• Judge won’t seal documents

    VAN BUREN (AP) — A Crawford County judge has rejected a request to seal the results of a mental evaluation on a man charged with killing his father. The the judge on Wednesday turned down a defense motion to seal the report on 55-year-old Eddie …

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  • Prison director named

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Corrections has selected former Department of Correction director Larry Norris to serve as interim director when the current director retires. Director Ray Hobbs announced last week that he plans to retire effective Nov. 1. The board met Thursday …

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  • Apple, Setser and Rounds to be featured concert

    PARAGOULD — The trio Apple, Setser and Rounds along with three special guests will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Collins Theatre, located at 120 W. Emerson St. in downtown Paragould. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented …

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  • After 1st NYC Ebola case, 3 others quarantined

    NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness …

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  • Little Rock Zoo announces penguin chick hatched

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Little Rock Zoo has announced the hatching of a fourth African penguin chick at the zoo. The zoo said Thursday that the penguin chick hatched on Sept. 11, weighing 2.3 ounces and now weighs about 6 pounds. The zoo says …

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  • Optimize your game plan for holiday toy shopping

    NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for the holiday season’s hot toys, like anything related to Disney’s “Frozen”? Or maybe you’re not picky and just looking for deals? Toy sellers are increasingly catering to time-starved, budget-conscious shoppers with new features on websites or improved layouts in …

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  • Ruddell Hill gets new station; insurance rating drops to 5

    The Ruddell Hill Volunteer Fire Department is getting so much new equipment that a new station is needed to hold it all. Among the new equipment purchased in the past year are new turn-outs (protective clothing) for firefighters, 5-inch fire hoses (replacing old 2 1/2-inch), …

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  • OIRM to host ‘A Night at the Museum’

    What happens after closing time at the museum? The exhibits come to life, of course! Inspired by the “Night at the Museum” films, Old Independence Regional Museum will host “A Night at the Museum” from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 30. This family-friendly event will feature a …

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  • Lyon athletes give back to community

    More than 250 Scot student athletes spent a portion of Oct. 21 giving back to the community by cleaning, assisting others and entertaining and teaching school children as they took part in the annual Lyon College Service Day. Freshmen athletes in football and wrestling joined …

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  • Candlelight vigil brings awareness of violence

    The location may be different, but the message will be the same when Family Violence Prevention and Lyon College host Domestic Violence Awareness Week Oct. 27-31, beginning with the 25th annual candlelight vigil to honor victims of domestic abuse. “This is FVP’s 25th annual candlelight …

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  • Strawberry, Cushman receive grants

    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services Director John Andrews presented $92,131.59 to 11 rural communities at an awards ceremony on Oct. 22 held at the State Capitol in the Governor’s Conference Room. The communities were selected for funding through the …

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  • Court will expedite gay marriage case

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court has agreed to move quickly on a case challenging the state’s gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court granted a motion today by a group of same-sex couples to expedite the appeal. The court has said it’ll hold …

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