• Woman finds life after Whirlpool

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Like thousands of kids, Judy Harrington of Fort Smith went back to school this fall. Unlike many, she has not attended school in nearly 39 years. Harrington enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith as a next step in …

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  • ATV wreck kills one

    OKOLONA (AP) — Authorities say a 29-year-old Shannon Hills man has died after crashing his all-terrain vehicle in Clark County. Arkansas State Police say the fatal crash happened Saturday afternoon in Okolona. Authorities say Rodney Aaron Cook was driving his ATV on East First Street …

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  • Family awaits answers in fatal Alexander shooting

    ALEXANDER (AP) — The family of a 30-year-old man fatally shot by an Alexander police officer is still seeking answers about the man’s death. Authorities say Carlton Wallace was killed when Officer Nancy Cummings’ pistol accidentally discharged on Sept. 8. Authorities say Cummings was searching …

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  • Fire destroys factory

    COLT (AP) — Authorities say an east Arkansas plastics factory was destroyed in a weekend fire. The K-Tops Plastics Manufacturing factory in Colt went up in flames Saturday night. Colt Fire Chief Jim Haynes says it was unsafe to send the firefighters inside because the …

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  • Prayer to be sung at preschool to skirt rule

    WEST FORK (AP) — A northwest Arkansas lawmaker says children at a preschool he owns will sing a prayer song before lunch instead of reciting a spoken prayer to skirt a new rule that prohibits religious activity in state-funded preschools. “It just dawned on me …

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  • Teen shot, killed near college

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A first-year Arkansas Baptist College student died after being shot while he and others changed a flat tire near campus, police and school officials said Friday. The student was identified by Little Rock Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis as Derek Olivier, 19. …

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  • Hundreds turn out for soldier’s funeral

    BEEBE (AP) — Hundreds of people waving American flags turned out for the funeral procession of a U.S. Army soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan. Services were held Saturday in Beebe for 24-year-old Sgt. Jason Michael Swindle. The Department of Defense says Swindle …

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  • Arkansans participate in 10,000-mile car rally

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The farthest Little Rock resident Michael Buckner had ever ventured from home was Seattle. The last time he went camping, he broke the poles to his borrowed tent. Driving a car with a manual transmission was as foreign to him as, …

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  • State supreme court affirms conviction in Dalton killings

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man convicted of killing two children and their parents in northeast Arkansas has lost his appeal before the Arkansas Supreme Court. The high court on Thursday upheld the conviction and sentence of Charles Wayne “Chad” Green, who was charged with …

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  • 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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