• Prayer to be sung at preschool to skirt rule

    WEST FORK (AP) — A northwest Arkansas lawmaker says children at a preschool he owns will sing a prayer song before lunch instead of reciting a spoken prayer to skirt a new rule that prohibits religious activity in state-funded preschools. “It just dawned on me …

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  • Teen shot, killed near college

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A first-year Arkansas Baptist College student died after being shot while he and others changed a flat tire near campus, police and school officials said Friday. The student was identified by Little Rock Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis as Derek Olivier, 19. …

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  • Hundreds turn out for soldier’s funeral

    BEEBE (AP) — Hundreds of people waving American flags turned out for the funeral procession of a U.S. Army soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan. Services were held Saturday in Beebe for 24-year-old Sgt. Jason Michael Swindle. The Department of Defense says Swindle …

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  • Arkansans participate in 10,000-mile car rally

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The farthest Little Rock resident Michael Buckner had ever ventured from home was Seattle. The last time he went camping, he broke the poles to his borrowed tent. Driving a car with a manual transmission was as foreign to him as, …

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  • State supreme court affirms conviction in Dalton killings

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man convicted of killing two children and their parents in northeast Arkansas has lost his appeal before the Arkansas Supreme Court. The high court on Thursday upheld the conviction and sentence of Charles Wayne “Chad” Green, who was charged with …

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  • Stamp Out Smoking announces 2012 contest

    LITTLE ROCK — Stamp Out Smoking has announced the 2012 Essay Contest, “My Reason to Write.” Arkansas students in grades 2-9 are given the opportunity to submit a letter asking a role model in their lives to quit smoking, quit using smokeless tobacco or thanking …

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  • Drought takes $128M bite out of Ark. beef cattle industry

    FAYETTEVILLE — Drought has cost Arkansas’ beef cattle industry $128 million and the losses may continue to rise, with 3 percent of ranchers saying they planned to sell all their livestock, according to a study released Thursday by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. …

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  • Drought’s impact Q&A with experts

    Below are questions and answers with Dr. Michael Popp and Nathan Kemper, two of the authors of a drought-impact study on the state’s cow-calf sector. Q: What is a cow-calf operation and why does the study focus on that segment?  A (Popp): Cow-calf operations are …

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  • Residents’ Rights Month to be marked in October

    Across the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents’ Rights Month in October. Residents’ Rights Month is an annual …

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  • King Biscuit Blues Festival marks 27-year anniversary

    HELENA — The 27th King Biscuit Blues Festival will be Oct. 4 through 6 in downtown Helena. Bobby Rush is the headliner at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Rush has played to crowds in Europe and Japan as well as the Mississippi Delta region. Born in …

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  • Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial events for Oct. 2012 announced

    LITTLE ROCK — Lectures, living history events and exhibits are among the events the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned for next month. Among the events are: • “Southern Women and the Civil War,” a lecture by Dr. Angela Boswell, will be held at …

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  • Hot Springs bar to close after weekend shooting

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A judge has ordered the temporary closure of a Hot Springs pool hall after six people were injured in a weekend shooting. Garland County Circuit Judge Marcia Hearnsberger issued the order Wednesday that declared Pocket’s Full Bar a “public and common …

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