• Caves in national forests remain closed to protect bats

    RUSSELLVILLE — Since 2009, employees in Arkansas’ national forests and other conservation leaders have taken precautions and necessary measures in an effort to prevent the arrival of the deadly White Nose Syndrome disease into the state. This deadly disease could be a precursor to an …

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  • Winter fishing series set on Lake Norfork

    SALEM — The Salem High School Beta Club is hosting the Greyhound Winter Super Series, an opportunity for anglers to fish throughout the winter and possibly earn some money while enjoying their favorite pastime, said publicist Cody Faulkner. “The series will take place at Panther …

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  • Beebe seeks disaster declaration for winter storm

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is requesting a federal disaster declaration for 15 Arkansas counties affected by wintry weather earlier this month. Beebe announced Monday that he was seeking a major disaster declaration for Crawford, Franklin, Independence, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, …

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  • Birders flock to look at visiting snowy owl

    LITTLE ROCK — A single snowy owl, most unusual in Arkansas, is drawing birders to the Port of Little Rock area. Karen Rowe, nongame migratory bird coordinator with the Arkansas Game and Fish commission, said, “About two weeks ago, Lenord Vaughn, an employee at LM …

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  • Ark. prison system sends seized phones to charity

    LITTLE ROCK — Inmates aren’t allowed to have cellphones in Arkansas’ prisons, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. The state Department of Correction has seized more than 1,000 cellphones since 2008. As those phones piled up, prison officials searched for a way to put …

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  • Christmas trees to be used as fish cover

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Many local anglers sink old Christmas trees to improve fish habitat, and this year old Christmas trees may be taken to any Corps of Engineers boat ramp on Norfork or Bull Shoals lakes for fish cover. Trees should be deposited to the …

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  • Daughter accused of fatally shooting mother in Searcy

    SEARCY — A Searcy woman accused of murdering her mother early this morning is in jail as police investigate why. According to published reports, officers with the Searcy Police Department responded to shots fired at the parking lot of Big Lots just after midnight to …

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  • Montgomery reappointed

    LITTLE ROCK — Andy Montgomery of Batesville has been reappointed to the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, announced Gov. Mike Beebe. Montgomery’s appointment expires Sept. 1, 2017.

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  • Quitman woman pleads no contest in 2012 slaying

    CONWAY (AP) — A Quitman woman has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend. Jamie Lynn Leach entered the plea Wednesday in the August 2012 shooting death of 24-year-old Cody Bradley. Authorities say Bradley was found in a bathtub, …

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  • Ozark Mtns. could get floods this weekend

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Forecasters say much of Arkansas is at risk Saturday for severe weather, including tornadoes, while other areas could see flash floods from heavy rainfall. The Storm Prediction Center says Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and eastern Texas are at risk for severe …

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  • Arkansas roads director pledges improved response

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is responding to criticism over its handling of wintry weather that left many roads and highways impassable in the state. Agency director Scott Bennett says the department’s work was “unacceptable in some areas” after …

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  • AETN encourages Arkansans to recite Gettysburg Address for ‘The Address’

    CONWAY — Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has announced a major national public outreach campaign in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to learn about and read aloud the Gettysburg address. The initiative, in conjunction …

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