• Ark. prison system sends seized phones to charity

    LITTLE ROCK — Inmates aren’t allowed to have cellphones in Arkansas’ prisons, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. The state Department of Correction has seized more than 1,000 cellphones since 2008. As those phones piled up, prison officials searched for a way to put …

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  • Christmas trees to be used as fish cover

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Many local anglers sink old Christmas trees to improve fish habitat, and this year old Christmas trees may be taken to any Corps of Engineers boat ramp on Norfork or Bull Shoals lakes for fish cover. Trees should be deposited to the …

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  • Daughter accused of fatally shooting mother in Searcy

    SEARCY — A Searcy woman accused of murdering her mother early this morning is in jail as police investigate why. According to published reports, officers with the Searcy Police Department responded to shots fired at the parking lot of Big Lots just after midnight to …

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  • Montgomery reappointed

    LITTLE ROCK — Andy Montgomery of Batesville has been reappointed to the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, announced Gov. Mike Beebe. Montgomery’s appointment expires Sept. 1, 2017.

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  • Quitman woman pleads no contest in 2012 slaying

    CONWAY (AP) — A Quitman woman has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend. Jamie Lynn Leach entered the plea Wednesday in the August 2012 shooting death of 24-year-old Cody Bradley. Authorities say Bradley was found in a bathtub, …

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  • Ozark Mtns. could get floods this weekend

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Forecasters say much of Arkansas is at risk Saturday for severe weather, including tornadoes, while other areas could see flash floods from heavy rainfall. The Storm Prediction Center says Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and eastern Texas are at risk for severe …

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  • Arkansas roads director pledges improved response

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department is responding to criticism over its handling of wintry weather that left many roads and highways impassable in the state. Agency director Scott Bennett says the department’s work was “unacceptable in some areas” after …

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  • AETN encourages Arkansans to recite Gettysburg Address for ‘The Address’

    CONWAY — Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has announced a major national public outreach campaign in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to learn about and read aloud the Gettysburg address. The initiative, in conjunction …

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  • Bray featured in Hendrix play

    CONWAY — Natasha Bray of Batesville recently participated in a production of “Still. Going Forward Backward” at Hendrix College in Conway. Bray is a sophomore at Hendrix. The play consists of repeated vignettes exploring the complicated interpersonal relationships between men and women. It was written …

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  • Forest Officials accessing damage caused by recent wintry weather

    HOT SPRINGS — Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are assessing damage caused by an ice storm last week and the ongoing freezing temperatures in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The broad band of ice caused damage stretching from northern and central parts of Arkansas and …

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  • Public record: Some suspects are finding their mugshots have long life on Internet

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The mugshot, one of modern law enforcement’s oldest staples, remains an institution in modern-day policing, like fingerprints and rap sheets. But with most sheriff’s offices and jails keeping digital records of every book-in, even after a person is released or even …

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  • Festival grant program offered

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Agriculture Department will administer $45,000 in one-time funding made available to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission for Arkansas festivals featuring an agricultural or forestry product, commerce, or theme and held or proposed to be held on an annual basis. …

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