posted: 05/19/2014 3:09 p.m.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he's open to the idea of a special legislative session to address health insurance plans for public school employees as long as there's a consensus among lawmakers about it.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:04 p.m.
The Bank of Little Rock branch on Rodney Parham Road was robbed on Monday, and officials are still searching for the suspect.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:40 p.m.
Kenyan officials say Somali militants have killed 12 people, including three police reservists, in a border ambush.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:28 p.m.
Justin Roy Morris, a prominent University of Arkansas grape and wine researcher, has died. He was 77.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:24 p.m.
Police in Las Vegas have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of an aspiring rapper in a posh suite at the Palms resort.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:05 p.m.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that more than $2 million has been approved to help Arkansans recover from last month's severe storms.
posted: 05/19/2014 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday is election day in Arkansas.
posted: 05/19/2014 11:12 a.m.
The University of Arkansas System has proposed tuition increases.
posted: 05/19/2014 10:41 a.m.
A 50-year-old police officer fatally shot a man who attempted to rob him late Sunday night in a parking lot, authorities said.
posted: 05/19/2014 10:32 a.m.
TYRONZA — Clara Nell, 68, isn’t worried. Some Fridays, she has lines out the door! People from Memphis and Jonesboro, Osceola and Blytheville spilled onto Main Street, all of them waiting to devour her fried catfish, Cheree Franco writes in Tuesday Style's continuation of the Sunken Lands series.
posted: 05/19/2014 10:10 a.m.
A woman was shot in the leg and a man in the back of the head early Sunday morning at a Little Rock gas station, police said.
posted: 05/19/2014 9:46 a.m.
Two men have been arrested in a pair of armed robberies of Pine Bluff businesses over the weekend, authorities said.
posted: 05/19/2014 9:10 a.m.
TULSA — A trial is set to begin Monday for a man accused of raping and killing an 84-year-old woman and beating her husband during a home invasion two years ago in Tulsa.
posted: 05/19/2014 9:07 a.m.
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered troops deployed near Ukraine to return to their home bases and praised the launch of a dialogue between the Ukrainian government and its opponents even as fighting continued in the eastern parts of the country.
posted: 05/19/2014 9:04 a.m.
BEIRUT — The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has exceeded 160,000, an activist group said Monday, a harrowing figure that reflects the country's relentless bloodletting that appears no closer to a resolution.
posted: 05/19/2014 9:02 a.m.
BELGRADE, Serbia — Belgrade braced for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country as the Balkans struggle with the consequences of the worst flooding in southeastern Europe in more than a century.
posted: 05/19/2014 8:56 a.m.
NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton will get a chance to play his saxophone when the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz honors him with its Founder's Award.
updated: 05/19/2014 9:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.
posted: 05/19/2014 7:17 a.m.
White County sheriff's deputies are searching for a Bald Knob man in connection with a Sunday evening shooting death.
updated: 05/19/2014 4:18 p.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal appeals court's ruling has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in Oregon if a judge's ruling allows it.
posted: 05/19/2014 7:08 a.m.
The influence of race on Little Rock neighborhoods will be the topic during a discussion at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library on Monday evening.
posted: 05/19/2014 6:25 a.m.
A Pine Bluff man was fatally shot after a gunman chased him out of his apartment Sunday night and opened fire, authorities said.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:42 a.m.
John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state and a 1966 Yale University graduate, told students at the school’s 313th commencement that solving problems is a “matter of willpower, not capacity” and urged them to keep faith with the ability of institutions to do big things.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:40 a.m.
BRCKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Floodwaters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday, killing at least two dozen people, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines left from the region's 1990s war, along with warning signs that marked the unexploded weapons.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:38 a.m.
Pulaski County sanitation workers have been out collecting "green" debris from private roads since the April 27 tornadoes after initially denying requests from landowners and others who said they were unable to haul the debris to public roads for pickup.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:37 a.m.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. John Boozman is eager to get back to work at the U.S. Capitol, his staff says, but it may be several more weeks before he has recovered enough from surgery that repaired a tear in his aorta.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:35 a.m.
TRIPOLI, Libya -- Forces apparently loyal to a renegade Libyan general said they suspended the country's parliament Sunday after earlier leading a military assault against lawmakers, directly challenging the legitimacy of the country's central government three years after the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:34 a.m.
DALLAS -- AT&T Inc. on Sunday agreed to buy satellite television provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion, or $95 per share, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against rivals.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:32 a.m.
Paul McCartney canceled his second concert in Tokyo on Sunday, as well as the makeup performance for the one canceled a day earlier, and apologized to his fans for still being sick with a virus. The former Beatle said on his Out There Japan Tour 2014 website that he wanted to perform Sunday against doctors’ orders, but that his team wouldn’t allow it.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:30 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine -- Several hundred people marched in Ukraine's capital Sunday to commemorate the deportation 70 years ago of Crimea's entire population of Tatars, while about 20,000 members of the ethnic group rallied in the peninsula's main city.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:28 a.m.
LOS ANGELES -- Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:27 a.m.
SEOUL, South Korea -- A 23-story apartment building potentially housing more than 90 families collapsed last week in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, a South Korean government official said Sunday, after the North reported a "serious" accident at a construction site.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:25 a.m.
FAIRFAX, Va. — According to authorities, someone set off two soda-bottle chemical devices at a movie theater complex in northern Virginia on Sunday, frightening patrons who fled after hearing what sounded like firecrackers or gunshots.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:23 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “And the people are going to have to be careful of how they live, how they build their homes and what kind of vegetation is allowed to grow around them.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown, discussing how Californians will have to proceed in the future after recent wildfires caused more than $20 million in damage
posted: 05/19/2014 5:21 a.m.
SAN DIEGO -- All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday as firefighters gained the upper hand on the remaining four of nearly a dozen blazes that tore through Southern California last week.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:20 a.m.
WASHINGTON -- Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Sunday that Hillary Rodham Clinton's health and age were fair targets for inquiry ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:18 a.m.
NEWARK, N.J. — A federal judge has dismissed a $50 million lawsuit brought by members of the Ramapough American Indian tribe against the makers of a movie that they said depicted their people in a negative light.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:15 a.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “I want to send a message that if we don’t stop China today, tomorrow it will be too late.” Dao Minh Chu, a Vietnamese demonstrator who was pushed away from a park in Ho Chi Minh City near the Chinese Embassy
posted: 05/19/2014 5:13 a.m.
HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam smothered anti-China protests Sunday with a security clampdown after deadly riots triggered by a territorial dispute with Beijing spooked foreign investors and the country's authoritarian leadership.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:12 a.m.
DAMASCUS, Syria -- The head of Syria's air defenses was killed in clashes near the capital of Damascus, a government official and activists said Sunday, one of a few high-ranking military officers to be killed in the country's 3-year-old civil war.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:11 a.m.
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- For more than 150 years, the Maid of the Mist tour boats have been alone below Niagara Falls as they've ferried tourists close enough to be drenched by the spray.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:10 a.m.
NEW YORK -- Desperate to fill classroom vacancies, New York City school officials sent recruiting teams around the world in the late 1990s, promising jobs and help in obtaining green cards that would be a path to citizenship.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:07 a.m.
Flying aerial applicators, most commonly known as crop-dusters , is work of an inherently risky nature given that they must be flown low and must avoid power lines and other obstacles, all the while accurately delivering a load of chemicals over a crop field.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:06 a.m.
An increase in uninsured patients, cutbacks in federal programs such as Medicaid and an exodus of doctors relocating or retiring have left Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis facing $30 million in debt.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:04 a.m.
PINE BLUFF -- Two incumbent Jefferson County circuit judges face opponents in Tuesday's nonpartisan judicial general election.
posted: 05/19/2014 5:02 a.m.
From the "heaving" soils of the Fayetteville shale to sinkholes in the karst terrain around Eureka Springs, what's underground should be considered before building aboveground in Northwest Arkansas, two experts said.
posted: 05/19/2014 5 a.m.
Employees of rural Boone County school districts are nearing the end of their training to become reserve deputies for the sheriff’s office, but the school boards still have to decide whether they want to allow employees to carry firearms on campus.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:55 a.m.
Little Rock and North Little Rock police, and the Pulaski County sheriff’s offi ce will use radar to detect speeding at these locations.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:54 a.m.
OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. INDEX Some obituaries may appear in certain editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and not in others. This list shows the names of all people whose obituaries are in at least one edition. For obituaries not in this edition, please see our website, Arkansas Online, at arkansasonline.com/obituaries/.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:46 a.m.
100 years ago May 19, 1914 ST. LOUIS -- The Federal Reserve bank of St. Louis was organized today by a committee representing five banks, selected by the Organization Committee of the Federal Reserve Board to sign the organization certificate.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:45 a.m.
The Thea Foundation recognized scholarship winners and honorable mention honors in a ceremony at the Thea Center for the Arts in North Little Rock on May 4. Scholarships were awarded to high school seniors in six categories: performing arts, poetry slam, visual arts, creative writing, film and, for the first time this year, fashion design.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:43 a.m.
SPRINGDALE -- Robert Runyan is not the only person to keep vivid memories of childhood cartoons in his head for decades, but he's probably one of the few whose life's work grew from what he saw in the backgrounds of them.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:39 a.m.
BRYANT -- Bryant residents on Tuesday will decide whether to allow the city to pay off existing park bonds and issue new bonds for park and street improvements.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:37 a.m.
Two seasoned Republican politicians are vying to be the next Saline County judge.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:33 a.m.
Re-entry program at UALR gets boost The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco has selected the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for a $1 million endowment to support scholarships for nontraditional college students.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:31 a.m.
1 held in robbery of money, bleach A Carlisle man accused of robbing an acquaintance of his girlfriend of money, alcohol, bleach and jewelry was arrested Sunday, according to a Jacksonville police report.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:29 a.m.
Traffic-lights deal moves step closer The Pulaski County Quorum Court moved forward an ordinance allowing County Judge Buddy Villines to enter into an interlocal agreement with North Little Rock and Maumelle on a signal-control project for traffic lights on Maumelle Boulevard.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:26 a.m.
An Oklahoma man died Saturday after he was thrown from his motorcycle in Faulkner County, according to a preliminary Arkansas State Police fatality accident report.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:25 a.m.
Garland County sheriff's deputies are searching for two men who they said shot another man Saturday morning, a department lieutenant said in a news release Sunday.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:24 a.m.
For years the state of Arkansas has told parents and teachers which school districts were having trouble. Financial trouble, academic trouble, you-name-it trouble. The folks at the state's Department of Education called those troubled districts distressed. It's probably more accurate to say that many parents were distressed over the news about their kids' school districts.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:23 a.m.
Mass schoolgirl kidnapping in Nigeria--to tweet or not to tweet? Is hashtagging one's indignation about some outrage abroad an exercise in moral narcissism or a worthy new way of standing up to bad guys?
posted: 05/19/2014 4:21 a.m.
The principal achievement the Obama administration might claim in an otherwise tragically failed response to Syria’s civil war is eroding.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:19 a.m.
Many people have a link or two they wish wouldn't pop up when they Google their own names. They will appreciate the motivation of an audacious ruling the European Court of Justice handed down last week. But the ruling could easily damage the flow of information on which the internet depends.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:15 a.m.
The recently released email from White House adviser Ben Rhodes on Benghazi really only serves to prove what anyone interested in finding out already knew. That so many didn't want to know, or at least face the consequences of such knowledge, has always been the real scandal.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:13 a.m.
LETTERS The recent striking of this state’s ban on same-sex marriage has generated a storm of protest from people who have a very, um, “interesting” view of the way our government should work.
posted: 05/19/2014 4:03 a.m.
Staff members of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette won top prizes in the 2014 Great Plains Journalism Awards, an regional contest covering eight states.
posted: 05/19/2014 4 a.m.
IRVING, Texas -- Brendon Todd was shocked when he saw his ball settled at the base of a tree by the 13th green in the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship.
posted: 05/19/2014 4 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Eric Frankenhauser, 41, will serve life in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to the first-degree murder of his girlfriend.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:59 a.m.
For a track and field program that measures success in championships, Arkansas wound up with a split Sunday.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:58 a.m.
RUSSELLVILLE — Jason Christie edged Gerald Swindle to win the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament by 4 ounces on Lake Dardanelle.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:54 a.m.
Pacers 107, Heat 96
posted: 05/19/2014 3:49 a.m.
BALTIMORE -- Twenty-seven opponents at Churchill Downs and Pimlico haven't been able to stop California Chrome, and neither could a cough caused by a tickle in his throat.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:44 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Local driver Ed Carpenter has made himself at home on the Indianapolis 500 pole.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:43 a.m.
It's the 100th anniversary of the opening of Wrigley Field, and while the Chicago Cubs are trying their best to commemorate the historic ballpark, they're doing about as well with the celebration as they are on the field.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:37 a.m.
MOTOR SPORTS Hornish collars Blaney Sam Hornish Jr. went from nearly winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series season title to losing his ride.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:34 a.m.
The NBA might have breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Los Angeles Clippers were knocked out of the playoffs. The loss allowed the league to temporarily brush aside the embarrassing Donald Sterling fiasco. Sterling was barred for life by Commissioner Adam Silver and threatened with the forced sale of his team after the release of recordings in which he chided a female friend for associating with black people.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:31 a.m.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon had two firsts Sunday: six RBIs and a curtain call.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:24 a.m.
The Arkansas Travelers are a different team when they play the Springfield Cardinals at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:21 a.m.
The Tulsa Drillers scored four runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6-5 before an announced crowd of 5,455 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Okla.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:20 a.m.
BASKETBALL P.A.R.K. to host pro camp
posted: 05/19/2014 3:18 a.m.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 1
posted: 05/19/2014 3:15 a.m.
NEWARK, Del. -- When a team of researchers from the University of Delaware traveled to Africa two years ago to search for exemplary chickens, they weren't seeking plump thighs or delicious eggs.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:14 a.m.
Two weeks ago, Jim "Bear" Dyke Jr. was on a boat that pulled seven metal cages, each containing a case of wine, from Charleston Harbor in South Carolina.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:13 a.m.
The digital revolution is writing a nail-biting new chapter for book publishers. E-books are overtaking their paper-bound counterparts as bookstores vanish and online retailers inflict unrelenting price pressure on a time-honored trade.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:12 a.m.
A Chinese market for medical technology used to be on the long list of lofty goals for devicemakers such as Medtronic.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:10 a.m.
I am so happy spring is finally here. I am all about fresh vegetables and herbs and love visiting the farmers market. I absolutely love cooking with lots of fresh and home-dried herbs. I even like growing them.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:05 a.m.
We bought 15 boxes of Kleenex to blow our allergy-clogged noses. Then we got a couple of air cleaners to get rid of the allergens, and now we don't need the Kleenex.
posted: 05/19/2014 3:02 a.m.
Google resumes Glass sales in U.S. SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. is once again selling its Internet-connected eyewear to anyone in the United States as the company fine-tunes a device that has sparked intrigue and disdain for its potential to change the way people interact with technology.
posted: 05/19/2014 3 a.m.
ALEXANDER Dion E. Baker, 14702 Parkway Circle, May 12, 2014, Chapter 13.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:52 a.m.
Super Quiz: Songs: First lines
posted: 05/19/2014 2:50 a.m.
Once upon a time at a friend's birthday dinner I was seated with several high-ranking government officials, who -- to my surprise and possibly as a ploy to avoid controversial topics -- spent the entire meal discussing naps.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:49 a.m.
Wednesday, bicyclists in 49 states and 18 countries around the world will gather in honor of riders killed in traffic everywhere, whether they knew the dead or not. But for Arkansans who organize a Ride of Silence, it's not about strangers.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:48 a.m.
Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook
By Todd Downs with Brian Fiske (Rodale paperback, February), 166 pages, $14.99
This little book — 5 by 7 inches and only about 5/ 16 of an inch thick — likely will slip into a backpack or saddlebag. Does that mean the type’s tiny? Do they expect baby boomers to carry reading glasses when they go for a bike ride?
posted: 05/19/2014 2:45 a.m.
Surprising new research suggests that exercise not only appears to keep skin younger, it could reverse skin aging in people who start exercising late in life.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:37 a.m.
Why don't birds get sick from drinking dirty water in birdbaths?
posted: 05/19/2014 2:36 a.m.
Where have these first 4 1/2 months gone? I feel a day late and a dollar short sometimes, and I'm still struggling with getting that "act" I've written about together.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:30 a.m.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: As you look back over your life do you think the world is in better shape than it was when you were young, or is it worse? And what do you think it will be like 100 years from now?
posted: 05/19/2014 2:29 a.m.
Happy birthday. You'll be drawn to the wonders on the horizon. A friend travels with you in June. July brings an exchange, new territory and financial shuffling.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:27 a.m.
Sometimes a running back can be completely too good for his own good.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:23 a.m.
WHAT: Mary’s Gone Crackers brand crackers, pretzels and cookies STATS: Vary by product. A serving of crackers contains about 140 calories and 5 fat, 21 carbohydrate, 3 fiber and 3 protein grams. A serving of pretzels contains about 150 calories and 5 fat, 21 carbohydrate, 4 fiber and 4 protein grams. Two cookies contain about 120 calories and 4 fat, 20 carbohydrate, 1.5 fiber and 1 protein grams. For store locator, visit marysgonecrackers.com.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:19 a.m.
That lizard that has become famous for selling car insurance -- the gecko -- in real life can climb across glass windows and across the ceiling.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:18 a.m.
DEAR READERS: Here is this week's Sound Off, about signs being left up:
posted: 05/19/2014 2:10 a.m.
Military-style fitness programs have been around for years, but a recent surge in popularity has made them impossible to ignore. If you're looking for a tough, total body workout designed to improve your strength-to-weight ratio, boot camps may be the ticket.
posted: 05/19/2014 2:07 a.m.
Dr. Martin Matsumura recently got a lesson in modern media: The slow march of science can't keep up with a hyper-connected society.
posted: 05/19/2014 1:58 a.m.
When it comes to staying upright while riding over rough spots, a mountain bike beats a road bike every time. Stability really counts if there's roadwork or construction on the roads you ride. But aside from safety, urban mountain biking is fun.