• Trial to start for man in Trumann officer’s death

    LITTLE ROCK — A man charged with fatally shooting an Arkansas police officer last year is expected to go on trial for capital murder this week. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Jerry Lard, who they say killed Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt in …

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  • Two Baxter Co. inmates treated after drinking bleach

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Two women locked up in the Baxter County Jail have been treated for injuries after drinking bleach. The sheriff’s department said Friday that 26-year-old Haley Marie Sullivan of Salesville and 23-year-old Brandy Mae Qualls of Lone Rock were returned to custody …

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  • UCA receives $100K donation

    CONWAY (AP) — A company has pledged $100,000 to create an endowed professorship in the Insurance and Risk Management program at the University of Central Arkansas. Officials say the contribution by AMC/Fairmont will go toward the Dr. John Bratton Endowed Professorship. AMC/Fairmont president Stephen L. …

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  • 71 percent of state in extreme drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Despite rainfall this week, the updated U.S. Drought Monitor map on Thursday showed that dry conditions are worsening across Arkansas. A portion of the state that includes Conway County and parts of surrounding counties is now classified as in exceptional drought, …

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  • Vet sees effects of recession in care

    PARAGOULD (AP) — During tough economic times, pet owners are often financially unable to care for their four-legged friends as well as they should. Dr. Emily White Carter of Paragould Animal Clinic said she had noticed a decrease in the number of visits during the …

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  • Woman uncovers Confederate soldier’s tale

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — The weathered marker gives the name and the dates: George N. Shankles, July 17, 1840, to May 22, 1914. The generic word “Father” describes one part of his identity. But George Shankles was so much more — a Confederate soldier, a prisoner …

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  • Dallas County historical marker ACWSC approved

    LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved an application for an Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker in Dallas County, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree has announced. The historical marker will be located at the Tulip Community Center and will discuss the Arkansas Military …

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  • State motorcycle microsite set

    A motorcycle microsite is now available on the Arkansas website at www.arkansas.com/outdoors/motorcycling/. There are brochures to print out about riding opportunities, links to motorcycling events, where to rent a bike for the day and information about finding Civil War sites and trails to explore. The …

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  • Police seek suspect in fatal Paragould stabbing

    PARAGOULD (AP) — Arkansas State Police say they have identified a suspect in a fatal stabbing at a home in Paragould where an 18-year-old woman was shot to death recently. Special Agent Scott Pillow told The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/vvccUu ) that a suspect is being …

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  • UCA employee resigns, reason unclear

    CONWAY (AP) — A University of Central Arkansas employee who — with the university’s former chief of staff — are the subject of an internal audit has resigned. Adam Henderson resigned Thursday in an email that gave no reason for the resignation. Henderson did not …

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  • 2 men in jail after pot found

    HOPE (AP) — Authorities in southwest Arkansas say they found 160 pounds of marijuana stashed in an unusual hiding spot: a barbecue smoker. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton says authorities discovered the drugs this week after a state trooper stopped two men in a pickup …

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  • Batesville educators make China trip

    The University of Central Arkansas’ Confucius Institute, along with East China Normal University, hosted eight Arkansas educators in a trip to China for a week in June to provide exchanges with educators in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Arkansas educators making the trip included Principal Brent Bogy …

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