• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Man dies in tractor accident

    MARMADUKE (AP) — The Greene County Sheriff’s Department says a man was killed when his tractor flipped over and pinned him underneath. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 49 near Marmaduke. Capt. Bruce Drope says the accident apparently happened after a chain was hooked …

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  • Martin backs considering primary in lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Secretary of State Mark Martin is supporting a state lawmaker’s request that the May primary results be considered in a lawsuit challenging the new boundaries of an east Arkansas Senate district. An attorney for Martin’s office on Wednesday said the secretary …

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  • Mental evaluation ordered in stabbing case

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for a man accused of killing his pregnant wife in western Arkansas. Judge James Cox last week ordered 34-year-old James Herring to undergo examination and observation by one or more psychiatrists or qualified …

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  • TX man accused of murder in ND oil patch shooting

    WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Texas man accused in a fatal shooting at a crew camp in the western North Dakota oil patch has been formally charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing. Twenty-four-year-old Victor Lamont of Lufkin, Texas, is accused of killing 57-year-old Gerald …

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  • Bond cut to $50K for clown charged with child porn

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A judge has agreed to cut in half the bond amount for a professional clown accused of possessing child pornography, provided he wears an ankle monitor. A Sebastian County Jail deputy said Tuesday that 47-year-old Thomas Harold Morgan remained in custody, …

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  • Jonesboro developer files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Jonesboro developer Bruce Burrow is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for debts that his filing says are between $50 million and $100 million. The preliminary filing was made July 30 and must be completed by Aug. 14. Burrow listed assets of …

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  • Soybean-sucking bugs in Miss., may head west

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kudzu bugs, pea-sized Asian insects with hearty appetites for soybeans as well as the noxious weed they’re named after, have hitchhiked from Alabama to western Mississippi. Farmers and entomologists in Arkansas and Louisiana are keeping a wary eye out for an …

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