• Birth defects affect nearly 1,300 babies born each year in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK — Each year in Arkansas, approximately 1,300 babies are diagnosed with a birth defect and more than 100 babies will die because of them. Nationally, birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control …

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  • Voters to choose new senator

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A special election for a state senate seat in northeast Arkansas is being viewed as an early test of Democrats’ and Republicans’ strength heading into the fall elections. Voters are casting ballots today in the special election to fill the Senate …

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  • Lawmakers to begin budget hearings

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe’s administration is detailing his proposed balanced budget for the coming year as lawmakers kick off hearings ahead of next month’s legislative session. Department of Finance and Administration officials were scheduled today to present Beebe’s proposal to members …

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  • Darr says he’ll resign over ethics case

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said Friday he would leave office Feb. 1, giving in to pressure from Democrats and fellow Republicans who said his impeachment was inevitable over ethics violations tied to his campaign and office spending. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe …

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  • After father’s death, sisters start business

    JONESBORO (AP) — When their 63-year-old father died 10 years ago, his two daughters were devastated, but through their pain, they found a way to ease their emotions, as well as those of others going through the grieving process following the death of a loved …

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  • Girl Scout cookie sales under way

    JONESBORO — Girl Scouts in the region will be putting their entrepreneurial and leadership skills to work through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, with sales going on now through Jan. 26. Cookies will also be available at area booths beginning Feb. 21. The cost of …

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  • Small business seminar slated

    JONESBORO — A workshop and seminar for small businesses will be held Tuesday at the Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development, located at 319 University Loop Circle in Jonesboro. The workshop, titled “Starting a Business in Arkansas: How to Get a New Business …

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  • Death sentence upheld in police officer shooting

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the murder conviction for a man sentenced to death for fatally shooting a police officer during a traffic stop in northeast Arkansas. The court denied a request for a new trial and upheld the death …

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  • Convicted killer to have hearing

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A hearing has been scheduled for an Oklahoma man on federal death row for the 1996 slaying of an Arkansas family as part of a conspiracy to create a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. Danny Lee of Yukon, Okla., was …

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  • Sex transporter gets life

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a member of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries has been sentenced to life in prison for transporting a minor from Oklahoma to Arkansas to engage in sex. U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge says 60-year-old Douglas James Christopher of Valparaiso, …

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  • Stadium tests cause green sky

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A glowing green sky in Fayetteville on Thursday night wasn’t a glimpse of the northern lights — it was just the Razorbacks. The University of Arkansas says officials tested the lights and scoreboard at Razorback Stadium, which sent a green glow into …

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  • Storm leaves many roads in Arkansas covered with ice

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Many schools and businesses were closed throughout Arkansas after freezing rain left an icy glaze on roads. Several schools in central Arkansas started two hours late today, as did state workers in the Little Rock area. The freezing rain and sleet …

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