• Second man to plead guilty in equipment theft scheme

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Federal court records say the second man will plead guilty in a scheme to purchase trucks, tractors, lawnmowers and other equipment stolen from dealers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Jory Sam Tantillo and Michael Fralick were indicted in February by …

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  • Land commissioner unveils new mapping feature

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — New mapping functions are available on the Arkansas land commissioner’s website for people who want to research tax-delinquent properties. Land Commissioner John Thurston says the mapping is available through his office’s partnership with Arkansas-based information technology company DataScoutPro. Those interested can …

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  • Smith amends bankruptcy filing

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas football coach John L. Smith has amended his bankruptcy filing with documents showing his finances are worse than when first reported two weeks ago. Wednesday’s filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Little Rock shows Smith has $40.7 million in liabilities …

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  • School probes noose hazing

    WYNNE (AP) — Two junior varsity football players at an east Arkansas school face expulsion after allegations that they put a noose around another student’s neck. Wynne Superintendent Carl Easley says the school board will consider Wednesday whether to expel the two white boys whom …

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  • Teacher arrested for battery

    ROGERS (AP) — A teacher at a northwest Arkansas charter school has been arrested on suspicion of battery after she was accused of hitting a seventh-grade student. The Benton County School of the Arts placed Pamela Nelson on administrative leave this week after her arrest. …

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  • Carjacking, shooting reported

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a carjacking in Little Rock and a shooting later in Pulaski County may be related. Little Rock police Sgt. Cassandra Davis said a man with a gun forced a driver out of a car in Little Rock about 1 …

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  • Bryant teacher facing sex charges

    BENTON (AP) — A former ninth-grade English teacher in the Bryant School District has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old student. Thirty-one-year-old Courtney Speer was charged Wednesday when she appeared in Saline County Circuit Court. She was later released …

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  • Drought relief coming soon

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe says more than $2 million in checks will soon be heading to Arkansas ranchers who qualified for relief from the summer drought. Beebe said Wednesday that about 8,500 ranchers qualified for the Livestock Assistance Grant Program. The funding …

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  • Board will reconsider parole in ‘07 shooting

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board says it’s reconsidering its rejection of a parole request from a Sherwood man who fatally shot an 18-year-old intruder in his yard in 2007. Larry Staley is seeking parole after he pleaded no contest to manslaughter in …

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  • Pine Bluff mayoral election to proceed

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A Pulaski County circuit judge says the Nov. 6 election for Pine Bluff mayor can proceed. Mayor Carl Redus filed suit to stop the election, saying he should remain mayor until 2014. Redus cited a state law that says cities with …

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  • Slain TV anchor’s mom can sue hospital, workers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The mother of a slain Little Rock TV anchor can proceed with a lawsuit claiming outrageous behavior by a hospital and three workers who illegally looked at her daughter’s medical files, but an invasion of privacy claim must be dropped, the …

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  • Wet/dry issue heats up in Sharp Co.

    HARDY — The campaign on the wet/dry issue that is on Sharp County’s general election ballot is heating up, Ruth Reynolds, who has gathered signatures for several years to get the issue before the voters, said Tuesday. Several signs aimed at trying to get voters …

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