• Bill to axe rapists’ parental rights

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing that the state prohibit convicted rapists from having any custody or visitation rights of children conceived during rape. Democratic Rep. John Edwards of Little Rock filed legislation Monday that would remove all parental rights to the …

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  • UAMS tells patients of records breach

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences says medical records involving about 1,500 patients have been improperly disclosed, but no financial records were released. The medical school in Little Rock said Monday the breach occurred in 2010 and involved documents that …

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  • Neighbor arrested for killing abused girl

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — A neighbor has been arrested as a suspect in the killing of a 6-year-old Arkansas girl whose high-profile child abuse case last year sent her father and stepmother to prison, police said. Jersey Bridgeman was reported missing the morning of Nov. 20. …

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  • Election may boost pro-life agenda in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK — Abortion opponents in Arkansas see an opportunity to enact new restrictions, including a ban on the use of telemedicine to make the abortion pill available, with Republicans controlling both sides of the Legislature in next year’s session. Fresh off an election where …

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  • Pedestrian hit, killed by car

    SALEM — A 55-year-old pedestrian died about 4:39 p.m. Friday when he was struck by a vehicle near U.S. Highway 62 in Fulton County about one-half mile east of the Fulton-Baxter county line, said Cpl. David A. Small of the Arkansas State Police. The body …

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  • LRR Audubon to meet Tuesday

    CLINTON — Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Clinton. A Dutch-treat meal will begin at 5:30. The speaker will be Abigail Darrah, who has spent the past three winters at a remote field station in …

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  • Winter Wonderland is open

    JONESBORO (AP) — A holiday display called Winter Wonderland is set to reopen in northeast Arkansas. The walkthrough display opened Saturday in Jonesboro for the 2012 season and will remain open through Dec. 22. Mayor Harold Perrin says the city is going to run the …

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  • A-State mulls opening campus in Mexico

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University officials are expected to travel to Mexico this month to explore opening a new campus there. Chancellor Tim Hudson said that under the plan, ASU Jonesboro would form a public-private partnership with businesses to teach 3,000 to 5,000 Mexicans …

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  • City sues over fire insurance money

    BEEBE (AP) — The city of Beebe has filed suit against White County over how the county distributes some funding to area fire departments. The suit was filed by Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson and the Beebe City Council after the county decided to distribute funding …

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  • State lottery revenues down; scholarship levels may drop

    LITTLE ROCK — Legislators were told Tuesday that lottery-funded scholarship amounts could take a dive for future recipients as the state-run gambling operation isn’t pulling in as much money as expected. Higher Education Department Interim Director Shane Broadway explained that if scholarships are kept at …

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  • Missing girl found dead

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — Police in Bentonville say a 6-year-old girl reported missing early Tuesday has been found dead. Authorities have released few details about the case but say they’re investigating the girl’s death as a homicide. Police Chief Jon Simpson said the girl was reported …

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  • Alexander juvenile center found in compliance

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state and federal government are in agreement that the Arkansas juvenile lockup at Alexander has complied with a settlement that required a number of reforms. The state and the Justice Department said Tuesday that they filed a joint motion to …

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