• Local man named to federation board

    LITTLE ROCK — The Poultry Federation of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma has named its board of directors and officers for the 2012-13 year. Among the board members is Jeff Vanemburg, operations manager for Pilgrim’s Pride of Batesville. The Poultry Federation is a tri-state trade association …

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  • Former inmate wins $5K in Miller County jail suit

    TEXARKANA (AP) — A judge has awarded a $5,000 judgment to a former Miller County jail inmate after he sued over an alleged assault in 2009. The Texarkana Gazette reports the judge ruled in favor of Shroddric Mitchell, who argued that jail staff failed to …

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  • White County man arrested for girlfriend’s death

    SEARCY (AP) — Authorities in White County have arrested a man in connection with the April death of his girlfriend. The Daily Citizen reports that Charles Berry was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of 42-year-old Donna Kennedy. Kennedy died April 20 …

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  • Demand on the rise for birth photographs

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — When Megan Henry of Hot Springs had her first baby, she relied on family members to document the experience. But last year, she, along with a growing number of women, upgraded to a professional photographer. The trend of expectant parents enlisting …

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  • Memphis man indicted in teacher licensing cheating

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis man has been indicted on federal charges that he was paid thousands of dollars by aspiring teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to have other people take their teacher licensing exams. The federal indictment released Tuesday said 58-year-old Clarence …

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  • UAW retirees to meet

    PARAGOULD — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould.

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  • Rehab program helps Arkansas man fight addictions

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — Drugs, alcohol and nicotine. Does that sound like a day in the life of a 12-year-old? It was the reality for Josh Bidwell from the age of 12 to 17. An adult introduced Bidwell to drugs, alcohol and smoking at a young …

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  • South Pacific WWII Corpsman recalls duty

    JONESBORO (AP) — When Homer Hart thinks about the South Pacific, he’s not thinking of a movie or a Broadway production. He’s thinking of war — in particular the island-hopping Pacific war in which he participated during World War II. Hart served as a Navy …

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  • Medical marijuana backers submit petitions

    LITTLE ROCK  — Supporters of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas turned in thousands of petitions Thursday to try to get on the November ballot, while others are waiting until Friday’s deadline to submit their proposal signatures. Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group …

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  • UCA faculty looking for pay raises despite tumult

    CONWAY (AP) — For years, the University of Central Arkansas has put off giving professors pay raises while the struggling university tried to climb out of fiscal distress, officials said. Now, just as UCA is on the cusp of recovery, faculty members are starting to …

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  • Ark. state Senate candidate dies

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Republican Party says state Senate hopeful Tommy Caubble has died. He was 65. Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said Caubble died early Thursday morning of a heart attack while spending time in his family’s peach orchard. Caubble was the …

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  • Clown accused in child porn case pleads not guilty

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A professional clown accused of possessing child pornography has entered a not guilty plea in Sebastian County. Fort Smith police say 47-year-old Thomas Harold Morgan, who performed as “Sondance the Clown” is charged with four counts of possessing images that depict …

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