• Search still on for inmate after escape from work detail

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Arkansas’ corrections system, which is looking for a murderer who walked away from a work detail, said Monday it isn’t unusual for a killer to enjoy a special status that lets convicts perform tasks on either side of the prison fence. …

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  • Holiday traffic to be focus for state police

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State Police have announced plans for a special crackdown on drunken drivers and speeders during the coming July 4 holiday travel period. State police say troopers along with other state and local law enforcement agencies will increase sobriety checkpoints and …

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  • Death investigated as suspicious according to police chief

    HOPE (AP) — Police in Hope say the death of a man who had trauma to his body is currently being investigated as suspicious pending an autopsy. Police Chief J.R. Wilson told reporters that 29-year-old Robert Brown died at a Texarkana hospital where he was …

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  • FBI: 2 children recovered from sex trafficking

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The FBI says two juveniles have been rescued from a child sex trafficking ring in Arkansas and dozens of people have been arrested. The FBI said in a Monday news release that six pimps and 36 adult prostitutes were arrested as …

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  • 2 die in motorcycle wreck in Ozark Mountains

    HOLIDAY ISLAND (AP) — Authorities say two people from Illinois were killed in a motorcycle wreck in the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas. According to Arkansas State Police, the wreck happened Monday morning on Arkansas 23 in Carroll County. A preliminary report says 58-year-old Steven …

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  • Lawmakers told special session set for next week

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas legislative leaders told House and Senate members Monday they’ll be called back to the Capitol next week to address rising teacher health insurance premiums and prison overcrowding, though Gov. Mike Beebe’s office said he wasn’t ready to confirm his plans for …

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  • Man found dead in Norfork

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities in Baxter County have identified the man whose body was found in Lake Norfork last week. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says the victim has been identified as 67-year-old Jerry Dale Miller of Hardy. Montgomery says family members told authorities …

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  • Arkansas House Democrats elect new leader

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Democrats in the Arkansas House of Representatives have elected state Rep. Eddie Armstrong of North Little Rock as their new leader. Armstrong was elected Friday after state Rep. Greg Leding of Fayetteville decided not to seek re-election as the caucus’ leader. …

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  • Prison terms set in FS meth case

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The final cases from a multistate drug investigation wrapped up this week when the final three defendants were sentenced to prison terms for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Phillip Knox was sentenced to 120 months in prison, Leslie Kaelin was sentenced to …

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  • Senator to try for anti-gay marriage resolution

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state senator will try again to win passage of a resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. In May, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled the state gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Over …

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  • Churchyard murderer convicted

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Blytheville man whose body was found in a Blytheville churchyard. Prosecutors said Jimmy Northern of Blytheville was convicted Thursday in the 2012 death of 23-year-old Thomas Essig …

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  • Beebe proposes $6.3M for prison beds

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe’s office says it has found $6.3 million in the budget to fund up to 600 additional prison beds. Beebe’s office said Thursday that the additional funding will relieve some backup of state prisoners in county jails, assuming it …

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