• Norphlet-Smackover merger OK’d

    SMACKOVER (AP) — The State Board of Education has approved the voluntary annexation of the Norphlet School District into the Smackover School District. There was no opposition at a meeting Thursday in Little Rock. The consolidation came about because Norphlet’s enrollment is declining and nearing …

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  • Ark. foodways to be topic

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas History Commission will host “Everything Old is New Again: the Arkansas Foodways Movement,” a seminar featuring a lineup of expert Arkansas foodways speakers, on May 17. The seminar will be held at the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute on …

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  • State sees increases in 12th grade test scores

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas was one of two states that experienced significant increases in 12th grade reading and math test scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. National scores remained constant, officials have announced. Scores that were released May 7 show Arkansas’ reading score …

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  • Boating education course offered

    MOUNTAIN HOME — A boating education course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, located at 1600 S. College St. on the campus of Arkansas State University in Mountain Home. The Arkansas Game and …

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  • No easy fix for teacher shortage in Arkansas

    JONESBORO — Kristen Collins is often wished good luck when she tells people what she studied for her college degree. The 22-year-old Batesville native is about to graduate from Arkansas State University in May with a degree to teach high school physics. “Students see the …

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  • Health Department issues e-cigarette advisory 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Health Department is cautioning consumers to be aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which use vapor to deliver nicotine. The agency says the practice known as “vaping” exposes consumers to harmful chemicals. Health officials said Tuesday that e-cigarettes are …

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  • Obama to tour Arkansas’ tornado devastation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will tour communities in Arkansas that were hit hard recently by severe tornadoes, a visit that also has political implications for the state. In his first visit to the state as president, Obama planned to meet today with victims, …

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  • Motive remains mystery in fatal shootings

    JONESBORO (AP) — Investigators in Jonesboro may never determine why a man recently released from a mental health facility killed three people and wounded four others before fatally shooting himself, the town’s police chief said. Police accuse 40-year-old Porfirio Hernandez of shooting six people — …

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  • Allison to leave post as director of Arkansas’ Medicaid

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The director of Arkansas’ Medicaid office who led implementation of the private option is leaving his position. Andy Allison has been state Medicaid director since 2011. The Department of Human Services announced Friday that Allison would leave, as of June 1 …

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  • 3 killed, 4 injured in Jonesboro; police say gunman knew victims

    JONESBORO (AP) — A gunman who shot and killed three people and injured four more in northeast Arkansas was an acquaintance or friend of the victims, police said Sunday, but noted the motive still is unknown. Jonesboro Police Sgt. Doug Formon identified the shooter as …

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  • Couple who lost child share story, create retreat

    EL DORADO (AP) — She started having headaches — bad headaches — when she was only 16 years old — a sophomore in high school with dreams of a bright future. Eighteen months after Hannah Sullivan died, her grieving parents decided to do something to …

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  • 2 children hurt when 18-wheeler hits school bus

    TUCKERMAN — Two children were injured Thursday afternoon when a semi-truck rear-ended the school bus they were getting off of on Highway 67 South near Tuckerman. According to Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas, the semi-truck rear-ended the Jackson County School District school bus as it …

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