• Ouachita Co. has interim judge 

    CAMDEN (AP) — The Ouachita County Quorum Court has named an interim county judge after the county’s previous leader resigned. The court this week named Amy Varner-Olvey as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike Hesterly. Hesterly …

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  • Backhoe operator killed in wreck

    McGEHEE (AP) — Authorities say a backhoe operator was killed in southeast Arkansas when a truck crashed into him. Arkansas State Police say 29-year-old Brian Morgan of Lake Village died in the incident Sunday on U.S. 65 in McGehee. According to a preliminary report released …

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  • Bryant schools evacuated after threat found

    BRYANT (AP) — School and police officials in Bryant say no bomb was found and a juvenile is in custody after a student found writing on a bathroom stall at Bryant Middle School that read “I have a bomb.” The middle school and elementary school …

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  • Highway construction to begin

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officially began a highway construction program with a proclamation ceremony today in Little Rock. The ceremony was to mark the first of 31 highway projects to be constructed under …

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  • Judge lets conviction stand

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas’ former treasurer, saying prosecutors proved she illegally influenced interstate commerce and rejecting her argument that the case against her should have been heard by state authorities. Lawyers for Martha Shoffner had …

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  • Former IndCo man shot, killed in Ala.

    McCALLA, Ala. — A former Independence County man was shot and killed by his boyfriend’s mother, according to authorities in Alabama. The shooting happened early Monday evening at Love’s Truck Stop in McCalla. Jamie R. Johnson, 36, was pronounced dead at UAB Medical West hospital. …

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  • Panel critical of lottery monitor games

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas lottery is trying to find ways to boost sales so the state can award more college scholarships, but a legislative panel showed little affection Tuesday for the methods that could be employed. The Legislative Lottery Oversight Committee approved a …

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  • National Guard to open new center at Fort Chaffee

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the Arkansas National Guard’s new training facility at Fort Chaffee. The $26 million Combined Arms Collective Training Facility will allow the military and law enforcement the opportunity to train in real-life situations. The new training …

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  • Pecan producers can sharpen their skills at April 24 workshop

    ATKINS — Producers can sharpen their skills at the April 24 Pecan Growing and Grafting Workshop: Years 1-5. The workshop, which runs 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. will be held at the Point Remove Wetlands Reclamation and Irrigation District Office at 65 McLaren Loop in Atkins. Lunch …

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  • Zip lines across the state provide riders rush of adrenaline

    HOT SPRINGS — A new aerial attraction has opened at Catherine’s Landing near Hot Springs. A set of zip lines called Adventureworks Hot Springs opened its 12 lines in mid-March. The activity involves soaring through the air by a cable suspended above an incline, to …

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  • Medevac unit practices rescues on mountain

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An LUH-72 Lakota Black Hawk helicopter swooped down on the west summit of Pinnacle Mountain on a recent Saturday morning, eventually hovering over the north side. The wind from the rotors blew leaves off the bushes, and the two dozen or …

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  • Police officer fired after arrest

    GUY (AP) — The Guy Police Department has fired a part-time police officer after he was arrested last week on suspicion of Internet stalking of a child. Chief Dave Martini says the department terminated Josh George’s employment. Martini says he will ask the Arkansas Commission …

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