• Murder trial ends with plea

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — The capital murder trial for a man charged in the 2006 killing of a Mountain Home doctor ended abruptly when the defendant pleaded no contest to first-degree murder. Gary Wayne Parks entered the plea Monday in what would have been the …

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  • Panel eyes Equal Rights Amendment

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel is considering a proposal to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution more than three decades after the deadline to pass the amendment. The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee was expected today to …

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  • Legislative leaders endorse insurance expansion

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Republican leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate on Monday endorsed a proposal to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income workers using federal funds, an idea lawmakers are considering as an alternative to expanding Medicaid’s enrollment under the federal …

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  • Animal protection bills get backing

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has backed a proposal to create stiffer penalties for people who impersonate a police officer while illegally seizing an animal. By a 28-7 vote, lawmakers approved the measure Monday and sent it to the House. The Senate also …

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  • Newburg springs to be saved

    NEWBURG — When one thinks of healing and medical springs, it’s usually Hot Springs or Eureka Springs that come to mind. “Very few people of today have heard about the medical springs in Newburg,” said Dot Sanders, but “This is a place that needs to …

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  • AHEC gets new identity

    LITTLE ROCK — The Area Health Education Center North Central (AHEC North Central), a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), today became known as UAMS North Central, a change intended to unify the programs under the strength of UAMS’ reputation for …

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  • Ouachita Baptist seeks orchestra auditions

    ARKADELPHIA — A community-based chamber orchestra is being formed at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia that will perform chamber orchestra literature of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The ensemble will rehearse one night a week (to be determined) and the instrumentation will be comprised …

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  • Committee weighs steel mill proposal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Senate committee is considering Gov. Mike Beebe’s proposal to provide a company $125 million in state financing to help build a new steel mill in the northeast part of the state. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic …

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  • House OKs naming world’s poultry capital

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Why did SB949 cross the Arkansas Capitol? To get to the governor’s desk. A proposal to name Springdale the “Poultry Capital of the World” is poised to become law in Arkansas after winning final approval from the Legislature Monday. The House …

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  • Sky lantern sales may be banned

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that would ban the sale and use of sky lanterns in the state. The Senate voted 25-10 Monday and passed the bill that would prohibit the sale and use of unmanned free-floating devices designed to …

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  • Military Kids Camps offered through August

    Military Kids Camps are being offered through Operation: Military Kids, Arkansas National Guard and Golden Corral Restaurants. The camps seek to foster resilience, promote community, teach critical-thinking skills, embrace the natural environment and create future leaders. The camps include: • Metro Camp, Northwest, April 12-14 …

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  • ‘Cooking on the Wild Side’ to premiere on AETN

    Phyllis Speer, John Philpot of ‘Arkansas Outdoors’ return with best of outdoor fare CONWAY — “Cooking on the Wild Side” will premiere as a monthly series on the Arkansas Educational Television Network at 6:30 p.m. April 2. The show features classic segments of Phyllis Speer …

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