• 5 more states granted waivers

    Five more states have been granted relief from key requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, bringing the total to 24 states given waivers, an Obama administration official said today. Arkansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia will be freed from the No …

    Read More

  • Pacheco awarded Hendrix scholarships

    CONWAY — Carra Pacheco of Beebe, a senior at  Beebe High School, has received both an  academic scholarship and an Odyssey Honors and Distinction Award for Service to the World to attend Hendrix College beginning in the fall of 2012. Pacheco is the daughter of …

    Read More

  • Congressmen from Ark. vow health care law repeal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation are vowing to repeal the federal health care law despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the overhaul. Republican Congressmen Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack said Thursday they plan to continue pushing …

    Read More

  • Fire danger remains high

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Forestry Commission crews suppressed 21 wildfires that burned 915 acres over the weekend, according to a commission report. “Eight homes and outbuildings were threatened,” the report stated. County judges have issued bans on burning in 43 of the 75 counties in …

    Read More

  • City, county awarded $62,100

    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe announced Tuesday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $1,649,505 in grants for projects in 35 Arkansas counties including Independence. Independence County has received a $52,600 County Courthouse Restoration Grant …

    Read More

  • Ark. soldier dies in Afghanistan

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — The family of a Pine Bluff Army soldier says he has died in Afghanistan. Relatives say Sgt. Michael Strachota died this past weekend in an accident in Kandahar, but Rep. Mike Ross told KATV the government hasn’t released an official cause …

    Read More

  • Budget woes continue in Hoxie

    HOXIE (AP) — Mayor Lanny Tinker made national news in 2011 when he donated $5,000 of his salary back to the city to help with clean-up efforts. Earlier this spring he went a step further, cutting the mayor’s pay by $2,500 a year, and city …

    Read More

  • Bond set at $100K for clown accused of child porn

    FORT SMITH — A judge has set a $100,000 bond for a professional clown in Fort Smith who is accused of having child pornography on his home computer. Circuit Judge James O. Cox ordered 47-year-old Thomas Harold Morgan on Wednesday to have no contact with …

    Read More

  • 2 people enter pleas in drug probe

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two people accused of being in a massive drug ring in eastern Arkansas have pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in federal court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced Wednesday that Curtis Sharkey pleaded guilty to a …

    Read More

  • Arkansas says it has a plan for health care law

    LITTLE ROCK — (AP) Arkansas is well-positioned to implement the federal health care overhaul if it’s upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and would be able to regulate a health exchange set up by the federal government, state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said Tuesday. If …

    Read More

  • Northwest Arkansas actor making it in New York

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — By any aspiring actor’s standards, Esther Stilwell is “making it” in New York. Stilwell, a 1999 graduate of Fayetteville High School, portrayed Grizabella in the 25th anniversary tour of “Cats” and the Lady of the Lake in the national tour of “Spamalot” …

    Read More

  • Site will allow people to track Ark. spending

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials on Wednesday showed off a new government website that will allow people to track by all state agencies, except higher education institutions. People will be able to look up salaries of a number of state employees on Sunday when the …

    Read More