• State employees group increases scholarship award

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Employees Association has increased the size of its annual scholarship awarded to ASEA members and their dependents for the 2014-15 academic year, according to a news release. The John F. Motes Scholarship is awarded in honor of the impact …

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  • Fall writers’ retreat scheduled in Piggot

    PIGGOTT — The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center has announced dates for its Fall 2013 Writers’ Retreat. The retreat will be held Nov. 4 through 8 in the Educational Center and the Hemingway Barn-Studio, located at 1021 W. Cherry St. in Piggott, and will offer …

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  • Adult literacy classes offered in 26 counties

    LITTLE ROCK — Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corporation, recently announced that more than 80 free adult digital literacy classes will be held at libraries in 26 Arkansas counties. The Adult Digital Literacy Program provides digital literacy training on a wide range of …

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  • Man convicted for killing tot

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A Texarkana man has been convicted of battery and aggravated assault in the death of his girlfriend’s 23-month-old son. Damian Ford was sentenced to a total of 62 years in prison Tuesday for the death 2012 of Christopher Peoples Jr. and …

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  • Marijuana found in forest

    BENTON (AP) — State and federal authorities say several marijuana plants have been seized from the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says its officers worked with the Benton Police Department, Saline County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Forest Service to …

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  • Ex-officer draws prison term

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Little Rock police officer has been sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Mark Anthony Jones was arrested in 2012. He pleaded guilty this year to one count of attempting to aid and abet …

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  • Veterans home cited for 3rd time

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Investigators have cited the state-run veterans home in Fayetteville for its third violation this year, alleging a worker didn’t care for a patient’s wound properly. The state Office of Long Term Care said that, when the wound’s dressing was changed twice daily, …

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  • FS gets $1M grant for trail

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The Walton Family Foundation has awarded $1 million to Fort Smith to build a walking trail along the Arkansas River. City officials say the grant will be used to build a 2-mile section of the River West Trail from River Park …

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  • Love of music turns man’s life around

    DEWITT (AP) — “With the gift of forgiveness, I’m happy with who I have become” This is just one of the many lyrics written by Derek Clark about his life. Clark has a hellish story about his early years. His own father tried to kill …

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  • Big rain, flash floods predicted

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A flash flood watch is in place for much of Arkansas as forecasters predict a deluge of rain in the next two days. The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches of rain is possible through Thursday in parts of …

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  • Campora honored for heroism

    LITTLE ROCK — During last week’s regular meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the late Wildlife Officer First Class Joel Campora was honored for his heroism during a swift-water rescue attempt earlier this summer. Campora died May 31 during the rescue attempt in …

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  • Democrats ask for ethics probe of Rep. Tom Cotton

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Democratic Party asked an outside congressional office to investigate whether U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton illegally solicited contributions for his Senate bid during a radio interview at the U.S. Capitol last month. The state party sent a complaint to the …

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