• Clown arrested for child porn

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Authorities in western Arkansas arrested a clown Wednesday on a child porn charge. Police in Fort Smith arrested Thomas Harold Morgan, who also goes by “Sondance the Clown,” after investigators seized computers and hard drives from his home, spokesman Cpl. Steven …

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  • Nearly all of Arkansas in drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The past week’s dry weather has led to nearly all of Arkansas being classified in severe drought status. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s analysis released Thursday shows that all of the state, except for a few pockets, are in a severe drought. …

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  • Man enters plea in alleged attack

    VAN BUREN (AP) — A Van Buren man accused of ramming into a Crawford County sheriff’s vehicle has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder. Prosecutors accuse 54-year-old Michael Ree of fleeing a home June 10 as Deputy Halbert Torraca arrived to investigate a domestic …

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  • Author encourages students in Bentonville

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — Author Marianne Malone encouraged students at R.E. Baker Elementary School to keep up the “cool” thing they have been doing — reading. Students in every elementary and two middle school schools in the Bentonville School District have been reading Malone’s first novel, …

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  • Ark. sheriff among guests during Opryland blast

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery was among law enforcement officials attending a conference in Nashville when an explosion forced the evacuation of their hotel. The Baxter Bulletin reports that Montgomery and his wife, Karen, were staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort …

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  • Big Bass Bonanza to be June 29-July 1

    LITTLE ROCK — It has been described as Everyman’s Bass Tournament. Better make that Every Person because women and kids are enthusiastic competitors in the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza right along with the men. The state’s most popular fishing competition is coming up June 29 …

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  • Greenwood, Lonoke win shooting titles

    LONOKE — The G-Force Trap Team from Greenwood and Team Nitro from Lonoke were the top shooters in the junior and senior divisions at the recently completed state finals of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program. The tournament was held June 1-2 at the Remington …

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  • Keeping pet deer banned in state

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas residents won’t be able to capture and keep wild deer as pets as of July 1, when a ban enacted in an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease takes effect. The illness, which affects deer and other …

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  • Hunting permit process explained

    LITTLE ROCK — This is the season for applying for or buying permits for next fall’s hunting. Here is a run-down of what’s going on with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s permits: Public land elk hunting: Too late. The application period ended June 1. …

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  • Harrison woman recalls killing of Okla. outlaw

    HARRISON (AP) — The memory of notorious Oklahoma bank robber Henry Starr lives on in Harrison, where he was fatally wounded while trying to empty a vault more than 90 years ago. The story has a place in history books and in family lore, prominently …

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  • Arkansas firefighter a hard-charging go-getter

    FORT SMITH (AP) — While growing up in Fort Smith, firefighter Ryan Rains knew he either wanted to be a police officer or a firefighter. “It’s always been service for whatever reason,” Rains, 37, said during an interview in a back room of Fort Smith …

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  • Speed limits to change on some Ark. highways

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved raising the speed limit on some rural four- and five-lane highways. The agency said that the speed limit on about 265 miles of highways through the state will go from 55 mph to 60 mph …

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