• 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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  • Signatures submitted for casino measure

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A professional poker player has turned in thousands of signatures in an effort to put a casino legalization proposal on Arkansas’ ballot this November. Nancy Todd on Friday submitted 10,615 pages of petitions that she says have 80,373 signatures backing the …

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  • Arkansas teenager killed, another injured after sparklers explode

    BUCKNER (AP) — Authorities in south Arkansas say one teenager is dead and another is recovering from injuries after they taped sparklers together and ignited them, causing an explosion. Lafayette  County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson says the 17-year-old boys bound the sparklers together while celebrating …

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  • 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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