• Ark. Medicaid opponents hit pause on fight

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Ending a budget standoff reminiscent of the fight that shuttered the federal government last year, Arkansas lawmakers have spared the state’s first-in-the nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor. But opponents said they’re merely hitting …

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  • Candidate legally changes name to ‘Colonel’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A retired Army colonel running for Congress in Arkansas has found a simple way around a state law that prohibits him from displaying the designation as a candidate. He legally changed his name to Colonel, and now Conrad Reynolds, one of …

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  • Candidates file for office in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Monday marked the end of the one-week filing period for state and federal office in Arkansas. Here are candidates who filed for statewide and congressional office by Monday’s deadline. Candidates with an (i) next to their names are incumbents: U.S. SENATE …

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  • Early voting begins on Stuttgart hospital funding

    STUTTGART (AP) — Early voting is under way on a sales tax increase that would support Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart. If approved, the 1 percent tax increase would generate about $2.4 million annually for the Stuttgart hospital. Early voting began today at the Arkansas County …

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  • Shoffner trial delayed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner on 14 federal extortion and bribery charges has been delayed because potential jurors cannot travel to the courthouse safely. Jury selection was to begin this morning. The jury pool includes residents from throughout …

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  • Filing season ends today

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Would-be poltical candidates from Arkansas’ political parties had until noon today to declare they’re running for office. Candidates in non-partisan races had until 3 p.m. to make their intentions known. All seven of Arkansas’ constitutional offices will be on the ballot …

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  • Randolph County OKs bonds for poultry plant

    POCAHONTAS — Officials in Randolph County have signed an agreement with Peco Foods Inc. allowing up to $135 million in revenue bonds for a new poultry plant in northeast Arkansas. Randolph County Judge David Jansen signed the agreement at a public meeting Thursday. Peco Foods …

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  • Parole board denies request

    LITTLE ROCK — A man with convictions in Independence and White counties has been turned down by the state parole board. The Arkansas Parole Board met Tuesday and found the request of Johnny W. Russell for parole to be without merit. Russell has been convicted …

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  • ‘Presidential Pets’ exhibit displayed at Clinton Center

    LITTLE ROCK — The William J. Clinton Presidential Center’s newest temporary display, “Presidential Pets,” is dedicated to the rabbits, raccoons, bull dogs and bears (to name a few) that have all made the White House their home. A whimsical way to explore presidential history, the …

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  • Little Miss Central Arkansas pageant scheduled

    BENTON — The Little Miss Central Arkansas Pageant will be held Saturday at the Senior Adult Community Center in Benton. This is an official preliminary to the Little Miss Arkansas Pageant. The pageant is open to any Arkansas girl from birth through 17 years. The …

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  • ASU will open photography exhibit of Japanese-American relocation camp

    JONESBORO — As World War II was nearing an end in 1945, Japanese-American internees at Arkansas’ Rohwer relocation camp held an art exhibit featuring the work of camp residents. A photographer was invited to the event and approximately 200 black-and-white photographs were taken of camp …

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  • 29 accused of cockfighting

    KELSO (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says officers have discovered a suspected cockfighting operation in Desha County. The commission says 29 people were arrested Sunday in a rural area of Desha County near Kelso. The commission said in a statement today that …

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