• 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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  • Dart attacks against 2 women investigated

    ROGERS (AP) — Rogers police are investigating two attacks in which young women were stuck with darts. Police say the attacks occurred on Wednesday and on Sept. 21. The most recent attack occurred when a 21-year-old woman had left a store and a car slowed …

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  • Okla. woman rescued after 5 days in woods

    ST. JOE (AP) — An Oklahoma woman was rescued after being lost in the woods of northern Arkansas for five days. Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell said Thursday that 53-year-old Linda Kay Arteaga of Blackwell, Okla., was in overall good condition after the ordeal. More …

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  • Federal unit at Forrest City getting new warden

    FORREST CITY (AP) — The Federal Correctional Complex at Forrest City is getting a new warden. Anthony Haynes of Jessup, Ga., is to take over in November for T.C. Outlaw, who is retiring after running the lockup for five years. Interim Warden John Fox made …

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  • Court upholds medical marijuana proposal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court today upheld a proposed ballot measure that, if successful, would make the state the first in the South to legalize medical marijuana. Justices rejected a challenge by a coalition of conservative groups who had asked the court …

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  • WBC student interns at WWII museum

    WALNUT RIDGE — Sifting through hundreds of Lawrence County World War II documents might not sound like a fun way to spend summer vacation to most college students but not for Grant Smith, a senior history major at Williams Baptist College. Smith volunteered as a …

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