• City, county awarded $62,100

    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe announced Tuesday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $1,649,505 in grants for projects in 35 Arkansas counties including Independence. Independence County has received a $52,600 County Courthouse Restoration Grant …

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  • Ark. soldier dies in Afghanistan

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — The family of a Pine Bluff Army soldier says he has died in Afghanistan. Relatives say Sgt. Michael Strachota died this past weekend in an accident in Kandahar, but Rep. Mike Ross told KATV the government hasn’t released an official cause …

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  • Budget woes continue in Hoxie

    HOXIE (AP) — Mayor Lanny Tinker made national news in 2011 when he donated $5,000 of his salary back to the city to help with clean-up efforts. Earlier this spring he went a step further, cutting the mayor’s pay by $2,500 a year, and city …

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  • Bond set at $100K for clown accused of child porn

    FORT SMITH — A judge has set a $100,000 bond for a professional clown in Fort Smith who is accused of having child pornography on his home computer. Circuit Judge James O. Cox ordered 47-year-old Thomas Harold Morgan on Wednesday to have no contact with …

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  • 2 people enter pleas in drug probe

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two people accused of being in a massive drug ring in eastern Arkansas have pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in federal court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced Wednesday that Curtis Sharkey pleaded guilty to a …

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  • Arkansas says it has a plan for health care law

    LITTLE ROCK — (AP) Arkansas is well-positioned to implement the federal health care overhaul if it’s upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and would be able to regulate a health exchange set up by the federal government, state Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford said Tuesday. If …

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  • Northwest Arkansas actor making it in New York

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — By any aspiring actor’s standards, Esther Stilwell is “making it” in New York. Stilwell, a 1999 graduate of Fayetteville High School, portrayed Grizabella in the 25th anniversary tour of “Cats” and the Lady of the Lake in the national tour of “Spamalot” …

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  • Site will allow people to track Ark. spending

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials on Wednesday showed off a new government website that will allow people to track by all state agencies, except higher education institutions. People will be able to look up salaries of a number of state employees on Sunday when the …

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  • Man dies after working in high heat

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A coroner says a 39-year-old man died from heat stroke after working in the extreme heat this weekend at the University of Arkansas. Washington County Coroner Roger Morris says the man had an internal temperature of 109 degrees when he was taken …

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  • Arkansas State-Searcy welders become metal artists

    SEARCY (AP) — Fire and metal may not sound like traditional ways to create art, but two women in the welding program at the Arkansas State University campus in Searcy can make these elements into masterpieces. Carolyn Hendrix of Cabot and Amanda Wyman of Pangburn …

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  • Sheriff awaits ID of body

    OZARK (AP) — Authorities in Franklin County are awaiting autopsy and DNA results to identify the person whose body was found in a burning car over the weekend. Sheriff Anthony Boen says they have an idea of who the person may be but they’re awaiting …

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  • Inmate shoots, wounds self

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Crittenden County jail authorities say an inmate shot and wounded himself in the knee with a pistol smuggled into the jail. Chief Deputy Mike Callender told WMC-TV that Robert Turner Jr. was not seriously injured and was back in his cell …

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