• ‘Sunshine’ Sonny Payne awarded his own day in honor of 17K broadcasts of King Buiscuit time

    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe proclaimed May 13 “Sunshine” Sonny Payne Day in Arkansas in honor of the award-winning radio announcer’s 17,000th broadcast of King Biscuit time. King Biscuit Time is the longest-running daily blues radio show in the nation and possibly the world. …

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  • Flash flood watch issued 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says a flash flood watch is in effect for much of Arkansas through Wednesday as a slow-moving storm system settles over the state. Forecasters say up to 4 inches of rain is possible in some areas that …

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  • New justice site opens in Faulkner Co.

    CONWAY (AP) — Court proceedings will take place in a new building in Faulkner County. Today is the scheduled “soft” opening for the Faulkner County Criminal Justice Building. County Judge Allen Dodson says the new building offers better safety measures, accessibility for people with disabilities …

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  • Historic Dyess Colony: Cash’s boyhood home to open

    DYESS — The introduction of the newest Arkansas Heritage Site is expected to bring more tourists to eastern Arkansas, according to a news release. Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash is set to open to the public Aug. 16. The restoration of both …

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  • Now is a berry good time for Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK — The strawberry crop in Arkansas is coming in full force, which should provide consumers with fresh, tasty berries for the next few weeks, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “It should be starting to hit …

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  • 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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