• High court to look at inmate’s right to grow beard

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an Arkansas prison inmate must be allowed to grow a short beard in accordance with his religious beliefs. The justices said today they will hear an appeal from inmate Gregory Holt, who says his …

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  • Animal breeding site raided

    JEFFERSON (AP) — Authorities in Jefferson County say they have confiscated 140 dogs, 20 horses and other animals from an animal breeding operation. Officials say the animals were living in filthy conditions. The Thursday raid also involved 11 exotic birds, 19 chickens and multiple cats, …

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  • Significant icing possible in northern Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for counties in northern Arkansas for Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Forecasters say the winter storm will bring “significant winter precipitation” to the northern one-third of Arkansas. The weather service expects …

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  • 183 animals taken from alleged puppy mill

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Jefferson County authorities say 183 animals — including 121 dogs — have been taken from an alleged puppy mill. The sheriff’s office said in a news release that officers serving a search warrant Thursday found the animals in what they called …

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  • Former state treasurer pleads not guilty Thursday

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday to mail fraud charges alleging that she misspent campaign funds — counts that won’t be part of her upcoming bribery and extortion trial. Shoffner, a Democrat, didn’t speak during her arraignment in …

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  • Fire burns landmark ‘majestic’ Hot Springs hotel

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Firefighters were battling a stubborn blaze Friday at an abandoned hotel in Hot Springs that has stood as a city landmark for more than 130 years. The fire broke out Thursday evening at the Majestic Hotel near Bathhouse Row downtown. The …

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  • Suze Orman’s financial show to air on AETN

    CONWAY — “Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You” will air at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Arkansas Educational Television Network. Orman focuses on helping individuals find financial solutions that fit their situations. Her advice is based not only on numbers but it is also grounded …

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  • Entries being accepted for PBS Kids’ writers contest

    CONWAY — The Arkansas Educational Television Network is accepting entries for the PBS KIDS Writers Contest now through April 4. The contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning, according to a news release. The …

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  • ‘The Fantasticks’ to be performed at ASU-MH

    MOUNTAIN HOME — “The Fantasticks” will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Arkansas State University at Mountain Home. This musical is the world’s longest-running production of any kind. It is a tale of young lovers who become disillusioned only to discover a more mature, …

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  • Volunteers seeking members

    BULL SHOALS — The Bull Shoals-White River State Park Volunteer Group is seeking new members. Anyone interested in sharing with others their love of the Ozarks’ history, culture and natural resources is welcome. Volunteer opportunities include lake cruise captains, first mates, powerhouse tour guides and …

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  • Lawmakers weigh limits on Medicaid sign-up

    LITTLE ROCK — A proposal to limit the time when low-income Arkansans can sign up for coverage under the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion may be key to breaking a legislative deadlock over the future of the nationally-watched program, lawmakers said Thursday. Some opponents of Arkansas’ …

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  • 2 more rounds of wintry mix in forecast

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says a potentially “significant” winter weather event could occur late Sunday into Monday morning in parts of northern Arkansas. Forecasters say freezing rain and sleet are possible for “prolonged periods” in parts of northern Arkansas on Sunday …

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