• Some closings on WMAs due to feral hog trapping

    JONESBORO (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says some areas of Wildlife Management Areas are being closed due to a program of trapping feral hogs. The commission says biologists are targeting entire groups of feral hogs for removal and that large traps are …

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  • Log A Load gives $500K to Children’s

    LITTLE ROCK — Log A Load For Kids of Arkansas, a group of volunteers from the timber and logging industry, recently donated $500,000 to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The funds, raised through events held in communities throughout the state, will benefit the hospital’s new Emergency Department. …

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  • Beef cookoff announced

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas CattleWomen Association is seeking entries for the 2014 Arkansas Beef Cookoff to be held March 1 in Conway. More than $2500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the best dish in the Adult Category (ages 18 and up) …

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  • Excavators dig up rare sword

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Crews doing excavation work in downtown Little Rock made an unusual find this week: a military sword possibly dating to the early 1800s. Workers are excavating ground on Markham Street downtown for the construction of a new parking deck. The site …

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  • Second arrest made in 11-year-old’s murder

    BLYTHEVILLE — A second arrest has been made in the case of an 11-year-old Gosnell girl murdered last year. Officers with the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police arrested Freddie Sharp III, 29, of Gosnell Monday for the rape of Jessica Williams. …

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  • Fishing for entries

    BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The 16th annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art season is now open to students in grades K-12 across the United States and abroad. Students have the opportunity to win prizes and national recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats, and …

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  • Deadline is Friday for FSA ballots

    LITTLE ROCK — USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Linda Newkirk is reminding farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Friday to return completed ballots to FSA. Eligible voters who have not received a ballot can obtain one from their local …

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  • Cooper wins Senate election

    JONESBORO (AP) — Republican John Cooper won a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday, giving Republicans an extra seat in the Legislature. The race was widely viewed as a bellwether for this fall’s political contests. Cooper defeated Democratic nominee Steve Rockwell …

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  • Boy dies in ATV crash

    MORRILTON (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Conway County. State police say the crash occurred Sunday afternoon on Union Chapel Road. According to a preliminary report, 7-year-old Derrick Criswell Jr. of Morrilton was on an ATV …

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  • Oral arguments set over J&J appeal of $1B fine

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in Johnson & Johnson’s request to overturn a verdict and $1.2 billion fine over the marketing of the antipsychotics drug Risperdal. Oral arguments are set for Feb. 27 in Little Rock for the …

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  • State identifies inmate who died of flu-like symptoms

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas health officials on Monday urged residents to get vaccinated for influenza, warning that this year’s flu strain is disproportionately targeting young adults with no underlying medical conditions. Meanwhile, a women’s prison in northeast Arkansas canceled visiting hours after a 42-year-old inmate …

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  • Health dept.: Young adults hit hard by flu

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says young adults are being hit hard by this year’s strain of influenza. State health officials said Monday that seven of the state’s 15 flu deaths so far this season occurred in people between the ages …

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