• Early voting to begin in Yell Co. tax election

    DANVILLE (AP) — Early voting begins this week for a Yell County special election on a sales tax increase that would fund a new county jail. Registered voters can begin casting ballots Tuesday at the county clerk’s offices in Danville and Dardanelle in the special …

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  • Classes canceled in north Arkansas due to cold

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and other schools in north Arkansas were closed today because of bitterly cold temperatures. A wind chill warning was in effect in several north Arkansas counties until noon today. The National Weather Service says wind chill …

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  • Familiar faces, issues mark Ark. politics in 2013

    LITTLE ROCK  — Welcome to the new politics of Arkansas. It looks just like the old politics of Arkansas. Despite all the talk of the changed electoral landscape in Arkansas after recent GOP gains, there were plenty of familiar faces, themes and issues that highlighted …

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  • Lower temperatures, snow, tornadoes hit Ark. in 2013

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A year after Arkansas went through its second-warmest year on record, it faced its coldest year since 1996, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters said in their annual weather summary that snow fell in all parts of the state …

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  • Legal center challenges Baxter Co. nativity scene

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A Washington, D.C.-based legal center is telling the Baxter County officials to remove a nativity scene from the courthouse lawn or face a lawsuit. A letter from Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller says the display is “a monument to …

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  • ADEQ seeks nominations

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is accepting entries for its annual Environmental Stewardship Award to recognize citizens or organizations for their efforts to protect and enhance the state’s environment. Nomination packets must be postmarked by March 14 in order to be …

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  • Arkansas’ private option plan top story of 2013

    LITTLE ROCK — In a dramatic vote in the waning days of the session, Arkansas’ Legislature approved an innovative plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law — but in a way that satisfied more than three-quarters of the Republican-controlled House and Senate. …

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  • Open government champion among notable 2013 deaths

    A longtime journalist who championed open government and was a driving force behind Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act, a law he later spent decades defending, was among the notable Arkansans who died during 2013. Robert “Bob” McCord died in April. He was 84. Others who …

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  • HUD awards $638,701 to housing authorities

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded 16 Arkansas public housing authorities a total of $638,701 in grants to help residents receiving housing assistance. The funding ranges from $25,115 to $57,024 to housing authorities in North Little Rock; …

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  • Arkansas’ new voter ID requirement takes effect

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three special elections in January will test Arkansas’ new voter ID law that took effect Wednesday. On Jan. 14, voters in Craighead County will elect a state senator to replace Sen. Paul Bookout, who resigned in August after he was cited …

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  • 7 flu deaths reported

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says the flu is widespread across Arkansas and that seven people have died since September as a result of the virus. Gary Wheeler, the chief of infectious disease at the department, said the deaths have ranged …

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  • Mark Darr rebuffs calls to resign amid scandal

    LITTLE ROCK — Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe called on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Tuesday amid a campaign finance scandal but was rebuffed by his Republican second-in-command, who said he wanted to make “things right” with the people of Arkansas. Beebe said that before …

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