• Child rapist gets 20 years

    MOUTNAIN HOME (AP) — A Baxter County judge has sentenced a 63-year-old Cotter man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. William Bardin was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty in June to repeatedly raping a girl under the age of …

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  • Teen arrested in murder

    STUTTGART (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of a 20-year-old man in eastern Arkansas. Police were called to an address around 5 p.m. Tuesday and found Ray Daniel Ruffin shot once in the chest. He was taken by ambulance to …

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  • Lockdown blamed on mistaken ID

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual. Officials said Thursday the 6,100-acre base was …

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  • Immigrant kids being placed with sponsors

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The federal government says well more than 100 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States. The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of …

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  • Newborn blood tests may be done faster

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health leaders are trying to reduce the time it takes to determine if babies have disorders that require immediate treatment. The state health board has approved changes to newborn blood-screening regulations. Those rules would require hospitals to send samples to …

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  • 1 accused of stealing farm equipment

    BENTON, La. (AP) — A 35-year-old Arkansas man is accused of stealing equipment worth $27,000 from a farm in Plain Dealing. Bossier Parish sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says Jamie Lynn Caswell, of Fouke, Arkansas, is being held in lieu of $45,000 bond. He says Caswell …

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  • 10 counties declared disasters

    LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties that suffered losses due to flash flooding, excessive rain, high winds, hail, and dangerous lightning beginning on June 29 and continuing. Qualifying farmers will …

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  • Crews working to restore power

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity this morning after strong storms hit the state. Entergy Arkansas reports outages statewide with Lonoke County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. today. Wednesday’s storms brought powerful winds …

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  • Man turns himself in

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Police say a man called officers to turn himself in after a woman’s body was found in a western Arkansas home. Douglas True, 21, called Fort Smith police to turn himself in on Sunday. When police arrived, they found the body …

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  • Online archive set up

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas History Commission has announced the relaunch of its online digital archive through the Online Computer Library Center’s program, Content DM. Content DM is used by archives and libraries across the country to share digitized archival material online. The Arkansas History …

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  • 2 girls kidnapped, bound

    LINCOLN (AP) — Police have arrested a western Arkansas man charged with kidnapping two girls and binding them with duct tape. The Lincoln Police Department charged 22-year-old Damian Kelley with kidnapping, second-degree battery and third-degree battery on Tuesday. Police say Kelley pulled a 15-year-old girl …

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  • Secretary of state defends extending ballot deadline

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas election officials on Tuesday defended the July 7 deadline they used for ballot measure petitions, saying it’s a longtime practice to push back the date for submitting signatures if it falls on a holiday. A spokeswoman for Secretary of State …

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