• Justifying what we put in daughter’s sippy cup

    Got Coke? Sure, we have it in our house — and lots of it, usually. I may as well admit it: Gary and I are as addicted to sodas as Charlie Sheen is to … well, you know. Overall in my life, I have probably …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    As we enter the state’s third Fiscal Session, we are reminded of the power the voters have to amend our laws. After all, Fiscal Sessions began when back in 2008, 69 percent of voters said we should meet every year. Our state constitution was written …

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  • Razorbacks, timing reunites Smith, Bielema

    FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema considered adding Robb Smith to his staff several times since the two first worked together as up-and-coming assistants. The timing finally worked out. Smith, the former Rutgers defensive coordinator who spent last season with Tampa Bay in the NFL, …

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  • Horror stories in Sochi

    We thought the big controversies in the Sochi Winter Olympics would be toothpaste terrorism or government-sanctioned homophobia. Then the press tried to check into their hotels and discovered a comical array of foibles that will do nothing to boost the Russian tourism industry. But what …

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  • UA coach says college baseball needs harder ball

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn has reservations about the new baseball the college game plans to use beginning in 2015. Speaking at the Razorbacks’ media day on Friday, Van Horn said the new ball — which features flatter seams — …

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  • German woman defends super-combined skiing gold

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Different American, same result for Maria Hoefl-Riesch — another Olympic gold in the super-combined. Just as she did four years ago at the Vancouver Games, Hoefl-Riesch found herself trailing an American after the downhill leg before using her slalom skills to …

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  • Wildcats upset No. 7 Jayhawks

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State’s Will Spradling remembers beating Kansas back in 2011, how the students flooded out of the stands in Bramlage Coliseum and joined in a merry celebration at midcourt. He ought to remember Monday night just as vividly. The senior guard …

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  • Olympic committee lifts ban on India

    SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee has lifted India’s suspension in time for the flag to fly at the Sochi Winter Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the reinstatement “takes immediate effect” and Indian athletes, who were competing independently under the Olympic flag, can …

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  • Sports Briefs

    College basketball STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart was suspended three games by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford announced the suspension …

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  • Fatal fire is ruled accidental

    BERRYVILLE (AP) — Authorities say no foul play was involved in a house fire that killed two people near Berryville last month. Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek says the Jan. 27 fire that killed 26-year-old Daniel Cody Middleton and 31-year-old Jackie Lee Aday has been …

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  • Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

    SAN FRANCISCO — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85. Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday …

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  • Billie Evans

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Billie May Evans, 84, of Cherokee Village died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in a North Little Rock hospital. Born Feb. 23, 1929, in Ash Flat, he was the son of Samual and Maggie Duvall Evans. He served in the U.S. Army and …

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