• Beset by money woes, Crittenden hospital to close

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — The Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis stopped admitting patients Monday and will shut down permanently on Sept. 7, despite the recent passage of a sales tax increase intended to help the financially struggling facility. The hospital announced the closure in …

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  • Salvation Army offers Little Rock cooling center

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock’s Salvation Army opened its cooling center for the first time this summer to provide the city’s homeless population with an outlet to escape extreme heat. The center opened Monday following a weekend heat advisory by the National Weather Service. …

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  • Teens found with stolen car, gun

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University police say they found six teenagers with a stolen vehicle and gun in a campus parking garage. Police say the teens were stopped in a stolen Kia Optima on Saturday. The officer says a bullet, a spent casing, knives …

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  • Jonesboro police chief gets 30-day suspension

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates was suspended Friday for 30 days without pay for derogatory comments he made on Facebook about The Jonesboro Sun and a former reporter who covered his agency. In announcing the suspension, Mayor Harold Perrin said Yates would …

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  • Two-headed turtle born

    AMAGON (AP) — A two-headed snapping turtle has been born in northeast Arkansas. The baby turtle was discovered last week at the NEA Turtle Farm in Amagon. An employee says the uncommon snapper was discovered among a group of 30,000 that will be shipped to …

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  • Scrutiny ongoing at Arkansas lockup for juveniles

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials with the Arkansas Division of Youth Services and a nonprofit disability rights group say they will work together to investigate allegations that staff members at the state’s largest juvenile lockup rewarded youths with candy bars for punching, slapping or bothering …

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  • State parks host Legacy Week

    Davidsonville Historic State Park POCAHONTAS — Davidsonville Historic State Park will celebrate its Legacy Week Wednesday through Sept. 1 in commemoration of its having been a state park for more than 50 years. Activities will include town site tours and park-related programs. Homemade ice cream …

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  • Inmate wins suit against guards

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas inmate won his lawsuit against two of four state Department of Correction officers whom he accused of deliberately provoking him into attacking one of them so that they could beat him. Keith Moore, 26, is serving a 20-year sentence …

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  • AG rejects marijuana plan over proposed wording

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the proposed wording for a prospective ballot item that would let voters decide whether to legalize marijuana in the state. McDaniel’s office on Thursday said the name and ballot title on the proposal sponsored …

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  • Felon recommended for pardon by Arkansas Parole Board

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended a man convicted in Independence County for a pardon, according to a news release. Jeremy W. Matthews was convicted of breaking or entering and theft of property, and again breaking or entering and theft of property, …

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  • Fort Smith to begin adding fluoride to water

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Fort Smith officials have announced the city will use a $1.8 million grant to add fluoride to its water system. City officials authorized the execution of a fluoride grant agreement between Fort Smith and the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. The …

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  • ASU delays opening of planned campus in Mexico

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University is delaying the target opening date of its new campus in Mexico until 2016. The campus in Queretaro was initially scheduled to open in fall 2015, but university officials say they will push that back by one year. Arkansas …

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