• Jury pool selected for murder trial

    WYNNE (AP) — Jury selection got under way Monday in the trial of a man accused of beating an elderly woman to death with a brass cross inside a northeast Arkansas church. Rene Bourassa Jr. is charged with capital murder in the June 2010 death …

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  • AG says FOI law covers videotaping meetings

    LITTLE ROCK — The Calico Rock City Council does not have the right to ban video recordings of its public meetings, according to an opinion from the state attorney general. Arkansas Assistant Attorney General Ryan Owsley issued an opinion Monday reaffirming previous ones from 1983 …

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  • Two sex offenders arrested

    Earl Day Bryan Morgan WALNUT RIDGE — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office arrested two registered sex offenders last week for failure to register, said Sheriff Jody Dotson. Deputies “ran the list” of offenders to make sure all were compliant, he said. “Two were not.” “Deputies …

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  • Concord nets community grant

    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services Director Butch Calhoun presented $174,427.96 to 17 rural communities selected for Fiscal Year 2012 Cycle 2 funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program at an awards ceremony on March 12, 2012 held at …

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  • 1 hurt in Arkansas storms

    CROSSETT (AP) — The National Weather Service in Little Rock says one person was injured when severe storms made their way through the state on Monday. Meteorologist John Robinson says the weather service received a report that a tree fell into a mobile home, injuring …

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  • Mtn. Home plastic surgeon joins ASAPS society

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Dr. Adam Newman of Newman, M.D., Plastic Surgery in Mountain Home has become a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Membership in ASAPS is by invitation only, and the requirements are designed to limit membership to formally trained and …

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  • State surgeon general arrested after incident

    LITTLE ROCK  — Arkansas’ surgeon general faces three misdemeanor charges from a weekend disturbance in which he challenged a private security guard and then was combative with officers, Little Rock police said Monday. A police report says Joseph Thompson, 49, confronted a guard employed by …

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  • Man accused of abducting daughter surrenders

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man suspected of abducting his 18-month-old daughter after allegedly beating and stabbing her mother walked into an attorney’s office with his daughter and surrendered late Monday, authorities said. Ralph Waldo Morrison III turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service …

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  • Sesquicentennial events announced

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several events for April 2012, including festivals, re-enactments, conferences, exhibits and lectures. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events. …

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  • Pageant deadline approaching

    CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock High School Project Graduation 2012 Committee will host the Arkansas “Natural State” and Arkansas “Diamond State” pageant on April 14 at the Calico Rock School auditorium on the elementary campus. All proceeds from the pageant will benefit CRHS Project …

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  • Deputy rescues men from water at park

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy has rescued two men who were thrown from their boat at a park in Pine Bluff. Maj. Lafayette Woods said that off-duty Deputy Tommy Holcomb Jr. was out fishing on Saturday when he heard a loud …

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  • Corps increases releases from White River lakes

    LITTLE ROCK — The Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District has increased releases from its White River basin lakes to lower lake levels after the heavy rains in March. Now that the rivers downstream have begun receding, water is being released in a controlled …

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