• 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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  • No endangered beetles at Barling mall site

    BARLING (AP) — A proposed 70-acre mall at Barling cleared a regulatory hurdle when a survey turned up no endangered beetles on the property. Officials said Wednesday that traps set to check for the presence of endangered burying beetles came up empty. The site on …

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  • Workers’ comp office to close in Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission has decided to close its Fort Smith satellite office as a cost-cutting measure. The commission says it was debating whether to close offices in Springdale or Fort Smith. Commission CEO Alan McClain wrote in a letter …

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  • Author James Patterson funds Arkansas scholarship

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Bestselling author James Patterson has given $48,000 to establish a scholarship fund for University of Arkansas students majoring in elementary or secondary education. Chancellor G. David Gearhart says he was contacted by Patterson to discuss the possibility of the scholarship fund. Patterson …

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  • Entergy Corp. laying off; includes 165 in Ark.

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Entergy Corp. says it plans to cut 800 jobs — nearly one-third of them in Louisiana, where the bulk of its employees live. Spokesman Chanel Lagarde says layoffs have begun and should be completed this year. He says Entergy is committed …

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  • NW Ark. nursing home evacuated due to flooding

    JOHNSON (AP) — Rising floodwaters prompted the evacuation of a northwest Arkansas nursing home, but officials say no one was injured. Rhe Blossom Hill Assisted Care facility in Johnson was evacuated this morning after a resident awoke to water in her bedroom. Officials say residents …

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  • Pocahontas to host NEA Marble Show

    POCAHONTAS — The Second Annual Northeast Arkansas Marble Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Days Inn, located on Highway 67 South in Pocahontas. Anyone interested in buying, selling, trading or learning about marbles is welcome. Hotel rooms will be open …

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