• Attorneys say polling OK

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Attorneys say Fort Smith city officials didn’t violate the state’s Freedom of Information Act by individually polling board members. Resident Jack Swink filed a lawsuit earlier this month against City Clerk Sherri Gard and four city board members. The lawsuit accuses …

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  • Drug czar retires

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener is retiring after more than seven years in the post. Gov. Mike Beebe’s office announced Monday that Flener is retiring effective Thursday and Steve Varady will serve as director for the rest of the year. Varady …

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  • Woman set afire in Fox

    FOX — A relationship gone bad ended early this morning with a Stone County woman being set afire by a man who later fled in her car. “Around 1 a.m. today the Stone County 911 dispatcher got a call from a person in the Fox …

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  • Jonesboro police: Imposter cop tried to lure kids

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas police have arrested an 18-year-old man they say tried to coax children into his car by claiming to be a police officer. Landon Shawn Morris has been charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and criminal impersonation. Court documents indicate city police …

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  • Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas

    The dog days of summer are being ushered in with a whimper. A cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week, weather forecasters said Monday. It’s normally the hottest time of the year, …

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  • Madison County voters to weigh sales tax increase

    HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Madison County voters will get to decide whether to increase the sales tax by a penny to help fund the county jail and other needs. The county’s quorum court voted Monday to put the tax increase on the November ballot. The tax …

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  • JP wants to change jail uniform

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A justice of the peace in Baxter County wants to change what inmates wear. Quorum court member Gary Tennison has written a proposed ordinance about uniforms for inmates. His proposal will go before the quorum court next month. Tennison says what …

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  • Investigation continues in jail narcotics

    CONWAY (AP) — An Arkansas prosecuting attorney has called on state police to take over an investigation into allegations that a top jail administrator took a prescription narcotic meant for a prisoner. The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office concluded its internal investigation on Monday. The findings …

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  • Pine Bluff officials await OK to raze structure

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Pine Bluff officials are waiting for a structural engineer’s report to see if a downtown building that partially collapsed last week needs to be razed. More than a third of an empty building’s roof gave way on Friday, sending bricks toppling …

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  • NEA Marble Show comes to Pocahontas

    POCAHONTAS — The Third Annual Northeast Arkansas Marble Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Days Inn & Suites, located at 2805 U.S. Highway 67 in Pocahontas. Anyone interested in buying, selling, trading or learning about marbles is welcome. Marble dealer …

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  • Polk County moves forward with jail tax plan

    MENA (AP) — Polk County officials are moving forward with a sheriff’s sales tax proposal to pay for a new jail. The county’s quorum court has approved Sheriff Mike Godfrey’s plan to seek a 1-percent sales tax to build a 100-bed county jail. The county …

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  • Arkansas man fulfills dream of becoming rodeo contractor

    MAGNOLIA — One fact that many people in Columbia County might not know is that the county is home to a professional rodeo contractor. Columbia County native Van Flaherty has been raising bucking horses and bucking bulls for years and has positioned himself as a …

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