• Ark. House passes guns in church bill – Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go now

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House voted overwhelmingly Monday to allow people to carry concealed weapons into churches, synagogues and mosques, as long as the place of worship has given the OK. Lawmakers voted 85-8 to pass a bill that would leave it up …

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  • House panel to vote on school consolidation

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas House panel is considering a proposal to change the criteria for determining when a school district is consolidated. The House Education Committee was set to vote today on a bill that would change the formula for calculating the number …

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  • Senate committee considers making gun list secret

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Senate committee is considering whether to make secret the list of Arkansans permitted to carry concealed handguns. Republican Sen. Bruce Holland of Greenwood planned Tuesday to present to the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee his legislation exempting the …

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  • Senator to host ‘Pryor-Side Chats’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is launching a new radio show. The Democrat from Arkansas says his new radio show will be called “Pryor-Side Chats” and will be posted every two weeks. The first installment will be released Friday. Pryor says this …

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  • ‘Preparing Your School for Crisis’ seminar offered

    FORT SMITH — The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office is hosting “Preparing Your School for a Crisis,” a free training seminar on preventing and responding to emergencies in schools, according to Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, and Bill Hollenbeck, Sebastian County …

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  • Governor announces intent to pardon 5

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is announcing his intent to grant pardons to five people who have completed their sentences for various crimes. The governor’s office said in a news release Monday that each person has completed all jail time, any parole or …

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  • ‘Connecting the Dots’ open for registration

    LITTLE ROCK — Connecting the Dots, the statewide marketing competition open to Arkansas 4-H and Future Farmers of America members, opened for registration Friday with a March 1 entry deadline. The competition challenges youth to promote a local farmer or farmers market and Arkansas MarketMaker. …

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  • Ark. man’s art collection moving to DC

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — For decades, Arkansan Jim Dyke has scoured galleries, studio sales and art auctions in Paris, New York and London on a dogged hunt for art that captivates him. Starting today, and running through May 26, 100 pieces from Dyke’s collection of …

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  • $155K jackpot won at Cushman

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery announced Saturday night that a player who bought a $1 Natural State Jackpot ticket at Cushman Country Store has won the $155,000 prize. As of press time, the winner’s name was not known and wouldn’t be until the …

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  • ‘Of Ebony Embers — Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance’ to perform

    MOUNTAIN HOME — A Black History Month celebration performance of the ensemble “Of Ebony Embers — Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus …

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  • ASU Museum celebrates Black History Month

    JONESBORO — As part of the Arkansas State University Museum’s cultural diversity series, the public is invited to the Black History Month celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5. The museum is in the west wing of the Dean B. Ellis Library, located at …

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  • Monette man remembers World War II service

    JONESBORO (AP) — It was a long way from Buffalo Island to the islands of the Pacific, but country boy James Ball remembers the journey. The World War II veteran said he joined the military right out of high school, leaving his home in the …

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