• Founder of Westboro Baptist Church dies

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society’s tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil. By the time you saw one …

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  • Arkansas court tosses $1.2B judgment against J&J

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court tossed out a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, reversing a lower court verdict that found the drug maker engaged in fraudulent tactics when marketing the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The high court ruled the …

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  • Judge affirms air permit for steel mill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An administrative law judge has affirmed an air permit issued for the planned $1 billion Big River Steel project in northeast Arkansas. Administrative Law Judge Charles Moulton sided with Big River Steel on Thursday in an appeal that was filed by …

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  • Real estate busy after plant news

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Real estate agents in northeast Arkansas say they’re seeing more business after last week’s announcement that a $165 million poultry operation is headed to the area. Peco Foods plans to build a poultry plant, hatchery and feed mill in Randolph and Clay …

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  • World Services for the Blind CEO to retire

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chief executive officer for Little Rock-based World Services for the Blind has announced his retirement. Larry Dickerson said Thursday he plans to leave effective Aug. 15. Board chairman Tom Duke says an executive search committee has been formed and that …

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  • ‘Private option’ discussed

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers will be discussing how they reauthorized the state’s “private option” during this year’s session and the future of the compromise Medicaid expansion. A panel of lawmakers was scheduled to speak to the Political Animals Club today about the contentious …

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  • OBU releases honor rolls

    ARKADELPHIA — A total of 395 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. The students will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita and will be included in the “National Dean’s List” for 2013-14. To be …

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  • Airport to build 6-bay facility

    The improvements made in recent years to the city’s water and wastewater facilities, as well as continued highway improvements, have encouraged local business expansion, and with it, the growth of the Batesville Regional Airport. On Wednesday, the airport broke ground on a new six-bay facility …

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  • Experimental study could be cancer patient’s last hope – Family, friends, classmates raise more than $16K

    OIL TROUGH — When Allie Wilson had no one to turn to, she had Jeannie Ivie. With a father in jail and a mother who died when she was 3, it was Jeannie who would become “just like a mother” to Wilson, who grew up …

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  • Guilty plea entered for man featured on ‘Ozarks’ show

    HARDY (AP) — An Arkansas man featured on “Clash of the Ozarks” has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge. Kerry Wayne Evans of Hardy pleaded guilty to this week to illegally possessing an unregistered machine gun. Evans appears on Discovery Channel’s reality show “Clash …

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  • 39th to mark 10th anniversary of Iraq deployment

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will host a 10-year reunion for its veterans of the Brigade’s Operation Iraqi Freedom II deployment in which the brigade suffered the loss of 33 soldiers, to include 16 from Arkansas. Guest speakers …

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  • Budget committee to meet

    The Independence County Quorum Court budget committee will meet at 5:30 tonight at the county courthouse in the circuit courtroom. Members of the committee are Justices of the Peace Margaret Boothby, Gary Bridgman, Anne Moore, Tim Stewart and Waymon Long. The budget committee normally meets …

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