• CASA receives grants

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Court Appointed Special Advocates organization is the recipient of two National CASA grant renewals totaling $70,000 to help serve children in rural counties of northeast Arkansas and older children statewide who have been taken into the foster care system. The …

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  • Open primary bill still a no-go

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas attorney general’s office has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot item that would allow top vote getters in primary elections, regardless of party affiliation, to advance to the general election. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office wrote Wednesday that …

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  • District farm family named

    LITTLE ROCK — District winners for the 68th Annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program have been selected, and among them are Roy and Suzanne Runsick of Melbourne in the North Central District. The Runsicks farm cattle and have forage on 150 acres. They …

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  • Ark. lawmakers eye teacher insurance fixes

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas House and Senate leaders began counting votes Tuesday on a pair of bills aimed to reducing premium hikes set to hit thousands of teachers and public school employees this fall, as they tried to gauge whether there’s support to address the …

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  • Police investigate slaying

    CONWAY (AP) — Police in Conway are investigating the slaying of a man whose wife found him bleeding outside their home. Authorities identified the victim as 42-year-old Francesco Trujillo, who was discovered early Tuesday. Trujillo’s wife told investigators her husband was outside with family members …

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  • Volunteers still needed for Arkansas tornado help

    VILONIA (AP) — Relief groups in Faulkner County are asking for more volunteers to help clean up the area, six weeks after an E4 tornado devastated the cities of Vilonia and Mayflower and killed 15 people throughout the state. “All our people are worn out. …

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  • Woman killed, 3 kids hurt in Arkansas wreck

    HAMPTON (AP) — Authorities say a Louisiana woman was killed and three children were injured in a single-vehicle wreck in south Arkansas. According to Arkansas State Police, the crash happened Monday afternoon on U.S. 167 in Calhoun County. A preliminary report says Freda Moore of …

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  • Tiny Arkansas town to dedicate park for Angelou

    STAMPS (AP) — Stamps has approved a plan to dedicate its only park in honor of the small Arkansas town’s most famous former resident, the late poet Maya Angelou. The Stamps City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to dedicate the park for Angelou who died …

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  • Craft Fest to be held 

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Craft Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Education Building at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. The building is air conditioned and handicap accessible. More than 70 booths will …

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  • Paragould teacher finds old scrapbooks in closet

    PARAGOULD (AP) — In late May, School of the 21st Century teacher Sara Nelson-Bassett unearthed a time capsule while cleaning out her classroom’s closet. She discovered five scrapbooks tucked deep inside the closet, apparently unseen by anyone for years. The books range in age from …

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  • Shooting range opened in Newton Co.

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests has opened a new shooting range near the small Newton County community of Deer. Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape says having the range allows his deputies to maintain their law enforcement standards without having to drive long …

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  • 2 jailed for defacing police memorial

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Authorities say two women have been arrested for vandalizing the new Fallen Officers Memorial in West Memphis. According to police, the women allegedly etched words into the memorial while their children threw rocks at the wall. One of the women reportedly …

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