• Police seize pipe bombs during search of home

    JONESBORO (AP) — A man and a woman in Jonesboro are in custody after officers executing a search warrant found pipe bombs, bomb-making material and weapons at a house. Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says authorities called in local agents from the FBI to assist …

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  • Batesville among ‘Leaders in Fitness’

    Little Rock — The city of Batesville is among the recipients of the 2013 Leadership in Fitness Awards from the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and will be recognized at an event Oct. 4 in Little Rock. “We salute this year’s recipients for exemplifying the …

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  • Parole board denies request for commutation

    LITTLE ROCK — A Brockwell man who was picked up at a home visit last summer by parole officers has had a request for his sentence to be commuted turned down by the Arkansas Parole Board. Cortney L. Jennings, 34, is currently serving a prison …

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  • Burglar leaves phone behind

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Fort Smith police investigating the burglary of a business had no trouble developing a suspect after they found a mobile phone that was left behind at the company. Police said Thursday that the phone was plugged into a charge at the …

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  • Prisons to auction off horses

    BENTON (AP) — Arkansas’ prison system is planning to sell some of its horses at auction next month. Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says people will have a chance to bid on about 35 retired horses, colts and mules at the agency’s third horse …

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  • Ark. lawmakers back cuts to food stamp program

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ four congressmen have voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, a 5 percent reduction to the nation’s main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans. Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, …

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  • Parole office admits lapses

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Top parole administrators say Arkansas’ parole and probation agency’s past leadership failed to properly and consistently share information with the public as state law mandated. Sheila Sharp, the new head of the Department of Community Correction, appeared before the Legislature’s Joint …

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  • Board favors commutation for killers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended commuting the life sentences of two convicted killers, including a 74-year-old who has been in prison since 1965. The board announced the recommendations Thursday for 74-year-old Samuel Billingsley and 40-year-old Dustin Vickers. Billingsley was convicted …

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  • Application deadline nears

    The National Park Service is now accepting applications for grants to preserve and interpret the U.S. confinement sites and other locations where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. This year’s deadline for applications is Nov. 1. “With these grants, the …

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  • Insurance plans coming next week

    LITTLE ROCK — Information on the cost of insurance plans offered in the Arkansas marketplace created under the federal health care law will be released a little more than a week before consumers can begin signing up, state insurance officials said Thursday. The announcement prompted …

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  • ASU to honor Ockert

    JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2013 at Homecoming on Oct. 12. This year’s honorees are Darrel Cunningham of Fort Smith, Danny L. Ford of Rector and Roy Ockert Jr. of Jonesboro. All three are devoted …

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  • Missing carnival worker ID’d as Pocahontas body

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Police in Pocahontas say a body found in the city is that of a missing carnival worker. Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett said Thursday the body was identified as that of 26-year-old Mathew St. Amant of Church Point, La. The chief says …

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