• 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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  • Crews working to restore power

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — About 15,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity this morning after strong storms hit the state. Entergy Arkansas reports outages statewide with Lonoke County having the highest number, at nearly 3,000 as of 6 a.m. today. Wednesday’s storms brought powerful winds …

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  • Man turns himself in

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Police say a man called officers to turn himself in after a woman’s body was found in a western Arkansas home. Douglas True, 21, called Fort Smith police to turn himself in on Sunday. When police arrived, they found the body …

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  • Online archive set up

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas History Commission has announced the relaunch of its online digital archive through the Online Computer Library Center’s program, Content DM. Content DM is used by archives and libraries across the country to share digitized archival material online. The Arkansas History …

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  • 2 girls kidnapped, bound

    LINCOLN (AP) — Police have arrested a western Arkansas man charged with kidnapping two girls and binding them with duct tape. The Lincoln Police Department charged 22-year-old Damian Kelley with kidnapping, second-degree battery and third-degree battery on Tuesday. Police say Kelley pulled a 15-year-old girl …

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  • Secretary of state defends extending ballot deadline

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas election officials on Tuesday defended the July 7 deadline they used for ballot measure petitions, saying it’s a longtime practice to push back the date for submitting signatures if it falls on a holiday. A spokeswoman for Secretary of State …

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  • Grandson shot during argument in Garland County

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Garland County police say a man was shot by his grandfather this week after an argument inside a home. The Garland County Sheriff’s Department says the 26-year-old grandson was airlifted to a hospital after he was shot once in his abdomen …

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  • Man reunited with missing class ring

    CONWAY (AP) — An Arkansas couple has reunited a man with his high school class ring that had been missing for more than 40 years. Brooks Smith inherited a stranger’s 1967 class ring after his father died. Smith says his father had unsuccessfully tried to …

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  • AG rejects medical pot wording

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016. McDaniel’s office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by …

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  • Group seeks to block alcohol measure

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas asked state election officials Monday to block the measure from the November ballot, claiming its petitions weren’t submitted by the right deadline. An attorney for the group, Let Local Communities …

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