• Rep. Womack joins online sales tax call

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Womack is backing a law that would allow states to levy sales tax on online and catalog purchases. A Dec. 5 event is planned in Washington to rally support for the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which is backed …

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  • Prairie Grove battle re-enactment planned for this weekend

    PRAIRIE GROVE — Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove with a re-enactment this weekend. Prairie Grove is recognized nationally as one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields. Seeing the battle unfold on the ground …

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  • Capitol lighting is Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced the State Capitol will hold the 74th annual lighting ceremony at dusk Saturday. “I hope Arkansans will join us for this event,” Martin said. “This is a great tradition begun by Secretary of State Crip …

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  • Hunter mistakes walker for deer

    COAL HILL (AP) — The Johnson County sheriff says a 43-year-old man is dead after he was shot by a man who mistook him for a deer. Sheriff Jimmy Dorney says Thomas Edward Sears, who went by the name Eddie, was walking along a trail …

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  • Jury picked in lotto ticket case

    SEARCY (AP) — Jury selection is to get under way in a legal battle over a $1 million lottery ticket that one Arkansas woman threw away and another plucked out of the trash. Judge Craig Hannah scheduled jury selection for Friday ahead of a trial …

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  • 2 gun makers to expand, will add 70-120 jobs

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Two firearms companies owned by a German group said Thursday they would spend $7 million on manufacturing plants at a former military installation near Fort Smith and create from 70 to 120 jobs in the next five years. Umarex USA already …

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  • UALR gets NASA grant

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas-Little Rock has announced it will receive a $750,000 grant from NASA as part of the space agency’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The university said that it’s one of 17 research colleges and universities chosen to …

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  • Driver jailed after missing pork turns up

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health officials are disposing of $42,000 worth of meat after a Little Rock truck driver was accused of not delivering the hams and hot dogs and selling them himself from a refrigerated trailer. Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis says Robert Lee …

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  • Heifer HQ to show animals

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Heifer International is inviting people to its headquarters to learn about the animals it places with poor families around the world so they can become self-sufficient. The charity will have animals from its Perryville ranch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. …

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  • 6-year-old was raped before she was suffocated to death

    BENTONVILLE — A 6-year-old girl who was the victim in an abuse case last year and was found dead this past week in a vacant house in her neighborhood was suffocated and apparently raped, authorities said in a court document released Wednesday. Jersey Bridgeman died …

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  • HU nursing professor re-appointed

    SEARCY— Dr. Cathleen Shultz, dean of the Harding University Carr College of Nursing, recently was sworn in to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing by White County Judge Michael Lincoln, according to a newsr release. Previously, Shultz was appointed to the board from 1989 to …

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  • Fla. man unearths 1.95 ct. diamond

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A Florida man found a 1.95-carat brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State park, the second-largest diamond found there this year. Park officials said Wednesday that 40-year-old Doug Lay of Hernando, Fla., found a coffee-colored gem about the size of a …

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