• Teacher arrested for battery

    ROGERS (AP) — A teacher at a northwest Arkansas charter school has been arrested on suspicion of battery after she was accused of hitting a seventh-grade student. The Benton County School of the Arts placed Pamela Nelson on administrative leave this week after her arrest. …

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  • Carjacking, shooting reported

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a carjacking in Little Rock and a shooting later in Pulaski County may be related. Little Rock police Sgt. Cassandra Davis said a man with a gun forced a driver out of a car in Little Rock about 1 …

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  • Bryant teacher facing sex charges

    BENTON (AP) — A former ninth-grade English teacher in the Bryant School District has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student. Thirty-one-year-old Courtney Speer was charged Wednesday when she appeared in Saline County Circuit Court. She was later released …

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  • Drought relief coming soon

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe says more than $2 million in checks will soon be heading to Arkansas ranchers who qualified for relief from the summer drought. Beebe said Wednesday that about 8,500 ranchers qualified for the Livestock Assistance Grant Program. The funding …

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  • Board will reconsider parole in ‘07 shooting

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board says it’s reconsidering its rejection of a parole request from a Sherwood man who fatally shot an 18-year-old intruder in his yard in 2007. Larry Staley is seeking parole after he pleaded no contest to manslaughter in …

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  • Pine Bluff mayoral election to proceed

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A Pulaski County circuit judge says the Nov. 6 election for Pine Bluff mayor can proceed. Mayor Carl Redus filed suit to stop the election, saying he should remain mayor until 2014. Redus cited a state law that says cities with …

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  • Slain TV anchor’s mom can sue hospital, workers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The mother of a slain Little Rock TV anchor can proceed with a lawsuit claiming outrageous behavior by a hospital and three workers who illegally looked at her daughter’s medical files, but an invasion of privacy claim must be dropped, the …

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  • Wet/dry issue heats up in Sharp Co.

    HARDY — The campaign on the wet/dry issue that is on Sharp County’s general election ballot is heating up, Ruth Reynolds, who has gathered signatures for several years to get the issue before the voters, said Tuesday. Several signs aimed at trying to get voters …

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  • Todd pushes casino measure, despite pending lawsuits

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Professional poker player Nancy Todd said Monday that she is campaigning for her proposed ballot measure about casinos even though the issue remains tied up in court. There are two pending lawsuits related to Todd’s proposed measure, which would give her …

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  • With low graduation rates, UALR makes freshmen live on campus

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Incoming freshmen at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be required to live on campus next fall, a policy change for the campus often viewed as a commuter school. Chancellor Joel Anderson said the new policy is aimed at …

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  • Ad exec pleads guilty

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former advertising executive with USA Drug has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in Little Rock to mail fraud and money laundering charges. U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer says Garret Sorenson, 43, of North Little Rock was sentenced to 33 …

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  • Residents can learn about SNAP while fighting flu

    LITTLE ROCK — To help address the ongoing issue of food insecurity for many seniors and families in Arkansas, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will be at flu clinics across the state this year educating people about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly …

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