• Lee Brice to perform at downtown Jonesboro

    JONESBORO — The fifth annual Downtown Jonesboro BBQ and Music Fest will be held Saturday in Jonesboro. The free event will include music throughout the day, a barbecue contest, food and giveaways, according to event chairman and Jonesboro Alderman Tim McCall. Music begins downtown at …

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  • Arkansas Library Association to hold conference

    HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Library Association will hold its annual conference and trade show Oct. 5 through 8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The conference is expected to draw more than 300 attendees from public, school, academic and special libraries throughout Arkansas and …

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  • Democrats donate contribution

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Democratic Party of Arkansas says it will donate the $4,000 given to the state party by former Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro. Last week, the Arkansas Ethics Commission released documents detailing campaign spending by Bookout, who resigned last month after …

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  • Legislators to get update on steel mill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Legislators are to gather in West Memphis to get an update from the top executive behind an effort to put a $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County. The Insurance and Commerce Committee is to meet at 10 a.m. at …

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  • Ark. to delay signup for teacher insurance

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced Monday that the signup period for teacher health insurance will be delayed a month as he and lawmakers look at ways to prevent premium hikes of up to 50 percent that are to begin in January. …

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  • 2 men killed changing tire on highway

    HARRISON (AP) — Arkansas State Police say two men were struck and killed by a truck while changing their vehicle’s tire on the side of the road near Harrison. State police say the collision happened Sunday night on Arkansas 7 north of Harrison. A preliminary …

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  • Joplin man sentenced for helping girl run away

    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Joplin man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping a 13-year-old Arkansas girl run away from home. Thirty-four-year-old James A. Morey was sentenced Monday for kidnapping under a plea agreement he entered in July that limited his prison …

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  • Bi-fueling station lauded

    CONWAY (AP) — State and local officials held a celebration today of the opening of Arkansas’ first bi-fueling station offering both compressed natural gas and gasoline. Gov. Mike Beebe joined Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and Conway Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Lacy to mark …

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  • Company objects to disqualification in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The head of a Maryland company disqualified from bidding on a Medicaid contract in Arkansas complained Monday that the state relied too much on the knowledge that Louisiana had terminated a similar contract and didn’t take into account the firm’s performance …

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  • Petition’s author lacks resources to gather names

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The author of a petition that calls for a constitutional amendment to lengthen the terms of elected county officials in Arkansas says he doesn’t have the resources to begin collecting signatures to try to place the question on the November 2014 …

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  • Colleges, universities see decrease in headcount, increase in FTE

    LITTLE ROCK — The number of students enrolled in higher education in Arkansas is down slightly at 170,056, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Monday, but full-time equivalent enrollment is up as compared to last fall, based on preliminary data. Some campuses …

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  • Water plan to be discussed at upcoming public meeting

    LITTLE ROCK — A project that will guide the use of Arkansas’ water resources for the next four decades is now halfway to completion, according to Edward Swaim, of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. The Arkansas Water Plan Update process began in early 2012, and …

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