• Hearing set on gay marriage ban

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A hearing has been set in a lawsuit brought by a group of same-sex couples challenging Arkansas’ ban on gay marriage. Online court records show that a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12 in state court. A group of same-sex couples …

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  • Special session starts today

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are gathering at the state Capitol to begin a special session aimed at lowering insurance premium hikes expected to hit thousands of teachers next year. The House and Senate were scheduled to meet this afternoon for the start of …

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  • Competition to heat up at Rib Off

    LITTLE ROCK — The 6th annual B Street Rib Off will be Saturday at MacArthur Park in Little Rock. The event will feature a barbecue cooking competition that includes ribs, chicken and side dishes. Teams may enter up to the night before the event. Side …

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  • Arkansas delegation supports bill to reopen federal government

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation supported legislation Wednesday to reopen the federal government and avoid a threatened national default. Republican U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack had said beforehand that they would vote in favor of the measure. …

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  • Beebe calls special session

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe says he’ll call a special session for lawmakers to address health insurance increases set to take effect Jan. 1 for the state’s public school employees. Beebe says the session will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday. State officials have …

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  • Ghost Walks set for Friday

    POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will host Ghost Walks from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Century-old buildings, the Black River and old cemeteries play host to a number of Powhatan’s ghost stories, folk tales and legends. Ghost Walk participants will be introduced to the …

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  • Recycling company jobs add up

    FORREST CITY (AP) — An electronics recycling company has announced plans to open a processing facility in Forrest City, creating up to 75 jobs. AMT E-Waste Solutions said it will open an electronics waste processing facility in the former Forrest City Grocery warehouse on Scott …

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  • FS library bans e-cigarettes

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Visitors to the Fort Smith Public Library will no longer be able to puff on electronic cigarettes while browsing through books. The library’s Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to ban e-cigarettes, which resemble traditional cigarettes but emit vapor instead of smoke. …

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  • 2 officers wounded in shootout

    MEMPHIS (AP) — A man who shot and wounded two Memphis police officers and then barricaded himself in a home that later was engulfed in flames had refused to negotiate, authorities say. Police say Aaron Dumas — wanted on attempted murder charges — opened fire …

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  • Ark. One records 235 safety violations in 13 years

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — The Arkansas One nuclear power plant in Russellville experienced 234 lower-level and one higher-level safety violations between 2000 and 2012. The violations were included in a congressional study expected to be released this month showing safety violations at nuclear plants across the …

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  • Suspect waives hearing in power grid attack

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Jacksonville man accused of attempting to sabotage a part of central Arkansas’ power grid waived his right to a detention hearing Tuesday in his first federal court appearance. Jason Woodring, 37, said he wouldn’t fight his detainment after being charged …

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  • Teen, 15, shot to death

    WEST FORK (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in northwest Arkansas. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Dillon Brawley was found dead from a single gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon in West Fork. Investigators say it may be an …

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