• Mental exam requested in Searcy murder case

    SEARCY (AP) — A man charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend in White County is seeking a mental evaluation. Attorneys for Charles Berry filed a motion this week for a mental examination. Berry is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old …

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  • 4 Arkansas schools to receive Upward Bound grants

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four Arkansas colleges will receive more than $1 million combined in federal funds to encourage the study of math and science and Lyon College is among them. The college will receive $293,925. Members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation made the announcement Wednesday. …

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  • Isaac’s rains ease drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Drought conditions are improving in Arkansas, thanks to last week’s downpour of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released today shows that 12 percent of Arkansas is in exceptional drought. That’s down from 45 …

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  • Playhouse announces cast

    MOUNTAIN HOME — “The Dixie Swim Club,” a Jones Hope Wooten comedy, is Twin Lakes Playhouse’s opening production for the 2012-13 season. In the play, five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every …

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  • Senator’s ex-girlfriend accused of hitting him

    LITTLE ROCK — The former girlfriend of state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson was charged Wednesday with third-degree domestic battery after allegedly hitting the Republican with a preserved alligator head during a dispute. Julie McGee, 39, of Little Rock, was booked into the Pulaski County Jail early …

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  • State revenues show decline

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas finance officials said Wednesday that a drop in sales tax collections last month pushed the state’s revenues below expectations and last year’s figures, suggesting that consumers may have postponed purchases until the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday. The Arkansas Department …

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  • Court to hear casino arguments

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas justices are hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s rejection of petitions for a Texas businessman’s bid to win exclusive rights to operate casinos in the state. The Arkansas Supreme Court planned to hear oral arguments today in the …

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  • Possible heat death reported

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Authorities say a man found lying on the side of a road in Fort Smith may have died of heat exhaustion. Fort Smith police said Wednesday that 47-year-old Olaf Brian Cooper died at a local hospital. Officers received a call about …

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  • Lawmaker pleads guilty to election charge

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said the lawmaker’s campaign bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year. …

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  • Storms damage homes

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Severe thunderstorms damaged a few homes and outbuildings as they moved through parts of Arkansas. Structural damage was reported to one home and a shed near Blytheville on Wednesday. A Mississippi County sheriff’s dispatcher said there were no immediate reports of …

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  • HCC opens campus in Texarkana

    TEXARKANA (AP) — Local leaders are welcoming the first class of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana. Chancellor Chris Thomason greeted the class Wednesday on the new campus in Texarkana. The chancellor said about 285 students are enrolled on the new campus, including …

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  • Student admits vandalizing football field

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials with Catholic High School say the person who spray-painted the school’s new artificial turf football field has turned himself in. The Little Rock school says a 16-year-old student from another school admitted spray-painting graffiti on Catholic’s newly dedicated football field. …

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