• Baby killer pleads

    De QUEEN (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in the beating death of his newborn son has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Vonderrick Smith sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was charged in the February 2011 death of his son, 1-month-old Kason Smith. …

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  • Police: Dad left toddler, went drinking at bar

    CONWAY (AP) — A Conway man is charged with endangering a minor for allegedly leaving his 13-month-old son home alone so he could drink at a bar in Little Rock. Police said Monday that the child’s mother told authorities Friday night that she believed the …

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  • Ark. Senate approves guns in church bill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Monday to allow concealed handguns in churches and other places of worship, rejecting complaints from a handful of Democratic lawmakers that it undermines the idea of the institutions being sanctuaries from violence. By a 28-4 vote, the …

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  • Abortion restriction proposed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected under a bill introduced by a Republican senator Monday, a proposal that would prohibit the medical procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Sen. Jason Rapert filed legislation requiring …

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  • Animal Planet crew seeking bigfoot in Ark.

    FOUKE (AP) — Bigfoot remains elusive, but a crew from the Animal Planet television show “Finding Bigfoot” is seeing what they can find in Fouke, where the legend Fouke Monster still lives. The television crew has been filming in the Fouke area since early January …

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  • 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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