• Medical marijuana group submits signatures

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Backers of an initiative that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Arkansas submitted more than 74,000 additional signatures Monday to the secretary of state’s office, though only about a quarter of them need to be valid to get the …

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  • Bat houses suggested to fight mosquitoes

    WALCOTT (AP) — Heather Runyan considers northeast Arkansas’ bats her friends, especially because they take care of dinner themselves. The Crowley’s Ridge State Park interpreter said one bat can eat up to 3,000 mosquitoes per night, which is one reason that some people build and …

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  • Couple accused in hot car death

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — The great-grandparents of a toddler who died after being left in a hot car in Springdale face misdemeanor negligent homicide charges. Police Lt. Kevin Lewis says William Staten and Margette Staten are accused of leaving 2-year-old Joniah Chronister in a vehicle Aug. …

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  • West Nile virus cases up this year Take Steps to Protect Your Family

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections. Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States. This year, some areas …

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  • El Dorado council bans roadside sales of animals

    EL DORADO (AP) — The El Dorado City Council has approved a ban on the roadside sale of animals, despite concerns from the city attorney who said the measure may conflict with state law. The council approved the ban on a 6-1 vote Thursday. The …

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  • Settlement proposed in Butterball lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Butterball LLC has joined in a proposal to settle a class-action lawsuit by current and former employees of the company’s turkey-processing plants in Huntsville and Ozark. The proposed $425,000 settlement calls for lead nine plaintiffs in the lawsuit to receive $6,000 …

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  • Wildlife funding included in financial assistance

    LITTLE ROCK — Mike Sullivan, Arkansas state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, announced financial assistance is available through a special initiative for Arkansas agricultural producers impacted by the exceptional drought the state is experiencing. However, Tuesday is the deadline for filing applications …

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  • More than half of Arkansas in exceptional drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than half of Arkansas is in exceptional drought status, which is the U.S. Drought Monitor’s most severe classification. The map, released today, says the exceptional drought covers nearly all of northern and central Arkansas and stretches into the southwest part …

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  • Prison illness linked to chicken salad

    TUCKER (AP) — Arkansas prison officials say an outbreak of food poisoning that sickened about 350 inmates of the Tucker prison unit has been linked to chicken salad. Department of Correction spokesman Shea Wilson says the state health department believes the food served the inmates …

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  • Camden tables plan for new civic center

    CAMDEN (AP) — The Camden City Council is holding off on a vote to call a special election for a sales tax that would fund a new civic center. The council voted Tuesday night to table the ordinance until next February. The Camden News reports  …

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  • Jail escapee sentenced in slaying

    TEXARKANA (AP) — An inmate who escaped the Miller County jail in May has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the shooting death of a 21-year-old man. At a hearing Tuesday, Cortez Hooper admitted shooting Terry Koontz on April 7, 2011. Hooper’s attorney, …

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  • Shooting suspect arrested

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Police say a man suspected in this week’s shooting death of a Fayetteville woman has been arrested in Ohio. Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor says Eric Frankenhauser was arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio. He was arrested on suspicion …

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