• Legislators to vote on Medicaid bill again

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ compromise Medicaid expansion is up for a vote in both legislative chambers a day after it failed to win enough support to pass the House. The House and Senate are expected to vote Wednesday on identical bills to continue the …

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  • Hot Springs hotel boarded up

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is now boarded up. The hotel complex closed in 2006 after operating for 124 years. City officials say the structure isn’t habitable in its current condition and needed to be secured to keep people …

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  • Missing boy’s body found

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who didn’t return after he went squirrel hunting in the south Arkansas woods has been found dead. Union County Sheriff Mike McGough says the body of Hank Bollen of Magnolia was found late Tuesday morning near …

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  • Court appearance set over death

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A man accused of a slaying in Mississippi County in which the victim’s body was found in the yard of a church is to have a court appearance. Authorities arrested 43-year-old Jimmy Northern of Blytheville for first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting …

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  • Land set aside for possible Fort Smith med school

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority is donating 200 acres for a prospective medical school for Fort Smith. The panel voted Tuesday to supply the land for the venture, which would put a $58 million college of osteopathic medicine at the site. …

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  • 10-year-old Missouri girl found dead

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —A missing 10-year-old Missouri girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found dead, her parents said to KMBC. Springfield police gave a news conference this morning and released an update in the case. Hailey M. Owens went missing at …

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  • Murder charges dropped

    FORREST CITY (AP) — A judge has dismissed first-degree murder charges filed against an Arkansas man accused in a 2013 slaying in Forrest City. First Judicial District Judge L.T. Simes granted prosecutors’ request Tuesday to drop murder charges against Jeremy Buchanan, who was initially charged …

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  • Death penalty case back at court

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Attorneys for a man convicted in the 2001 slaying of a woman at a Crawford County transient camp have waived a formal arraignment as the case moves toward another trial. Rickey Dale Newman was sentenced to death for the killing and …

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  • Accused shooter says he tried to scare teen

    LITTLE ROCK — A man accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl told investigators he fired his pistol because he wanted to scare a carload of teenagers he believed vandalized his vehicle, Little Rock police said Tuesday. Police released an account of the shooting, which …

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  • Crawford extends invitation to youth with service interests

    JONESBORO — Congressman Rick Crawford has invited young people with an interest in serving their country to attend the 2014 Congressional Service Academy Information Session from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday on the fourth floor of the Regions Bank Building, located at 2400 E. Highland …

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  • Scholarship programs being accepted by co-op

    JACKSONVILLE — First Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for its scholarship program and the 2014 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. High school seniors whose parents or guardians are First Electric members may apply for one of five $2,000 scholarships that the cooperative awards each year. To …

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  • Student essay contest deadline approaches

    Arkansas students in fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate in the annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational presented by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. “The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. …

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