• Court: Ark. immune from school union lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court says a judge was correct to dismiss the state from a lawsuit filed by Pulaski County’s teachers and staff unions over the decision to cancel their contracts with the district. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a …

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  • Flippin mayor won’t resign

    FLIPPIN (AP) — The mayor of Flippin says he won’t resign his post, despite a recent incident in which he accidentally shot out a window in City Hall. At a city council meeting this week, Mayor J.J. Hudson said he wouldn’t step down. Councilwoman Stacie …

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  • Judge holding hearing on law axing Medicaid for sex offenders

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge is to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law that prohibits registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson is scheduled to hear arguments in Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker’s effort to …

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  • Ouachita Co. judge pleads innocent to new charges

    EL DORADO (AP) — Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly has pleaded not guilty to new charges handed down by a grand jury earlier this month. Hesterly was charged in January with bribery and conspiracy after federal prosecutors accused him of defrauding the federal government out …

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  • Walmart still stocking Paula Deen items

    LITTLE ROCK — Despite Walmart’s July announcement that it ended its relationship with Paula Deen, the world’s largest retailer said Wednesday that it expects to keep her branded cookware on the shelves through the end of the year. Walmart said that after dumping Deen, it …

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  • Macarons are work of art for Hot Springs baker

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — For three years, Clare Williams has brought a little French flair to Hot Springs. With MaryClare Macarons, Williams — who studied art and design — said her business is very much a new medium for her to express creativity and imagination …

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  • Man who escaped Calif. prison arrested in Ark.

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a California prison in 1977 has been captured in Arkansas, where he was living under an alias. The Garland County Sheriff’s Office says 69-year-old Michael Ray Morrow was arrested without incident Monday in Jessieville. …

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  • AG seeks e-cigarette regulation

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is among 40 attorneys general urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products. In a letter sent to the FDA …

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  • Law change sought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal wildlife protection law passed in 1900 has put modern-day fish farmers at risk of being fined or jailed if they accidentally ship an undocumented fish across state line. A congressman in Arkansas, third in the nation for aquaculture production, …

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  • Trial under way in Little Rock for ex-cop

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A prosecutor says former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings acted with “reckless disregard” when he shot and killed a teenager suspected in a string of vehicle break-ins. Chief deputy prosecutor John Johnson made the comment Tuesday during opening statements in …

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  • Lee Brice to perform at downtown Jonesboro

    JONESBORO — The fifth annual Downtown Jonesboro BBQ and Music Fest will be held Saturday in Jonesboro. The free event will include music throughout the day, a barbecue contest, food and giveaways, according to event chairman and Jonesboro Alderman Tim McCall. Music begins downtown at …

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  • Arkansas Library Association to hold conference

    HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Library Association will hold its annual conference and trade show Oct. 5 through 8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The conference is expected to draw more than 300 attendees from public, school, academic and special libraries throughout Arkansas and …

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