• Senate panel advances sex offender measures

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced a measure barring sex offenders from swimming pools and playground at state parks and another that would impose a fee on new residents who are required to register as sex offenders. The Senate Judiciary Committee …

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  • Stalking awareness month: ‘Know it. Name it. Stop it.’

    HARRISON — January is Stalking Awareness Month, and a national campaign is underway to “Know it. Name it. Stop it.” Stalking is a crime under Arkansas state law, although it is one of many that can pertain in domestic violence cases. Attorney Margaret Reger, who …

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  • Guns in church vote delayed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate is waiting until next week to vote on a proposal that would allow concealed handguns in churches. Republican Sen. Bryan King said today that he’ll seek a vote next week on his proposal to remove churches from the …

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  • HSU honor roll named

    ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University announces the students listed on the Dean’s List and honor roll for the winter semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the entire semester. To make the Honor …

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  • AGFC seeks Alabama Rig feedback

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is gathering feedback about the use of the Alabama Rig in Arkansas. The AGFC has been conducting angler surveys on 16 lakes and four pools of the Arkansas River since May 2012. In an effort to …

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  • Report gauges public opinion, 40 years after Roe v. Wade

    LITTLE ROCK — As of this week, it’s been a hot-button issue for 40 years. The Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, Roe versus Wade, was decided in January 1973. And today, a new poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds …

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  • Dropout rate dips in state

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ high school dropout rate fell to 3.6 percent for the 2009-10 school year, an improvement from a year earlier but higher than the national average, according to a U.S. Education Department study released today. The average Arkansas freshman graduation rate, …

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  • House weighing salaries for elected officials

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Legislature is weighing a budget proposal that would keep salaries flat for the state’s elected officials. The House was to vote today on a measure that would level-fund the salaries of officials in the executive and judicial branches of …

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  • Shootings under investigation

    LAKE CITY (AP) — Two people were injured in a shooting in Lake City and authorities are trying to find out what happened. Craighead County sheriff’s investigators say a man and a woman were hospitalized after the Saturday incident and that deputies had not yet …

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  • Hotel evacuated after carbon monoxide leak

    SILOAM SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say four people were taken to the hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at a Siloam Springs hotel. Authorities say a Hampton Inn near U.S. 412 was evacuated late Monday after several guests complained of symptoms consistent with high carbon …

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  • Jackson Co. seeks jail tax

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Jackson County officials are proposing two sales tax plans to pay for the construction and operation of a new county jail. A special election is set for Feb. 12 on proposals that call for two three-eighths percent sales tax increases that …

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  • Counterfeit $20s passed

    BONANZA (AP) — Authorities in Sebastian County are investigating an influx of counterfeit money that has been passed in stores in Bonanza and Hackett. Deputies on Monday said fake $20 bills were found in the tills at at the Mitchell Country Store in Bonanza. In …

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