• Programs available to help with flooded land

    Arkansas Outdoors
    LITTLE ROCK — After three years with floods, Arkansas farmers are looking at alternatives to striking out on flood-prone cropland.
    Farmers have lost crops on just a few acres up to hundreds of acres because of record rains during the last three years. According to David Long, private lands coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, farmers are finding they have two USDA programs available to them.

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  • ‘Sandlot Summary’ policies

    The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
    The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.

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  • Common’s ‘poetry’ not common

    The first motion picture to be shown in the White House was D.W. Griffith’s “A Birth of a Nation.” Progressive Democrat (yes, I wrote Democrat) president Woodrow Wilson showed the highly controversial silent film that was later used as a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) recruiting tool portraying KKK Klansmen as superheroes rescuing white women from uneducated sexually aggressive African-American men. This Democrat president used the valuable tool of entertainment to communicate an extraordinarily bad message.
    Times have changed, but the method has not.

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  • Power, love and a haircut

    My son Joshua bucked me like a wild bronco for years after he was born every time I went to cut his hair. You’ve never seen a kid throw such a ruckus over a simple buzz cut. He just doesn’t like ’em.
    My friends at church were no help. They’d rag me to no end every time Josh would come in looking like a punk rocker that’d lost his fight with a demon possessed Flow-Bee. “Did you do that?” they’d accuse. A standard volley of ‘weed eater’ jokes would always ensue.

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  • How sleep deprivation ruins your relationships

    Think you’re doing your employer or family a favor by giving up on sleep to get more done?
    You’re wrong.
    We may tell ourselves that we’re sacrificing sleep for the benefit of others, but the data says otherwise. Studies show that when you’re exhausted you’re less empathetic, quicker to anger, less emotionally engaged, and — there really is no dressing this one up — more self-absorbed.
    Think about it, how focused can you be if you’re dead-dog tired?

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  • River reopens; traffic limited

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Mississippi River has reopened to barge limited traffic, though Arkansas wheat farmers still may have trouble moving their harvest.
    As of today, the Coast Guard is allowing one tow at a time to navigate a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi near Natchez, Miss., north of New Orleans, blocking vessels heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and others trying to return north after dropping off their freight.

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  • Tony Alamo fires attorney

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An evangelist who was convicted of taking young girls across state lines for sex has fired his Little Rock-based attorney, according to court documents.
    Tony Alamo’s attorney, John Wesley Hall Jr., filed a request Sunday to withdraw himself from a case that alleges Alamo ordered members of his ministry to be beaten.

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  • Ex-lawmaker reprimanded

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Ethics Commission has fined former state Rep. Fred Smith $1,000 and given him a public letter of reprimand.
    Commission Director Graham Sloan says in a letter to Smith dated Tuesday that Smith signed a written settlement offer May 5 after being found to have violated state law by using campaign funds as personal income. Sloan says Smith has not paid the fine and that Smith hung up when contacted by phone.

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  • Fight ends in fatal stabbing

    LONOKE (AP) — A 19-year-old Jacksonville man is dead and a 17-year-old boy arrested after a fight about a girl.
    Lonoke County Sheriff’s Lt. James Kulesa says Brandon Don Scott died Monday after being stabbed several times in the chest and the 17-year-old was arrested for second-degree murder.
    His name was not released. Kulesa says the teenager is being held at a juvenile detention center and a court appearance for the teenager has not yet been scheduled.

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  • Ark. man goes to Utah to help find son

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Army Spc. Joseph Michael Bushling had a tough year following his recent divorce and the 2010 suicide of his younger brother, but was looking forward to a new post in Texas and a career as a nurse. He’s now missing somewhere in Utah’s western desert.
    His father, Kevin Bushling, had planned a trip this week to see his son, who was stationed at the U.S. Army’s remote Dugway Proving Ground. The site was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 to study chemical and biological warfare and covers 798,214 acres in the desert along the Nevada border.

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  • Dad: Motorcycle sale to pay for tot’s funeral

    MORRILTON (AP) — Jimmy Jones Jr. has to bury his 2-year-old daughter, and may have to trade in his motorcycle to pay for it.
    With not much else to his name, the 20-year-old father said that may be the only way he can afford funeral arrangements for Alissa, who died Monday in the rubble when two brick buildings collapsed in a small town in central Arkansas.

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  • American Legion tryout slated for Sunday, 2 p.m.

    Tryouts for Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams are set for Sunday afternoon, announced Mike Daily, a member of the Legion board.
    The tryout begins at 2 in the North Complex.
    The local Legion teams are scheduled to open their seasons in June.
    (Editor’s note: The incorrect day was listed in the headline of  Tuesday’s edition.)

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