• Prisoner slashes self after escape attempt

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A convicted rapist from Sebastian County serving a 13-year prison sentence slashed his wrists and throat after seeing he was about to get caught during an escape attempt. Correction Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 40-year-old Roy Hoggard got on the roof …

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  • Sebastian Co. deputy arrested for jail smuggling

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy faces three felony charges for allegedly smuggling a cellphone and other items into the county jail. The sheriff’s department says Deputy Mario Turner Rupert was arrested on Friday on three counts of furnishing prohibited articles. Sheriff’s …

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  • Pedestrian killed while crossing road in NE Ark.

    BROOKLAND (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Jonesboro woman died after she was struck by a car when she was walking across a highway. Authorities say the collision happened Saturday night on U.S. 49 near Brookland. Police say 38-year-old Mary Davis was walking across …

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  • Ark. moving forward after health ruling

    LITTLE ROCK  — Arkansas health officials said the state will continue with its plans to implement the federal health care law after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it Thursday, but Republicans in the state Legislature urged more time to study the consequences of the ruling. …

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  • U.S. Daughters of 1812 mark graves

    LITTLE ROCK — In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the Arkansas State Society, United States Daughters of 1812 recently marked the graves of 16 veterans of the War of 1812 at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock. Members of U.S.D. …

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  • Lone Oak to hold homecoming

    RAVENDEN — Lone Oak Missionary Baptist Church at Ravenden will have homecoming services Sunday. Sunday school will be at 10 a.m. Worship will be at 11 with Jackie Pickett as guest speaker. Lunch will be served from noon to approximately 1:30 p.m. Singing will follow …

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  • 5 more states granted waivers

    Five more states have been granted relief from key requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, bringing the total to 24 states given waivers, an Obama administration official said today. Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia will be freed from the No …

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  • Pacheco awarded Hendrix scholarships

    CONWAY — Carra Pacheco of Beebe, a senior at  Beebe High School, has received both an  academic scholarship and an Odyssey Honors and Distinction Award for Service to the World to attend Hendrix College beginning in the fall of 2012. Pacheco is the daughter of …

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  • Congressmen from Ark. vow health care law repeal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation are vowing to repeal the federal health care law despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the overhaul. Republican Congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack said Thursday they plan to continue pushing …

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  • Fire danger remains high

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Forestry Commission crews suppressed 21 wildfires that burned 915 acres over the weekend, according to a commission report. “Eight homes and outbuildings were threatened,” the report stated. County judges have issued bans on burning in 43 of the 75 counties in …

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  • City, county awarded $62,100

    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe announced Tuesday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $1,649,505 in grants for projects in 35 Arkansas counties including Independence. Independence County has received a $52,600 County Courthouse Restoration Grant …

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  • Ark. soldier dies in Afghanistan

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — The family of a Pine Bluff Army soldier says he has died in Afghanistan. Relatives say Sgt. Michael Strachota died this past weekend in an accident in Kandahar, but Rep. Mike Ross told KATV the government hasn’t released an official cause …

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