• 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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  • AG, gov. oppose motion in redistricting suit

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel are opposing a lawmaker’s request that the May primary he lost be considered in a lawsuit challenging new state Senate districts. The attorney general’s office on Thursday opposed state Sen. Jack Crumbly’s request …

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  • Police investigating baby’s death

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Police have arrested a Springdale man after his 2-month-old stepson died at a hospital. The Springdale Fire Department received a call about 8:17 p.m. Wednesday about a boy who wasn’t breathing. The boy was transported to Northwest Medical Center, where he later …

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  • Storms damage homes, vehicles

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several homes and vehicles were damaged by falling trees, but no injuries were reported as severe thunderstorms rolled across northern Arkansas. Authorities say strong winds blew trees onto houses in Marion and Sharp counties and onto vehicles in Sharp and Boone …

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  • Museum hosts first tinker event

    LITTLE ROCK — The Museum of Discovery will host the first TinkerFest, an Arkansas Discovery Network event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum will showcase local makers and inventors and allow the public to create unique things from ordinary objects. Tinkering is …

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  • Lightning more common cause of wildfires in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK — Lightning has become a much more common cause of wildfires because of the dry conditions, and crews are often forced to go deep into remote areas to battle those blazes, State Forester Joe Fox said Wednesday. More than 1,000 wildfires have burned …

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  • Fowler family gives $1M to ASU hospitality

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University-Newport has received a $1 million gift for its hospitality program. The university announced the gift Wednesday from the Fowler family. Half the money will go toward scholarships while the other half will be used to support the hospitality program at …

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  • Ark., Okla. counties eligible for drought aid

    LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma as primary natural disaster areas because of a wide-reaching drought. Two western Arkansas counties and eight counties in eastern Oklahoma were included in the declaration announced Wednesday by Agriculture Secretary …

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  • Amorous bull damages deputy’s patrol car

    SHERWOOD — A bull in the mood for love damaged an Arkansas sheriff’s patrol car when it tried to mount a man who was leading the animal across a yard. Authorities said Wednesday that a Faulkner County sheriff’s deputy was responding to a call about …

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  • Police find murder suspect dead

    FORT SMITH — A man suspected in a fatal shooting in Fort Smith has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs said in an email that officers found Ibn Islam Wednesday at the apartment he shared with his girlfriend. A handgun was …

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