• Petitions submitted for minimum wage hike

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas’ minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot. Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the …

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  • State park to hold day camps

    POCAHONTAS — Davidsonville Historic State Park will have an adventure day camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 through 17. The camp is for children 8 through 14 years old. Activities will include games, crafts and hiking. The cost is $75 for all …

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  • Ex-Fort Smith officer sentenced

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A former Fort Smith police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with a girl who was 16 at the time. Billy Rowe Jr., 31, of Bonanza was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty last month …

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  • Death row inmate dies in hospital

    MALVERN (AP) — Prison officials say an Arkansas death row inmate has died at a hospital after falling ill. Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 61-year-old Joe Louis Dansby died Monday night at a Malvern hospital. Wilson says Dansby had been ill for much …

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  • Cool off in a show cave in Arkansas

    When the weather turns hot each summer, some travelers look for escapes from the heat and humidity. One way to survive sweltering temperatures is to seek shade in an Arkansas show cave. Eight properties around the state offer a chance to see the underside of …

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  • Group submits petitions for expanded alcohol sales

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot. Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures today to the secretary of state’s office to put …

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  • One dead in Fulton County crash

    A head-on crash around 5:30 p.m. Saturday claimed the life of a Caulfield, Missouri man, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Britt Clements. Killed was David Stratton, 38, whose 2000 GMC Jimmy SUV crossed the center line and struck the 2003 Dodge pickup driven by …

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  • Rebates for storm shelters available

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will soon begin accepting applications for its shelter rebate program. To be eligible for the program, the agency says people have to have installed an above-ground safe room or in-ground shelter after Jan. 21, …

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  • Foster family payments to be delayed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State money for Arkansas foster families and adoptive parents will be delayed because of a change in how the Arkansas Department of Human Services makes the payments. Under the new plan, families will be paid during the second week of the …

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  • Mistrial declared in Gover murder case

    FAYETTEVILLE — A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the murder trial of a former Batesville Pioneer and Razorback football player accused of killing a friend after a night of drinking, according to published reports. One of the jurors in the case was dismissed before noon. …

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  • Former Pioneer’s murder trial under way

    FAYETTEVILLE — The murder trial for a former Batesville Pioneer and Razorback football player accused of killing a friend after a night of drinking last year is under way. Joshua Melton’s trial before Washington County Circuit Court Judge William Storey is expected to wrap up …

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  • Lawmakers OK insurance, lotto, prisons bills

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval early today to bills addressing teacher health insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new limits on the lottery, wrapping up a special legislative session that left unresolved until next year the long-term questions surrounding the three issues. …

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