• 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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  • Legal Aid releases free resources for Arkansans going to court

    Arkansas Legal Services Partnership has launched the next critical step for meaningful access to justice for Arkansans: CourtHelp. With more than 1 million visits and 8 million page views of its website, ALSP has become a national model for innovative uses to technology that expands …

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  • Quick testing of newborn blood samples to be noted

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health plans this week to start sending hospital administrators reports showing how quickly blood samples collected from newborns are submitted to the department laboratory in Little Rock for testing. Department spokesman Kerry Krell said the department decided …

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  • Governor declares disaster

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has declared a disaster in 22 counties after last week’s wintry weather. The governor on Friday issued a disaster declaration for Baxter, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, …

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  • No injuries reported in Salem building collapse

    SALEM (AP) — Authorities say a north Arkansas civic center has collapsed because of the heavy weight of ice and snow. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office says the civic center in Salem collapsed Thursday. The area received heavy snow in last week’s wintry weather and …

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