• Effort under way to revitalize ‘Arkansas Grown’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two months after Arkansas agricultural officials gathered at the Governor’s Mansion to announce efforts to revitalize the “Arkansas Grown” program, nearly 150 farmers and buyers have added their names to a list of willing project participants. Arkansas Department of Agriculture marketing …

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  • Great Passion Play opens May 2

    EUREKA SPRINGS — The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs will open May 2 and 3 to start its 47th season. Featuring a cast of 180 actors and actresses, the play is performed amid a 550-foot historically accurate stage setting and brings to life the …

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  • Audubon society to meet

    CLINTON — Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Western Sizzlin’ in Clinton. A Dutch-treat meal will begin at 5. The guest speaker is Tom Krohn, who will present a program about frogs. Krohn is a member of North Central …

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  • June groundbreaking planned for Osceola steel mill 

    OSCEOLA (AP) — Groundbreaking on a planned $1.1 billion steel mill in Arkansas is expected to take place in late June. Big River Steel CEO John Correnti expects to finalize financing in mid-June with a groundbreaking to occur later that month. Construction on the project …

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  • Higher ed taps lottery reserves

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education says the agency has been forced to temporarily tap some of its $20 million lottery reserve fund to cover its Academic Challenge scholarship obligations. Director Shane Broadway warned the Legislature’s lottery oversight …

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  • Whole Foods recalls croissants over undeclared egg 

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen. The recalled item is sold with a Whole Foods market scale label reading “mini butter croissants” in six-pack plastic …

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  • Wording of alcohol item rejected 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas attorney general’s office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would make alcohol sales legal in all 75 of the state’s counties. Thursday’s ruling by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said there were ambiguities in the text of …

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  • Man won’t face death penalty for setting girlfriend on fire 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t seek the death penalty against a North Little Rock man charged with setting his girlfriend on fire then dousing her with gasoline. Matthew Nichols is charged with capital murder in the May 2013 death of Jessie McFadden. …

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  • Voyeur doc held on $500K bond 

    PARAGOULD (AP) — A Paragould gynecologist and obstetrician charged with taking photographs of a nude female patient has been ordered held on $500,000 bond. Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington says Dr. Paul Becton made his initial appearance in Greene County District Court Thursday where bond was …

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  • Court upholds son’s conviction for beating mother to death

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a Dardanelle man sentenced to life in prison for the death of his mother. Tommy Bowden was convicted of first-degree murder for the January 2012 death of his mother, 71-year-old Julie Richardson. …

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  • Shoe company laying off 56 workers in Hot Springs 

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Citing competition in the industry, a Hot Springs shoe manufacturer has announced plans to lay off more than half of its workforce at its Lake Catherine Footwear facility, leaving 56 people out of work. Munro & Co. said Thursday that the …

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  • Confederate Heritage Day is Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK — The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday on the state capitol grounds in Little Rock. The ceremony is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans observance of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. The …

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