• AETN offers free screenings of ‘Downton Abbey’ season 5

    CONWAY — Arkansas Educational Television Network will host free season five preview screenings of “Downton Abbey” in Fayetteville and Little Rock during December. The first screening will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fayetteville Public Library, located at 401 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville. Screenings …

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  • Tips help parents shop safely

    Washington, DC — Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report or at ToySafetyTips.org. The survey of hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be …

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  • Licensing rules revised

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — After two years of work, Arkansas officials have approved revisions to state rules on child-care facilities. An Arkansas Legislative Council panel on Wednesday officially reviewed the proposed regulations over minimum licensing requirements for the facilities, clearing the final hurdle for them. …

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  • Police chief wants to hire mayor’s son

    JONESBORO (AP) — Some members of the Jonesboro City Council expressed concern after learning that one of the mayor’s sons was in line for a new job that the council agreed to create this week. Council members voted Tuesday to create the position and set …

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  • School fire may be arson

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A fire at Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff is being investigated as arson. Police said paper was placed on a stove and the stove was turned on, leading to the fire inside a computer lab. The fire was reported about …

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  • Judge won’t OK Whirlpool lawsuit as class-action

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A federal judge says he won’t certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it. U.S. District Judge P.K. …

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  • State medical board OKs pre-abortion ultrasound

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A divided Arkansas medical panel has voted to require doctors to perform an ultrasound test on a patient before carrying out an abortion. The Arkansas State Medical Board voted 7-6 Thursday to implement parts of a state law, which also requires …

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  • BHS student writes, produces song – Proceeds from iTunes to benefit FVP

    It was in her Environmental And Spatial Technology lab class that Lauren Kuykendall was able to produce her own music, but it will be those helped by Family Violence Prevention who will benefit with each click of the mouse and 99-cent purchase via iTunes. “The …

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  • Ex county worker says he was fired for blowing whistle on fraud, abuse – County judge calls for federal investigation

    A former Independence County employee said he was fired for blowing the whistle on fraud and abuse at the White River Juvenile Detention Center. Eric Pickle pleaded his case before the Independence County Quorum Court Grievance Committee on Nov. 25, hoping to get his job …

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  • Man facing 22 counts of child porn

    MELBOURNE — A Mount Pleasant man is facing 22 counts of distributing, possession or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, according to a news release from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Each count charged against 22-year-old Anthony E. Padilla is a …

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  • Women accused of drugs

    MELBOURNE — A Melbourne woman arrested Tuesday is being accused of selling drugs from her home, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Marcia Lynne Lunsford, 53, of 411 Larkin Road has been charged with delivery of controlled substances. “On one occasion Lunsford sold 20 …

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  • Southside choirs set ‘Winter Wonderland’

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Choir Department will present its Christmas concert, “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland,” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Admission is free and open to the public The concert will include several …

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