• Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dies at age 74

    CINCINNATI — Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74. His daughter DeeAnn Radcliff Harmon said Radcliff died Thursday in hospice care after his health declined following a recent fall. Radcliff was …

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  • 1 dead, 3 hurt in crash on Paragould highway

    PARAGOULD (AP) — Arkansas State Police say one person was killed and three others injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Greene County. State police say the crash happened Sunday night on U.S. 49 in Paragould. According to a preliminary report, 28-year-old Tamara Cambron of Dennard …

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  • Apple: Record 10 million iPhone 6 sold

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million …

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  • Cyclist killed riding in N.M.

    SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Arkansas man was killed while riding his motorcycle on a New Mexico interstate. New Mexico State Police say 56-year-old Thomas Farina, of Texarkana, was traveling westbound on Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday …

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  • Autistic daughter inspires pageant for special needs

    Four years ago, when Jessica Ross found out she would be having a daughter, she began to dream of raising a “prissy girl,” with bows and frilly, lacy dresses, entering pageants and doing all things girly. But those dreams were crushed when she learned her …

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  • Man accused of raping girl

    VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A construction worker in North Dakota who authorities accuse of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl has been charged. A $50,000 bond has been set for 19-year-old Joseph Chapps of Hardy, Arkansas. He is facing a gross sexual imposition …

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  • Child sex offender moves to Melbourne

    MELBOURNE — A man convicted of engaging in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl has moved to 712 Dream Riders Road in Melbourne. Mark Allen Benford, 48, was convicted in 2000 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and is classified as a Level 3 sex offender. …

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  • Sheriff: Meth, pot, pills found

    ASH FLAT — On Wednesday, the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the Cave City Police Department executed a search warrant at the Barry Neal residence, located at 968-B Calamine Road, according to Mark Counts, Sharp County sheriff. During a search of the residence, officers located …

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  • Arkansas Parole Board votes against felon’s commutation

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found the request of a man with convictions in multiple counties to be without merit, according to a news release. In June 1998, William McCoy was convicted of two counts of second-degree escape and a weapons charge …

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  • Drug prevention calendars legit

    It’s legit. Independence County Chief Deputy Jermey Qualls said he wanted to reassure those calling about donations sought for the Drug Prevention Calendar who are asking if the donations are really designated for the law enforcement calendar. “We just want those donating to know that …

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  • Mt. Pleasant named ‘high achieving’ school

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary has been identified by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas as the winner of the “High-Achieving Overall Elementary School” OEP award, according to a news release. This prestigious statewide award is based on the OEP-created …

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  • Depot Days music festival to rock Newport Sept. 27

    NEWPORT — The 17th annual Depot Days music festival is set to take place on Sept. 27 on historic Front Street in downtown Newport. Admission is free. The festival is a showcase of local, regional and national talent paying tribute to the early history of …

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