• CDC working Ark. case of parasitic meningitis

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock television station is reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a rare case of parasitic meningitis in Arkansas. The CDC says Arkansas had five cases of the waterborne illness between 1962 and 2012. Television …

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  • Baxter County receives most from game, fish fines

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says that it collected more than $632,000 in fines during the 2012-13 fiscal year. The money is set aside for education programs in the counties where the fines were collected. During the 12 months ending …

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  • With new law, school choice suit is tossed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An appeals court has ordered the dismissal of a 2010 lawsuit challenging the Arkansas school choice law because the Legislature has since changed the statute. The 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Thursday ordered a lower court dismiss …

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  • Hearing set on health overhaul in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas legislators are to hear from state officials about putting elements of the federal health overhaul in place in Arkansas. The Public Health Committee is to meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for open enrollment. The state is expanding …

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  • Opponents ask Ark. to drop new school standards

    LITTLE ROCK  — Opponents of a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states asked Arkansas lawmakers Monday to back out of the standards, saying the plan takes away the state’s control over its classrooms. Teachers, …

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  • Ad blitz under way for exchange

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A $24 million marketing and outreach blitz is underway in Arkansas to promote the new insurance marketplace under the federal health care law. State insurance officials are trying to reach the roughly 500,000 people who are expected to sign up for …

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  • ASU to sell property

    JONESBORO (AP) — The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees has agreed to sell property in Jonesboro known as the Arkansas Services Center. The board agreed to the sale to Jonesboro City Water & Light — which bid $1.1 million for the property in the …

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  • Bridge OK’d

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway Commission has endorsed a plan to name the new Broadway Bridge in Pulaski County as “America’s Bridge.” The panel voted Wednesday to endorse the plan from Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines. The commission’s approval does not include funding …

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  • 59 years at laundry reflects intense interest

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — At 82 years old, Betty McDowell looks at her 59 years of business as something ordinary. Her love for work, which many would consider a hated household chore, is something she is very vocal about. McDowell has a passion for laundry and …

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  • 6 airports splitting grant

    BRINKLEY (AP) — Six airports in central and eastern Arkansas will split $1.4 million in U.S. Transportation Department grants to make improvements: —The Frank Federer Memorial Airport in Brinkley will receive $388,124 to fix its apron, which is at the end of its useful life; …

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  • Lawmakers to meet to discuss death penalty

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The head of Arkansas’ prison system is expected to meet with legislators to talk about executions after the state’s top lawyer said the current death penalty system is broken. Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs is to appear before the House …

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  • Ark. AG rejects wording of medical marijuana plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed initiated act that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. McDaniel rejected the proposal in an opinion on Monday that says the proposal by Arkansans for Responsible Medicine contains …

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