• Lonoke deputies arrest mother in baby’s death

    LONOKE (AP) — Authorities in Lonoke County have arrested a 28-year-old woman on suspicion of manslaughter in the reported starvation death of her 3-month old baby boy. The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department says Lindsey Colbert was arrested Wednesday. Authorities say deputies were called to a …

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  • UCA seeks tuition increase

    CONWAY (AP) — The University of Central Arkansas is proposing a 4 percent increase for tuition and mandatory fees next school year. School officials made the proposal Tuesday. The university’s board of trustees will vote on the proposal during a meeting Friday in Conway. Under …

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  • AG warns about phishing scams

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is reminding residents to be vigilant of criminal schemes used to gather information through email — commonly referred to as phishing. McDaniel issued a consumer alert Wednesday after online retailer eBay announced last week that personal …

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  • Ft. Smith 5th-grade class adopts Army soldiers

    FORT SMITH (AP) — It’s not always through a text book or an exam a student learns a lesson. Sometimes, the most remembered lessons are those are learned through the heart. That’s exactly what Karen Hitt’s fifth-grade homeroom class learned through Ballman Cares, a project …

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  • ‘Red Ladies’ volunteers help those caring for terminally ill

    JONESBORO (AP) — Opal Adkisson’s closest relatives are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I’ve lost both sons and my husband,” Adkisson, 88, of Jonesboro, said. “In 1988, my son brought me over here to care for me, and I lost him in ’08.” Her loss has …

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  • Primary offers muddled verdict on Medicaid plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The future of Arkansas’ nationally heralded compromise Medicaid expansion remains hazy after voters delivered a mixed verdict in dozens of Republicans contests that had centered on the program in last week’s primary. Arkansas’ use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private …

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  • Veteran gets new medal 60 years after loss

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A World War II Navy veteran has been presented with a new Victory Medal after his original one was lost six decades ago. Thomas “Jason” Hignight lost his medal at a dry cleaners a few years after serving in the Pacific …

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  • One dies in boating accident 

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities and family members have identified the man who died when boats collided over the weekend. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says 31-year-old Kurt Christian Busch of Hot Springs was in his small ski boat when he reportedly struck a …

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  • Radio station that launched legends returns

    LITTLE ROCK — Decades ago, unknown blues musicians paid $15 to appear on an east Arkansas radio station, hoping a few minutes of exposure would help them become the legends they now are: B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Ike Turner. KWEM-AM fell …

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  • Murderer loses appeal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man convicted and sentenced to execution in the 1986 slayings of a man and woman in Ash Flat has lost an appeal before the Arkansas Supreme Court. The court on Thursday turned away arguments by 64-year-old Steven Victor Wertz that …

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  • Man recommended for pardon

    LITTLE ROCK — A man with a number of drug convictions has been recommended for pardon by the Arkansas Board of Parole. Robert Ketchum was convicted in Izard County for possession of a controlled substance-marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture a …

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  • Audubon Society meeting set

    CLINTON — Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Western Sizzlin in Clinton. A Dutch-treat meal will begin at 5. The program is titled “White-nose Syndrome in the Bat Population.” Speaker is Blake Sasse, the non-game mammal/furbearer program leader at …

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