• State’s AG says schools can’t arm teachers, staff

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas school districts can’t use a little-known state law to employ teachers and staff as guards who can carry guns on campus, the state’s attorney general said Thursday in an opinion that likely ends a district’s plan to arm more than 20 …

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  • Recent rain decreases drought area

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Recent rainfall has reduced the area covered by drought in Arkansas from about 91 percent to 71 percent in just one week. Large drought-free swaths swept across parts of counties bordering Missouri, the northeastern part of the state and areas of …

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  • 1 accused of fraud

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a Little Rock health care provider has been arrested for felony Medicaid fraud. McDaniel says 21-year-old Tequila Fitzgerald turned herself in to Pulaski County authorities Thursday morning after the Attorney General’s Office issued a warrant …

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  • ASU to commission Sidney woman as 2nd lieutenant

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Military Science Department will commission two ROTC cadets into the United States Army and Army National Guard in a ceremony to be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the ASU Convocation Center. Rebecca Diane Burkhart of Sidney will receive a …

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  • Making the best of back-to-school sales tax holiday

    LITTLE ROCK — This year’s sales tax holiday is this weekend just in time for back- to-school shopping, and Laura Connerly, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has a few tips to help families save money. The sales tax holiday …

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  • Demo chairman steps down

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chairman of the state Democratic Party is stepping down after two and a half years at the helm. The party announced Wednesday that Will Bond was leaving as the party’s chairman. Bond, a former state representative from Jacksonville, was elected …

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  • Quick end being sought to China chicken ban

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Poultry experts said Wednesday they are hopeful China will quickly lift import restrictions put in place after nine Arkansas chickens were exposed to a strain of avian flu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Arkansas’ congressional delegation Tuesday that China had …

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  • Charges filed against man accused in 3 deaths

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — Prosecutors have filed capital murder charges against an Arkansas man accusing of killing three people, including his 9-year-old niece. Timothy Hill is charged in the July 13 deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield; and his niece, Autumn …

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  • Trayvon Martin event planned at Texarkana

    TEXARKANA (AP) — A group in Texarkana is planning an event to celebrate the life of a Florida teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Community Concerned Citizens for Justice will meet at noon Saturday at Texarkana’s downtown post office for what the group is …

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  • Mo. man unearths 2-carat diamond at park

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A Missouri man has found a 2.05-carat brown diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Steve Vehige was on his fourth visit to the park when he found the marble-shaped diamond on Saturday. Vehige, of Flint Hill, Mo., named the …

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  • Judge denies request to move trial for woman

    JONESBORO (AP) — A judge has denied a request to move the trial of a Jonesboro woman charged in a plot to kill her husband. Circuit Judge Victor Hill rejected Michelle Despain’s request in an order dated Tuesday. Despain’s lawyers have expressed concern about news …

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  • Deer causes fatal motorcycle crash

    ODEN (AP) — Authorities say a western Arkansas man is dead after a deer crashed into his motorcycle. Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Tuesday night in Oden in Montgomery County. According to a preliminary report, 60-year-old Kenneth Brunet of Oden was driving his …

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