• Agri official retiring

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun’s retirement becomes effective Dec. 31. In a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe, Calhoun says that it has been “an honor and privilege” to serve in the …

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  • Conway hosts state gospel singing convention

    CONWAY — The 102nd Annual Arkansas State Gospel Singing Convention will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Bowry Baptist Church, located at 889 Otto Road in Conway. Lunch will be served at noon Saturday. For more information call Mackenzie Clark, …

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  • Powhatan state park to hold Ghost Walk

    POWHATAN — A Ghost Walk will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Powhatan. Guests can tour each of the town’s five historic buildings, hearing ghost stories at each site. Some of the stories are adapted from traditional folk tales, but others may …

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  • Rutledge: Kids’ smartphones ‘are the devil’

    CONWAY (AP) — The Republican candidate for attorney general said Wednesday she would use the office to keep children safe online, telling voters that smartphones in the hands of young people “are the devil.” When asked during the debate at the Arkansas Educational Television Network …

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  • Arkansas court rules unanimously against voter ID

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — In a unanimous ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court found that the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional. The high court said Wednesday that Arkansas’ Constitution lists four requirements to vote: that a person be a citizen of the United States and …

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  • Man dies while detained by Union County deputies

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 36-year-old man died while he was being detained by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says the incident happened late Tuesday as deputies were responding to a disturbance call. Deputies encountered Eric Smith of …

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  • Springdale man sentenced in child porn case

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — A 45-year-old Springdale man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison without the possibility of parole for receiving child pornography images. Federal prosecutors said Michael Pankey was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 10 years of supervised release. …

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  • GOP claims Steel improperly holds 2 offices

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Republican Party said in a lawsuit Tuesday that the Democratic candidate for attorney general is improperly holding two government offices. State Rep. Nate Steel’s campaign said he provides legal services to the city of Nashville under a contract but …

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  • AG wants wage issue left on ballot

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a measure to gradually increase Arkansas’ minimum wage to $8.50 should stay on the ballot. McDaniel filed a friend-of-the-court brief Tuesday in a lawsuit that seeks to remove the proposal from next month’s ballot. The …

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  • Craighead fair groups seeks bankruptcy

    JONESBORO (AP) — A northeast Arkansas county fair association will pay all of its creditors and seek bankruptcy protection, according to fair board president Michael Cureton. The Craighead County Fair Association, which operates the annual Northeast Arkansas District Fair, has a nearly $10 million debt …

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  • Telephone scam noted

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery is warning of a telephone scam that targets customers of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. Montgomery said Monday that a caller from the 915 area code is contacting NAEC customers and telling them their account is past …

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  • ‘In the Dark’ exhibit on display

    LITTLE ROCK — A new exhibit at the Museum of Discovery explores what lives “In the Dark.” The museum will reveal what thrives in caves, beneath the soil, under the sea, in the shadows of night and within other dark environments in the special exhibition …

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