• Medical marijuana measure OK’d for Ark. ballot

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Election officials on Wednesday approved placing a proposal to legalize medical marijuana on the November ballot, as supporters aimed to make Arkansas the first southern state to approve the drug for some conditions. The secretary of state’s office said Arkansans for …

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  • Buffalo River park holding open house

    HARRISON — An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Buffalo National River park headquarters, located at 402 North Walnut in the Federal Building at Harrison, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the park. Those attending will be able …

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  • ASU graduates 700 during summer commencement

    Jonesboro — Approximately 700 candidates received degrees at Arkansas State University’s 2012 summer commencement ceremony Aug. 3 in the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Chancellor Tim Hudson conferred both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees. The featured speaker was District 36 Rep. Darrin L. Williams who is serving …

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  • Entergy to begin annual drawdowns at lakes

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Entergy Arkansas says the annual drawdowns of Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton will begin Nov. 3 and be done by Nov. 11. Officials say the drawdown for Lake Hamilton will be 5 feet, and water levels will be reduced about 6 …

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  • Arrest made in Quitman shooting death

    QUITMAN (AP) — Authorities in Faulkner County have arrested the girlfriend of a man found shot to death in a bathtub. Faulkner County sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Andy Shock says authorities arrested Jamie Lynn Leach in connection with the death of 24-year-old Cody Bradley. Authorities say …

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  • Ark. students show ACT improvement

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas high school seniors taking the ACT college entrance test scored better in college readiness than one year before. The results released today by the Iowa-based testing company show Arkansas 2012 graduates performed better in English, reading, math and science, compared …

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  • AG: Order limits online payday lender

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office has obtained a court order barring the operator of multiple payday lending websites from offering illegal loans to Arkansas consumers. McDaniel’s office said a consent judgment was filed Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court …

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  • Springdale police seize $160k worth of meth

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Authorities in Springdale say they’ve arrested two people after seizing more than $160,000 worth of methamphetamine from a hotel room. Police were called to the Extended Stay America on Sunday after a maintenance worker investigating a fire alarm discovered the drugs. Springdale …

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  • Two small earthquakes recorded in central Ark.

    GREENBRIER (AP) — Two small earthquakes have been reported in central Arkansas. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 3.3-magnitude quake was recorded about 3:24 a.m. Sunday one mile northeast of Greenbrier in Faulkner County. The geological survey reported a 2.5-magnitude tremor about 5:56 a.m. …

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  • West Nile rising in Ark.; Health Dept. sends alert

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas has the most cases of West Nile virus since 2007 and the state Health Department said Thursday that the number of people sickened by the mosquito-borne illness is expected to grow. Ten cases have been confirmed so far, and August is …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Arkansas companies that export products to foreign countries saw a 36-percent increase in business for the first half of 2012, according to a government agency that keeps track of international commerce. The value of Arkansas exports increased from $2.8 billion in the first half of …

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  • Sen. Boozman seeks fall semester interns

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Boozman has announced that his office is seeking full- or part-time interns to help staff in his Washington, D.C., and state offices during the fall semester. “As summer draws to a close and young Arkansans return to campus, I …

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