• Steamboat model being donated to Arkansas group

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Illinois teacher who spent two years creating a replica of an 1865 steamboat is donating the 14-foot model to a historical group in eastern Arkansas. Gene Salecker of River Grove, Illinois, built the model of the Sultana steamboat, which exploded …

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  • Official says water supplier’s funds running dry

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chairman of a water supplier that serves four rural northwest Arkansas counties says it’s running a deficit each month. He says that the Ozark Mountain Regional Public Water Authority likely will begin relying on credit to make up the difference …

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  • Mayflower-Vilonia tornado tops 2014 AP list

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ worst natural disaster of 2014 has been selected by Associated Press members as the state’s top news story of the year, edging out the Republican dominance in the midterm elections and court decisions that opened the door to marriages between …

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  • Teen killed, 2 hurt in crash near Pocahontas

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a 15-year-old girl was killed and two other teenagers were injured in a single-vehicle crash near Pocahontas. A state police report says Summer Ungerrank of Pocahontas died in the crash just before 7:30 p.m. Monday. The report says …

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  • Businesses have 1 month to seek disaster loans

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas businesses that sustained economic damage following storms, tornadoes and flooding in April have one month left to apply for a federal disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Linda Nelson, director of the SBA’s Arkansas office, says Jan. 29 …

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  • Father of murder victim tries to attack killer

    MENA (AP) — The father of a 12-year-old girl who was killed in 1999 was arrested after trying to attack the girl’s convicted killer during a court hearing. Greg Brewer, 46, was charged with three misdemeanor counts after trying to attack Karl Douglas Roberts during …

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  • Panel on Arkansas officials’ salaries to meet

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A newly formed panel reviewing the salaries for Arkansas’ top elected officials is holding its second meeting at the state Capitol. The Independent Citizens Commission planned to meet this morning. Voters approved creating the seven-member panel in November through a constitutional …

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  • Front brings wintry weather

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A cold front has brought freezing temperatures, sleet and snow to parts of Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Saturday for portions of central and southern Oklahoma, where snow accumulations of up to three …

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  • State parks to host New Year trail hikes

    The public is invited to take a free guided trail hike at participating Arkansas state parks on Jan. 1. On New Year’s Day, 33 of Arkansas’ 52 state parks will offer 55 guided hikes. The event is part of a nationwide initiative by America’s 50 …

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  • State agencies’ funds hurt by bond fee decline

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An increase of low-level criminal offenders released without paying bond is hurting the wallets of several local and state agencies in Arkansas. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports county jails have controlled inmate populations for decades by releasing offenders bond-free on citations that …

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  • 2014 in Arkansas likely 1of 5 coldest years

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Weather forecasters say 2014 will likely go down as one of the five coldest years ever recorded in Arkansas. Through November, it was the third-coldest year recorded, but December temperatures are raising the average somewhat. Through November, the statewide average temperature …

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  • Officials: Risks from Arkansas power line unlikely

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal regulators say construction of a proposed 720-mile, $2 billion transmission line that will cut through a dozen counties in Arkansas is unlikely to have a major environmental or social impact. The Department of Energy has released a preliminary environmental impact …

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