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Flu death count rises to 40, officials say

posted: 02/26/2015 4:35 p.m. Discuss

Forty Arkansans have now died of the flu, the Arkansas Department of Health announced Thursday.

Chaney named director of Assessment Coordination Department

posted: 02/26/2015 2:41 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday that he has named Bear Chaney as the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department director.

Senate OKs adding drones to anti-voyeurism law

posted: 02/26/2015 2:31 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature has given final approval to adding drones to the state's voyeurism law.

School consolidation waiver bill endorsed by committee

posted: 02/26/2015 2 p.m. Discuss

A bill that would provide a waiver for rural school districts in danger of being consolidated if they meet state adequacy standards passed on Thursday in the House Committee on Education.

Arkansas lawmaker plans to file firing squad legislation

posted: 02/26/2015 1:53 p.m. Comments 10

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas lawmaker whose daughter was murdered by a man now on death row said Thursday that she will file a bill legalizing firing squads after a Senate committee passed a bill to ban capital punishment.

Department of Agriculture to provide $96,000 for tornado debris removal

posted: 02/26/2015 1:02 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide $96,000 to help remove debris in Arkansas left in the wake of a tornado last year.

LR educator honored with Milken Award, $25,000

posted: 02/26/2015 12:35 p.m. Discuss

When Carman McBride arrived at work Thursday morning at Don R. Roberts Elementary School, she had no indication she would be going home with $25,000 and a national teaching award.

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

posted: 02/26/2015 12:23 p.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

Bill to allow guns on campus approved by committee

posted: 02/26/2015 11:51 a.m. Comments 3

An amended bill that would allow public college faculty and staff members with concealed-carry permits to carry weapons on campus passed the House Committee on Education on Thursday.

UAMS research center awarded $3.75 million grant

posted: 02/26/2015 11:35 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Prevention Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is being awarded a $3.75 million grant to continue its work.

One fired, six suspended after youths escape detention center

posted: 02/26/2015 11:13 a.m. Discuss

A supervisor was fired and six other employees were suspended without pay after two youths escaped through unlocked doors from a juvenile detention center in Garland County, Sheriff Mike McCormick announced Thursday.

Senate panel OKs Obama attorney general pick

posted: 02/26/2015 11:04 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general, sending it to the full Senate.

Sears quarterly loss narrows, sales slide as business shifts

posted: 02/26/2015 11:03 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Sears recorded its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue, even as cost cutting and store closures helped narrow its loss for the fourth quarter.

MovieStyle: Popularity watch

posted: 02/26/2015 11 a.m. Discuss

More than anything else, the annual Academy Awards telecast demonstrates the real gap between the movies that win Oscars and the movies that people go see.

Suit filed against scope maker in superbug infection

posted: 02/26/2015 10:46 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES — A patient has sued the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Cedar Hill Road bridge closure set

posted: 02/26/2015 10:27 a.m. Discuss

The Cedar Hill Road bridge between Riverfront Drive and Rebsamen Park Road in Little Rock’s Riverdale area will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, city officials said.

Hearing set to consider mental evaluation for suspect in Realtor killing

updated: 02/26/2015 11:47 a.m. Comments 2

A judge on Thursday set a hearing for next week to consider the mental evaluation of a man charged in the kidnapping and killing of a Little Rock real estate agent.

Wal-Mart CEO talks workers, customers, critics

posted: 02/26/2015 9:18 a.m. Comment 1

BENTONVILLE — When Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon took the top job at the world's largest retailer last year, he inherited some big problems.

Ouachita wrestling team moves up in ranking

posted: 02/26/2015 9:13 a.m. Discuss

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University wrestling team has secured the third-highest spot in the latest NCAA Division II rankings.

Muslim group: 'Jihadi John' resembles man who grew up in U.K.

posted: 02/26/2015 8:47 a.m. Discuss

LONDON — A British-accented militant who has appeared in beheading videos released by the Islamic State group in Syria over the past few months bears "striking similarities" to a man who grew up in London, a Muslim lobbying group said Thursday.

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