• Police chief wants to hire mayor’s son

    JONESBORO (AP) — Some members of the Jonesboro City Council expressed concern after learning that one of the mayor’s sons was in line for a new job that the council agreed to create this week. Council members voted Tuesday to create the position and set …

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  • School fire may be arson

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A fire at Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff is being investigated as arson. Police said paper was placed on a stove and the stove was turned on, leading to the fire inside a computer lab. The fire was reported about …

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  • Judge won’t OK Whirlpool lawsuit as class-action

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A federal judge says he won’t certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it. U.S. District Judge P.K. …

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  • State medical board OKs pre-abortion ultrasound

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A divided Arkansas medical panel has voted to require doctors to perform an ultrasound test on a patient before carrying out an abortion. The Arkansas State Medical Board voted 7-6 Thursday to implement parts of a state law, which also requires …

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  • Couple pleads not guilty

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A judge on Wednesday entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of a husband and wife accused of kidnapping and killing a real estate agent this fall. Arron Lewis, 33, and estranged wife Crystal Lowery, 41, were charged in the death of Beverly …

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  • Star or asterisk? Nativity scene has disclaimer

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A nativity scene at the Baxter County courthouse will feature an additional element this year: a disclaimer saying the county had nothing to do with it. The quorum court voted to point out that private residents — and not the local …

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  • 2 charged in truck slaying

    MARKED TREE (AP) — A man and a woman in northeast Arkansas are charged with murder in the death of a man found fatally shot under a burning truck. Forty-eight-year-old Christopher Terrell and 40-year-old Betty Grant were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say the …

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  • Man sentenced in sex assault

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A 41-year-old northwest Arkansas man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl. Michael Harris was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual assault. He was also given a 20-year suspended sentence. The victim …

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  • Christmas in the Wild set for Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK — Little Rock Zoo’s Christmas in the Wild will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 and 13. Participants will enjoy cookies and milk in Café Africa, take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, give Santa a wish list, make holiday crafts, …

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  • Winter weather advisory in Oklahoma, Arkansas

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Light freezing drizzle and rain along with sleet is falling in northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sellers said this morning’s precipitation was spotty with the heaviest amounts falling in northwest Arkansas, leading to some icy spots …

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  • ADEQ launches app

    The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has launched a mobile application that will allow users anywhere in the state to report environmental hazards directly from some smart phones. “Our inspectors do a great job, but they can’t be everywhere,” Ryan Benefield, interim director, said. “Enabling …

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  • ASU to host Madrigal Feaste

    JONESBORO — In the style of Merrie Old England with costumes, decorations, comedy and fanfare, the Arkansas State University choirs will present the Madrigal Feaste in the Grand Hall of A-State’s Fowler Center Dec. 5 and 6. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, led by …

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