• UCA faculty looking for pay raises despite tumult

    CONWAY (AP) — For years, the University of Central Arkansas has put off giving professors pay raises while the struggling university tried to climb out of fiscal distress, officials said. Now, just as UCA is on the cusp of recovery, faculty members are starting to …

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  • Ark. state Senate candidate dies

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Republican Party says state Senate hopeful Tommy Caubble has died. He was 65. Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said Caubble died early Thursday morning of a heart attack while spending time in his family’s peach orchard. Caubble was the …

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  • Clown accused in child porn case pleads not guilty

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A professional clown accused of possessing child pornography has entered a not guilty plea in Sebastian County. Fort Smith police say 47-year-old Thomas Harold Morgan, who performed as “Sondance the Clown” is charged with four counts of possessing images that depict …

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  • Signatures submitted for casino measure

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A professional poker player has turned in thousands of signatures in an effort to put a casino legalization proposal on Arkansas’ ballot this November. Nancy Todd on Friday submitted 10,615 pages of petitions that she says have 80,373 signatures backing the …

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  • Arkansas teenager killed, another injured after sparklers explode

    BUCKNER (AP) — Authorities in south Arkansas say one teenager is dead and another is recovering from injuries after they taped sparklers together and ignited them, causing an explosion. Lafayette  County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson says the 17-year-old boys bound the sparklers together while celebrating …

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  • Beebe weighing Medicaid expansion after ruling

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday he’ll decide before next year’s legislative session whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, but said he’s inclined to move forward with the …

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  • Jonesboro man faces felony animal cruelty charge

    JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro man has been charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly beating a 5-month-old German shepherd puppy that later had to be euthanized. Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause Monday to charge 42-year-old Richard Darrell Tippen with the …

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  • Lottery sales up for year; $474M gross

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas lottery announced Monday that it has seen a little growth in sales of Powerball and Mega Millions and that its sales for the most recent year were up $10 million. The lottery had sales of $474 million for the …

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  • Joint ventures explored with France

    LITTLE ROCK  — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday that the state is exploring ways to partner with the French government and businesses on such things as agriculture research and Chinese trade, issues that were central to his just-concluded trip to France. Beebe, who returned …

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  • Historical, genealogicalsociety plans quarterly meeting

    BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday with the Izard County Singing Convention in the Orgel Mason Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Brockwell Music School, located on Highway 9 North at Brockwell, for the regular monthly …

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  • Popular Ark. catfish restaurant serves last meal

    GEORGETOWN (AP) — Patrons packed the Georgetown One Stop for days to say goodbye to the word-of-mouth hot spot featuring some of the state’s best catfish. The humble, wood-paneled restaurant along Arkansas 36 in White County closed Saturday after a 16-year run. “It’s a sad …

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  • Rockabilly musician recalls good times

    JONESBORO (AP) — Rockabilly was big in northeast Arkansas in the ’60s, and that’s when Herbert “Herbie” V. Mayes Sr.’s band hit its peak. Mayes, 73, of Jonesboro played bass, and his cousin, Gary “Sonny” Ackermon played lead guitar. Harvey Farley was the drummer, and …

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