• Beebe weighing Medicaid expansion after ruling

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday he’ll decide before next year’s legislative session whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, but said he’s inclined to move forward with the …

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  • Jonesboro man faces felony animal cruelty charge

    JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro man has been charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly beating a 5-month-old German shepherd puppy that later had to be euthanized. Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause Monday to charge 42-year-old Richard Darrell Tippen with the …

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  • Lottery sales up for year; $474M gross

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas lottery announced Monday that it has seen a little growth in sales of Powerball and Mega Millions and that its sales for the most recent year were up $10 million. The lottery had sales of $474 million for the …

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  • Joint ventures explored with France

    LITTLE ROCK  — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday that the state is exploring ways to partner with the French government and businesses on such things as agriculture research and Chinese trade, issues that were central to his just-concluded trip to France. Beebe, who returned …

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  • Historical, genealogicalsociety plans quarterly meeting

    BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Izard County Singing Convention in the Orgel Mason Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Brockwell Music School, located on Highway 9 North at Brockwell, for the regular monthly …

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  • Popular Ark. catfish restaurant serves last meal

    GEORGETOWN (AP) — Patrons packed the Georgetown One Stop for days to say goodbye to the word-of-mouth hot spot featuring some of the state’s best catfish. The humble, wood-paneled restaurant along Arkansas 36 in White County closed Saturday after a 16-year run. “It’s a sad …

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  • Rockabilly musician recalls good times

    JONESBORO (AP) — Rockabilly was big in northeast Arkansas in the ’60s, and that’s when Herbert “Herbie” V. Mayes Sr.’s band hit its peak. Mayes, 73, of Jonesboro played bass, and his cousin, Gary “Sonny” Ackermon played lead guitar. Harvey Farley was the drummer, and …

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  • Arkansas Tech announces graduates

    RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University recently conferred 1,494 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus during the 2011-12 academic year. This list includes graduates from the main campus in Russellville with associate, baccalaureate, master and educational specialist degrees. Those who graduated with honors based …

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  • Oaks dying at Ark. park after suspected poisoning

    TONTITOWN (AP) — As many as 50 trees in Harry Sbanotto Park will likely die from an act of vandalism. Ken Bailey, city building inspector, stood near a merry-go-round in the shade of a 100-foot tall oak tree in Tontitown’s Harry Sbanotto Park. A ring …

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  • Cattle vulnerable to plant toxins during drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The drought that has plagued Arkansas for weeks is taking a toll on cattle, but not necessarily from the heat. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture said Monday that some cows have been sickened by eating toxic plants because the …

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  • No injuries reported as fire burns 115 acres

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Firefighters contained a blaze that burned more than 100 acres in southwestern Arkansas and crews were working to knock down another fire that had charred about 200 acres Sunday. The fire near Arkansas Highway 84 burned about 115 acres before firefighters …

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  • Okla. seeks return of Ark. brothers in slaying

    FORT SMITH — Two brothers serving lengthy prison terms in Arkansas on a variety of charges soon could be transferred to LeFlore County, where they face first-degree murder charges in the 2010 slaying of a Fort Smith woman. Elvis Aaron Thacker, 24, and Johnathen Don …

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