• Governor declares disaster

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a disaster in 22 counties after last week’s wintry weather. The governor on Friday issued a disaster declaration for Baxter, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, …

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  • No injuries reported in Salem building collapse

    SALEM (AP) — Authorities say a north Arkansas civic center has collapsed because of the heavy weight of ice and snow. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office says the civic center in Salem collapsed Thursday. The area received heavy snow in last week’s wintry weather and …

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  • Hearing set in LR for scientist

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A detention hearing is set in Little Rock for a Chinese scientist accused of trying to steal seed samples from a company’s research facility in Kansas. Wengui Yan, who lives in Stuttgart, had a hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. today. On …

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  • Tired of turkey and ham? Try lamb as holiday centerpiece

    PINE BLUFF — With Christmas so soon after Thanks-giving, many Americans are looking for a different centerpiece for their holiday meal. Consider lamb, suggests Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “Lamb has long been a …

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  • Friday the 13th: Superstitions, fears, phobias

    LITTLE ROCK — Avoiding black cats, broken mirrors and the undersides of ladders are all a part of the pop culture trappings of Friday the 13th, but what happens when fears and superstitions become phobias? Fears are natural and help us avoid danger, said Wally …

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  • Man who stabbed 6-year-old girl to serve life in prison

    CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A man is to serve life in prison for the stabbing death of a 6-year-old girl in Johnson County. Jurors on Thursday convicted 22-year-old Kou Her of first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping and a number of other charges related to the May 16 …

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  • Mulberry woman convicted in rest stop slaying

    VAN BUREN (AP) — A jury found a woman guilty of second-degree murder for the slaying last year of a state highway worker at a highway rest area. Jurors on Thursday found 59-year-old Patricia Hajek-McClure of Mulberry guilty of killing 54-year-old Sharon Sue Richards, who …

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  • Powhatan Historic State Park to host Victorian Holiday Ball

    POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will have its annual Victorian Holiday Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event will include history, music and dancing, and participants will experience the vibrant Victorian social life. Dance instruction will be provided, and 19th-century costume is …

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  • Floral woman to get pardon from Gov. Beebe

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has announced his intent to grant seven pardons. Beebe’s office said Tuesday that each of the seven have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. Among them are: • Sarah …

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  • Ark. still socked in by wintry storm

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Tuesday’s sun helped melt some of the ice that has kept schools and businesses in northern Arkansas closed for days. But conditions were still bad enough that number of school districts, including Fayetteville and Rogers, announced they’ll be closed again today. …

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  • Book signing set for Gaston photography

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Arkansas State University at Mountain Home will host a book signing for a new photography book titled “An Ozark Perspective” by Jim Gaston from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus. Gaston, an avid …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Giving thanks … for some wonderful recipes At this time of the year, I always find myself looking back fondly about the “good ole days.” Sitting around campfires, or maybe relaxing in the cool breeze of a special summer evening. And who doesn’t remember going …

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