• Man finds calling in constructing churches

    JONESBORO (AP) — Joe Taylor of Paragould has been building churches for more than 40 years and gives all the credit to a higher power. “It’s all part of the Lord’s work,” the 78-year-old said. “The Lord kind of called me into it.” Taylor, born …

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  • Group aims to attract filmmakers to Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK — Critics raved about an Arkansas native’s coming-of-age tale during last week’s Cannes Film Festival, but state and local economic development officials were paying just as much attention to the film’s closing credits. The festival last week marked the premiere of Jeff Nichols’ …

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  • Arkansas Correctional School Teacher of the Year awarded

    The Arkansas Correctional School awarded the Hurshell D. Qualls Teacher of the Year Award to John Carter of Bradford, academic instructor at the Grimes Unit in Newport. The presentation was made at the 39th Annual Arkansas Correctional School graduation ceremony on May 22 at Ouachita …

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  • Ex-trooper sentenced

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — A former Arkansas state trooper is to serve 56 years in prison after being convicted for the second time on child porn charges. A judge on Thursday accepted no contest pleas from 66-year-old Joseph Hutchens, who was charged as an habitual offender. …

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  • Lindbergh visit to Ark. recalled decades later

    JONESBORO (AP) — Did you know that Lucky Lindy landed near Weiner? Not too many folks know that Charles Lindbergh actually did land near the small Poinsett County town sometime in the early 1920s. He didn’t draw very much publicity, mostly because the aviator wasn’t …

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  • Judge OKs interview

    HARRISBURG (AP) — A judge granted permission to attorneys for a man charged with murdering a Trumann police officer last year to interview their client’s teenage children, despite the objections of prosecutors and a court-appointed special advocate, who said the children get upset at the …

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  • Ark. Forestry Commission prepped for wildfires

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says firefighters are on standby to try to douse wildfires before they can get out of control. The agency says 20 counties were under burn bans on Friday and that seven central Arkansas counties are at a …

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  • Officials ID woman killed in boat accident

    ARKADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman who was killed in a boating accident at a lake in southwest Arkansas. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials said 31-year-old Rebecca June Ramos was tubing with friends when she fell into DeGray Lake and was hit …

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  • Ark. properties named national historic places

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The remnant of a road in eastern Arkansas and a house in El Dorado have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain says the Strong’s Ferry Segment of the Memphis to Little …

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  • Deputy injured after man rams patrol car

    SALEM — A Fulton County sheriff’s deputy is recovering from injuries he sustained Tuesday when a man rammed a truck into his patrol car and pointed a gun at him. In a news release by Sheriff Kenneth “Buck” Foley, Fulton County Deputy Derick Franks said …

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  • Candidate’s wife sued over credit-card debt

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Creditors have sued the wife of Democratic congressional candidate Scott Ellington to collect more than $26,000 in credit-card debt. Ellington says he disclosed the dispute with the U.S. House of Representatives in April. His campaign is questioning why the issue emerged …

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  • Police: mom gave son blade to escape Ark. jail

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say the mother of one of two inmates who escaped from an Arkansas jail has been arrested after she allegedly provided him with a hacksaw blade. Miller County sheriff Chief Deputy Duke Schofield said Wednesday that 55-year-old Charlene Stewart faces …

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