• Ag department announces school ‘garden of the year’ contest

    LITTLE ROCK — Entries are being accepted for the inaugural Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year contest hosted by the Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit, according to a news release. Applicants can be any Arkansas school, grades prekindergarten through 12th, that had a …

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  • DSQC concerts announced

    RUSSELLVILLE — The Deep South Quartet Convention Concerts will be at 6 p.m. today and Saturday at Gateway Pentecostal Church in Russellville. Crusaders Ministries, Ed Held, New Living Quartet, Patrick Quick & the Travelers and Terry Lemay will perform. Compact discs and Christian wear merchandise …

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  • Senators promote U.S.-raised catfish

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are asking the U.S. commerce secretary to uphold a decision reached last summer that determined U.S. catfish producers have been harmed by unfairly-priced frozen fish fillets from Vietnam. The Commerce Department continues to …

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  • LRSD investigates teacher’s inappropriate photo

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Little Rock School District says it’s investigating after an “inappropriate photo” on a teacher’s cell phone was transmitted onto iPads being used by students. District spokeswoman Pamela Smith says the incident occurred March 5 at Forest Heights Middle School. Smith …

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  • Delay sought in fraud trial of Ouachita Co. judge

    CAMDEN (AP) — Attorneys for Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly are asking a federal judge to delay his upcoming fraud trial currently set for next month. Hesterly’s attorneys filed a request this week to push back the judge’s trial, based on issues related to Hesterly’s …

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  • Electric grid company to break ground at LR site

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A company that manages part of the nation’s electric grid is to break ground on a regional headquarters in Little Rock, where about 50 employees will earn an average annual salary of $85,000. Midcontinent Independent System Operator, known as MISO, was …

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  • Forestry panel warns of wildfire danger

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission is asking property owners to take precautions to help prevent wildfires. Officials have classified the state as being moderate a moderate risk of wildfires. The agency says that with milder weather, many residents will be inclined to …

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  • Shoffner still has fraud 10 charges waiting

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is still in the middle of her journey through the legal system. A federal jury convicted Shoffner on 14 bribery and extortion counts. But the judge said after Tuesday’s verdict that he didn’t want to start …

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  • Fur handling seminar slated

    JONESBORO — A fur handling seminar at the Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro will offer insider tips and techniques to trappers, for improving the profit of their trap lines, said Lee Elkins, education program specialist. The seminar, which is free, will be at 6 …

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  • State Legislature gives final OK to budget bill

    LITTLE ROCK — Giving final approval to a $5 billion budget for the coming year, Arkansas lawmakers wrapped up a session Wednesday that focused on the fight to reauthorize a compromise Medicaid expansion that is extending health coverage to nearly 98,000 people. The House and …

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  • Man dies in fall from roof of industrial building

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Cabot man is dead after falling from the roof of an industrial building in Little Rock. Police identified the victim as 51-year-old James Taylor. He died Wednesday morning from a fall at a location on West 65th Street. Taylor and …

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  • Report: More Ark. children receiving immunizations

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A new report says more Arkansas children are likely to receive immunizations, dental care and mental health services than they were seven years ago. But the report from several organizations also shows Arkansas children need better access to medical care, more …

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