• 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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  • Prescott man killed by train

    PRESCOTT (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Prescott man is dead after he was struck by a train. State police say the fatal collision happened late Saturday on a county road west of Prescott. According to a preliminary report, 47-year-old Jimmie Guyton Jr. failed …

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  • 3rd store robbed in Jonesboro

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police say a third Dollar General store has been robbed in northeast Arkansas and investigators are trying to determine whether the holdups are related. The Monday evening robbery was carried out by a man who pointed a small, black handgun at …

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  • Schools ask court not to reconsider ruling

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — School districts involved in a lawsuit over school funding are asking the state Supreme Court not to reconsider its ruling that allows districts to keep excess property tax revenue if they raise more money than what is set under Arkansas’ funding …

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  • Power out for fewer than 5K

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Fewer than 4,500 homes and businesses remain without power several days after a snowstorm blanketed central Arkansas with 10 inches of snow on Christmas Day. Entergy Arkansas had 4,463 customers still dark as evening approached on Monday. The utility says it …

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  • 39 computers given to area residents

    LITTLE ROCK — Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corporation, has announced the donation of 39 Internet-ready computers to families who completed the Computers 4 Kids program held at First Missionary Baptist Church in Newport. Computers 4 Kids is a three-day digital literacy program …

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  • ASU-Jonesboro confers degrees

    JONESBORO — Students from 39 states and eight countries graduated from Arkansas State University during fall graduation ceremonies Dec. 15 at the Convocation Center. Chancellor Tim Hudson conferred diplomas to graduates from ASU’s 11 colleges during a morning and afternoon ceremony. State Rep. Homer Lenderman …

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  • GOP, Patrino named top state stories, followed by Medicaid, severe drought

    LITTLE ROCK — Four years ago, Arkansas Democrats held every constitutional office, all but one seat in the state’s congressional delegation and a seemingly untouchable majority in the Legislature. How things have changed. The state GOP party built on major gains in 2010, when Republican …

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