• 6-carat diamond found at park 

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A man who moved to the Murfreesboro area because he enjoys hunting for precious stones at Crater of Diamonds State Park has found a 6.19-carat white diamond. David Anderson found the stone Wednesday and named it the “Limitless Diamond,” in honor of …

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  • Bull Shoals police chief now on leave after arrest 

    BULL SHOALS (AP) — The mayor of Bull Shoals says the town’s police chief has now been placed on administrative leave. Chief Dan Sutterfield was arrested earlier this month on federal charges of using excessive force and falsifying a report in a July 2013 arrest. …

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  • Man charged with stealing from church, school 

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Police in Van Buren have arrested a man for allegedly embezzling $94,000 from a church and a school where he handled the organizations’ finances. Van Buren police say 39-year-old John Richard Hays is charged with felony theft. Hays served as treasurer …

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  • Hearing set in challenge to gay marriage ban 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Advocates of ending Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County. More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge …

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  • Volunteers sought for kidney education study

    LITTLE ROCK — At Independence County Health Unit in Batesville and health department clinics in five other regions of the state, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Nephrology and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) are seeking qualified volunteers with chronic …

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  • Ouachita Co. has interim judge 

    CAMDEN (AP) — The Ouachita County Quorum Court has named an interim county judge after the county’s previous leader resigned. The court this week named Amy Varner-Olvey as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike Hesterly. Hesterly …

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  • Backhoe operator killed in wreck

    McGEHEE (AP) — Authorities say a backhoe operator was killed in southeast Arkansas when a truck crashed into him. Arkansas State Police say 29-year-old Brian Morgan of Lake Village died in the incident Sunday on U.S. 65 in McGehee. According to a preliminary report released …

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  • Bryant schools evacuated after threat found

    BRYANT (AP) — School and police officials in Bryant say no bomb was found and a juvenile is in custody after a student found writing on a bathroom stall at Bryant Middle School that read “I have a bomb.” The middle school and elementary school …

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  • Highway construction to begin

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officially began a highway construction program with a proclamation ceremony today in Little Rock. The ceremony was to mark the first of 31 highway projects to be constructed under …

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  • Judge lets conviction stand

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas’ former treasurer, saying prosecutors proved she illegally influenced interstate commerce and rejecting her argument that the case against her should have been heard by state authorities. Lawyers for Martha Shoffner had …

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  • Former IndCo man shot, killed in Ala.

    McCALLA, Ala. — A former Independence County man was shot and killed by his boyfriend’s mother, according to authorities in Alabama. The shooting happened early Monday evening at Love’s Truck Stop in McCalla. Jamie R. Johnson, 36, was pronounced dead at UAB Medical West hospital. …

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  • Panel critical of lottery monitor games

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas lottery is trying to find ways to boost sales so the state can award more college scholarships, but a legislative panel showed little affection Tuesday for the methods that could be employed. The Legislative Lottery Oversight Committee approved a …

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