• Fort Smith enacts new sign ban

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The city of Fort Smith will soon begin enforcing a ban on signs in public rights of way. The Fort Smith Boards of Directors approved the measure in early August. It will go into effect on Thursday. The measure includes exemptions …

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  • Report says juveniles institutionalized too long

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An independent, nonprofit organization in Arkansas is looking into whether youth sent to the state’s juvenile facilities are staying months or even years past their initial release dates. The Disability Rights Center of Arkansas was prompted to look into the issue …

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  • Some want Albert Pike site open for overnight use

    ARKADELPHIA (AP) — A rally is planned for this weekend in support of reopening the Albert Pike campground for overnight use. Overnight camping has been prohibited at the south Arkansas campground since 2010, when 20 people died in a powerful flash flood after the Little …

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  • Special prosecutor appointed in transient slaying

    VAN BUREN (AP) — A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case of a man convicted of killing a woman at a Crawford County transient camp in 2001. Fort Smith attorney Ron Fields was appointed during a Wednesday hearing. The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered …

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  • State gets $100K for water quality 

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has received a $100,000 grant for water quality management planning. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant will be used to conduct analysis of chemical samples of rivers, streams and lakes in Arkansas. Water quality …

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  • AGS to host Ingle

    BENTON — The Arkansas Genealogical Society will host Cyndi Ingle, owner and webmaster of Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet (www.CyndisList.com/) Sept. 20 at the Benton Event Center, located at 17322 Interstate 30 North in Benton. Registration is open to the public. A …

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  • $30,000 in sculptures stolen from LR park

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park. The city’s Parks and Recreation director says he believes the statues were taken Thursday night. They’re made of bronze with copper detail and were sawed off at …

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  • Whirlpool says Ark. site is safe

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Whirlpool spokesman says a toxic chemical found in the groundwater of a Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club does not pose a health risk. Spokesman Jeff Noel announced the results of the company’s summer testing on Thursday. The chemical is …

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  • Judge denies GOP lawsuit for records

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by Arkansas Republicans to force Gov. Mike Beebe to disclose documents they say are public. A Pulaski County circuit judge on Thursday threw out the GOP Freedom of Information lawsuit. The judge agreed with the …

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  • Animal abuser gets prison term

    GREENWOOD (AP) — A Greenwood man has been sentenced to six years in prison for animal abuse after authorities found emaciated dogs at his former home. Randy Snyder, 38, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated cruelty to a dog. Authorities say three starving dogs were …

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  • Veterans’ Hall of Fame accepting nominations for induction

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame will have its 4th annual induction ceremony on Nov. 1 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. Tickets to the event may be purchased by calling (888) 329-3845. The organization’s selection board will choose this …

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  • Baxter County officials say dangerous animal found

    BUFORD (AP) — Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says a canine/wolf hybrid that disappeared from its pen in the Buford area has returned to its home. Montgomery said Tuesday that a deputy has confirmed that the animal is back in its pen at the owner’s …

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