• Wren, Rapert call for teacher health insurance meetings

    LITTLE ROCK — Rep. Tommy Wren of Melbourne and Sen. Jason Rapert said Friday they would schedule a series of special meetings of the Senate and House Committees on Insurance and Commerce to develop a strategy for holding down the spiraling costs of teacher health …

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  • Cemetery vandalism reported

    PARAGOULD (AP) — Greene County officials say vandals knocked over and broke 42 headstones. The caretaker of the Gainesville Cemetery said vandals had struck previously but that damage in the past week was particularly bad. Buford Williams said the markers would have to be repaired …

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  • Economists: Home sales better

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Home sales in Arkansas are improving but still haven’t rebounded to prerecession levels, according to economists and real estate agents. The Arkansas Realtors Association said about 24,000 homes were sold last year in Arkansas, based on a survey of 43 counties …

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  • Detour expected Saturday on U.S. 67 in White County

    BALD KNOB (AP) — Arkansas highway officials say drivers heading northbound on U.S. Highway 67 in White County should expect a detour this weekend. The State Highway and Transportation Department says pavement repairs will require all northbound vehicles to take Exit 51 at the Highway …

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  • Wildlife officers uncover poaching operation in Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK — An illegal deer poaching operation has been uncovered near the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line. Thirteen people, from rural Sevier County in Arkansas and rural McCurtain County in Oklahoma, have been issued 32 citations and 26 warnings for various game violations. Oklahoma Department of …

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  • 24 arrested in gambling house raids in Pine Bluff

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Two dozen people were arrested after police raided several suspected gambling houses this week. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says nearly a half-million dollars was seized in the raids Wednesday at 13 locations, most of which were in Pine Bluff. Authorities …

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  • Madison Co. to vote on tax

    HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Voters in Madison County will vote a 1-cent tax increase to pay for county operations and savings for a new jail. The quorum court set a Sept. 10 election for the proposal to increase the county sales tax rate from 2 percent …

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  • Waterfowl season dates approved

    LITTLE ROCK – For the 17th consecutive year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl, said Keith Stephens, assistant director of communications. The vote came last week during the commission’s monthly meeting. AGFC Waterfowl Program Coordinator Luke Naylor presented …

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  • ‘Open carry’ march planned

    LITTLE ROCK — A dozen gun rights supporters plan to march in a western Arkansas city this weekend with their firearms on display to highlight a law that they argue allows the open carry of handguns, despite an attorney general’s opinion saying otherwise. Arkansas Carry, …

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  • Shooting victim ID’d

    ROMANCE (AP) — Authorities in White County have released the name of a man found shot to death in the town of Romance. Sheriff’s officials said 20-year-old Donald Fletcher Rouse was found dead early Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the head. The body was …

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  • Officials work to keep chronic wasting out of Ark.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists have put new rules in place in an effort to keep what’s known as chronic wasting disease out of the state. The disease has no known cure and has affected deer in other states. It …

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  • Power line is cut in Cabot

    CABOT (AP) — The FBI is investigating after someone intentionally cut down a power line in Cabot, sending the line crashing to the ground and shutting down traffic for several hours. Entergy Arkansas reported the downed transmission line Wednesday on Arkansas 321 east of Cabot. …

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