• October trial set for wife of slain man

    JONESBORO (AP) — A judge has set an October trial date for a Jonesboro woman charged with capital murder in the alleged murder-for-hire of her businessman husband. Trial for Michelle Despain was to have begun July 16. The start was delayed Monday to Oct. 1. …

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  • Ozone advisory issued

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An ozone advisory has been issued for four counties in central Arkansas. Metroplan has issued the advisory for today in Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline counties and is the sixth ozone advisory of the year in the region. Sensitive groups such …

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  • Judge won’t dismiss Dirksmeyer suit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against Russellville investigators by the boyfriend of slain beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer. U.S. District Judge James Moody made the ruling Monday in a suit filed by Kevin Jones against Russellville …

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  • Judge delays school ruling

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he won’t enforce a ruling that tossed out Arkansas’ 1989 school choice law while appeals are pending. A number of parties in the case had asked U.S. District Judge Robert Dawson to delay entering a …

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  • Hot, humid weather in store this week

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says drought conditions and triple-digit temperatures make wildfires a concern in much of Arkansas. The weather service warns that any fire that starts could spread rapidly and quickly get out of control. Much of central and western …

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  • Moore-Bales reunion scheduled

    The 28th Moore-Bales reunion will be Saturday at the Oakmont Community Building, on Highway 86 southwest of Branson, Mo. A potluck will be served at noon. The event is open to all relatives and friends. For more information call Maxine Bell at (417) 468-1282 or …

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  • Audubon society presents Creature Feature

    CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will present a Creature Feature at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Petit Jean Electric Building, located at 270 Quality Drive in Clinton. Participants will be able to get up close and personal with several four-legged and feathered …

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  • Author harvests the garden’s dark secrets

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — “In 1856, a dinner party in the Scottish village of Dingwall came to a horrible end,” Amy Stewart writes. “A servant had been sent outside to dig up horseradish, but instead he uprooted aconite, also called monkshood. The cook, failing to recognize …

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  • Ark. national park works to broaden its diversity

    HARRISON (AP) — When Kevin Cheri went to work for the Buffalo National River in 1978, he knew he’d be the only black resident within a 50-mile radius. “There were people who didn’t want me coming here,” he said. “There were threats against my life.” …

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  • Ark. mountain snail may drop from endangered list

    LITTLE ROCK — A snail about the size of a dime that’s found on only a few acres in Arkansas’ Mount Magazine State Park is on the brink of attaining an important distinction — removal from the endangered species list. The sand-colored snail known as …

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  • Body found in burned car in NW Arkansas

    MULBERRY (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Arkansas are investigating the discovery of a body inside a burned car. Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen told KHOG-TV on Saturday the car was found on a road near a heavily wooded area in Mulberry. Investigators said the car …

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  • 1 dead, 1 wounded in shooting

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Hot Springs police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another person wounded. Officers say they received an emergency call just after midnight Saturday of shots being fired. When police arrived, they found 28-year-old Randy Shinkle dead and …

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