• 7 flu deaths reported

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says the flu is widespread across Arkansas and that seven people have died since September as a result of the virus. Gary Wheeler, the chief of infectious disease at the department, said the deaths have ranged …

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  • Mark Darr rebuffs calls to resign amid scandal

    LITTLE ROCK — Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe called on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Tuesday amid a campaign finance scandal but was rebuffed by his Republican second-in-command, who said he wanted to make “things right” with the people of Arkansas. Beebe said that before …

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  • Hearing set in Ark. dispatcher death

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A bond hearing is set to get underway for a man charged in the 2011 death of an Arkansas police dispatcher. Kevin Duck is set to have a bond hearing Monday in Hot Springs. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree …

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  • Unbuilt steel mill biggest 2013 economic news

    LITTLE ROCK — A $1.1 billion steel mill proposed for northeast Arkansas was the state’s biggest economic announcement of 2013, but excitement over the plant was tempered by job losses elsewhere in Arkansas. Big River Steel announced in January that it planned to build a …

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  • Insider stories from police, others sought

    CLINTON — Tony Cuttone, author of the new book, “Insider Stories from the Chicago Police Force & Others” (volume one), is looking for funny, true stories from police officers around the country for volume two in the series. Volume one is filled with more than …

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  • AG launches probe into Target breach

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas attorney general Dustin McDaniel says he has launched an investigation into a security breach at Target that affected millions of customers. McDaniel announced the investigation Thursday. He joins attorney generals from other states who have started similar investigations. Target said …

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  • 2 Ark. providers join Medicare cost-lowering plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two health-care provider networks in Arkansas will begin participating in a program that rewards providers for lowering the cost of care for Medicare patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that the new participants are Arkansas …

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  • Documentary goes behind the music in Branson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Documentary filmmakers A.J. Schnack and David Wilson knew it would be easy to make fun of Branson, middle America’s flag-waving, family-friendly celebration of musical variety shows and early-bird dinner specials. The Midwest natives felt a stronger obligation to dig beneath the …

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  • St. Francis Co. declares disaster

    FORREST CITY (AP) — St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for the county after last weekend’s tornado that killed one person and injured several others. The disaster proclamation says damage caused by the storm has created “an emergency disaster …

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  • 2013 marks a busy year for courts in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Challenges to portions of Arkansas’ education system and the state’s execution methods made their way through courts in 2013. A long-running desegregation lawsuit approached an apparent end after decades of state spending totaling more than $1 billion. Challenges to the state’s …

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  • 4-year degrees on the rise, but state still lags

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More Arkansans hold four-year college degrees than 20 years ago, but only small pockets of the state have been able to attract and retain better-educated residents. Since 1990, most counties have only seen modest increases in their portion of residents with …

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  • ASU to break ground on campus in Mexico

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Feb. 5 groundbreaking is scheduled for Arkansas State University’s new campus in Mexico, a $50 million undertaking that’s being funded with private money. The new campus will be built in Queretaro in north central Mexico. Officials there approached Arkansas State …

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