• Car crash claims 3

    COTTON PLANT (AP) — Authorities have identified the three men killed in a single-vehicle wreck in north-central Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Saturday on Arkansas 38 west of Cotton Plant. According to a preliminary report, a car driven by 24-year-old Clarence Harris …

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  • Pine Bluff officials worried about shared ZIP code

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Officials in a central Arkansas city say they’re worried the Census might be miscounting its residents because of a shared ZIP code. Pine Bluff shares a ZIP code with neighboring White Hall. Several Pine Bluff aldermen are concerned about 12,000 residents …

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  • Asian beetle found in SW Ark.

    HOPE (AP) — An Asian beetle that is blamed for killing millions of ash trees since it was found in the United States just more than a decade ago has been found in southwestern Arkansas. The emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, …

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  • Hutchinson improperly took tax credit on 2 homes

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson improperly took Arkansas’ homestead tax credit during four tax years before making a partial repayment shortly before he announced his campaign for governor, according to an official with the Pulaski County assessor’s office. Joe Thompson, the …

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  • Board seeks proposals for new prison

    ENGLAND, Ark. (AP) — The board overseeing Arkansas correctional facilities voted Friday to seek proposals from communities willing to host a new $100 million, 1,000-bed maximum-security prison. The Arkansas Board of Corrections agreed to accept requests for the next 90 days in hopes of firming …

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  • Child rapist gets 20 years

    MOUTNAIN HOME (AP) — A Baxter County judge has sentenced a 63-year-old Cotter man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. William Bardin was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty in June to repeatedly raping a girl under the age of …

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  • Teen arrested in murder

    STUTTGART (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of a 20-year-old man in eastern Arkansas. Police were called to an address around 5 p.m. Tuesday and found Ray Daniel Ruffin shot once in the chest. He was taken by ambulance to …

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  • Lockdown blamed on mistaken ID

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual. Officials said Thursday the 6,100-acre base was …

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  • Immigrant kids being placed with sponsors

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The federal government says well more than 100 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States. The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of …

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  • Newborn blood tests may be done faster

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health leaders are trying to reduce the time it takes to determine if babies have disorders that require immediate treatment. The state health board has approved changes to newborn blood-screening regulations. Those rules would require hospitals to send samples to …

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  • 1 accused of stealing farm equipment

    BENTON, La. (AP) — A 35-year-old Arkansas man is accused of stealing equipment worth $27,000 from a farm in Plain Dealing. Bossier Parish sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says Jamie Lynn Caswell, of Fouke, Arkansas, is being held in lieu of $45,000 bond. He says Caswell …

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  • 10 counties declared disasters

    LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties that suffered losses due to flash flooding, excessive rain, high winds, hail, and dangerous lightning beginning on June 29 and continuing. Qualifying farmers will …

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