• Concord council to hear reports

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the city hall to hear monthly departmental reports, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.
    Current bills will also be reviewed.

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  • Dems hit lax fed drilling oversight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal policing of oil and natural gas drilling on public lands is lax and inconsistent, with only 6 percent of violations resulting in monetary fines over 13 years, House Democrats said in a report Wednesday.
    Fines over that time totaled less than $275,000, an amount that the Democratic staff of the House Natural Resources Committee characterized as little more than “pocket change” for oil and gas companies. The report said federal regulators issued no fines in the period studied, February 1998 to February 2011, in eight of the drilling states.

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  • Heart attack symptoms

    Pain, pressure, fullness, discomfort or squeezing in the center of the chest
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    Stabbing chest pain
    Radiating pain to shoulder(s), neck, back, arm(s) or jaw
    Pounding heartbeats (palpitations) or feeling extra heartbeats
    Upper abdominal pain
    Nausea, vomiting or severe indigestion
    Sweating for no apparent reason
    Dizziness with weakness
    Sudden extreme fatigue
    Panic with feeling of impending doom

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  • Inmate walks away

    ASH FLAT — An inmate on the Sharp County work release program walked away from a work detail at the Cherokee Village Animal Shelter between 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesday and was seen getting into a vehicle driven by his wife, Sheriff Mark Counts said.
    The inmate, Adam Leroy Mathis, was working off fines from district court.
    Mathis was still at large this morning, Counts said, adding that Mathis had only a few more days to work until his fines would have finished his sentence of community service.

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  • Gas leak blamed for trailer blaze

    A faulty gas line is blamed for a fire that destroyed a mobile home at 120 Audobon off Highway 167 South.
    Southside Fire Chief Jeremy Loggins said James R. Johns was in the process of moving into the trailer Wednesday afternoon and had some of his personal belongings inside when the fire started.

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  • WRMC staff discusses women’s heart health

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about women’s heart health. February is American Heart Month.

    Many women will die of a heart attack simply because they don’t seek treatment, according to Jennifer Coleman, cardiac rehab supervisor at White River Medical Center (WRMC).
    “Women die because a lot put themselves on the back burner. Women don’t have the classic symptoms like chest pains,” Coleman said.
    Toi McMullin, registered nurse at WRMC, said women should watch for shortness of breath and extreme fatigue.

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  • Gov.: 15 firefighters will go back to work

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Fifteen firefighters who were laid off by the Arkansas Forestry Commission will go back to work this month following a shift in the state budget that will pay for the positions annually, Gov. Mike Beebe announced Wednesday.
    Beebe’s office said the governor ordered the Arkansas Agriculture Department to reallocate $550,000 in annual funds from its budget to the Forestry Commission, a move that will allow the firefighting positions to be restored in 11 counties on Feb. 21.

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  • Speed limit to be studied

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is studying whether speed limits on some rural highways should be increased above 55 mph.
    On Wednesday, the state Highway Commission instructed the department to study the issue. Commission Chairman R. Madison Murphy says it’s time to revisit the issue after an earlier plan to raise the speed limit was scuttled because of high gas prices.

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  • Cheerleader hit by stray bullet

    FORT SMITH — A high school cheerleader in Fort Smith is recovering after she was struck by a stray bullet that went through her bedroom window.
    Fort Smith police say 17-year-old Ronniesha Forrest heard people arguing outside her window before she was hit by gunfire. Ronniesha’s aunt, Lavonda Thompson, said the bullet struck Ronniesha’s neck. She says the injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.

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  • UA organizing parents’ clubs

    FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is creating regional groups for parents of students so they can meet other parents and cheer on the Razorbacks.
    The school says the first parents’ club will be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with plans to open additional groups in northwest Arkansas and Little Rock. The university also hopes to eventually open clubs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, southwest Arkansas, Kansas City, Mo.; and Memphis.

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  • Blytheville man found dead

    BLYTHEVILLE — Blytheville police are investigating a suspected homicide after a man was found dead in a puddle of blood.
    Matthew Driver, 37, was found dead Tuesday night at a home in Blytheville. Police discovered his body after a 911 call was made reporting a disturbance at the home.
    When officers arrived, they saw the front door slightly open and Driver slumped over the arm of the couch. Police say Driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His body will be sent to the state Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.

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  • Lotto finalists to be interviewed

    LITTLE ROCK  — The Arkansas Lottery Commission will interview candidates for the director position this weekend.
    Commission members are scheduled to speak to seven candidates, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

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