Master Gardener training offered

December 17, 2008 ASH FLAT - Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken in Sharp, Izard, Fulton and Independence counties for persons who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others.

N.D. officials discuss bovine TB

December 17, 2008 BISMARCK, N.D. - After months of studying information on its neighbor's livestock, North Dakota's Board of Animal Health could decide this week whether to change import restrictions on Minnesota cattle that have been in place for nearly a year.

Agritourism workshop offered

December 17, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - Several agencies including Arkansas Audubon and the University of Arkansas Extension Service are offering a five-day Nature of Agritourism workshop Feb. 8-12, based from DeWitt, said Dan Scheiman, Audubon's bird conservation director.

Conservationist gives tips on helping wildlife survive

December 17, 2008 When temperatures nosedive and you start piling on the layers, it's important to remember the wildlife. Since wildlife can't crank up the heat or throw on a parka, they may need a little help from you to survive winter storms and cold snaps.

Prosecutors agree to skip trial in police shooting

December 17, 2008 MEMPHIS (AP) - A prosecutor will not appeal a judge's decision to let two Arkansas police officers avoid trial in the shooting death of a passenger in a car they chased into Tennessee. Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said Tuesday he will follow the state criminal court judge's ruling earlier this month, though he still contends that pretrial diversion program for the officers is not appropriate.

N.Y. governor eyes taxes on drinks, downloaded music

December 17, 2008 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. David Paterson's first state budget threatens to affect just about every New Yorker - even those online. Paterson proposed Tuesday a 2009-10 budget that would increase spending by 1.1 percent, or $1.3 billion, to create a $121.1 billion spending plan.

Adam Walsh case transformed missing kid searches

December 17, 2008 HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - The abduction happened 27 years ago, at a time when parents routinely left their children playing in the toy store, unattended, and continued shopping. But when Reve Walsh returned to pick up her 6-year-old son, he wasn't there. Over the mall loudspeaker, the plea came: "Adam Walsh, please come to customer service."

Bakery nixes cake request for young

December 17, 2008 EASTON, Pa. (AP) - The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance. Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the Greenwich ShopRite, but with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article over the weekend on their flare-up over frosting.

2nd shut-down order issued over pollution

December 17, 2008 GRIFFITHVILLE (AP) - A company that collects wastewater from natural gas companies drilling in the Fayetteville Shale has been ordered to shut down a second operation after inspectors linked it to fish kills and water pollution in White County.

Church group makes quilts

December 17, 2008 The Relief Society of Batesville branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made and donated 114 quilts to charity during this calendar year, according to Richard Broughton. Recipients of the quilts include White River Medical Center, battered women's shelters, nursing home residents, natural disaster victims and other individuals.