• Court upholds medical marijuana proposal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court today upheld a proposed ballot measure that, if successful, would make the state the first in the South to legalize medical marijuana. Justices rejected a challenge by a coalition of conservative groups who had asked the court …

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  • WBC student interns at WWII museum

    WALNUT RIDGE — Sifting through hundreds of Lawrence County World War II documents might not sound like a fun way to spend summer vacation to most college students but not for Grant Smith, a senior history major at Williams Baptist College. Smith volunteered as a …

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  • Court date set over bomb threat

    JONESBORO (AP) — A 44-year-old Jonesboro man who is accused of creating a bomb scare at Arkansas State University has a trial date for of Dec. 10. The date was set Tuesday for Carlan Neugene Walker. Walker waived formal arraignment during the hearing and pleaded …

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  • Novelist to appear in Melbourne, Newport

    LITTLE ROCK — The romance novels of Arkansas writer Laura Castoro have been selected for the 2012 statewide reading program, If All Arkansas Read the Same Book. Arkansans are encouraged to read the books and participate in author events and book discussions at public libraries …

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  • 2 charged with taking truck where man killed self

    JUDSONIA (AP) — Two men who discovered a man dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his pickup truck stole the vehicle and dumped the corpse in the roadway, authorities said Tuesday. Michael Hollingshead, 43, of Judsonia and Austin Flynn, 22, of Bald Knob were …

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  • Passion play may shut down

    EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) — The Great Passion Play in northwest Arkansas says it may close unless it receives financial help. Executive director Sam Ray says the nonprofit group needs about $500,000 to keep the doors open. Ray says tourism has dipped during tough economic times. …

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  • Fifth Annual Living History at the Lake

    The Fifth Annual Living History at the Lake at Lake Charles State Park, near Powhatan, was a success despite the rainy weather. Many people came out to witness the 2nd Marine Reenactors storm the swim beach during the re-enactment of the Makin Atoll Assault in …

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  • Buck Fest scheduled

    FAYETTEVILLE — The Ozark Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation has announced Buck Fest, a “guns and music” festival, will begin Thursday and continue through Saturday at Buck’s Crossing BBQ in Fayetteville, said Kim Pease, publicist. Plans are to make the festival an annual event, …

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  • Court dates set for woman, father charged in death

    JONESBORO (AP) — Court dates are set in Jonesboro for a father and daughter who prosecutors say were involved in a murder-for-hire plot to kill the woman’s husband. Michelle Despain and Carl Kelley are charged in the August 2011 shooting death of Jonesboro businessman Marc …

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  • New center lands conference

    TEXARKANA (AP) — Although it’s still under construction, the new convention center in Texarkana has already landed an event for 2015. The city announced Monday that Texarkana will host the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 2015. It’s the first time the annual event …

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  • AEDC guarantees first loan under program

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Economic Development Commission says it’s guaranteed the first loan through a program aimed at promoting the development of minority business enterprises in the state. The commission says the first loan through the minority business loan mobilization revolving loan fund …

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  • Opponents say casino proposal too broad

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A ballot measure that would give a professional poker player the exclusive right to operate casinos in Arkansas defines gambling so broadly that it would include some types of pinball machines and state fair games, a campaign funded by a Hot …

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