAIN HOME — To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, when the ship struck an iceberg in April 1912, expedition leader John Joslyn and his wife, Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, will speak as part of the Gaston Lecture Series at 7 p.m. March …

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