• Body found in river identified

    ATKINS (AP) — Authorities have identified a body that was found in the Arkansas River in Pope County as that of a man who disappeared after apparently trying to swim away from Arkansas State Police during a traffic stop. The Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s office …

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  • Arkansas House eyeing 5th vote on Medicaid bill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are returning for the third week of this year’s legislative session, but it’s unclear when the House will try again to break an impasse over the future of the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion. The House and Senate convene Tuesday …

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  • Lt. gov. staff to resign in June

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — All of the staffers in the office of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr will step down in June because of Darr’s resignation, a top Arkansas lawmaker said Monday. Senate President Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, said the four employees told him they would …

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  • Election fraud charge against FC councilor dropped

    FORREST CITY (AP) — Election fraud charges against a city council member in Forrest City have been dropped. St. Francis County Prosecutor Fletcher Long said he dismissed the charges against Louise Field after witnesses in the case failed to show up for court hearings. Field …

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  • Fire dept. nets safety prize

    NORPHLET (AP) — The Norphlet Volunteer Fire Department will receive $5,000 after being selected a grand prize winner in the National Fire Protection Agency’s 1,000 Safer Places: the Firewise Challenge. The funding is to be used for activities such as chipping of brush and removing …

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  • Spark ignites grass fire at Mtn. Home golf course

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A spark from construction work is blamed for a grass fire that burned two acres surrounding two holes at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. The the fire began just after 10 a.m. Monday and was extinguished within …

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  • Girl Scout cookie sales under way

    JONESBORO — Girl Scouts — Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas began cookie sales Friday. The classics are back, and there are eight flavors to choose from: Do-si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles, according to …

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  • Tobacco prevention art contest being held

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health has launched its statewide youth tobacco prevention contests. The theme for the 2014 Coloring, Sketch and Art contests is “Natural State vs. Tobacco State,” and it was created by members of the Arkansas Kids with the Tobacco …

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  • Man pleads to Caraway school attack

    JONESBORO (AP) — A Trumann man has been sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to attacking three students at an elementary school in Caraway in 2012. Michael Wayne Stayton, 49, was sentenced Friday after Stayton pleaded guilty to three counts of battery. Stayton …

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  • Washington’s 282nd birthday celebrated

    HOT SPRINGS — The 10th annual George Washington Birthday Observance was held in Hot Springs on Feb. 18. On his actual birth date of Feb. 22, Washington would be 282 years of age. The luncheon was hosted by colonial heritage organizations which have members in …

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  • Robocalls result in phone jam

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Phone lines at the Arkansas Senate were jammed for several days because of a glitch in a computer-dialed political message.. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families hired Eton Inc. to make between 1,000 and 1,500 computer-dialed calls per day, with a …

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  • Whirlpool adds test sites

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. is expanding the scope of its testing for toxic chemicals at the site of its former factory in Fort Smith. The company this week started installing equipment used to test for toxic vapors in the neighborhood north of the …

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