• St. Francis Co. declares disaster

    FORREST CITY (AP) — St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for the county after last weekend’s tornado that killed one person and injured several others. The disaster proclamation says damage caused by the storm has created “an emergency disaster …

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  • 2013 marks a busy year for courts in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Challenges to portions of Arkansas’ education system and the state’s execution methods made their way through courts in 2013. A long-running desegregation lawsuit approached an apparent end after decades of state spending totaling more than $1 billion. Challenges to the state’s …

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  • 4-year degrees on the rise, but state still lags

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More Arkansans hold four-year college degrees than 20 years ago, but only small pockets of the state have been able to attract and retain better-educated residents. Since 1990, most counties have only seen modest increases in their portion of residents with …

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  • ASU to break ground on campus in Mexico

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Feb. 5 groundbreaking is scheduled for Arkansas State University’s new campus in Mexico, a $50 million undertaking that’s being funded with private money. The new campus will be built in Queretaro in north central Mexico. Officials there approached Arkansas State …

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  • Ark. flowers grace D.C. tree

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A little piece of Arkansas is spending the holiday season in Washington. Arkansas wildflowers have been placed inside plastic ornaments and hang on one of the trees lining a walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree. The other 49 states, the District …

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  • Survey: Duck numbers drop

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Waterfowl hunters are likely seeing an increased number of ducks in recent weeks. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists conducted aerial waterfowl surveys in the state’s Delta region, the Arkansas River Valley and southwestern Arkansas. The duck population index in the …

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  • UCA prof explores state’s monster lore

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The creatures are stirring. Mark Spitzer investigates some of the most incredible monsters of Arkansas myth, folklore and possibly fact in his new book, “Crypto-Arkansas” (Spuyten Duyvil, $12). Spitzer, associate professor of writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, …

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  • U.S. Farm Bill conservation program seeks participation – Applications due Jan. 17

    LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program for new enrollments for fiscal year 2014. Producers in any Arkansas county interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through Jan. 17. “Through …

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  • Caves in national forests remain closed to protect bats

    RUSSELLVILLE — Since 2009, employees in Arkansas’ national forests and other conservation leaders have taken precautions and necessary measures in an effort to prevent the arrival of the deadly White Nose Syndrome disease into the state. This deadly disease could be a precursor to an …

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  • Winter fishing series set on Lake Norfork

    SALEM — The Salem High School Beta Club is hosting the Greyhound Winter Super Series, an opportunity for anglers to fish throughout the winter and possibly earn some money while enjoying their favorite pastime, said publicist Cody Faulkner. “The series will take place at Panther …

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  • Beebe seeks disaster declaration for winter storm

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is requesting a federal disaster declaration for 15 Arkansas counties affected by wintry weather earlier this month. Beebe announced Monday that he was seeking a major disaster declaration for Crawford, Franklin, Independence, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Newton, …

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  • Birders flock to look at visiting snowy owl

    LITTLE ROCK — A single snowy owl, most unusual in Arkansas, is drawing birders to the Port of Little Rock area. Karen Rowe, nongame migratory bird coordinator with the Arkansas Game and Fish commission, said, “About two weeks ago, Lenord Vaughn, an employee at LM …

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