• 260 inmates fall ill at Tucker

    TUCKER (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Correction says about 260 inmates at the Tucker Unit were placed in isolation because of illness. Spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the inmates were isolated in the prison’s gym Sunday because of symptoms that point to either a stomach …

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  • Mother drowns saving sons

    MONTE NE (AP) — Benton County authorities say a 39-year-old Rogers woman has drowned in Beaver Lake while saving her sons from the water near Monte Ne. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dale Denver said the body of Kimberlee Weaber was found about noon Saturday in about five …

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  • Lightning may have caused fatal fire in White County

    ALBION (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been found dead in a house in White County that was destroyed by fire. Albion firefighters were battling the blaze around 6:30 a.m. Thursday when they discovered the woman. Authorities haven’t released the name of the woman, …

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  • $50,000 Fishing Challenge extended

    HOT SPRINGS – The $50,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge on Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine has been extended until Aug. 31. “We conferred with our friends at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery, and they agreed it would be fair to …

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  • NWR quota deer hunt permits available

    AUGUSTA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting permit applications for quota deer hunts on three of is wildlife refuges, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The quota hunts will be held on the Cache River, Bald Knob and Wapanocca …

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  • Hunter education gives lifetime benefits

    LITTLE ROCK – Don’t get caught up in the last minute rush. With hunting seasons approaching, outdoors people, young and not so young, around the state are urged to sign up for hunting education classes to get acquainted with the skills, regulations and responsibilities that …

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  • Ozark ‘limo’ rides offered at Gaston’s resort

    LAKEVIEW — Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview is now offering the Ozark Limo Ride, which is a 16-foot 1940s John Deere cotton wagon pulled by a tractor. The wagon seats up to 20 people. Riders are taken on a four-mile excursion through the Riverside …

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  • Fiscal year begins with revenues up

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ fiscal year began with revenues tracking slightly ahead of forecast and above last year’s figures, though a dip in sales tax revenue hurt gains in individual and corporate income tax collections, the state’s finance office said Thursday. The Arkansas Department of …

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  • Inmate escapes jail rec area

    PERRYVILLE (AP) — Officials are looking for an inmate who they say escaped from the Perry County jail and stole a road department vehicle. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday 34-year-old Charles Hamner left the jail’s recreation area and removed bolts from a chain-link …

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  • LM Windpower announces layoff at Little Rock plant

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — LM Windpower says it will lay off more than half of its workers at the company’s Little Rock plant, which manufactures windmill blades. The Denmark-based company blamed a drop in demand for the layoffs, saying it’s been hurt by the upcoming …

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  • National park fire contained

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Crews have contained a wildfire on Tower Mountain at Hot Springs National Park. Arkansas Forestry Commission spokeswoman Sheila Doughty said Thursday no one was hurt and no property was damaged in the blaze, which burned about 1.5 acres near the historic …

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  • Shoppers gear up for sales tax holiday

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Back-to-school shoppers are expected to flock to Arkansas stores this weekend for the annual sales tax holiday. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, sales tax won’t be collected on certain back-to-school items sold at Arkansas stores. The holiday runs until 11:59 p.m. …

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