• Author James Patterson funds Arkansas scholarship

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Bestselling author James Patterson has given $48,000 to establish a scholarship fund for University of Arkansas students majoring in elementary or secondary education. Chancellor G. David Gearhart says he was contacted by Patterson to discuss the possibility of the scholarship fund. Patterson …

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  • Entergy Corp. laying off; includes 165 in Ark.

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Entergy Corp. says it plans to cut 800 jobs — nearly one-third of them in Louisiana, where the bulk of its employees live. Spokesman Chanel Lagarde says layoffs have begun and should be completed this year. He says Entergy is committed …

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  • NW Ark. nursing home evacuated due to flooding

    JOHNSON (AP) — Rising floodwaters prompted the evacuation of a northwest Arkansas nursing home, but officials say no one was injured. Rhe Blossom Hill Assisted Care facility in Johnson was evacuated this morning after a resident awoke to water in her bedroom. Officials say residents …

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  • Pocahontas to host NEA Marble Show

    POCAHONTAS — The Second Annual Northeast Arkansas Marble Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Days Inn, located on Highway 67 South in Pocahontas. Anyone interested in buying, selling, trading or learning about marbles is welcome. Hotel rooms will be open …

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  • Public workshop on child abuse slated

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s department of criminology, sociology and geography has joined with the community effort to help reverse the regional problem of child abuse through a public workshop it will conduct for mandated reporters. Child-safe Communities and Mandated Reporter Training will be held …

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  • Ark. to get $167K in settlement

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A pharmaceutical company that has agreed to pay almost $491 million to settle allegations it illegally marketed an organ transplant drug will return more than $27 million to state health care programs, including nearly $167,000 to Arkansas’. The settlement with Pfizer …

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  • China stops fowl imports

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal agriculture officials told members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation Tuesday that China has stopped importing the state’s poultry products. Sen. Mark Pryor decried the decision, saying an “isolated incident” led to the ban. He didn’t say what the incident was, but …

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  • Fungus that kills bats prompts precautions at Arkansas caves

    WEST FORK — A low level of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats has been detected in two north Arkansas caves. The fungus was discovered in a cave at Devil’s Den State Park in Washington County and a private cave located in southern …

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  • Crow named deputy director

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced this week that Col. Jeff Crow of Bismarck, chief of the agency’s enforcement division, will be the agency’s new deputy director. AGFC Director Mike Knoedl called Crow a true leader and said he looks forward …

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  • Joe Mosby honored

    CONWAY — The first outdoor article Joe Mosby authored was about possum hunting, and he was a high school junior. Sixty-seven years later, he has written thousands of newspaper articles and is still going. Mosby was honored for his long and distinguished career by being …

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  • Boating victim identified

    MIDWAY (AP) — Authorities have identified the 11-year-old boy who was killed in a boating accident on Bull Shoals Lake. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says William Feehan of Millington, Tenn., died in the accident Saturday in north Arkansas. Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says …

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  • Westside principal moonlights as pastor on weekend

    JONESBORO (AP) — On regular days, Freddie Bowen’s job is Westside High School principal. On worship days, his title changes to pastor at LifeLine Fellowship Church. Bowen began at LifeLine, 5071 Arkansas 226 just outside the Jonesboro city limits, as a part-time pastor, and the …

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