• Passion play may shut down

    EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) — The Great Passion Play in northwest Arkansas says it may close unless it receives financial help. Executive director Sam Ray says the nonprofit group needs about $500,000 to keep the doors open. Ray says tourism has dipped during tough economic times. …

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  • Fifth Annual Living History at the Lake

    The Fifth Annual Living History at the Lake at Lake Charles State Park, near Powhatan, was a success despite the rainy weather. Many people came out to witness the 2nd Marine Reenactors storm the swim beach during the re-enactment of the Makin Atoll Assault in …

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  • Buck Fest scheduled

    FAYETTEVILLE — The Ozark Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation has announced Buck Fest, a “guns and music” festival, will begin Thursday and continue through Saturday at Buck’s Crossing BBQ in Fayetteville, said Kim Pease, publicist. Plans are to make the festival an annual event, …

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  • Court dates set for woman, father charged in death

    JONESBORO (AP) — Court dates are set in Jonesboro for a father and daughter who prosecutors say were involved in a murder-for-hire plot to kill the woman’s husband. Michelle Despain and Carl Kelley are charged in the August 2011 shooting death of Jonesboro businessman Marc …

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  • New center lands conference

    TEXARKANA (AP) — Although it’s still under construction, the new convention center in Texarkana has already landed an event for 2015. The city announced Monday that Texarkana will host the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 2015. It’s the first time the annual event …

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  • AEDC guarantees first loan under program

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says it’s guaranteed the first loan through a program aimed at promoting the development of minority business enterprises in the state. The commission says the first loan through the minority business loan mobilization revolving loan fund …

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  • Opponents say casino proposal too broad

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A ballot measure that would give a professional poker player the exclusive right to operate casinos in Arkansas defines gambling so broadly that it would include some types of pinball machines and state fair games, a campaign funded by a Hot …

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  • Arkansas State Fair pageants entry deadline nears

    LITTLE ROCK — The Little Mr. and Miss Arkansas State Fair Pageants will be held Oct. 13 at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock. The pageant is open to Arkansas residents in the following categories: boys age birth to 2 years and 3 to …

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  • 88-year-old grad eager to put new skills to use

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Howard Johnson loved being the oldest student in his recent graduating class. The 88-year-old Sallisaw resident graduated from the Digital Literacy course, one of several programs offered at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center. On Johnson’s last day of class, he …

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  • Sri Lanka native builds homes as volunteer

    JONESBORO (AP) — Sri Lanka native Dr. Sarath Nonis, a professor of marketing at Arkansas State University, recently spent a week as a homebuilding volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in his home country. Nonis, an ASU professor since fall 1991, came to the United States …

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  • ConAgra to expand plant

    RUSSELLVILLE — ConAgra Foods Inc. has announced an expansion of its facility in Russellville, adding more than 80 jobs with total investment of more than $100 million. The Russellville facility is expanding as a result of ConAgra Foods’ recent acquisition of the Bertolli and P.F. …

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  • State health officials confirm 5 dead from West Nile virus

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A record number of people in Arkansas have died from West Nile virus this year, according to the Arkansas Health Department. Five people have died from the mosquito-borne illness so far in 2012, the Health Department said. Four people died from …

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