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Multi-vehicle crash kills 1, delays I-440 traffic in Little Rock

updated: 03/19/2014 4 p.m. Comments 10

At least one person has died and traffic remains stalled in both directions along Interstate 440 in Little Rock after a three-vehicle accident caused two 18-wheelers to catch fire Wednesday afternoon, according to state police.

Beebe's veto of sand tax break overridden

updated: 03/19/2014 2:08 p.m. Comments 10

Both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature have voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a provision of an appropriation bill exempting sand used in oil and gas wells from the state's sales tax.

Woman slips out of handcuffs, escapes in Garland County

posted: 03/19/2014 12:37 p.m. Comments 5

A woman who had been taken into custody Tuesday in contempt of court slipped out of her handcuffs and escaped as authorities moved her to jail, the Garland County sheriff's office said.

Hutchinson proposes work-force training changes

posted: 03/19/2014 12:27 p.m. Comments 5

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is proposing changing Arkansas' work-force training system, calling for the creation of eight councils around the state that would guide how funding for the programs are distributed.

Police describe Toronto mayor crack tape

posted: 03/19/2014 12:12 p.m. Discuss

TORONTO — Toronto police released court documents Wednesday that include a description of a video where Mayor Rob Ford is seen smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

Widening I-40 topic of public meeting in Maumelle

posted: 03/19/2014 11:56 a.m. Comments 2

State highway officials plan to hold a public meeting Tuesday in Maumelle to talk about plans to widen Interstate 40.

UA trustees to look at online university

posted: 03/19/2014 11:21 a.m. Comment 1

The University of Arkansas board of trustees on Thursday plan to consider planning to create an online university that would offer a limited number of degree programs for adults who have trouble completing traditional classes.

Four sentenced for roles in Springdale meth ring

posted: 03/19/2014 11:20 a.m. Comment 1

Four people were sentenced this week for their roles in a drug-trafficking operation in western Arkansas, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge.

Bearden contractor pleads guilty to conspiracy

posted: 03/19/2014 11:10 a.m. Discuss

EL DORADO — A contractor has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in a case that accuses the Ouachita County judge of awarding a disaster-relief contract in exchange for a campaign contribution.

Arkansas Weekend: Heifer partying for a cause

posted: 03/19/2014 11 a.m. Discuss

For 70 years, Heifer International has battled world hunger and poverty by providing people in impoverished areas with training, tools and livestock to help their families and communities, Jennifer Nixon writes in Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section.

Train strikes, kills Beebe man

posted: 03/19/2014 10:45 a.m. Discuss

A Union Pacific train struck and killed a Beebe man in Kensett early Wednesday, the White County sheriff's office has said.

Witnesses laud Army general as sex case winds down

posted: 03/19/2014 10:30 a.m. Discuss

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Defense witnesses are testifying about the character of an Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates as his sentencing draws to a close.

Hitchhiker accused in deputy's death

updated: 03/19/2014 10:28 a.m. Comments 2

TEXARKANA — Prosecutors say an Arkansas deputy was performing a good deed when he was killed in a traffic wreck this week while driving a hitchhiker to a homeless shelter.

Lottery to pursue allowing debit-card payments

updated: 03/19/2014 11:41 a.m. Comments 11

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery commission Wednesday voted unanimously to authorize the agency director to pursue a change in law that would allow retailers to accept debit cards for lottery purchases.

U.S. files charge against Toyota; $1.2 billion penalty

updated: 03/19/2014 11:04 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — The government announced a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday and filed a criminal charge alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements about safety issues in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

Ukraine makes plans to pull troops from Crimea

updated: 03/19/2014 1:10 p.m. Comment 1

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's government said Wednesday that it has begun drawing up plans to pull its troops from Crimea, where Russia is steadily taking formal control as its armed forces seize military installations across the disputed peninsula.

Homeless man held in stabbing, cutting in Little Rock

updated: 03/19/2014 9:53 a.m. Discuss

A homeless man is accused of stabbing another man multiple times and cutting a second man who tried to intervene, police said.

Hot Springs OKs condemnation of Majestic Hotel

posted: 03/19/2014 8:19 a.m. Video | Gallery Discuss

HOT SPRING — City leaders in Hot Springs have approved the condemnation of the Majestic Hotel building that was destroyed in a fire last month.

Woman pulls gun during 'road rage' altercation, police say

updated: 03/19/2014 9:40 a.m. Comments 7

A Little Rock woman is accused of pulling a gun on a woman during a purported "road rage" incident, authorities said.

10 things to know for Wednesday

posted: 03/19/2014 7:37 a.m. Discuss

Your daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Malaysia: Files were deleted from flight simulator

posted: 03/19/2014 7:24 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, Malaysia's defense minister said Wednesday.

State lawmakers to look at veto override, end session

posted: 03/19/2014 7:14 a.m. Comments 7

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol to formally end this year's session, but first are expected to consider whether to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a $5 million tax exemption for natural gas drillers.

ASU library receives grant to host series

posted: 03/19/2014 7:13 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University's Dean B. Ellis Library has received a $3,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a reading and discussion series on Muslim people, places, history, faith and cultures.

House to decide new speaker in secret ballot

posted: 03/19/2014 7:10 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas House members are expected to vote for the next speaker in a private session Wednesday.

Obituaries

posted: 03/19/2014 5:04 a.m. Discuss

OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

Happens to everybody : Sting of rejection

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Comment 1

Just about everyone who sends multiple letters to the Voices page will get one or more rejected at some point, and the reasons can vary. Sometimes we receive so many letters that we have to be even pickier about what we print. Regardless, the decision to print or not is made on a case-by-case basis.

Cooking for two: Cilantro flavors quick-braised snapper

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The fish stays moist and looks lovely when presented in this light broth. To complete the meal, it would be easy to toss in a small amount of blanched fresh peas, snow peas or green beans.

5 charged in UCA hazing plead innocent

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Five University of Central Arkansas students charged in what campus officials called the "hazing" of a fraternity pledge pleaded innocent Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court, prosecuting attorney Cody Hilland said.

Names and faces

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The Rolling Stones on Tuesday canceled the first date on the band’s Australian tour after the death of fashion designer L’ Wren Scott, Mick Jagger’s girlfriend.

In the news

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

John Koskinen, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, said an agency employee took home personal information regarding about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors, putting the data at risk for public release.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s office will use radar to detect speeding at these locations.

Mega Millions

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The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 11-19-24-33-51

Arrest in PB tied to sex-assault case

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

A man wanted for the rape of a 19-year-old mentally disabled man was arrested Tuesday in Pine Bluff by a U.S. Marshals Service task force.

Daily record

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Meeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper’s website, can be found at www.arkansasonline.com/tools/ meetings/.

Police beat

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

2 officers fix door after LR burglary After using their own money and time to repair a burglary victim’s broken door, two Little Rock police officers have been recommended by a department official for a letter of commendation.

Other days

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

100 YEARS AGO March 19, 1914 Five members of the Immanuel Baptist church at Tenth and Bishop were expelled from church membership last night for signing the petition for saloon license, three members were expelled on other charges, about eight members who apologized or offered explanation for having signed the petition were forgiven and the cases of 19 were postponed for further inquiry.

5 plead innocent in hazing

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Five University of Central Arkansas students charged in what campus officials called the "hazing" of a fraternity pledge pleaded innocent Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court, prosecuting attorney Cody Hilland said.

Head-on collision kills Texas driver

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

A man was killed in a head-on collision Tuesday morning in Miller County, according to Arkansas State Police.

Repairs on I-530 to close exit in PB

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Work on Interstate 530 will require closing an exit ramp today in Pine Bluff, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Traffic-signal job to close PB lanes

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Work on U.S. 65, also called the Martha Mitchell Expressway, will require closing lanes today in Pine Bluff, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

The CIA vs. the Senate

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The criticism last week of the Central Intelligence Agency by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein was described as extraordinary and unprecedented.

others say : Scary allegations

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Americans need to listen to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, who took to the Senate floor last week to publicly accuse the CIA of secretly poking around and lifting material from committee computers.

4 Egyptian lawmen convicted in 37 detainees' deaths; only 1 gets jail time

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

CAIRO -- An Egyptian court convicted four police officers Tuesday for the killings last summer of 37 Islamist detainees, most of them supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, and sentenced one of the officers to 10 years in prison.

Murder warrant awaits patient, 21

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

TEXARKANA -- A capital-murder warrant issued in Texarkana is waiting for a man recovering from gunshot wounds in a Little Rock hospital.

NYC suit settled, say black firemen

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- About 1,500 minority-group members who took New York City Fire Department entrance exams that were found to be biased will be eligible to receive back pay totaling $98 million, a black firefighters' group that had sued the city over racial discrimination said Tuesday.

24 veterans awarded highest honor at last

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Bomber in rickshaw kills 17 Afghans

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint near a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 17 civilians, officials said, in the latest attack in the countdown to next month's presidential elections.

50 rally for Sherwood school

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Dominic Diamond walked up to the podium with only a sheet of paper, turned to an advisory board for his school district and pleaded with its members to not take away programs that he said helped shape him.

JPs reject using reserves on insurance

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County Quorum Court Budget Committee voted Tuesday night to indefinitely table a proposal that would have covered employees' insurance premiums through the end of the year using reserve-fund money.

Retiree board OKs recycling plant buy-in

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The board of trustees for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System on Tuesday authorized an initial investment of $12.8 million in a company called Blue Oak Arkansas LLC that plans to build an electronics recycling plant in Osceola.

Hit back at Syria, Israel says, after Golan blast hurt troops

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- A roadside bomb hit an Israeli patrol in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, the army said, wounding four soldiers in the most serious violence to strike the area since the Syrian conflict began three years ago. Israel said it responded with artillery strikes on Syrian army targets.

Thais: Blips ignored when jet lost

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Ten days after a Malaysian jetliner disappeared, Thailand's military said Tuesday that it saw radar blips that might have been from the missing plane, but didn't report it "because we did not pay attention to it."

Took judgeship to serve public, lawyer explains

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

An opportunity for public service, at the behest of Gov. Mike Beebe, is all the persuading Chris Palmer said he needed to put his law practice on hold for nine months to serve as a temporary judge on the 6th Judicial Circuit, which covers Perry and Pulaski counties.

The world in brief

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “In people’s hearts and minds, Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia.” Russian President Vladimir Putin, who signed a treaty to annex Crimea after the region held a referendum to leave Ukraine

Child-health center presented $1 million

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO -- The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Centers for Children in Jonesboro received a $1 million donation Tuesday, which hospital officials said will be used to continue providing pediatric health care for northeast Arkansas.

LR airport panel retains empty plant's marketers

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

A proposal that the state’s largest airport retain a commercial brokerage team using local and international firms to market the former Hawker Beechcraft jet aircraft completion facility won the approval of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission on Tuesday.

In the lane : UA guard takes cue, chimes in

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson called on Anthlon Bell to start for the first time since Feb. 1, and Bell delivered with a career-high 28 points Tuesday night in the Razorbacks' 91-71 victory over Indiana State in an NIT opener at Walton Arena.

Group files to oppose power line route

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Service Commission made an "arbitrary and unreasonable" decision when it approved the route for a proposed high-voltage power line through Northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri, according to a filing Tuesday with the commission.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Warren heats up, carries N.C. State

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

NORTH CAROLINA ST. 74, XAVIER 59 DAYTON, Ohio -- Two missed shots, two quick fouls. T.J. Warren's second chance at the NCAA tournament didn't start very well at all.

Werth's batting study a never-ending pursuit

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

VIERA, Fla. -- Jayson Werth holds tight to an idea about hitting.

Judge-eligibility hearing set

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

A retired circuit judge from Sheridan, appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court after all of the Pulaski County judges recused, will hear arguments at 1 p.m. today about whether a Little Rock attorney is qualified to be a candidate for circuit judge.

LIKE IT IS : Hogs bring in ringer to get past 1st round

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Comment 1

Gone are the stigmas. Arkansas can win on the road again, and it not only made it to postseason play, albeit the NIT, it won.

NAIA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS : Philander back, wants more

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Andre Clark won't let his Philander Smith teammates forget losing in the first round of last year's NAIA National Tournament.

Major league notes

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

PHILLIES Lee to toss opener CLEARWATER, Fla. — Cliff Lee (Benton, Arkansas Razorbacks) will pitch the Philadelphia Phillies ’ opener March 31 at the Texas Rangers, the team he helped to reach the 2010 World Series.

Arkansas sweats one out again against Grambling

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas beat Grambling State on Tuesday at Baum Stadium, but the 4-3 victory did not come without some tense moments.

Fair's Pointer redeems self, leads team to Classic victory

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The season may not have gone according to plan for Little Rock Fair's Antonio Pointer, but the senior got a chance to atone for it Tuesday night.

HOG CALLS: Cheyne tapped, trumpeted Hogs lore

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Bob Cheyne never missed a chance to promote and chronicle the Arkansas Razorbacks.

GADGETS & GIZMOS

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The Oxo 3-in-1 Egg Separator sits neatly on the side of almost any bowl thanks to two ridges — one for wide-rimmed bowls and one for narrow rims — and features a raised edge ideal for cracking shells.

TODAY’S GAMES

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

NCAA Tournament first round Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern

Storms foul airlines' on-time data

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

U.S. airlines posted one of their worst January on-time performances ever, as winter storms pounded parts of the country.

Inquiry's focus is ultra-fast trading

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York's attorney general has begun investigating split-second stock trading by some high-frequency traders and called on the exchanges Tuesday to end the practice that he said gives them an unfair advantage.

Housing upswing reported in 2 areas

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The Skyline Report for the second half of 2013 shows housing in Benton and Washington counties is experiencing solid growth, and experts are showing little concern about oversupply.

TUESDAY’S NIT ROUNDUPS

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

FLORIDA STATE 58, FLORIDA GULF COAST 53 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Aaron Thomas scored 22 points as top-seeded Florida State opened the National Invitation Tournament with a victory against Florida Gulf Coast, last year’s NCAA Tournament darling.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

New P.A.M. director to face vote in May

READING NOOK

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

After I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy, the words “gluten-free” became part of my everyday vocabulary.

Orange juice, chipotle help lighten slow-cooked pork

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The slow cooker is a favorite kitchen tool for getting dinner on the table, but the comfort-food dishes it helps to prepare can make for some heavy eating.

Cooking with diabetes: Chops get added pop from pineapple salsa

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

These pork chops will bring the flavors of the tropics to your dinner table.

7 day menu planner

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Make the family meal a simple one by serving a ham steak. Baked Sweet Potatoes are a perfect accompaniment. Slash the tops of the potatoes and sprinkle with light brown sugar; squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the tops as well. Add Green Beans With Mushrooms to the menu.

Tasteful tarragon dresses up chicken

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Here's proof that a one-pan dish can be elegant.

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: I have a question about how to wash my apples. The skin has a waxy feel. Someone told me to just peel them, but that takes time and is messy. I sure would like to have a good, clean apple!

Coloring gray area in my life

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Someday, I swear, I am going to quit. Next month, maybe. Or next year. I've done it most of my life and it's getting old.

EX-ETIQUETTE

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Q My new boyfriend wants to go to my son's baseball games with me, but he and my ex-husband have never met and I'm worried there may be a scene. How do you think I should handle this?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. A special teacher will offer you guidance and support, but it's you who will do all of the work necessary to lift off to the next level. In April, a clever plan breaks you out of a rut. You'll succeed in a brand-new environment in May. June shows you cashing in on your patience, maturity and experience. August brings a surprising twist.

GM boss: 'Personally' rue car deaths

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Comment 1

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, speaking to reporters Tuesday for the first time about the recall of 1.6 million compact cars, apologized for the “loss of life” and said there will be “no sacred cows” in the investigation.

It's BACK! The Soviet Union Redux

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Boris Here, Comrade Clerk. Get operations on phone. Heads will roll. Or maybe only careers, this not being 1956 or even 1968.

In February, prices again up just a tad

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WASHINGTON -- The cost of living in the U.S. was little changed in February, showing inflation is making scant progress toward the Federal Reserve's goal ahead of the policymakers' meeting this week.

Putin, inflation news lifts stocks

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NEW YORK -- Encouraging news on the economy gave the stock market a boost Tuesday.

Multitalented eggs take center stage in dinner menu

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The simple egg. It may be the most versatile ingredient in your kitchen.

Cabot man dies after beating

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No arrests were made Tuesday in an early Monday beating in Cabot that left one man dead and another at a local hospital.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Overlooked Evans advances Albany

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ALBANY 71, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 64 DAYTON, Ohio -- D.J. Evans is charitably listed at 5-foot-9. His coach and teammates tease him that he looks a foot shorter.

Traffic-fine ruse using law agency to deceive

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Herbert Montgomery thought he was calling a law enforcement official Monday afternoon to clear up a misunderstanding.

New program aims to give parolees a hand

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Comment 1

For someone recently released from prison, re-entering society can be a daunting and self-defeating process.

Fear of attacks shuts schools in Nigerian state

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Nigeria's Borno state government is closing all high schools indefinitely over fears of attacks by Islamic extremists, officials and teachers said Tuesday, confirming a move that may be considered a victory for the Islamic extremist Boko Haram terrorist network, whose nickname means "Western education is forbidden."

Auburn decides on Pearl

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AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn has hired former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl to revive a struggling basketball program that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament in more than a decade.

Second thoughts

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How obsessed are college basketball fans with the NCAA Tournament?

COMMENTARY: It is … and it isn’t

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Beware: The Koch brothers are running another television commercial in Arkansas.

Reaching critical mass

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The headline, which made adequate use of alliteration, jumped out at me from this newspaper’s front page last week: “Boyle Building to bloom again.”

LETTERS

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Her liberal application After reading Ms. Brenda Looper’s column last week, “A liberal application,” I have begun to understand what seems to me to be her reluctance to publish letters which are critical of Mark Pryor and his voting record. I just had to say it!

CATA board OKs 15 natural gas buses, station

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The Central Arkansas Transit Authority capped its five-year flirtation with compressed natural gas with what its executive director called a "transformative decision" Tuesday.

NSA records all calls to unnamed country

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WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency is recording all telephone calls and their routing data in one foreign country and retaining that information for a month so that it can be analyzed later, according to a report based on a top-secret intelligence document and people with knowledge of the effort.

Report details a tangled response to LA airport shooter

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles International Airport was ill-prepared for a crisis when a gunman ambushed security officers last year, and the emergency response was hindered by communication problems and poor coordination, according to a report released Tuesday.

Bauxite aldermen overturn mayor's firing of fire chief, with conditions

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Bauxite's City Council reversed the mayor's firing of the Volunteer Fire Department's chief Monday, as long as he follows certain conditions.

The nation in brief

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re going to miss you guys. And thanks so much for all that you gave to us.” Dan Lewis, news anchor at Seattle’s KOMO-TV, during a broadcast after the station’s news helicopter crashed into a street, killing the pilot and photographer on board

A repeat: Arkansas sales-tax load 2nd

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Arkansas has the second-highest combined state and local sales-tax rate on average in the nation for the second year in a row, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.

Human-rights group rallies for gay student

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Standing on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday, Lynn Tilley looked out at the crowd in front of her, opened her mouth to form a word, then burst into tears.

LR school planner says build it, pupils will come

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Enrollment in the Little Rock School District is projected to grow by about 1,000 students in the next 10 years, from 25,149 to 26,076 in the 2023-24 school year, a team of educational facility planners said Monday.

Panel to study teachers' Rx costs

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The board that oversees the health-insurance plans for teachers and state employees directed staff members Tuesday to study measures to cut the plans' spending on prescription drugs.

Seattle news copter crashes; 2 die

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SEATTLE -- A news helicopter crashed into a street and burst into flames Tuesday near Seattle's Space Needle, killing two people on board, badly injuring a man in a car and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning commute.

Do violent video games = violent lives?

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SEARCY -- Dave Grossman is hitting his topic -- violent video games -- hard. He has a crowd at Harding University's Benson Auditorium hanging on every word.

CREATURE FEATURE

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My 10-year-old dog, Lenny, has gotten picky about eating. He has always been a good eater. Two or three months ago, he started refusing to eat his regular dog food. I thought he might be bored with it and bought him a different food. He ate that for a few days, then didn't want it either. Since then, I've tried feeding him several kinds of canned and dry food, but he didn't like any of them. He has lost some weight. Do you think his age has anything to do with this?

PARENTING : There’s nothing magical about consequences

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Q My 6-year-old son is a bright and friendly kindergartner. Each day a color-coded chart is sent home about his behavior. This year he's gone through several spells during which he will have a "bad color" for several days in a row. Each time this occurs we punish him by not allowing him to play soccer, sending him to bed early, confining him to his room for the evening, or taking away TV, but none of this is having any long-term effect. The misbehavior -- talking out of turn and not keeping his hands to himself -- will happen for a few days, then stop for a week or two, then start happening again, and so on. Your advice?

MONEY MATTERS

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DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My brother is being a real jerk about our family's cemetery plot. Before they died, my parents bought three adjacent grave sites. They're now buried in two of them, and, since my husband is going to be cremated, I'd like to be buried in the remaining one. But my brother won't let me have it. He says the grave could be sold for $1,600 to $1,700, so he wants me to pay him $800 for his half (our parents left the grave to both of us). It's not like he wants to be buried there; he just wants to profit off the situation. What should I do?

Super Quiz: Biblical Pairs

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Super Quiz: Biblical pairs

On Christianity

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't understand myself. Our marriage broke up a year ago because of my husband's unfaithfulness, and yet I've been overwhelmed with guilt ever since. I'm so confused. Why do I feel this way? At the time, I was glad to be rid of him.

Hertz to spin off gear-rental arm

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Hertz Global Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it will spin off its equipment-leasing division to focus on renting cars, a move analysts have pushed for since Hertz went public in 2006.

Youth program funds OK'd

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock Board of Directors on Tuesday approved allocating about $3.1 million to providers that operate 42 youth programs or services.

New sentencing denied by judge

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to reopen death-row inmate Danny Lee's claim that he is entitled to a new sentencing hearing because his lawyers in his 1999 murder and racketeering trial didn't adequately represent him.

Uncorked: Ninth anniversary time to look ahead

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

March marks Uncorked's ninth anniversary -- reinforcing the old adage that time certainly flies when you're having fun. I'm already looking forward to next year's big 10. I think a party may be in order.

Pasta, cake answer to Kats' requests

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Took judgeship to serve public, Beebe pick says

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

An opportunity for public service, at the behest of Gov. Mike Beebe, is all the persuading Chris Palmer said he needed to put his law practice on hold for nine months to serve as a temporary judge on the 6th Judicial Circuit, which covers Perry and Pulaski counties.

Putin inks Crimea treaty

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty Tuesday to annex Crimea, describing the move as correcting a past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.

Sanctions to fly, Moscow warned

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WARSAW, Poland -- Denouncing Russia's actions in Crimea as "nothing more than a land grab," Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that the U.S. and Europe would impose further sanctions after Moscow moved to annex part of Ukraine.

NAIA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS: Lyon, JBU face off in opener

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Lyon College and John Brown University women's basketball teams have enjoyed trips to the NAIA National Tournament recently, but neither has managed to win a first-round game.

Interview with Confucius

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

It was definitely time to see the old man again. Things were starting to get to me. I found myself replying to the day's crank letters. I was reading my irate emails all the way through, cusswords and all, and felt a compulsion to answer them--a sure sign things had gotten out of control.

4 banks wrap up redress of loans

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Four large banks have completed the billions of dollars' worth of homeowner relief they were required to provide as part of a 2012 legal settlement over allegations of shoddy mortgage-servicing practices, a new report from the settlement's watchdog shows.

Thrive and advance

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas won its first postseason game in six years as the Razorbacks beat Indiana State 91-71 Tuesday night in front of an announced crowd of 7,697 at Walton Arena in the first round of the NIT.

Greece's bailout segment approved

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

ATHENS, Greece -- Greece concluded seven months of negotiations with its international debt inspectors Tuesday, reaching a deal that will allow it to access a long-delayed rescue-loan installment.

ALL-METRO GIRLS : eStem's 'baller' just has a ball

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

These girls were all in for the fun, but in the end winning still mattered Tuesday night at the All-Metro Classic at Arkansas Baptist College.

Business news in brief

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There isn’t much in this report to suggest inflation is about to make a move to the upside or downside.” Michael Feroli, a JPMorgan Chase economist, on the Labor Department’s consumer price index

Hopeful for sheriff files ethics complaint

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

PINE BLUFF -- A candidate for Jefferson County sheriff has filed a complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission against Sheriff Gerald Robinson, who is seeking re-election this year.

Off the wire

posted: 03/19/2014 3:41 a.m. Discuss

GOLF Woods withdraws Tiger Woods withdrew Tuesday from the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf’s No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away, and that’s if Woods can even play in the Masters.

State sports briefs

posted: 03/19/2014 3:38 a.m. Discuss

FOOTBALL Thompson named defensive coordinator at Texas State John Thompson isn’t coaching at Arkansas State anymore, but he’ll be staying in the Sun Belt Conference.

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