• Report: Student arrests in Arkansas rising

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A new report indicates that the number of school-based arrests in Arkansas has increased 13 percent since 2011. The report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families looked at school-based arrests across the state in 2013 and 2014. There are more …

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  • 2 recommended for pardons

    LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas Parole Board has recommended pardons for Independence County men, according to a news release. James M. Ashley, now an instructor at John 3:16 Ministries, was convicted for manufacture and possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and booby trap-unlawful to install/maintain. …

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  • Boy wants gifts sent to hospital

    BAUXITE (AP) — A 9-year-old Bauxite boy doesn’t want Christmas gifts this year, instead he wants gifts sent to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Gabriel Yates said when he was 5 his home burned on Christmas Day and he had to rely on other people for presents. …

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  • UAW retirees to meet

    PARAGOULD — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould. No meeting will be held in January.

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  • Man settles in Australia after Paragould slaying

    PARAGOULD — On Wednesday, December 29, 1909, a violent winter storm was ripping across Paragould. After a day of hunting, brothers John Monroe and James Henry Trammell, both of Greenway in Clay County, ducked into the Elk Café on Paragould’s North Pruett Street. Advertised as …

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  • Melton acquitted

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A former Batesville Pioneer and Arkansas Razorback football player has been found not guilty of murder in the beating death of his friend. A Washington County jury acquitted 33-year-old Josh Melton on Thursday. Melton had been charged with second-degree murder in the …

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  • AETN offers free screenings of ‘Downton Abbey’ season 5

    CONWAY — Arkansas Educational Television Network will host free season five preview screenings of “Downton Abbey” in Fayetteville and Little Rock during December. The first screening will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fayetteville Public Library, located at 401 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville. Screenings …

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  • Licensing rules revised

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — After two years of work, Arkansas officials have approved revisions to state rules on child-care facilities. An Arkansas Legislative Council panel on Wednesday officially reviewed the proposed regulations over minimum licensing requirements for the facilities, clearing the final hurdle for them. …

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  • Police chief wants to hire mayor’s son

    JONESBORO (AP) — Some members of the Jonesboro City Council expressed concern after learning that one of the mayor’s sons was in line for a new job that the council agreed to create this week. Council members voted Tuesday to create the position and set …

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  • School fire may be arson

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A fire at Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff is being investigated as arson. Police said paper was placed on a stove and the stove was turned on, leading to the fire inside a computer lab. The fire was reported about …

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  • Judge won’t OK Whirlpool lawsuit as class-action

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A federal judge says he won’t certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it. U.S. District Judge P.K. …

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  • State medical board OKs pre-abortion ultrasound

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A divided Arkansas medical panel has voted to require doctors to perform an ultrasound test on a patient before carrying out an abortion. The Arkansas State Medical Board voted 7-6 Thursday to implement parts of a state law, which also requires …

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