• Teen who shot sister gets 45 years

    RUSSELLVILLE — An Arkansas teen pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his sleeping sister and was sentenced to 45 years in prison for a crime he still hasn’t fully explained. Colton Harvey, 15, grabbed his father’s .22-caliber rifle one January morning while his parents were out …

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  • UCA building remains closed after evacuation

    CONWAY (AP) — A building at the University of Central Arkansas remains closed after being evacuated and 11 people were treated at a local hospital. Five students, five UCA police officers and a paramedic were treated for nausea Thursday after Burdick Hall was evacuated when …

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  • Highway department distributing new maps

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is offering the 2012 Arkansas State Highway Map free to residents. Officials say the maps will be available at any of the highway department’s district headquarters around the state and at all Arkansas Welcome …

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  • Small earthquake recorded in northwestern Arkansas

    DIAMOND CITY (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a small earthquake near Diamond City in northwestern Arkansas. The Survey reports the 2.3 preliminary magnitude quake was recorded just before 9 p.m. Thursday five miles northeast of Diamond City. No injuries were reported — …

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  • Biker’s Sunday to be held in Oxford

    OXFORD — Oxford Baptist Church will host the 15th Annual Biker’s Sunday on June 10. Bikers will leave Salem City Park at 10:30 a.m. Warner Allen will bring a message from God’s word. A meal will follow. The event is open to the public. For …

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  • Brockwell Music School to open for 65th year

    The 65th Annual Brockwell Gospel Music School will open at 2 p.m. Sunday with the regular Sunday afternoon singing and continue through June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Old-fashioned four-part, shape note harmonies and song writing are taught. General music classes …

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  • Arkansas foundation recruits youth for free fencing program

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — The boys meet in the middle of the 50-foot strip, weapons drawn. They hold their swords in gloved hands, waiting for the coach’s “Ready? Fence.” Nine-year-old Joshua Smith advances toward his brother, lunging forward to score a hit. Emanual, 11, returns the …

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  • Veteran treasures letter from child

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Young Americans who write letters to U.S. troops at work on foreign fronts may do so with little doubt that simple prose from the heart can warm hearts a world away now and in years to come. One letter discovered recently …

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  • Deputy in Ark. veterans department fired over fees

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The new director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs fired her deputy Friday after discovering that he knowingly violated federal law by allowing the collection of more than $580,000 in illegal fees from disabled veterans at the Little Rock Veterans …

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  • Ark. teen pleads guilty in sister’s shooting death

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — A 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting his older sister as she slept at their family’s rural Arkansas home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. A judge today sentenced Colton Harvey to 45 years in prison. He was charged as an adult in …

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  • Brewery granted access to Hot Springs bathhouse

    HOT SPRINGS— The National Park Service has granted limited access for a microbrewery to operate in the Superior Bathhouse. The Park Service announced in March that it’s negotiating a long-term lease with Vapor Valley Spirits. Hot Springs National Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez says the company …

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  • Man found not guilty in air-base incident

    FORT SMITH  — A federal judge says a man who crashed his dump truck through a gate and onto the runway of the Fort Smith airport is not guilty by reason of insanity. Darl Wilson was charged with malicious destruction of government property. Prosecutors accused …

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