Search for ivory-billed woodpecker begins anew

December 2, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - A scaled-back search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker begins this week in the swamps of eastern Arkansas. The huge bird was believed to be extinct until a sighting four years ago stirred national experts and federal funding to launch a full-blown campaign to verify the bird's existence and study its habitat.

Passenger kills bus driver in fare dispute

December 2, 2008 NEW YORK - A man stabbed a city bus driver to death over being denied a free ride, then escaped on foot Monday in the first killing of an on-duty New York City bus driver in more than a quarter-century, authorities said.

Elderly driver plows into parade; several hurt

December 2, 2008 OVERTON, Texas (AP) - An elderly driver hurtled through barricades into a crowd lined up for a Christmas parade Monday and injured several people, some of them members of a Cub Scout troop, a city official and witnesses said.

Police say teen held against will

December 2, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO - Police are questioning a couple after a bruised and half-naked 17-year-old boy showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, claiming he had just fled his captors, authorities said.

Vet clinic owner, employees complete course

December 2, 2008 Dr. Matt Gunter, doctor of veterinary medicine and owner of Animal Medical Center of Batesville, has announced that two of his employees, Mika Richardson, office manager, and Chantelle Melton recently completed an online course in dental consulting.

300,000 babies sickened by milk

December 2, 2008 BEIJING (AP) - China has dramatically raised the toll from its tainted milk powder scandal, saying six babies likely died and 300,000 were sickened, figures that back up months of complaints from parents and show the government is beginning to acknowledge the scale of the crisis.

WRHS receives awards

December 2, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - White River Health System recently received a number of awards from the Arkansas Hospital Association. WRHS was presented one Diamond Award, three Certificates of Excellence and two Judges' Merit Awards for outstanding hospital advertising, marketing and public relations.

Collietown Cabins offer river refuge, outdoor adventures

December 2, 2008 CUSHMAN - Everyone deserves some down time to relax and recharge their batteries away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, according to Tammy Cox, manager of Collietown Cabin Rentals on the White River near Cushman.

State News Briefs

December 2, 2008 2 plead not guilty in teen attack FAYETTEVILLE (AP) - A brother and sister have pleaded not guilty to attacking a 17-year-old Fayetteville high school student at a party. Authorities charged 20-year-old John Bently Ober with attempted first-degree murder in the Oct. 25 attack. He is accused of striking the teen in the back with a straight-edged hammer, causing the teen's lung to collapse. Eighteen-year-old Amanda Rose Ober is charged with second-degree battery. Police say she cut the teen while swinging a knife at him.

Cedar Ridge students learn about interviews

December 2, 2008 NEWARK - During an oral communication class, Cedar Ridge High School English teacher Cheryl Toon recently had a project for students to learn proper procedures involved in an interview. In these "mock interviews," the students learned how to develop a resume and cover letter, how to dress and conduct themselves appropriately in a formal job interview, and how to close the interview process by sending a follow-up letter after an interview.