• Dollarway eyes school closing

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — The Dollarway School District in Pine Bluff is under state control so it can get its finances and academics in order, and officials are looking at closing an elementary school. Superintendent Frank Anthony has run the district since the state took …

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  • Tornado confirmed in Botkinburg Gov. Beebe declares disaster in 15 counties

    BOTKINBURG (AP) — Forecasters said Thursday that Arkansas’ first storm outbreak of the spring included a strong tornado that hit Botkinburg, 60 miles north of Little Rock, with winds of 111-135 mph. Four people were injured when the storm raked a 17-mile path across Van …

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  • House to vote on ‘private option’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House is preparing for a possible vote on a bill to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private health insurance for low-income residents. House Speaker Davy Carter expected to hold a vote on the proposal today — but said …

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  • Flea Market begins Saturday

    SALEM — The 10th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market and Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-wide Yard Sale will be today and Saturday in Salem. A limited number of vendor space is still available, and there is outside space available. Inside space is 8’ by 8’ …

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  • Threads of Life quilt, fiber arts show to open Saturday

    JONESBORO — The Women’s Council for St. Bernard’s Development Found-ation will present the sixth annual Threads of Life Quilt and Fiber Arts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show will be held at St. Bernard’s …

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  • Freeze warning issued

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A freeze warning is in place in northwest Arkansas as a cold front brings unseasonably cool temperatures to the state. The National Weather Service issued the warning for this morning and again from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday. Forecasters say …

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  • 4 hurt when tornado hits near Botkinburg

    BOTKINBURG (AP) — Four people were hurt Wednesday when Arkansas’ first severe weather outbreak of the spring generated tornadoes that damaged homes and vivid lightning strikes that started house fires. Three of the people hurt were treated at a hospital and released after a tornado …

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  • Lottery numbers show scholarships, prizes, profits

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has been in operation for more than three years, and Independence and Jackson counties have seen advances and changes related to the lottery. Independence County citizens have received 1,217 scholarships to go to college anywhere in Arkansas. At …

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  • 11 arrested in child rape, porn case

    JONESBORO (AP) — Law enforcement officers have arrested 11 people in northeast Arkansas on rape and child pornography charges involving a 12-year-old girl. Jonesboro Police Sgt. Lyle Waterworth told reporters that local, state and federal officers arrested seven adults and four juveniles in various cities …

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  • Voters reject millage increase for college

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Garland County election officials say voters have rejected a proposed millage increase for National Park Community College in Hot Springs. Incomplete returns from Tuesday’s vote show the vote is 2,761-1,839 against the millage increase. Election officials say two voting machines have …

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  • Ark. Senate OKs nonpartisan prosecutor elections

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would make the state’s local prosecutors nonpartisan and would move the election for those offices from November to May. The Senate voted 20-13 Tuesday giving final legislative approval to the bill to make the …

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  • UAW retirees to meet

    POCAHONTAS — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould. Gary Style from United Auto Workers International Retired Workers Department will address the members. A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield-Michigan will …

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