• 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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  • Twister matches ’08 storm rating

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — National Weather Service officials said Wednesday that a weekend tornado that killed 15 people as it ripped through Little Rock’s suburbs was just shy of being rated Arkansas’ first top-of-the-scale storm in 85 years. A survey team said that, based …

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  • Audubon spring convention slated for Friday, Saturday

    JONESBORO — The 2014 Arkansas Audubon Society spring convention will be Friday through Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn at Jonesboro. The convention will feature birding field trips, biology student presentations and keynote speakers covering the characteristics of the black-capped vireo and cerulean warbler as …

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  • 2 arrested on looting charges in Vilonia 

    VILONIA (AP) — Vilonia police say two men have been arrested on suspicion of looting in a neighborhood hit hard by Sunday’s tornado. Vilonia Police Chief Brad McNew says the two men were caught stealing copper wire and compressors from air conditioners in the town’s …

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  • ASU sets concert

    JONESBORO — Two groups in the music department at Arkansas State University, the Concert Band and the Symphonic Winds, will present their Spring Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall. Conductors for the evening are Jon Stevenson, Micah Glover, Timothy Oliver, Tyler …

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