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Legislators look at Keno ban for special session

posted: 05/23/2014 5:39 p.m. Comment 1

There is a move by some legislators to include a ban on monitor games by the Arkansas lottery if there is a special session called this summer.

Fox keeps stay on voter-ID ruling

posted: 05/23/2014 4:24 p.m. Comments 2

In an order issued Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox has formally ruled that Arkansas' voter-ID law is unconstitutional, but is keeping the stay he had originally issued from the bench.

Riverfest starts tonight in LR, NLR

posted: 05/23/2014 3:58 p.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas' largest annual music, arts and food festival starts Friday night in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock, and organizers are predicting a large turnout.

Beebe to issue $500,000 of state funds for Pulaski debris cleanup

posted: 05/23/2014 2:54 p.m. Discuss

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced he will release $500,000 in state funds to help with the April 27 storm cleanup efforts in Pulaski County.

Scattered storms possible over holiday weekend

posted: 05/23/2014 2:05 p.m. Discuss

Scattered thunderstorms are predicted across the state over the Memorial Day weekend, but few are expected to be severe, according to the National Weather Service in Little Rock.

Benton police seek help in finding missing woman

posted: 05/23/2014 1:09 p.m. Comment 1

Benton police are asking for the public's help in solving a missing person case gone cold.

I-40 stop nets 217 pounds of marijuana

posted: 05/23/2014 12:48 p.m. Comments 5

A truck driver has been arrested after the Arkansas Highway Police confiscated 217 pounds of marijuana from his tractor-trailer, highway officials said Friday.

Driver in crash that killed Oklahoma woman found

posted: 05/23/2014 12:33 p.m. Discuss

The driver of a tractor-trailer rig suspected of hitting and killing an Oklahoma City woman in southwest Arkansas has been found in North Little Rock.

Tornado unemployment aid deadline set for 3 counties

posted: 05/23/2014 11:26 a.m. Discuss

People affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in the Pulaski, Randolph and White counties must file their disaster unemployment assistance claims by June 5.

Reynolds expanding e-cigarette production

posted: 05/23/2014 11:22 a.m. Comment 1

RICHMOND, Va. — Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, N.C., manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.

Nation endorses Rutledge for attorney general

posted: 05/23/2014 11:18 a.m. Discuss

Jacksonville attorney Patricia Nation announced Friday that she is endorsing Leslie Rutledge in the runoff election for attorney general.

HomeStyle: Flying old glory at home

posted: 05/23/2014 11:08 a.m. Discuss

Oh, say, can you see what season this is? The answer is in the wind: flag season, writes Ron Wolfe in HomeStyle.

Putin: Russia will respect result of Ukraine vote

posted: 05/23/2014 11:04 a.m. Discuss

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote this weekend, President Vladimir Putin promised Friday, but he also voiced hope that Ukraine's new leader would halt the military operation against separatists in the east.

Mortar attack on Assad gathering in Syria kills 21

posted: 05/23/2014 11:02 a.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — A mortar shell struck a large tent in southern Syria where supporters of President Bashar Assad had gathered for election campaigning, killing at least 21 people and wounding scores, opposition activists said Friday.

U.S. 64 in Crittenden County to undergo pavement tests

posted: 05/23/2014 10:10 a.m. Discuss

Crews testing the pavement on U.S. 64 in Crittenden County will require lane closures next week, state highway officials said Friday.

Cantrell Road westbound lanes to close for two days

posted: 05/23/2014 9:28 a.m. Discuss

For two days next week, crews resurfacing Cantrell Road will reduce westbound traffic to one lane from Allsopp Park Road to Jackson Street.

Butlerville candidate poses as lawman, takes phone, sheriff says

posted: 05/23/2014 9:24 a.m. Discuss

A candidate for constable in Butlerville is accused of criminal impersonation after he confiscated an iPhone on the pretense of being a law-enforcement officer, the Lonoke County sheriff’s office said.

Fort Smith medical college gets $14 million donation

posted: 05/23/2014 9:02 a.m. Discuss

Officials say construction could begin early next year on a planned medical college in Fort Smith.

U.S. safety agency investigates older Ram pickups

posted: 05/23/2014 8:59 a.m. Discuss

U.S. safety regulators are investigating older-model Ram pickups with manual transmissions because the engines can be started without the clutch being depressed.

Fort Smith police seek ATM burglar

posted: 05/23/2014 7:26 a.m. Discuss

Police in Fort Smith are looking for a suspect accused of breaking into an ATM inside a popular nightspot.

HUD awards grants to Arkansas organizations

posted: 05/23/2014 7:22 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $91,000 in federal grants to six Arkansas organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures.

USA Truck, shareholder group strike cooperation deal

posted: 05/23/2014 7 a.m. Discuss

USA Truck Inc. on Friday said it had reached a cooperation agreement with two investment firms that together hold a 28 percent stake in the Van Buren-based trucking company.

U.S. seen hot for holiday travel

posted: 05/23/2014 4:06 a.m. Discuss

A good many of the 36.1 million Americans taking to the road and air for the Memorial Day weekend will be heading to the lake and other vacation spots to take advantage of the three-day holiday that traditionally marks the beginning of the summer-travel season.

House OKs NSA power curbs

posted: 05/23/2014 4:02 a.m. Comments 2

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to curb some National Security Agency powers in legislation that Internet companies and privacy advocates say won't do enough to prevent spying on innocent Americans.

The campaign non-issue

posted: 05/23/2014 4 a.m. Comments 11

It's a dismaying irony that on Election Day, I saw a Facebook post that shared KTHV's online news story about Little Rock being listed at the top as the "least safe mid-sized city" by the Movoto blog.

Supreme Court

posted: 05/23/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

UA System adopts strategy to confront sexual violence

posted: 05/23/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

Matt McCoy, associate general counsel for the University of Arkansas System, leaned to his left in his chair and lifted his cellphone to show General Counsel Fred Harrison a picture of the cover of the forthcoming Time magazine.

FAA's $2.9 million to help 5 airports

updated: 05/23/2014 3:19 p.m. Discuss

Five airports in Arkansas will share in $2.9 million in federal grants, three members of the state's congressional delegation said in a news release Thursday.

Medical screens discount gets OK

posted: 05/23/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Public school and state employees who get mammograms, blood-pressure tests or other preventative health screenings by Nov. 1 will get a $75 discount on their monthly insurance premiums next year, a state board decided Thursday.

Attack at Chinese market kills 31

posted: 05/23/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

URUMQI, China -- Attackers hurled bombs from two sport utility vehicles that plowed through shoppers at a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern Xinjiang region Thursday, killing 31 people and wounding more than 90.

Senate passes bill for water projects

posted: 05/23/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Congress sent the White House a $12.3 billion water-projects bill that was half the size of its last one seven years ago -- before the economy sank into a deep recession that helped swell the government's debt and lawmakers swore off cherry-picking pet projects for constituents.

Quest school backtracks, to open at 1st site

posted: 05/23/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Quest Middle School of West Little Rock, a charter school for grades six through eight, will proceed with its original plan to open in August on Rahling Road after an alternative site was rejected earlier this month by the state Board of Education.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/23/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Hijacker of school bus gets 55 years in prison

posted: 05/23/2014 3:54 a.m. Video | Discuss

A 22-year-old man who hijacked a school bus at knife-point last year in Jacksonville accepted a 55-year prison sentence Thursday, the equivalent of five years for each of the 11 elementary-school-age children on the bus at the time.

Russia, China veto referring Syria to court

posted: 05/23/2014 3:53 a.m. Discuss

UNITED NATIONS -- Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes, prompting angry responses from the proposal's supporters, who said the two countries should be ashamed.

Nuclear drill flubbed, report says

posted: 05/23/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

An Air Force security team's botched response to a simulated assault on a nuclear missile silo has prompted a blistering review followed by expanded training to deal with the scenario of a real attack.

Abductee called police after talking to mom, lawmen say

posted: 05/23/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her purported captor year after year, but was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

$601 billion defense bill clears House

posted: 05/23/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. House passed a $601 billion defense authorization bill Thursday that rejects Pentagon plans to retire Cold War-era planes and rebuffs efforts to find savings in cutting military benefits and closing bases.

6 couples challenge S.D. gay-marriage ban

posted: 05/23/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Six couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block South Dakota's gay-marriage ban, leaving North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged law prohibiting same-sex weddings.

Senate confirms circuit court nominee

posted: 05/23/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Senate Democrats overcame opposition by Republicans and quelled concerns by some civil libertarians Thursday, approving President Barack Obama's nominee for a top federal judgeship. The nominee is an architect of the administration's legal argument that allows the use of U.S. drones to kill American terror suspects overseas.

Military seizes control in Thailand

posted: 05/23/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

BANGKOK -- The Thai military seized control of the country Thursday in a coup, the culmination of months of maneuvering by the Bangkok establishment to sideline the populist movement founded by a billionaire tycoon that has won every national election since 2001.

Nomination near for housing chief

posted: 05/23/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will tap Shaun Donovan, his current housing chief, to run the budget office, a White House official said Thursday.

Nigeria president again ducks protesters

posted: 05/23/2014 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Scores of protesters chanting "Bring back our girls" marched Thursday to Nigeria's presidential villa to demand more action to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, but President Goodluck Jonathan did not meet with them, having a proxy deliver a speech that further angered the demonstrators.

Rebels hit Ukraine checkpoint, kill 16

posted: 05/23/2014 3:41 a.m. Discuss

BLAHODATNE, Ukraine -- In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the forthcoming election for a new president.

Libya city simmers as militias called in

posted: 05/23/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Islamist-led militias on Thursday streamed into the Libyan capital in a standoff with fighters loyal to a renegade general whose offensive has won support from officials, diplomats and army units, but also has threatened to further fragment the country.

The world in brief

posted: 05/23/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “There is no justification for this military coup.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after the Thai army seized control of the country on Thursday

Police to pad patrols for Riverfest

posted: 05/23/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Foot traffic in downtown Little Rock during the Riverfest weekend will include extra police officers on patrol, according to officials who said they are increasing staffing and hours at the annual summer kickoff event.

The nation in brief

posted: 05/23/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We have turned the tables on the NSA and can say to them:We are watching you.” U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., after the House passed a bill to limit the National Security Agency’s powers.

Some scrutiny of voters' IDs went too far

posted: 05/23/2014 3:33 a.m. Comments 3

Pulaski County Election Director Bryan Poe and his staff will review their training procedures after reports of poll workers incorrectly interpreting new voter-identification requirements during this week's primary elections, Poe said Thursday.

4 finalists remaining for utility's CEO post

posted: 05/23/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

One candidate in the running to become Little Rock Wastewater's chief executive officer withdrew his name from consideration this week, leaving four finalists remaining.

Names and faces

posted: 05/23/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Singer Gregg Allman was sued Wednesday along with movie producers, a railroad company and others accused of being responsible for the February death of a young camera assistant when a freight train slammed into a film crew in southeast Georgia.

In the news

posted: 05/23/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Robert Gates, 70, who served as defense secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was confirmed as the Boy Scouts of America's new president.

Ministers defend gay-nuptials ban

posted: 05/23/2014 3:29 a.m. Comment 1

About 200 ministers and supporters Thursday called on state officials to uphold the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman after a recent circuit court ruling that struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages.

LSU ace Nola subdues Arkansas

posted: 05/23/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas had its shot against Aaron Nola in the first inning.

Candidate in runoff faces ethics complaint

posted: 05/23/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A Harrison man has filed an ethics complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission against state Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, who is vying with Mountain Home Republican Scott Flippo in a June 10 runoff for a state Senate seat.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/23/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Receiver absolved of charge

posted: 05/23/2014 3:21 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas receiver signee JoJo Robinson will face no charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery last month in Miami, Robinson family attorney Larry Handfield said Thursday.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 05/23/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court’s ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.

Pate on the mark at plate, mound

posted: 05/23/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Kyle Pate has been an excellent leadoff batter for the Fayetteville Bulldogs this season, but the senior also tends to bring a degree of uncertainty when he comes to the plate.

Murder trial not fair, lawyer says

posted: 05/23/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A death-row inmate convicted of the murder of his girlfriend in Washington County did not receive a fair trial because his attorney abandoned -- in midtrial -- his client's main defense that he was innocent because of mental illness, his new attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday.

The Recruiting Guy: Top Georgia lineman considers visit to UA

posted: 05/23/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman visited the school of one of Georgia's top prospects, Brandon Sandifer, about a week ago and is trying to get the offensive lineman to visit Fayetteville.

Sherwood police firing range is a 'dead issue,' mayor says

posted: 05/23/2014 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

Plans for the Sherwood Police Department to put up an outdoor firing range in a residential area on Trammel Road fell through Thursday after opponents submitted a petition against the proposal, Mayor Virginia Hillman said.

Lake City man dies in vehicle accident

posted: 05/23/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

A Lake City man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Craighead County early Wednesday, state police reported.

Today’s radar speed checks

posted: 05/23/2014 3:15 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. Police and sheriff’s deputies may conduct radar checks in other locations as well.

UA likes lay of links-style course

posted: 05/23/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Instead of watching the final round of The Masters on April 13, the Arkansas men's golf team hustled up to Hutchinson, Kan., to get in a round at Prairie Dunes Country Club, site of the NCAA Championships, which start today.

Vick: Smith should be Jets’ starting QB

posted: 05/23/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets' open quarterback competition might already be case closed.

Primary results in major races

posted: 05/23/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Unofficial results in major races in Tuesday’s preferential primaries and nonpartisan judicial election, according to the secretary of state’s office Thursday.

SEC Baseball Report: Miscues pile up for Hogs

posted: 05/23/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Not that LSU needed any help Thursday night with ace Aaron Nola pitching, but Arkansas had defensive lapses that helped the Tigers score three runs on their way to a 7-2 victory.

Spa City mayor disputes abduction story

posted: 05/23/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney said late Thursday that her daughter-in-law, actress Tiffany Thornton, did not abduct her own children -- countering an online article saying a police report on the matter had been filed by her son.

SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT : UCA one step from title shot

posted: 05/23/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas is putting itself in position to repeat as Southland Conference Tournament champion.

Daily Record

posted: 05/23/2014 3:08 a.m. Discuss

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

Jury finds Hot Springs man guilty of murder

posted: 05/23/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- A Hot Springs man was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder and sentenced to 65 years in prison in a 2012 shooting at an area bar.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT : ASU gets rolling, avoids elimination

posted: 05/23/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas State’s offense finally got going Thursday, and because of that, its season will last another day

Motorcycle officer injured in LR crash

posted: 05/23/2014 3:06 a.m. Comment 1

A Little Rock police officer was injured Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a car.

UALR hires deans for 2 new colleges

posted: 05/23/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has hired two new deans after conducting national job searches.

Head-on collision fatal to 84-year-old

posted: 05/23/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

An 84-year-old Roland man was killed Wednesday in a head-on crash on Cantrell Road.

THURSDAY’S ROUNDUPS

posted: 05/23/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

FLORIDA 7, SOUTH CAROLINA 2 Casey Turgeon had three hits and drove in two runs to lead top-seeded Florida (38-20) past South Carolina (42-16) in an elimination game.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Beat-up Rangers give Darvish a healthy cushion

posted: 05/23/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

On a day full of bad news on the injury front, at least the Texas Rangers could enjoy a victory.

Obituaries

posted: 05/23/2014 3:03 a.m. Discuss

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

TEXAS LEAGUE : Travelers lose pitchers, then game

posted: 05/23/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

Phillip Wellman is in his 15th season as a minor-league manager and has coached at various levels for three decades, so he’s used to seeing players come and go

SOFTBALL NCAA SUPER REGIONAL: Seven-run third inning sparks Wolverines' rout

posted: 05/23/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Michigan scored seven runs in the third inning on its way to a 17-3 victory over Florida State on Thursday night in an NCAA Super Regional at the Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 : Hometown driver won't get mired in pole chaos

posted: 05/23/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Every night this week has something different in store for Ed Carpenter.

Other Days

posted: 05/23/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

100 years ago May 23, 1914 FORT SMITH -- A plan to furnish employment to "confirmed" drunkards so they can support their families while they are serving sentences imposed in Police Court, is vigorously urged in the annual report of Mayor Henry C. Read made public today.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS : Montreal takes N.Y. in OT

posted: 05/23/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late tying goal and beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.

Trafficking suspect ordered held

posted: 05/23/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock man who police say is a founding member of a violent Little Rock gang that formed 25 years ago was ordered Thursday to remain jailed, pending federal indictment, after his arrest last week on sex-trafficking allegations.

LR man pleads guilty to robbery, is sentenced to 10 years

posted: 05/23/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

A 19-year-old Little Rock man has accepted a 10-year prison sentence for robbing a stranger to whom he had given a lift.

Pole vault does the trick for Spickes on final day

posted: 05/23/2014 2:49 a.m. Discuss

If Daniel Spickes needs any advice on how to hit a golf ball, the Rogers Heritage senior can turn to his uncle, PGA Tour member Ken Duke, an Arkadelphia native and Henderson State graduate.

Burglaries

posted: 05/23/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place. Cammack Village data are not included.

Stumbaugh leaves no doubt who's tops on track

posted: 05/23/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Payton Stumbaugh has become a broken record.

Police beat

posted: 05/23/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

Hit on street, mom, two kids in hospital A woman was critically injured and two of her children were hospitalized after they were hit by a vehicle while walking Thursday night in the 300 block of East Broadway, according to North Little Rock police.

Slowing NLR tall task for Bentonville

posted: 05/23/2014 2:42 a.m. Comment 1

North Little Rock's offensive explosion against Van Buren on Monday in the semifinals of the Class 7A softball state tournament got Bentonville Coach Kent Early's attention.

HIGH SCHOOL HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON

posted: 05/23/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

DECATHLON TOP 5 FINISHERS 1. D. Spickes, Heritage, 6,488 2. S. Mathew, Har-Ber, 6,052

Lady Tigers defense steady with Freehling

posted: 05/23/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Morgan Freehling has become accustomed to having her high school soccer season end the same way and in the same location — playing in the Class 7A state championship game at Razorback Field.

Man declared unfit for trial

posted: 05/23/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The cousin and co-defendant of former Arkansas State Police Lt. Sedrick Reed, who faces an October jury trial on accusations of stealing seized drugs from the agency's evidence room, is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a federal judge declared Tuesday.

Dogs stay 2 years at animal shelter

posted: 05/23/2014 2:38 a.m. Comment 1

For almost two years, the Pulaski County Humane Society has kept more than 150 purebred dogs in its shelter but out of the hands of would-be adopters because of a court case that gave the dogs to the Humane Society to hold as evidence.

SOFTBALL

posted: 05/23/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Class 7A NORTH LITTLE ROCK (21-5) VS. BENTONVILLE (24-4) TIME 5:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE Bogle Park NORTH LITTLE ROCK COACH Anthony Cantrell

Nine given wrong ballot, audit finds

posted: 05/23/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Nine people who voted Tuesday at the Berryville Community Center were given the wrong ballots, the Carroll County Election Commission determined after an audit Thursday.

BASEBALL

posted: 05/23/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Class 7A BRYANT (32-2) VS. FAYETTEVILLE (31-3) TIME 4:30 p.m. today WHERE Baum Stadium BRYANT COACH Kirk Bock

Money, money, money

posted: 05/23/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

"We wouldn't ask for more money if we didn't think it would make us more money."

GIRLS SOCCER

posted: 05/23/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Class 7A BENTONVILLE VS. BRYANT TIME 10 a.m. Saturday WHERE Razorback Field BENTONVILLE COACH Kristina Henry

COLUMNISTS: Separate but ... equal? Boy, did he ever get us wrong

posted: 05/23/2014 2:32 a.m. Comments 35

So there I was, reading a guest article on yesterday's Voices page and nodding not just in agreement but admiration. And why not? For the guest writer was going right down the list of points we'd made earlier in favor of civil unions as opposed to homosexual marriage.

BOYS SOCCER

posted: 05/23/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Class 7A SPRINGDALE HAR-BER VS. BENTONVILLE TIME Noon, Saturday WHERE Razorback Field HAR-BER COACH Nelson Medina

Second thoughts

posted: 05/23/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Cubs pitcher latest to ride on crazy train The Chicago Cubs, who have the worst record in the major leagues, have not given much offensive run support to ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija this season. That's ironic, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, who wrote the Cubs could give Samardzija enough support to run him out of town in a trade.

Vilonia overcomes tornado destruction to reach 5A title game

posted: 05/23/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Two Vilonia softball players and an assistant coach lost their homes in the April 27 tornado. The Lady Eagles play White Hall in the 5A state championship game Friday.

OTHERS SAY: A half-baked lunch plan

posted: 05/23/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

The federal government spends more than $10 billion a year on the National School Lunch Program, which serves more than 30 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For that, taxpayers should expect schools not to feed their children junk.

Wrestling propaganda

posted: 05/23/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

It seems like it was just yesterday that self-described "basketball diplomat" Dennis Rodman was in Pyongyang shooting hoops and inciting international outrage. Such was the backlash against his recent trip that he's since vowed never to visit North Korea again--but the DPRK isn't ready to abandon its lofty hopes for sports diplomacy.

Off the wire

posted: 05/23/2014 2:25 a.m. Discuss

FOOTBALL Senators urge name change U.S. Senate democrats urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to change the Washington Redskins’ name, saying it is a racist slur and the time is ripe to replace it.

LETTERS

posted: 05/23/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Being pushed to extinction After reading about the charter-school millage option, I came away thinking of the gross injustice our Legislature did to small towns in regard to consolidation of their schools a few years ago. Now they are entertaining the idea by advocacy groups to use money intended for traditional public schools to help support public charter schools, whose enrollment falls far below 350, the magic number the state used to close schools across the state.

State sports briefs

posted: 05/23/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

FOOTBALL Swanson signs with Lions Former Arkansas center Travis Swanson signed his rookie contract with Detroit on Thursday after being taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Lions earlier this month.

X-Men creator back at helm of super summertime entertainment

posted: 05/23/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

In what came to be a disastrous incident for two pivotal superhero movies released in 2006, after a falling out with Fox, the studio that had produced his two previously successful X-Men films, director Bryan Singer left the third X-Men film in pre-production to work on Warner Bros.' iconic-hero reboot, Superman Returns. Desperate to keep the film on schedule for its summer release date, Fox quickly inserted functional-but-visionless director Brett Ratner to helm the X-movie.

REVIEW : Locke

posted: 05/23/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Ivan Locke isn't a superhero, and maybe he isn't even extraordinary. We've all known people like him, and maybe we imagine ourselves a little like him. He is highly competent, honest and very engaged with his work.

Blended

posted: 05/23/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

There's no point in complaining Adam Sandler doesn't make movies for critical love. He'd go broke if he did.

NEWS IN BRIEF

posted: 05/23/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Hunt exec to head state trucking group BRANSON — Craig Harper, chief operations officer at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., will serve the next two years as chairman of the Arkansas Trucking Association.

ON FILM : Festival reviews to keep spooling

posted: 05/23/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

For me, the Little Rock Film Festival isn't quite over.

Memphis catches ArcBest eye for hub

posted: 05/23/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

ArcBest is considering incentives offered by the the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County as the company evaluates options on where to place a distribution center for ABF Freight System Inc.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 05/23/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney (PG-13, 118 minutes) The Monuments Men, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter, should be an edgeof-the-seat thriller.

Busted Allens' liability argued

posted: 05/23/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- A bankruptcy judge continued to hear cases Thursday on the validity of more than $3 million in claims against Veg Liquidation.

Godzilla tramples all comers

posted: 05/23/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Godzilla towered over the competition at the box office last weekend as director Gareth Edwards' update on the classic Japanese monster tale defied industry expectations to post the second-biggest opening of the year.

Jobless-aid claims rise to 326,000

posted: 05/23/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week but remained at a low level that economists said suggests hiring should remain steady.

FILM CLIPS

posted: 05/23/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

At area theaters 82 ABOUT LAST NIGHT, R Not a remake but a "modern reimagining" of the 1986 film. (100 minutes)

Heat bills rose 4.4% to battle cold winter

posted: 05/23/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

U.S. consumers spent 4.4 percent more to keep their homes warm this past winter than they did the previous year because of harsh weather, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Screen Gems

posted: 05/23/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Mark Thiedeman's short film Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls was one of the highlights of the just-concluded Little Rock Film Festival and the film's buzz and audience reception translated into a win for the Best Made in Arkansas Charles B. Pierce Award during the closing night gala on Sunday. Afterward I reached out to director and writer Thiedeman as well as some of his producers and cast to ask them to reflect on their win.

U.S. home resales up 1.3% in April

posted: 05/23/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned U.S. homes increased in April as a bigger supply of properties attracted buyers and raised prospects for a stronger spring selling season.

PREVIEWS

posted: 05/23/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

New this week Belle 86 PG Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife, whose lineage affords her certain privileges but whose status causes suitors to avoid her -- until she meets an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, including ending slavery in England.

State, customers backing SourceGas rate increase

posted: 05/23/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

An agreement allowing a $13.8 million rate increase for SourceGas Arkansas is in the public interest, the state attorney general's office told the Arkansas Public Service Commission on Thursday.

Business news in brief

posted: 05/23/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “With the warmer weather and the ‘promise’ of higher prices, more homeowners put their homes on the market.” Jennifer Lee, BMO Capital Markets senior economist

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 05/23/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

(opening dates are tentative) Cold in July, not rated A homeowner investigating noises shoots a low-life burglar and, although he's hailed as a small-town hero, he soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when the burglar's ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

Stocks climb on economic news

posted: 05/23/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Stocks got off to a good start Thursday and held on to their gains, carving out a modest increase for the second day in a row.

U.S. said to win China trade dispute

posted: 05/23/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of the U.S. in a dispute with China involving cars and auto parts, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/23/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Have your kids been asking to go to a summer camp? Summer camps can be great experiences for kids. They can try new things, make new friends and create memories to last a lifetime. Here are some things to think about when choosing a camp:

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/23/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Your habit of finding the good in people will bring about a surprise in June, a very social and exciting month. The end of a job comes in July, and you'll use what you learned to start a new venture. Be ready to change paddles midstream and adapt accordingly.

On Christianity

posted: 05/23/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't see how any intelligent person can believe what the Bible says. The people who wrote it thousands of years ago didn't know anything about science, and anyway, it's full of contradictions. I'm sorry, but I just can't swallow the idea that it's God's Word.

Super Quiz: Casino table games

posted: 05/23/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: Casino table games

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