• Filing season ends today

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Would-be poltical candidates from Arkansas’ political parties had until noon today to declare they’re running for office. Candidates in non-partisan races had until 3 p.m. to make their intentions known. All seven of Arkansas’ constitutional offices will be on the ballot …

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  • Randolph County OKs bonds for poultry plant

    POCAHONTAS — Officials in Randolph County have signed an agreement with Peco Foods Inc. allowing up to $135 million in revenue bonds for a new poultry plant in northeast Arkansas. Randolph County Judge David Jansen signed the agreement at a public meeting Thursday. Peco Foods …

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  • Parole board denies request

    LITTLE ROCK — A man with convictions in Independence and White counties has been turned down by the state parole board. The Arkansas Parole Board met Tuesday and found the request of Johnny W. Russell for parole to be without merit. Russell has been convicted …

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  • ‘Presidential Pets’ exhibit displayed at Clinton Center

    LITTLE ROCK — The William J. Clinton Presidential Center’s newest temporary display, “Presidential Pets,” is dedicated to the rabbits, raccoons, bull dogs and bears (to name a few) that have all made the White House their home. A whimsical way to explore presidential history, the …

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  • Little Miss Central Arkansas pageant scheduled

    BENTON — The Little Miss Central Arkansas Pageant will be held Saturday at the Senior Adult Community Center in Benton. This is an official preliminary to the Little Miss Arkansas Pageant. The pageant is open to any Arkansas girl from birth through 17 years. The …

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  • ASU will open photography exhibit of Japanese-American relocation camp

    JONESBORO — As World War II was nearing an end in 1945, Japanese-American internees at Arkansas’ Rohwer relocation camp held an art exhibit featuring the work of camp residents. A photographer was invited to the event and approximately 200 black-and-white photographs were taken of camp …

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  • 29 accused of cockfighting

    KELSO (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says officers have discovered a suspected cockfighting operation in Desha County. The commission says 29 people were arrested Sunday in a rural area of Desha County near Kelso. The commission said in a statement today that …

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  • High court to look at inmate’s right to grow beard

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. The justices said today they will hear an appeal from inmate Gregory Holt, who says his …

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  • Animal breeding site raided

    JEFFERSON (AP) — Authorities in Jefferson County say they have confiscated 140 dogs, 20 horses and other animals from an animal breeding operation. Officials say the animals were living in filthy conditions. The Thursday raid also involved 11 exotic birds, 19 chickens and multiple cats, …

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  • Significant icing possible in northern Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for counties in northern Arkansas for Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Forecasters say the winter storm will bring “significant winter precipitation” to the northern one-third of Arkansas. The weather service expects …

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  • 183 animals taken from alleged puppy mill

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Jefferson County authorities say 183 animals — including 121 dogs — have been taken from an alleged puppy mill. The sheriff’s office said in a news release that officers serving a search warrant Thursday found the animals in what they called …

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  • Former state treasurer pleads not guilty Thursday

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday to mail fraud charges alleging that she misspent campaign funds — counts that won’t be part of her upcoming bribery and extortion trial. Shoffner, a Democrat, didn’t speak during her arraignment in …

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