• Shoe company laying off 56 workers in Hot Springs 

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Citing competition in the industry, a Hot Springs shoe manufacturer has announced plans to lay off more than half of its workforce at its Lake Catherine Footwear facility, leaving 56 people out of work. Munro & Co. said Thursday that the …

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  • Confederate Heritage Day is Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK — The annual Confederate Heritage Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday on the state capitol grounds in Little Rock. The ceremony is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans observance of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. The …

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  • Financial tips for Financial Literacy Month

    Credit Counseling of Arkansas, a nonprofit organization, has released several financial tips in recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month. • Set some financial goals for yourself — short-term, mid-term and long-term. Goals are your motivation for doing a budget. • Track your spending for …

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  • Paragould gynecologist charged with video voyeurism 

    PARAGOULD (AP) — A Paragould gynecologist is being sought on felony charges after allegedly taking photographs of a nude female patient. Prosecutors on Monday charged 68-year-old Dr. Paul Becton with five counts of video voyeurism. An affidavit says the patient notified Paragould police that she …

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  • 6-carat diamond found at park 

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A man who moved to the Murfreesboro area because he enjoys hunting for precious stones at Crater of Diamonds State Park has found a 6.19-carat white diamond. David Anderson found the stone Wednesday and named it the “Limitless Diamond,” in honor of …

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  • Bull Shoals police chief now on leave after arrest 

    BULL SHOALS (AP) — The mayor of Bull Shoals says the town’s police chief has now been placed on administrative leave. Chief Dan Sutterfield was arrested earlier this month on federal charges of using excessive force and falsifying a report in a July 2013 arrest. …

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  • Man charged with stealing from church, school 

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Police in Van Buren have arrested a man for allegedly embezzling $94,000 from a church and a school where he handled the organizations’ finances. Van Buren police say 39-year-old John Richard Hays is charged with felony theft. Hays served as treasurer …

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  • Hearing set in challenge to gay marriage ban 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Advocates of ending Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County. More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge …

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  • Volunteers sought for kidney education study

    LITTLE ROCK — At Independence County Health Unit in Batesville and health department clinics in five other regions of the state, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Nephrology and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) are seeking qualified volunteers with chronic …

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  • Ouachita Co. has interim judge 

    CAMDEN (AP) — The Ouachita County Quorum Court has named an interim county judge after the county’s previous leader resigned. The court this week named Amy Varner-Olvey as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike Hesterly. Hesterly …

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  • Backhoe operator killed in wreck

    McGEHEE (AP) — Authorities say a backhoe operator was killed in southeast Arkansas when a truck crashed into him. Arkansas State Police say 29-year-old Brian Morgan of Lake Village died in the incident Sunday on U.S. 65 in McGehee. According to a preliminary report released …

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  • Bryant schools evacuated after threat found

    BRYANT (AP) — School and police officials in Bryant say no bomb was found and a juvenile is in custody after a student found writing on a bathroom stall at Bryant Middle School that read “I have a bomb.” The middle school and elementary school …

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