• Insider stories from police, others sought

    CLINTON — Tony Cuttone, author of the new book, “Insider Stories from the Chicago Police Force & Others” (volume one), is looking for funny, true stories from police officers around the country for volume two in the series. Volume one is filled with more than …

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  • AG launches probe into Target breach

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas attorney general Dustin McDaniel says he has launched an investigation into a security breach at Target that affected millions of customers. McDaniel announced the investigation Thursday. He joins attorney generals from other states who have started similar investigations. Target said …

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  • 2 Ark. providers join Medicare cost-lowering plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two health-care provider networks in Arkansas will begin participating in a program that rewards providers for lowering the cost of care for Medicare patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that the new participants are Arkansas …

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  • Documentary goes behind the music in Branson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Documentary filmmakers A.J. Schnack and David Wilson knew it would be easy to make fun of Branson, middle America’s flag-waving, family-friendly celebration of musical variety shows and early-bird dinner specials. The Midwest natives felt a stronger obligation to dig beneath the …

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  • St. Francis Co. declares disaster

    FORREST CITY (AP) — St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for the county after last weekend’s tornado that killed one person and injured several others. The disaster proclamation says damage caused by the storm has created “an emergency disaster …

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  • 2013 marks a busy year for courts in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Challenges to portions of Arkansas’ education system and the state’s execution methods made their way through courts in 2013. A long-running desegregation lawsuit approached an apparent end after decades of state spending totaling more than $1 billion. Challenges to the state’s …

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  • 4-year degrees on the rise, but state still lags

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More Arkansans hold four-year college degrees than 20 years ago, but only small pockets of the state have been able to attract and retain better-educated residents. Since 1990, most counties have only seen modest increases in their portion of residents with …

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  • ASU to break ground on campus in Mexico

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Feb. 5 groundbreaking is scheduled for Arkansas State University’s new campus in Mexico, a $50 million undertaking that’s being funded with private money. The new campus will be built in Queretaro in north central Mexico. Officials there approached Arkansas State …

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  • Ark. flowers grace D.C. tree

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A little piece of Arkansas is spending the holiday season in Washington. Arkansas wildflowers have been placed inside plastic ornaments and hang on one of the trees lining a walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree. The other 49 states, the District …

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  • Survey: Duck numbers drop

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Waterfowl hunters are likely seeing an increased number of ducks in recent weeks. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists conducted aerial waterfowl surveys in the state’s Delta region, the Arkansas River Valley and southwestern Arkansas. The duck population index in the …

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  • UCA prof explores state’s monster lore

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The creatures are stirring. Mark Spitzer investigates some of the most incredible monsters of Arkansas myth, folklore and possibly fact in his new book, “Crypto-Arkansas” (Spuyten Duyvil, $12). Spitzer, associate professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, …

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  • U.S. Farm Bill conservation program seeks participation – Applications due Jan. 17

    LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollments for fiscal year 2014. Producers in any Arkansas county interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through Jan. 17. “Through …

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