• Craighead Co. couple to be on HGTV

    JONESBORO (AP) — Dana and Steve Watkins hail from small Craighead County towns and never expected to be homeowners in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador. But they are, and “House Hunters International” will broadcast their story at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on HGTV. “We both grew up in …

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  • Shutdown could mean 2,000+ Ark. furloughs

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The director of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says a federal government shutdown could mean more than 2,000 state employees being furloughed starting Tuesday. Richard Weiss told state agency directors in a memo Friday that a shutdown would mean …

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  • The Marshall Plan collecting Tastykakes, donations for troops

    Lehigh Valley, Penn. — When Kaitlin Reinbold’s Marine boyfriend was stationed in Afghanistan in 2011, she sent care packages to remind him of home. Tastykakes were the most popular items with the Marines, particularly with one named Marshall Kennedy, who had never eaten them before. …

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  • Man accused of sex crimes

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas man faces 38 charges, including aggravated rape and aggravated incest charges, in connection with sex crimes in Louisiana. Zachary Scott Carraway, 25, of Springdale, Ark., has been booked with 19 counts of aggravated incest, 10 counts of …

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  • Free health screening announced

    LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy students will host free health screenings at Kroger pharmacies throughout the state Saturday, including the store in Batesville. The screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checks and will be held …

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  • Preliminary pageants seek qualified candidates

    BLYTHEVILLE — Miss Northeast Arkansas and Miss River Delta, both preliminaries to the Miss Arkansas and Miss America pageants, and now seeking qualified candidates to participate in the pageants. The Northeast Arkansas area includes Mississippi, Crittenden, Poinsett, Greene, Clay, Cross, Independence, Randolph, Lawrence, Sharp, Jackson, …

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  • Medical professionals honored

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — In an emergency situation, when someone’s life is on the line, the doctors and nurses who step in to help become like a second family. This is especially true for Hot Springs residents Jerry and Debbie Brock. In October of last …

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  • Medal of Honor recipient to join veterans job fair

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation at a job fair for veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses. More than 55 employers are expected to participate in Tuesday’s event at the Statehouse …

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  • Teen pleads not guilty in death of neighbor girl

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — An Arkansas teenager accused of killing an 11-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Sowell pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday. He’s due back in court on Oct. 14, and his trial is set to begin …

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  • Alleged shooter found mentally fit

    HOPE (AP) — An Ozan man accused of shooting an Arkansas State Police trooper during a traffic stop has been found mentally fit to stand trial. Herman Lee White is charged with first-degree battery of a law enforcement officer for the March 2012 shooting of …

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  • Women’s program scheduled

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Bull Shoals-White River State Park will be hosting a Women’s Outdoor Weekend Oct.4-6, said Julie Lovett of the park’s staff. “During this three-day, two-night workshop, participants will attend different sessions on basic camping/backpacking skills, beginning bird watching, intro to fly fishing, beginning …

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  • Lawyer asks judge to block sex offender-Medicaid law

    LITTLE ROCK — An attorney for an Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago told a federal judge Thursday that a new state law prohibiting registered sex offenders from receiving Medicaid funds is more about politics than serving the public good. Attorneys …

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