• Legislature gathers for session

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas legislators enter their 2014 session with the state’s private-option Medicaid plan at the top of their agenda. Their third fiscal session opens Monday in Little Rock. Legislators meeting last year approved using federal dollars to buy private insurance for poorer …

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  • Person jumps into river to avoid truck, missing

    FULTON (AP) — Authorities will resume their search today for a person who jumped from an icy interstate bridge into a river to avoid a skidding tractor-trailer in southwestern Arkansas. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says teams in boats with sonar were …

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  • Man dies working in warehouse

    JONESBORO (AP) — Craighead County authorities say a 71-year-old man has died while helping clean an empty warehouse in south Jonesboro. Sheriff’s Investigator Rusty Grigsby said James Luther Johnson was one of four men working in the building owned by Fowler Foods when he became …

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  • Motorcyclist dies in crash

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a 23-year-old Fayetteville man was killed when his motorcycle rear-ended a car and he was thrown from the vehicle. A state police report says Robert Robinson was eastbound on a city street about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he …

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  • Snow in forecast for much of state

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A winter weather advisory has been issued for much of Arkansas as more snow heads into The Natural State. The National Weather Service says the advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. today until 2 a.m. Saturday. Forecasters say snowfall amounts …

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  • Ex-treasurer indicted over campaign cash

    LITTLE ROCK — A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted former Treasurer Martha Shoffner, already facing trial next month over accusations she accepted cash payments from a broker to whom she steered investments, on new charges that she spent thousands in campaign funds on personal …

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  • Beebe declares emergency

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe says damage to private and public property during this week’s winter weather was bad enough to qualify as an emergency. The governor issued a proclamation Thursday suspending some purchasing laws so state agencies can aid local governments impacted …

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  • Flu death toll rises to 36 in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Eight people have died from the flu in Arkansas during the past week, bringing the total for the season to 36, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. As of Wednesday, 36 people have died from influenza in Arkansas this flu …

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  • Cyber-crimes unit arrests Grant Co. man

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials at the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office have arrested a Grant County man for possession of child pornography. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that 27-year-old Bryan Mitchell Baker of Sheridan was arrested on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing …

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  • Search resumes for pilot

    MENA (AP) — The search resumed today for a missing Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot who disappeared with his aircraft a week ago. Aggressive search efforts in the air and on land Thursday produced no leads in the search for missing AFC pilot Jake Harrell. Harrell …

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  • Traveling exhibit to be on display at Powhatan

    POWHATAN — A free traveling exhibit, “Arkansas African-American Legislators, 1868-1893,” will be displayed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 15 at Powhatan Historic State Park, located at 4414 Highway 25 in Powhatan. The exhibit was produced by the Arkansas History Commission and …

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  • 4-year-old clings to life after van crashes into water

    Four-year-old Jeanie Kenney, of Yellville, was in critical condition Wednesday at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after being under water for an undetermined length of time Tuesday afternoon. Citizens at the scene of the one-vehicle accident near Yellville performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including mouth-to-mouth breathing assistance …

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