• Lawmakers propose drug testing

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas state lawmakers are weighing a bill that would require prospective and current recipients of unemployment benefits to pass a drug test and a proposal to require the same of the state’s elected officials and public employees. Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, …

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  • Stormy weather is forecast

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Stormy weather and heavy rain is in the forecast for Arkansas on Tuesday. The National Weather Service said that temperatures today will be unseasonably warm, with highs in the 60s and 70s across the state. On Tuesday, a cold front is …

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  • Parole board deems sentence commutation ‘without merit’

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found a sentence commutation application made by an Independence County man serving time for murder and other crimes to be without merit, according to clemency recommendations issued by the board on Wednesday. Nimous D. Burrow was imprisoned …

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  • As peanut interest grows, prices may drop

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Pocahontas-based Arkansas Grown Highest Quality Peanuts contracted 8,200 acres of peanuts last year with farmers, co-owner Kyle Baltz said. In 2013 the number of acres will likely drop. Each year in the United States about 2.2 million tons of peanuts are consumed, …

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  • A day in the life – School resource officer has many duties

    NORFORK (AP) — Baxter County Deputy Billy Cox sipped coffee Thursday morning as he watched students at Norfork High School change classes. “I spend a lot of time walking around and just listening to the students,” Cox said as he greeted students. “They know way …

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  • Officials: 19 flu deaths in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Health officials say 19 people have died from the flu in Arkansas this season and that number is expected to rise. Arkansas Department of Health spokeswoman Ann Russell said Thursday it’s not too late for people to get flu vaccines. She …

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  • Entergy may raise rates

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ largest utility says it spent up to $65 million fixing its power grid after a Christmas Day snowstorm and will ask regulators for permission to recover its losses. Entergy Arkansas said Thursday it will file paperwork in March with the …

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  • Senate is unanimous in sex offender restrictions

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has unanimously approved legislation that would prohibit sex offenders from swimming areas or children’s playgrounds located within a state park. By a 35-0 vote, the Senate on Thursday backed the measure by Republican Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain …

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  • Powell Humphreys wins trivia night trophy

    MAMMOTH SPRING — The winner of Spring River Lions Club Modern Woodmen Trivia Night was a team assembled and captained by Powell Humphreys. The Trivia Traveling Trophy was relinquished by the Bank of Thayer team. The club’s goal is to establish a long-term fund for …

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  • Monroe Crossing featured in concert

    PARAGOULD — Monroe Crossing will perform a concert of bluegrass music at 7 p.m. Monday at the Collins Theatre, located at 120 W. Emerson St. in downtown Paragould. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM at Arkansas …

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  • Senate panel advances sex offender measures

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced a measure barring sex offenders from swimming pools and playground at state parks and another that would impose a fee on new residents who are required to register as sex offenders. The Senate Judiciary Committee …

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  • Stalking awareness month: ‘Know it. Name it. Stop it.’

    HARRISON — January is Stalking Awareness Month, and a national campaign is underway to “Know it. Name it. Stop it.” Stalking is a crime under Arkansas state law, although it is one of many that can pertain in domestic violence cases. Attorney Margaret Reger, who …

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