• 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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  • Athlete battles for life off the court

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — On the surface, Blytheville Chickasaw senior guard Shaquille Smith looks like your average teenager. Youthful, athletic and just trying to help his team pick up some wins. However, when Smith was in the sixth grade, a trip to the doctor’s office changed …

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  • House to take up 2 abortion restrictions

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House is considering legislation that would ban abortions at the 20th week of a pregnancy and a proposal to ban the procedure from being covered in the insurance exchange created under the federal health care law. The House today …

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  • ‘Superproject’ alters Ark. session agenda

    LITTLE ROCK — A veiled reference to a “superproject” took up only a couple of sentences when Gov. Mike Beebe laid out his legislative agenda for 2013 last month. Now that it’s been revealed as a $1.1 billion steel mill, it has altered the agenda …

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  • World War II vets receive medals

    LITTLE ROCK — Almost 70 years after France was liberated from Germany, two World War II veterans from Arkansas were recognized for their service. Gov. Mike Beebe hosted a French medal ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Conference Room, State Capitol. Beatrice Moore of …

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  • Walmart limiting ammo sales due to supply issues

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — The world’s largest retailer is limiting U.S. ammunition sales to three boxes of shells per day, per customer. Walmart said Thursday the restriction is in place because the supply of ammunition has become tight. Ashley Hardie, a spokeswoman for the Bentonville-based company, …

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  • Tot drowns in swimming pool

    JONESBORO (AP) — Authorities say an 18-month-old girl has died after falling into her family’s swimming pool. Jonesboro police say the incident happened Tuesday night. Authorities say the mother was preparing dinner when she realized her daughter, Kinley Crews, was missing. The girl was found …

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  • Free tax preparation aid available

    LITTLE ROCK — Whether taxpayers find the 1040EZ to be not so easy after all, or they would prefer to have assistance in preparing and filing their tax returns, countless consumers will seek help from tax preparation services this year. There are a variety of …

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  • AGFC commissioner resigns after arrest

    CONWAY (AP) — The vice chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission resigned Thursday, a week after his misdemeanor arrest for allegedly firing a gun into the ground while drunk. Gov. Mike Beebe said at an economic announcement in Conway that Watkins had called …

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  • Lost Machina to perform in Little Rock

    LITTLE ROCK — Local band Lost Machina will perform at the Battle of the Bands Finals beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Music at 211 W. Capital Ave. in Little Rock. The band placed second during the Dec. 20 performance. Tickets for the finals …

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  • SAU names students

    MAGNOLIA — A total of 214 students were named to the President’s List at Southern Arkansas University following the fall 2012 semester. To be qualified for the President’s List, a student must earn all A’s for the semester. Area students include Jason Dahl from Batesville …

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  • Boy, 13, accused of robbery

    GENTRY (AP) — Authorities in northwest Arkansas have arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of robbing a gas station at gunpoint. Police say the robbery was reported Tuesday afternoon at a gas station in Gentry. Police say the boy walked into the store wearing a …

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