• Drug czar retires

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener is retiring after more than seven years in the post. Gov. Mike Beebe’s office announced Monday that Flener is retiring effective Thursday and Steve Varady will serve as director for the rest of the year. Varady …

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  • Tax-free weekend nears

    Those waiting to buy school supplies or new clothes will have a chance to give their wallet a break by taking advantage of Arkansas’ tax-free weekend starting Saturday. The annual sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and end at 11:59 p.m. on …

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  • Teams getting ‘fired’ up for truck pull

    They’ll tug and they’ll pull and when it’s all said and done there will probably be plenty of huffing and puffing from those trying to catch their breaths. But what would one expect after trying to pull 74,700 pounds of red, white and chrome for …

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  • Woman set afire in Fox

    FOX — A relationship gone bad ended early this morning with a Stone County woman being set afire by a man who later fled in her car. “Around 1 a.m. today the Stone County 911 dispatcher got a call from a person in the Fox …

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  • Newport man dies on job

    A Newport man died Monday morning while on the job at a Batesville chicken plant, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Andrew Rogers said he was dispatched to White River Medical Center shortly before 10 a.m. where he was notified …

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  • Council to recognize dispatch supervisor’s years of service

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall to recognize Joy Wilson for her 16 ½ years of service. The agenda also includes a resolution to authorize the mayor to enter into a contract for the firefighters training/workforce training center, a …

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  • Jonesboro police: Imposter cop tried to lure kids

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas police have arrested an 18-year-old man they say tried to coax children into his car by claiming to be a police officer. Landon Shawn Morris has been charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted rape and criminal impersonation. Court documents indicate city police …

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  • Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas

    The dog days of summer are being ushered in with a whimper. A cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week, weather forecasters said Monday. It’s normally the hottest time of the year, …

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  • Madison County voters to weigh sales tax increase

    HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Madison County voters will get to decide whether to increase the sales tax by a penny to help fund the county jail and other needs. The county’s quorum court voted Monday to put the tax increase on the November ballot. The tax …

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  • JP wants to change jail uniform

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A justice of the peace in Baxter County wants to change what inmates wear. Quorum court member Gary Tennison has written a proposed ordinance about uniforms for inmates. His proposal will go before the quorum court next month. Tennison says what …

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  • Investigation continues in jail narcotics

    CONWAY (AP) — An Arkansas prosecuting attorney has called on state police to take over an investigation into allegations that a top jail administrator took a prescription narcotic meant for a prisoner. The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office concluded its internal investigation on Monday. The findings …

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  • Pine Bluff officials await OK to raze structure

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Pine Bluff officials are waiting for a structural engineer’s report to see if a downtown building that partially collapsed last week needs to be razed. More than a third of an empty building’s roof gave way on Friday, sending bricks toppling …

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