• Mayor pleads no contest to FOIA violation

    JONESBORO (AP) — The mayor and three alderman of an eastern Arkansas town pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Craighead County Special Judge Orville Clift sentenced Bono Mayor Billy Stephens and Aldermen John Dodd, Leon Hamilton …

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  • Arkansas has 11th twister of year

    CARLISLE (AP) — Forecasters say storms that swept the state Sunday and Monday included at least one tornado, which touched down southwest of Carlisle in Lonoke County. A storm survey team couldn’t find damage, but photographs taken during the storm indicated it touched down in …

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  • Early voting for runoff begins

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters can head to the polls to cast their ballots early in the primary runoff for two congressional seats and a handful of state legislative races. Early voting began today, with the contests for the Democratic nomination in two congressional …

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  • Ark. man sentenced to 6 years

    SEARCY (AP) — A White County Circuit Court judge has sentenced a man to six years in prison on a manslaughter count in connection with an accident that killed a Heber Springs woman. According to The Daily Citizen Shelby Taylor apologized to Crystal Ward’s family …

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  • Weak tornado may have been spotted in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says a weak tornado or a landspout may have occurred when severe thunderstorms moved through Arkansas. According to warning coordinator John Robinson, the weather service was alerted to some photos taken on Monday that appeared to show …

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  • Man finds calling in constructing churches

    JONESBORO (AP) — Joe Taylor of Paragould has been building churches for more than 40 years and gives all the credit to a higher power. “It’s all part of the Lord’s work,” the 78-year-old said. “The Lord kind of called me into it.” Taylor, born …

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  • Group aims to attract filmmakers to Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK — Critics raved about an Arkansas native’s coming-of-age tale during last week’s Cannes Film Festival, but state and local economic development officials were paying just as much attention to the film’s closing credits. The festival last week marked the premiere of Jeff Nichols’ …

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  • Arkansas Correctional School Teacher of the Year awarded

    The Arkansas Correctional School awarded the Hurshell D. Qualls Teacher of the Year Award to John Carter of Bradford, academic instructor at the Grimes Unit in Newport. The presentation was made at the 39th Annual Arkansas Correctional School graduation ceremony on May 22 at Ouachita …

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  • Ex-trooper sentenced

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — A former Arkansas state trooper is to serve 56 years in prison after being convicted for the second time on child porn charges. A judge on Thursday accepted no contest pleas from 66-year-old Joseph Hutchens, who was charged as an habitual offender. …

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  • Lindbergh visit to Ark. recalled decades later

    JONESBORO (AP) — Did you know that Lucky Lindy landed near Weiner? Not too many folks know that Charles Lindbergh actually did land near the small Poinsett County town sometime in the early 1920s. He didn’t draw very much publicity, mostly because the aviator wasn’t …

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  • Judge OKs interview

    HARRISBURG (AP) — A judge granted permission to attorneys for a man charged with murdering a Trumann police officer last year to interview their client’s teenage children, despite the objections of prosecutors and a court-appointed special advocate, who said the children get upset at the …

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  • Ark. Forestry Commission prepped for wildfires

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says firefighters are on standby to try to douse wildfires before they can get out of control. The agency says 20 counties were under burn bans on Friday and that seven central Arkansas counties are at a …

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