• Demo chairman steps down

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chairman of the state Democratic Party is stepping down after two and a half years at the helm. The party announced Wednesday that Will Bond was leaving as the party’s chairman. Bond, a former state representative from Jacksonville, was elected …

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  • Quick end being sought to China chicken ban

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Poultry experts said Wednesday they are hopeful China will quickly lift import restrictions put in place after nine Arkansas chickens were exposed to a strain of avian flu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Arkansas’ congressional delegation Tuesday that China had …

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  • Charges filed against man accused in 3 deaths

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — Prosecutors have filed capital murder charges against an Arkansas man accusing of killing three people, including his 9-year-old niece. Timothy Hill is charged in the July 13 deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield; and his niece, Autumn …

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  • Trayvon Martin event planned at Texarkana

    TEXARKANA (AP) — A group in Texarkana is planning an event to celebrate the life of a Florida teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Community Concerned Citizens for Justice will meet at noon Saturday at Texarkana’s downtown post office for what the group is …

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  • Mo. man unearths 2-carat diamond at park

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A Missouri man has found a 2.05-carat brown diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Steve Vehige was on his fourth visit to the park when he found the marble-shaped diamond on Saturday. Vehige, of Flint Hill, Mo., named the …

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  • Judge denies request to move trial for woman

    JONESBORO (AP) — A judge has denied a request to move the trial of a Jonesboro woman charged in a plot to kill her husband. Circuit Judge Victor Hill rejected Michelle Despain’s request in an order dated Tuesday. Despain’s lawyers have expressed concern about news …

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  • Deer causes fatal motorcycle crash

    ODEN (AP) — Authorities say a western Arkansas man is dead after a deer crashed into his motorcycle. Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Tuesday night in Oden in Montgomery County. According to a preliminary report, 60-year-old Kenneth Brunet of Oden was driving his …

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  • No endangered beetles at Barling mall site

    BARLING (AP) — A proposed 70-acre mall at Barling cleared a regulatory hurdle when a survey turned up no endangered beetles on the property. Officials said Wednesday that traps set to check for the presence of endangered burying beetles came up empty. The site on …

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  • Arkansas State media day set

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State will hold its football media day beginning at 11 a.m. today. The school is making players and coaches available for photos and interviews and Coach Bryan Harsin will hold a mid-afternoon press conference. The Red Wolves begin their first fall …

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  • NASCAR legend to race modified in Locust Grove

    LOCUST GROVE — Racing returns to the Batesville Motor Speedway this weekend as the United States Modified Touring Series and the Isle of Capri Weekly Points Series are slated to rumble around the oval. NASCAR driver Ken Schrader will join the series this week as …

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  • Registration for youth soccer starts today; clinic for referees scheduled at Lyon on Aug. 24

    Registration for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association fall soccer leagues is scheduled to start today and continue through the month, according to Johnathon Burgess, the city’s Youth Sports Coordinator. Registration forms can be picked up at city hall and the Batesville Parks Department in …

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  • Rodriguez faces possible lifetime ban from MLB

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez might not make it back to the Yankees this year. Or ever. Major League Baseball is threatening to kick A-Rod out of the game for life unless the New York star agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for …

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