• Police: mom gave son blade to escape Ark. jail

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say the mother of one of two inmates who escaped from an Arkansas jail has been arrested after she allegedly provided him with a hacksaw blade. Miller County sheriff Chief Deputy Duke Schofield said Wednesday that 55-year-old Charlene Stewart faces …

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  • Hot Springs man accused in beating

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities have arrested a 52-year-old man on suspicion of second-degree murder in the beating death of a Hot Springs man. Ray Allen Brown was arrested late Tuesday in the death of Robert Brindley. Authorities say the two men got into an …

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  • Windstream to cut up to 400 management jobs

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. says it will cut up to 400 management positions as it restructures the company. Windstream was formed in 2006 when it was spun off from Alltel Corp. Its initial focus was landline phones, but the company has …

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  • Workshops set at Powhatan

    POWHATAN — Three domestic workshops are scheduled during the next few weeks at Powhatan Historic State Park in Lawrence County, said Kristyn Watts, park interpreter. A Beginning Crochet Workshop is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday with a registration fee of $10 per participant. Class …

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  • Jordan Campground now open

    JORDAN — The Jordan Campground on Norfork Lake is now open under the management of Jordan Marina. Formerly run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the campground is the gateway to Sand Island and Jordan area beaches. Thirty scuba diving sites are located within …

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  • Society to mark 50th anniversary

    TYLER BEND — The Ozark Society will mark its 50th anniversary of conservation efforts in Arkansas this weekend with a return to its original roots on the Buffalo River. The two-day celebration at Tyler Bend Recreation Area for OS members and guests will include presentations …

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  • Campgrounds reopening

    RUSSELLVILLE — The group camping areas and the upper loop for camping and picnicking at Blanchard Springs were reopened for overnight use Wednesday, according to Judith Henry, forest supervisor. The lower loop remains closed. Concerns for visitor safety due to the possibility of flash floods …

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  • 63rd annual homecoming festival to begin

    SALEM — The 63rd Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be held Friday and Saturday on the Fulton County Courthouse Square in Salem. A barbecue dinner to benefit the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Boat Fund will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at North …

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  • Good Ole Days begin Saturday

    MOUNT IDA — Good Ole Days 2012 will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include an antique car show, heritage day at the museum, arts and crafts show, front porch music, train rides and moon walks. Food and drinks will …

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  • Student named to Dean’s List

    CONWAY — Meredith McKinney of Batesville, a sophomore biochemistry/molecular biology major at Hendrix College, was selected to the college’s Dean’s List for the spring 2012 semester. A student must earn all A’s to qualify for the college’s Dean’s List. Only 14 percent of students at …

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  • Natural gas tax group alleges intimidation

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The backer of a proposed ballot item that would raise the severance tax on natural gas claims opponents of the tax intimidated some of his signature gatherers into leaving polling places during Tuesday’s primary. Sheffield Nelson said Wednesday that the organizer …

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  • Prosecutor, legislator in runoff

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state legislator and a prosecutor who negotiated the West Memphis Three plea deal will face off in a Democratic runoff next month for the party’s nomination in east Arkansas’ First Congressional District. Prosecutor Scott Ellington was a few hundred votes …

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