• ‘School Choice Week’ began Monday in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK — This week is School Choice Week in Arkansas and across the country. More than 30 events are planned across the state, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide. “The Week,” which is the nation’s largest-ever celebration of educational opportunity, gives students, parents and …

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  • Light snow expected

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Light snow is falling in parts of Arkansas as cold temperatures settle over the state. The National Weather Service says a dusting of snow is likely today in many areas, with the brunt of the wintry weather hitting south of the …

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  • New owners cultivate growth of Searcy-based Yarnell’s

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two years after successfully reviving the Yarnell’s ice cream brand from bankruptcy, Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co. of Chicago is still cautious. “We want to avoid any of the problems with bringing in projects that don’t have a profitable component to …

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  • Collection of youth’s DNA ruled unlawful

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas officials have halted the practice of collecting DNA samples from youths who commit a felony after a judge ruled staff at the state’s largest juvenile lockup didn’t abide by state law when it took DNA from a boy last year. …

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  • Wildfire danger warning issued

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas. A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties. The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas …

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  • Flu deaths could top 50

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas health official says he believes the state has hit the peak of this year’s flu season, but wouldn’t be surprised if the number of deaths in the state exceeds 50. State Epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow told a legislative panel …

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  • Lawmakers to discuss abortion ban

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a law approved last year banning most abortions at 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. Members of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Friday are scheduled to discuss …

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  • Huckabee’s comments on birth control gift for Dems

    WASHINGTON — Mike Huckabee’s comments about contraception proved quick fodder for Democrats and a headache for Republicans trying to market themselves as a better choice for female voters who have proved elusive to the GOP. The former Arkansas governor and potential presidential contender told fellow …

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  • Early payday for thousands of state workers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Thousands of state employees in Arkansas found a surprise in their bank accounts Wednesday. The state’s biweekly payroll was mistakenly direct-deposited into the bank accounts of just under 30,000 employees two days early. The employees should have been paid on Friday …

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  • Columbia Co. seeks to go ‘wet’

    MAGNOLIA (AP) — A group is collecting signatures to get a proposal on the ballot asking voters to legalize alcohol sales in Columbia County. Vote for Growth in Columbia County announced Tuesday that it will work to get the measure on the ballot this year. …

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  • 19 counties under burn bans

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says 19 counties are now under outdoor burn bans. The agency said Tuesday that there is a high risk of wildfires in central Arkansas and at least a moderate risk statewide due to dry and windy conditions. …

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  • Renewal Ranch to mark third anniversary

    CONWAY — Renewal Ranch will celebrate its third anniversary at 10 a.m. Saturday at Family Life Bible Church in Conway. A catered meal will follow, provided by David Stobaugh. James A. Loy, Renewal Ranch executive director, is a graduate of John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte. …

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