• Martin backs considering primary in lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Secretary of State Mark Martin is supporting a state lawmaker’s request that the May primary results be considered in a lawsuit challenging the new boundaries of an east Arkansas Senate district. An attorney for Martin’s office on Wednesday said the secretary …

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  • Mental evaluation ordered in stabbing case

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for a man accused of killing his pregnant wife in western Arkansas. Judge James Cox last week ordered 34-year-old James Herring to undergo examination and observation by one or more psychiatrists or qualified …

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  • TX man accused of murder in ND oil patch shooting

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Texas man accused in a fatal shooting at a crew camp in the western North Dakota oil patch has been formally charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing. Twenty-four-year-old Victor Lamont of Lufkin, Texas, is accused of killing 57-year-old Gerald …

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  • Bond cut to $50K for clown charged with child porn

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A judge has agreed to cut in half the bond amount for a professional clown accused of possessing child pornography, provided he wears an ankle monitor. A Sebastian County Jail deputy said Tuesday that 47-year-old Thomas Harold Morgan remained in custody, …

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  • Jonesboro developer files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Jonesboro developer Bruce Burrow is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for debts that his filing says are between $50 million and $100 million. The preliminary filing was made July 30 and must be completed by Aug. 14. Burrow listed assets of …

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  • Soybean-sucking bugs in Miss., may head west

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kudzu bugs, pea-sized Asian insects with hearty appetites for soybeans as well as the noxious weed they’re named after, have hitchhiked from Alabama to western Mississippi. Farmers and entomologists in Arkansas and Louisiana are keeping a wary eye out for an …

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  • Woman tries to steal missing girl’s identity

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State Police have arrested a woman for allegedly attempting to steal the identity of Morgan Nick, a 6-year-old girl who vanished from an Alma ball field in 1995. Officials said Tuesday that 24-year-old Tonya Renee Smith of Hollister, Mo., was …

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  • Baxter, Dallas Co. jails to keep inmate workers

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A state committee says the Arkansas Department of Correction will still assign inmate workers to the jails in Dallas and Baxter counties despite problems that turned up in recent investigations. An oversight committee voted Tuesday to allow the counties to still …

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  • Woman’s father was a veteran of the Civil War

    HARRISON (AP) — Emogene (Cassell) Horton, 86, is one of the proud and few daughters of a Civil War soldier. Though she never knew her father, she has seen more history than most people ever will. Horton was born March 6, 1926. She was born …

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  • Appeals court upholds hate crime law in case

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal appeals panel on Monday upheld the hate crime statute under which a Green Forest man was prosecuted for spinning out a car with five Hispanic men inside, injuring all of them. Frankie Maybee, 21, argued in an appeal to …

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  • Missing man found dead

    PARAGOULD (AP) — Paragould police say a missing 53-year-old man has been found dead inside his overturned car in a canal near Swifton. Police say the body of John Egbert was found Monday in the car and that foul play is not suspected. Police say …

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  • Body found outside home in Gamaliel

    GAMALIEL (AP) — Baxter County authorities say a deputy conducting a welfare check found the body of a man in the back yard of a home in Gamaliel. Sheriff John Montgomery said in a news release that a deputy checking on the welfare of a …

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