• Lawmakers urge higher teacher pay

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are recommending an increase of almost $1,800 in base pay for new teachers. The House and Senate education committees advised raising the minimum starting teacher salary from $29,244 to $31,000 by fiscal 2017. They made the recommendation, along with …

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  • Agents attend safety session

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Weeks after the body of a real estate agent was found in central Arkansas, people in her field met in Little Rock for a seminar focused on job safety. Beverly Carter disappeared Sept. 25 after telling her husband she was showing …

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  • Fort Smith takes nooses off gallows

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The thick rope nooses no longer swing from the gallows near downtown Fort Smith, yet they still play a role in area history. Officials with the Fort Smith National Historic Site no longer display the ropes similar to the ones used …

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  • One charged for threats

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been charged with banging on a drive-thru window and saying it was time for him to start killing people. Murfreesboro police say 58-year-old Richard Shultz of Little Rock pulled into a Wendy’s Thursday night and told a …

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  • Parole board finds sentence commutation ‘without merit’

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found a sentence commutation application made by an Izard County man serving time for murder and other crimes to be without merit, according to clemency recommendations issued by the board on Thursday. Jeremy Thomas, 29, was sentenced …

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  • Ockerts initiate scholarship endowment for editors of ASU’s Herald

    JONESBORO — Roy and Pat Ockert, both former editors of Arkansas State University’s school newspaper, the Herald, have initiated the Roy and Pat Ockert Herald Editor Scholarship endowment for the Herald editor’s position. Each semester the chief editor will receive a stipend to help with …

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  • Communities make pitch for new Arkansas prison

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state. Friday is the deadline for communities to submit paperwork if they want to be home to the new …

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  • Trial of former Harrison pastor is delayed

    HARRISON (AP) — The trial of a former Shiloh Baptist Church pastor in Harrison on sexual assault charges is being delayed. Deputy Boone County Prosecutor Chris Carter said the trial of 35-year-old Larry Berkley will be continued until after his trial in Tennessee on similar …

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  • Motorcyclist dies in wreck on Baxter Co. road

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old Lakeview man was killed after he crashed his motorcycle in northern Arkansas. State police say the wreck happened Sunday afternoon on Arkansas 126 in Baxter County. According to a preliminary report, Bryan Bausano lost control of his …

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  • 8 charged in fatal shooting

    TEXARKANA (AP) — Texarkana police have arrested eight people who they say are connected to a fatal shooting at a gas station. Each of the suspects has been charged with a felony. All but one have been charged with multiple felonies. Police haven’t specified what …

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  • Expo Center hosts gun show

    CONWAY — A gun show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Faulkner County Fairgrounds Expo Center, located at 2505 E. Oak St. in Conway. A large selection of new and used …

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  • Police: Skull matches arson suspect’s DNA

    OGDEN (AP) — Arkansas authorities have identified a skull found by a 6-year-old girl near her home as that of an arson suspect. Arkansas State Police Special Agent John Rhone said Thursday the girl found 26-year-old Zachery Wagner’s remains. He has been missing since February. …

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