• Ozark ‘limo’ rides offered at Gaston’s resort

    LAKEVIEW — Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview is now offering the Ozark Limo Ride, which is a 16-foot 1940s John Deere cotton wagon pulled by a tractor. The wagon seats up to 20 people. Riders are taken on a four-mile excursion through the Riverside …

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  • Fiscal year begins with revenues up

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ fiscal year began with revenues tracking slightly ahead of forecast and above last year’s figures, though a dip in sales tax revenue hurt gains in individual and corporate income tax collections, the state’s finance office said Thursday. The Arkansas Department of …

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  • Inmate escapes jail rec area

    PERRYVILLE (AP) — Officials are looking for an inmate who they say escaped from the Perry County jail and stole a road department vehicle. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday 34-year-old Charles Hamner left the jail’s recreation area and removed bolts from a chain-link …

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  • LM Windpower announces layoff at Little Rock plant

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — LM Windpower says it will lay off more than half of its workers at the company’s Little Rock plant, which manufactures windmill blades. The Denmark-based company blamed a drop in demand for the layoffs, saying it’s been hurt by the upcoming …

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  • National park fire contained

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Crews have contained a wildfire on Tower Mountain at Hot Springs National Park. Arkansas Forestry Commission spokeswoman Sheila Doughty said Thursday no one was hurt and no property was damaged in the blaze, which burned about 1.5 acres near the historic …

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  • Shoppers gear up for sales tax holiday

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Back-to-school shoppers are expected to flock to Arkansas stores this weekend for the annual sales tax holiday. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, sales tax won’t be collected on certain back-to-school items sold at Arkansas stores. The holiday runs until 11:59 p.m. …

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  • AG, gov. oppose motion in redistricting suit

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel are opposing a lawmaker’s request that the May primary he lost be considered in a lawsuit challenging new state Senate districts. The attorney general’s office on Thursday opposed state Sen. Jack Crumbly’s request …

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  • Police investigating baby’s death

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Police have arrested a Springdale man after his 2-month-old stepson died at a hospital. The Springdale Fire Department received a call about 8:17 p.m. Wednesday about a boy who wasn’t breathing. The boy was transported to Northwest Medical Center, where he later …

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  • Storms damage homes, vehicles

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several homes and vehicles were damaged by falling trees, but no injuries were reported as severe thunderstorms rolled across northern Arkansas. Authorities say strong winds blew trees onto houses in Marion and Sharp counties and onto vehicles in Sharp and Boone …

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  • Museum hosts first tinker event

    LITTLE ROCK — The Museum of Discovery will host the first TinkerFest, an Arkansas Discovery Network event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum will showcase local makers and inventors and allow the public to create unique things from ordinary objects. Tinkering is …

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  • Lightning more common cause of wildfires in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK — Lightning has become a much more common cause of wildfires because of the dry conditions, and crews are often forced to go deep into remote areas to battle those blazes, State Forester Joe Fox said Wednesday. More than 1,000 wildfires have burned …

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  • Fowler family gives $1M to ASU hospitality

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University-Newport has received a $1 million gift for its hospitality program. The university announced the gift Wednesday from the Fowler family. Half the money will go toward scholarships while the other half will be used to support the hospitality program at …

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