• 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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  • Hearing set in LR for scientist

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A detention hearing is set in Little Rock for a Chinese scientist accused of trying to steal seed samples from a company’s research facility in Kansas. Wengui Yan, who lives in Stuttgart, had a hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. today. On …

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  • Tired of turkey and ham? Try lamb as holiday centerpiece

    PINE BLUFF — With Christmas so soon after Thanks-giving, many Americans are looking for a different centerpiece for their holiday meal. Consider lamb, suggests Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “Lamb has long been a …

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  • Friday the 13th: Superstitions, fears, phobias

    LITTLE ROCK — Avoiding black cats, broken mirrors and the undersides of ladders are all a part of the pop culture trappings of Friday the 13th, but what happens when fears and superstitions become phobias? Fears are natural and help us avoid danger, said Wally …

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  • Man who stabbed 6-year-old girl to serve life in prison

    CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A man is to serve life in prison for the stabbing death of a 6-year-old girl in Johnson County. Jurors on Thursday convicted 22-year-old Kou Her of first-degree murder, attempted kidnapping and a number of other charges related to the May 16 …

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  • Mulberry woman convicted in rest stop slaying

    VAN BUREN (AP) — A jury found a woman guilty of second-degree murder for the slaying last year of a state highway worker at a highway rest area. Jurors on Thursday found 59-year-old Patricia Hajek-McClure of Mulberry guilty of killing 54-year-old Sharon Sue Richards, who …

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  • Powhatan Historic State Park to host Victorian Holiday Ball

    POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park will have its annual Victorian Holiday Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The event will include history, music and dancing, and participants will experience the vibrant Victorian social life. Dance instruction will be provided, and 19th-century costume is …

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