• Rutledge: Kids’ smartphones ‘are the devil’

    CONWAY (AP) — The Republican candidate for attorney general said Wednesday she would use the office to keep children safe online, telling voters that smartphones in the hands of young people “are the devil.” When asked during the debate at the Arkansas Educational Television Network …

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  • WRHS: Private Option helping people

    The Arkansas Private Option uses federal Medicaid dollars to purchase health insurance for families with income less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($31,000 for a family of four). These families, approximately 250,000 Arkansans, were previously unable to obtain affordable insurance or qualify …

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  • Actress Elizabeth Pena dies

    LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as “Lone Star” and comedic parts in TV shows like “Modern Family,” has died. She was 55. Pena’s manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in …

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  • Arkansas court rules unanimously against voter ID

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — In a unanimous ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court found that the state’s voter identification law is unconstitutional. The high court said Wednesday that Arkansas’ Constitution lists four requirements to vote: that a person be a citizen of the United States and …

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  • Man dies while detained by Union County deputies

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a 36-year-old man died while he was being detained by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office says the incident happened late Tuesday as deputies were responding to a disturbance call. Deputies encountered Eric Smith of …

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  • Springdale man sentenced in child porn case

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — A 45-year-old Springdale man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison without the possibility of parole for receiving child pornography images. Federal prosecutors said Michael Pankey was also sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 10 years of supervised release. …

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  • Survivor, family celebrate at Race for the Cure

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Shelly Duncan doesn’t have time for cancer. She teaches kindergarten, is a wife and mother, a daughter and sister, coaches her daughter’s teams, works on countless school projects, and goes to church. One year ago, she heard the doctor say the word …

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  • Council resolves to fight incorporation

    Batesville and Southside continue to oppose the other’s plan to make Southside a city, either part of one or by itself. Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh had a large audience made up of several Southside residents upset over the city’s …

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  • Tip leads police to woman

    MELBOURNE — Beth Dickerson had a lot to say on her ride to jail. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Dickerson was chatting away while she was being transported from Baxter County where she was apprehended Monday afternoon, but most of it wasn’t making any …

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  • ‘Clash’ woes continue – Terrell charged with manslaughter following DWI crash in May

    ASH FLAT — Playing like you are taking the law in your own hands and living by the code of the hills for a television show has resulted in numerous real arrests for cast members during the past year. The latest charges one of the …

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  • Oktoberfest to feature antiques, crafts

    Main Street Batesville will kick off its annual Oktoberfest celebration with an antiques, crafts and artisan festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Crafts, antiques and food vendors will be set up as well as a bouncy house for children, and downtown merchants will …

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  • Charges filed in phone theft

    Formal charges of breaking and entering and theft of property have been filed against Nicole M. Shands, 37, of Sulphur Rock. Shands was arrested at a Batesville football game Saturday night for theft of a cellphone from a vehicle parked at local dollar store earlier …

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