• Court to hear casino arguments

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas justices are hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s rejection of petitions for a Texas businessman’s bid to win exclusive rights to operate casinos in the state. The Arkansas Supreme Court planned to hear oral arguments today in the …

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  • Possible heat death reported

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Authorities say a man found lying on the side of a road in Fort Smith may have died of heat exhaustion. Fort Smith police said Wednesday that 47-year-old Olaf Brian Cooper died at a local hospital. Officers received a call about …

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  • Lawmaker pleads guilty to election charge

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said the lawmaker’s campaign bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year. …

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  • Storms damage homes

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Severe thunderstorms damaged a few homes and outbuildings as they moved through parts of Arkansas. Structural damage was reported to one home and a shed near Blytheville on Wednesday. A Mississippi County sheriff’s dispatcher said there were no immediate reports of …

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  • HCC opens campus in Texarkana

    TEXARKANA (AP) — Local leaders are welcoming the first class of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana. Chancellor Chris Thomason greeted the class Wednesday on the new campus in Texarkana. The chancellor said about 285 students are enrolled on the new campus, including …

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  • Student admits vandalizing football field

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials with Catholic High School say the person who spray-painted the school’s new artificial turf football field has turned himself in. The Little Rock school says a 16-year-old student from another school admitted spray-painting graffiti on Catholic’s newly dedicated football field. …

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  • Martin wants to be dismissed from pot suit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss him from a lawsuit challenging a medical marijuana proposal. In court documents filed Wednesday, Martin’s office asked Arkansas’ highest court to dismiss him from the suit brought …

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  • Pine Bluff election in question

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election. Redus wants to remain mayor for an additional two years to realign the city’s election cycle, which needs to change because of new …

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  • Will the Mighty Mississippi run backward — and if so, when? NE Ark. officials urge residents to prepare for major earthquake

    PARAGOULD (AP) — The New Madrid Fault, running from Cairo, Ill., to Marked Tree, is a part of life in northeast Arkansas. For as long as most people have been alive, they’ve heard the stories. Tales said that church bells rang in Boston and the …

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  • Heat advisory in place today

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A heat advisory is in place for most of Arkansas as hot, humid temperatures are predicted throughout the state. The advisory is in effect until 7 tonight. The National Weather Service says high temperatures will be in the upper 90s to …

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  • Schools evacuated for gas leak

    GRAVETTE (AP) — Two schools in northwest Arkansas have been evacuated because of a gas leak. No injuries have been reported. Gravette Upper Elementary School and Junior High School were evacuated Tuesday morning. Students were taken to the city’s civic center and to a nearby …

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  • September is National Rice Month

    A variety of special activities and contests are scheduled for the 22nd celebration of National Rice Month. USA Rice and its MyPlate partners will reward consumers for adding more healthy whole grains to their meals. Consumers can enter contests for a chance to win a …

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