3 expelled at Cave City

April 1, 2011 CAVE CITY — Three ninth-grade students — a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy — were expelled for one calendar year from Cave City High School following disciplinary hearings Tuesday, Superintendent Steven Green reported.The three were caught March 16 with prohibited substances on campus. Police responded, their parents were called and the students were released to their parents.The juvenile justice system will handle the case, Green said.The expulsion hearings were taken during a special meeting.

Chesapeake Energy closes sale

April 1, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chesapeake Energy Corp. has announced the closing of the sale of its assets in the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas to BHP Billiton Limited of Australia.Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake announced the closing in a news release. The company announced plans for the sale for $4.75 billion in cash in February.Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon says the deal allows Chesapeake to make “substantial progress” in reducing its debt.

Man arrested for false report

April 1, 2011 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A Baxter County man has been arrested for falsely reporting his 8-year-old son missing.Authorities arrested 45-year-old William Nash Thursday night for filing a false police report and disorderly conduct after finding that the boy had gone to church with neighbors. Sheriff John Montgomery says the neighbors had the father’s permission to take 8-year-old Bryan Parker with them.The boy is now in state custody.

Park dedicated at John 3:16

April 1, 2011 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions, recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of its new playground and park.The park features an indoor playground, basketball, sand volleyball, horseshoes, a walking track, an outside playground, two gazebos, two pavilions and an amphitheater. 

Vehicle sale begins Monday

April 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission vehicle sale begins Monday, commission spokesman Keith Stephens said.The agency will accept sealed bids for the sale of agency vehicles beginning next week.The sale will be held at the commission’s central office located at 2 Natural Resources Drive in Little Rock. Vehicles may be viewed at the AGFC Warehouse Compound Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.Most of the vehicles offered for sale are late model sedans.For more information, contact Ricky Potts at 501-223-6337.

AGFC may appeal

April 1, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission may be appealing Wednesday’s opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that overturned a lower court award of millions of dollars for timber damage to its Dave Donaldson Black River Wildlife Management Area, commission spokesman Keith Stephens said.

Unemployment rate dips

April 1, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March and companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began.The Labor Department reported today that the economy added 216,000 new jobs last month, offsetting layoffs by local governments. Factories, retailers, education, health care and an array of professional and financial services expanded payrolls.The second straight month of brisk hiring is the latest sign that the economy is strengthening nearly two years after the recession ended.

Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1949

April 1, 2011 WASHINGTON — Highway deaths have plummeted to their lowest levels in more than 60 years, helped by more people wearing seat belts, better safety equipment in cars and efforts to curb drunken driving.The Transportation Depart-ment estimated Friday that 32,788 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2010, a decrease of about 3 percent from 2009. It’s the fewest number of deaths since 1949 — during the presidency of Harry Truman — when more than 30,000 people were killed.

Nixon library offers candid new take on Watergate

April 1, 2011 YORBA LINDA, Calif. — For years, Richard Nixon’s presidential library was accused of committing another Watergate cover-up. But now, archivists say, the stonewalling is over.The library opened an expanded new exhibit Thursday that scholars say provides a more balanced and accurate account of the scandal that brought down a president.

7 injured in tent collapse from storms in Florida

April 1, 2011 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Windy, rainy weather furiously swept through central Florida on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people, flooding roads and toppling trucks and small planes.In Lakeland, where several hundred people had gathered for the annual Sun ‘n Fun aviation festival, a tent collapsed and injured seven people, authorities said. Authorities said all of the injuries were minor and six were taken to a hospital.