• Flu death toll now stands at 57 according to health officials

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health officials say 57 people in the state have now died due to the flu this flu season — the second-highest total on record. The record for the number of deaths blamed on influenza is the 61 that was recorded …

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  • Mountain Home shelter is helping the homeless

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — It could happen. You could work a lifetime in the cold, hard North and save enough cash to retire to the Ozarks. You could get settled in your Arkansas home and then become very ill. A daughter could put her life …

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  • 2,466 in Ark. surpass $100,000 in state pay

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The number of state employees in Arkansas who earn at least $100,000 has increased by 162 to 2,466, and the top two highest-paid are both coaches at the University of Arkansas. In fact, most of the state employees work at higher-education …

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  • Man claiming to be cop threatens woman

    WILTON (AP) — A southwest Arkansas woman says a man claiming to be a law enforcement officer threatened her unless she provided him with explicit photos of herself. The 21-year-old Wilton woman called Little River County authorities about 3 a.m. Thursday to report the threats …

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  • Frogs are croaking in Arkansas hill country

    HARRISON (AP) — Arkansas frogs don’t say “ribbit.” That sound is made only by Pacific tree frogs, which live on the West Coast. But thanks to Hollywood, a recording of Pacific tree frogs “ribbiting” has been used in movies for almost a century to depict …

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  • Students build wheelchairs for dogs

    JONESBORO (AP) — Patches of missing fur mark Lila’s hind legs, a result of her struggle anytime she tries to stand. But once up, the small Chihuahua mix is quick to make her presence known. Lila, who experienced a brief period of paralysis in her …

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  • Dems face hard road to U.S. House wins

    LITTLE ROCK — While Democrats mapped out the districts Arkansas is using to send people to Congress through the current decade, they face a tough time winning any of the seats because of the state’s shift toward Republicans and the dislike of President Barack Obama, …

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  • Missing fisherman found in lake

    ASHDOWN (AP) — A Nashville, Ark., man who disappeared after going fishing has been found dead in Millwood Lake in southwestern Arkansas. Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory said the body of 74-year-old James Steely was found Wednesday by Arkansas Game and Fish wildlife officers …

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  • Lawyer wanted for manslaughter turns self in

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A Hot Springs lawyer who faces manslaughter charges in a man’s death from two years ago has surrendered to police. Andrea Davis, 36, has turned herself in to police. Davis is in custody until her first appearance in Garland County District …

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  • Jonesboro-area tax collections down in icy weather

    JONESBORO (AP) — Government officials in the Jonesboro area say icy weather during January is likely to blame for lower-than-expected sales tax collections. Craighead County officials say their sales tax revenues were off by 1.82 percent, when compared to January 2013. Inside the city of …

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  • Judge facing charges to resign

    CAMDEN (AP) — Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly — who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges — has announced plans to resign. Hesterly said in a letter of resignation that he will resign April 3 because of “health problems, current circumstances and other concerns.” …

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  • Home of Ark. deputy burglarized

    ASHDOWN (AP) — The home of Little River County Chief Deputy Sheriff Lee Sullivan near Ashdown was burglarized and several of his police uniform shirts are among the items taken. Sheriff Gary Gregory said that authorities are concerned the burglar may use the uniform shirts …

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