Marching season ends for BHS

October 20, 2010 The Batesville High School Band competed in the Cabot Invitational Matching Contest Oct. 9, receiving Superior ratings for the general performance of the band, color guard, percussion and drum majors.The band competed against nine other schools from Magnet Cove, Fountain Lake, West Fork, Marion, North Little Rock, North Pulaski, Heber Springs, Little Rock Parkview and Beebe.

Old explosives found in Jonesboro shed

October 20, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — A State Police bomb squad from Little Rock has been called by Jonesboro police to dispose of some old dynamite found in a shed behind a home.Police said a relative of the family in the home reported Tuesday finding the explosive that had leaked and crystallized, making it unstable. Police evacuated some homes in the area, and closed a nearby street for about two hours during the afternoon.The State Police Bomb Squad soaked the dynamite in diesel fuel to stabilize it and then transported it outside the city where it could be detonated.

Police: Woman hit by husband at school

October 20, 2010 SHERWOOD (AP) — Police in Sherwood say a woman and her husband were having an argument outside an elementary school when she was hit and killed by a pickup truck he was driving, but her death still appears to have been an accident.

Ponca road to close

October 20, 2010 PONCA (AP) — The National Park Service says visitors traveling to the Steel Creek campground along the upper Buffalo River may encounter temporary closures of the access road over the next month.The Park Service said in a news release Tuesday that workers are adding new culverts and settling ponds along Steel Creek Road to reduce erosion and the amount of sediment entering the river.The release said most closures will last no longer than three to four hours and no traffic disruptions over the weekends are planned. The work will be carried out weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rogers officer cleared in fatal shooting

October 20, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone says a Rogers police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man earlier this month.Police say Cpl. Kevin Smith shot 54-year-old Tony Chambers three times on Oct. 4 after Chambers pointed a gun at Smith.Officers were investigating reports of a suicidal man at Chambers’ home when Chambers came outside with a shirt over his arm. Investigators say Smith tried to take Chambers into custody and Chambers dropped the shirt — revealing a gun he pointed at Smith.

Wyeth wins latest trial over drugs’ cancer risk

October 20, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal jury has sided with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the latest lawsuit that accused the drugmaker of not disclosing a link between its hormone replacement therapy and a higher risk of breast cancer.A Little Rock jury deliberated briefly Tuesday before siding with Wyeth, which argued that it adequately warned doctors and patients of the risks associated with its Prempro and Premarin drugs.

Jury awards $19M to man who sued Ford

October 20, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — A federal jury in Jonesboro has awarded $19 million to a Walnut Ridge man who sued Ford Motor Co., claiming that he was paralyzed in a car wreck because his seat belt was defective in his 1998 Windstar van.Eric Polston was paralyzed from the waist down and in one arm after the 2005 crash in which his van rolled over and Polston was ejected from the vehicle. Polston says he was wearing his seat belt and that a defect in the buckle caused it to release, throwing him from the van.

Family admits stealing athletic gate receipts

October 20, 2010 VILONIA (AP) — Three relatives once honored for their volunteer service to schools have repaid $119,000 they admit stealing from the gate receipts for high school sporting events.Ricky Glen Huey, 53, his wife Rebecca Huey, 51, and his mother Ruth Huey, 72, all of Vilonia, entered guilty pleas in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday to charges of stealing money from the Vilonia School District. The check for $119,000 was presented to school officials the same day.

Arkansas Adult Ed launches bus tour touting free services

October 20, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Adult Education has launched a statewide, seven-week bus tour to promote free Adult Education classes. A 23-foot mini-bus, wrapped to promote Adult Education and the tour, will make 20 stops throughout the state. The first stop was in Pine Bluff on Oct. 1.Marsha Taylor, director of Arkansas Adult Learning Resource Center says, “We want Arkansans to know that all Adult Education classes are free. If someone is seeking to complete their GED, it’s free, if someone needs help in basic math, or reading, we have free Adult Education classes for them too.”

Automatic citizenship targeted

October 20, 2010 PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona state senator who wrote the nation’s toughest law against illegal immigrants said Tuesday he and 13 other state lawmakers are collecting support from legislators to challenge automatic U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.Sen. Russell Pearce’s target is the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.“This is a battle of epic proportions,” the Mesa Republican said Tuesday during a news conference at the Arizona Capitol. “We’ve allowed the hijacking of the 14th Amendment.”