• Man injured when hit by train

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a man has been hit by a train in North Little Rock. Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza said a man was walking between the tracks with his back to the train around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. The crew …

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  • Drought affecting Arkansas markets

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Before the drought, Marquita Den Herder’s family had planned to use a bountiful home-garden harvest to put pesticide-free vegetables on the dinner table and sell the surplus at the area farmers markets. A need for earlier-than usual irrigation this season has drained …

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  • State review board nominates nine properties

    LITTLE ROCK — The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program nominated nine Arkansas properties to the National Register of Historic Places when it met Aug. 1, AHPP director Frances McSwain has announced. Properties nominated to the National Register are: • South Main …

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  • Corps of Engineers approve permit modification

    LITTLE ROCK — The Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District has approved the permit modification request needed by two central Arkansas water systems to supply water to more than 100,000 customers. The modified permit allows the water systems to install an inclined intake pipe …

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  • Underwater treasure hunt set for Sand Island

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Underwater Treasure Hunt Saturday at Sand Island on Norfork Lake. Certified scuba divers will search for tokens underwater (no deeper than 40 feet) and return them for prizes. There will be a sandcastle …

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  • Medical marijuana group submits signatures

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Backers of an initiative that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Arkansas submitted more than 74,000 additional signatures Monday to the secretary of state’s office, though only about a quarter of them need to be valid to get the …

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  • Bat houses suggested to fight mosquitoes

    WALCOTT (AP) — Heather Runyan considers northeast Arkansas’ bats her friends, especially because they take care of dinner themselves. The Crowley’s Ridge State Park interpreter said one bat can eat up to 3,000 mosquitoes per night, which is one reason that some people build and …

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  • Couple accused in hot car death

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — The great-grandparents of a toddler who died after being left in a hot car in Springdale face misdemeanor negligent homicide charges. Police Lt. Kevin Lewis says William Staten and Margette Staten are accused of leaving 2-year-old Joniah Chronister in a vehicle Aug. …

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  • West Nile virus cases up this year Take Steps to Protect Your Family

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections. Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States. This year, some areas …

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  • El Dorado council bans roadside sales of animals

    EL DORADO (AP) — The El Dorado City Council has approved a ban on the roadside sale of animals, despite concerns from the city attorney who said the measure may conflict with state law. The council approved the ban on a 6-1 vote Thursday. The …

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  • Settlement proposed in Butterball lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Butterball LLC has joined in a proposal to settle a class-action lawsuit by current and former employees of the company’s turkey-processing plants in Huntsville and Ozark. The proposed $425,000 settlement calls for lead nine plaintiffs in the lawsuit to receive $6,000 …

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  • Wildlife funding included in financial assistance

    LITTLE ROCK — Mike Sullivan, Arkansas state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, announced financial assistance is available through a special initiative for Arkansas agricultural producers impacted by the exceptional drought the state is experiencing. However, Tuesday is the deadline for filing applications …

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