• Burglar leaves phone behind

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Fort Smith police investigating the burglary of a business had no trouble developing a suspect after they found a mobile phone that was left behind at the company. Police said Thursday that the phone was plugged into a charge at the …

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  • Prisons to auction off horses

    BENTON (AP) — Arkansas’ prison system is planning to sell some of its horses at auction next month. Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says people will have a chance to bid on about 35 retired horses, colts and mules at the agency’s third horse …

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  • Ark. lawmakers back cuts to food stamp program

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ four congressmen have voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, a 5 percent reduction to the nation’s main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans. Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, …

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  • Parole office admits lapses

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Top parole administrators say Arkansas’ parole and probation agency’s past leadership failed to properly and consistently share information with the public as state law mandated. Sheila Sharp, the new head of the Department of Community Correction, appeared before the Legislature’s Joint …

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  • Board favors commutation for killers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended commuting the life sentences of two convicted killers, including a 74-year-old who has been in prison since 1965. The board announced the recommendations Thursday for 74-year-old Samuel Billingsley and 40-year-old Dustin Vickers. Billingsley was convicted …

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  • Application deadline nears

    The National Park Service is now accepting applications for grants to preserve and interpret the U.S. confinement sites and other locations where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. This year’s deadline for applications is Nov. 1. “With these grants, the …

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  • Insurance plans coming next week

    LITTLE ROCK — Information on the cost of insurance plans offered in the Arkansas marketplace created under the federal health care law will be released a little more than a week before consumers can begin signing up, state insurance officials said Thursday. The announcement prompted …

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  • ASU to honor Ockert

    JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2013 at Homecoming on Oct. 12. This year’s honorees are Darrel Cunningham of Fort Smith, Danny L. Ford of Rector and Roy Ockert Jr. of Jonesboro. All three are devoted …

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  • Missing carnival worker ID’d as Pocahontas body

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Police in Pocahontas say a body found in the city is that of a missing carnival worker. Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said Thursday the body was identified as that of 26-year-old Mathew St. Amant of Church Point, La. The chief says …

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  • Cruisers for Cadence benefit set for Saturday

    BLYTHEVILLE — The Cruisers for Cadence McGuire Benefit has been set for Saturday at Holiday Inn at Blytheville. Activities will include a car show judged by Cadence McGuire, a concert held at the Bistro 1121 Club and a silent auction. The 10th Street Cruisers are …

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  • Teen dies in accidental shooting

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police say a teenager has died in what appears to be an accidental shooting outside of a fast food restaurant. Sgt. Doug Formon says the shooting was reported Wednesday night at Chick-fil-A in Jonesboro. Formon said the shooting happened inside a …

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  • Body found in Pocahontas

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Authorities in Pocahontas say a body was found Wednesday near the Randolph County fairgrounds. Arkansas State Police is investigating. Neither a name nor gender of the dead person has been released. Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said that three weeks ago his …

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