• Early payday for thousands of state workers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Thousands of state employees in Arkansas found a surprise in their bank accounts Wednesday. The state’s biweekly payroll was mistakenly direct-deposited into the bank accounts of just under 30,000 employees two days early. The employees should have been paid on Friday …

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  • Columbia Co. seeks to go ‘wet’

    MAGNOLIA (AP) — A group is collecting signatures to get a proposal on the ballot asking voters to legalize alcohol sales in Columbia County. Vote for Growth in Columbia County announced Tuesday that it will work to get the measure on the ballot this year. …

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  • 19 counties under burn bans

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Forestry Commission says 19 counties are now under outdoor burn bans. The agency said Tuesday that there is a high risk of wildfires in central Arkansas and at least a moderate risk statewide due to dry and windy conditions. …

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  • Renewal Ranch to mark third anniversary

    CONWAY — Renewal Ranch will celebrate its third anniversary at 10 a.m. Saturday at Family Life Bible Church in Conway. A catered meal will follow, provided by David Stobaugh. James A. Loy, Renewal Ranch executive director, is a graduate of John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte. …

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  • UAMS opens sickle cell treatment clinic

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Adult sickle cell patients across the state will have better access to treatment under a new clinic launched Tuesday by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. About 1,300 adults and children in Arkansas suffer from the hereditary disease, which causes …

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  • Spring comes early with annual flower, garden show

    LITTLE ROCK — Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show Feb. 21-23 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The show, which benefits educational scholarships to Arkansas horticulture students and beautification programs across the state, features more than …

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  • Fire danger elevated

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says the danger of fire is elevated across much of Arkansas because of windy conditions and low humidity and burn bans remain in effect in three counties. The weather service said the danger of fire continued on …

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  • ADH issues influenza warning

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health has issued a warning that influenza is causing severe illness and death in young adults and recommends that adults age 25 to 50 get vaccinated. Dr. Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist and medical director for communicable disease at …

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  • ASU-MH digital photography contest under way

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Arkansas State University in Mountain Home has announced its amateur digital photography contest is under way. Photo categories include: black and white, celebrations, children, creative/abstract, landscape, mammals, non-mammals, people, pets, plants, sporting, still life/objects, structures, transportation and travel, and there is a …

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  • Father charged in tot’s death

    FONTAINE (AP) — A Greene County man has been arrested for second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 3-year-old son in Fontaine. Sheriff Dan Langston told reporters that 23-year-old Michael Jefferson Carter of Fontaine was arrested Friday for the Jan. 11 shooting death of …

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  • Lawmakers agree to fund some GED costs

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Members of an Arkansas legislative committee have agreed to Gov. Mike Beebe’s plan to tap the state’s rainy-day fund to pay most of the cost of the General Educational Development high school equivalency exam, known as the GED. The Arkansas Legislative …

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  • ‘Rapid’ refunds come with high fee

    LITTLE ROCK — Consumers who expect to receive a federal income tax refund typically already have an idea about how they will use the refund, often long before the money actually arrives. Some may pay off bills. Others may set it aside for a vacation. …

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