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Saturday, April 30

Where have the multi-sport athletes gone?

posted: 04/30/2016 8:52 p.m.

Harrison Heffley played nearly every sport that caught his interest during junior high and high school, from his dominant trade of baseball to basketball, football and even golf.

Kirkland goes undrafted, signs with Raiders

posted: 04/30/2016 6:40 p.m.

Denver Kirkland was not selected in the 2016 NFL Draft after deciding to forgo his senior season.

Hogs split doubleheader with No. 2 Aggies

updated: 04/30/2016 10:50 p.m.

Arkansas beat Texas A&M in Game 1, but lost an extra-innings heartbreaker in Game 2 Saturday at Baum Stadium.

Jaguars select UCA star in NFL Draft

posted: 04/30/2016 5:02 p.m.

Jonathan Woodard was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Allen picked by Jaguars in NFL Draft

posted: 04/30/2016 3:46 p.m.

Brandon Allen was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round, with the 201st overall pick, of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Titans select Tretola in NFL Draft

posted: 04/30/2016 3:25 p.m.

Sebastian Tretola was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round, with the 193rd overall pick, of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Collins picked by Seahawks in NFL Draft

posted: 04/30/2016 2:30 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks selected Alex Collins in the fifth round, with the 171st overall pick, of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Iran's moderates get most parliament seats after runoff

posted: 04/30/2016 2:27 p.m.

Iranian moderates and reformists who support last year's landmark nuclear deal won the largest number of seats in parliament following runoff elections, marking a shift away from hard-liners and boosting moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he looks to secure a second term in office.

Sweden celebrates king's 70th birthday with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'

posted: 04/30/2016 2:15 p.m.

Swedes and royals from around the world celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday as ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band Saturday in Sweden.

Bills pick Williams in NFL Draft

posted: 04/30/2016 1:45 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills selected Jonathan Williams in the fifth round, with the 156th overall pick, of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament

posted: 04/30/2016 1:43 p.m.

Anti-government protesters on Saturday tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months.

Pop went the weasel and down went the Large Hadron Collider

posted: 04/30/2016 1:28 p.m.

It's one of the world's most complex machines, and it has been temporarily immobilized — by a weasel.

Arkansas native drafted by Ravens

posted: 04/30/2016 12:51 p.m.

Kenneth Dixon was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round, with the 134th overall pick, of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Dogs get airport bathrooms of their own

posted: 04/30/2016 9:21 a.m.

Little Simba couldn't wait to check it out.

6 apply to open charter schools

posted: 04/30/2016 5:59 a.m.

Six organizations -- including two from outside the state -- have applied to open independently operated public charter schools in 2017-18 in Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, Marion, Redfield, Paron and Lockesburg.

New VA chief: Can't rest on our laurels

posted: 04/30/2016 5:58 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Sitting in his corner office Friday, the new Veterans Affairs medical center director in Fayetteville seemed proud of the hospital's service but determined to find ways to improve it.

UA focus of civil-rights probe

posted: 04/30/2016 5:56 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Federal investigators want details from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on the university's handling of two student reports of sexual assault and one male student's report of sexual harassment.

FDR great-granddaughter speaks about human rights at Fayetteville school

posted: 04/30/2016 5:55 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Julianna Roosevelt remembers her great-grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt as a woman who left cookies by her bed when she visited and read aloud stories by Rudyard Kipling and Shakespeare.

3 men fined for roles in videotaped deer beating in Arkansas

updated: 05/02/2016 5:45 a.m.

The case of three Georgia men involved in beating a deer inside a car in January was settled Thursday in Stuttgart District Court, where all three were fined for their actions.

Sprint will hire up to 100 at new regional hub in Little Rock

posted: 04/30/2016 5:53 a.m.

Sprint Corp. will open a new office in Little Rock and add up to 100 new jobs at the location by the end of the year, the wireless carrier announced Friday.

Scott to take VA health care post

posted: 04/30/2016 4:57 a.m.

A physician who temporarily headed the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System for more than a year was named Friday as its first permanent director since 2014 in a move one congressman called "a first step" toward the health system regaining the public's trust.

Foes blast away in Syria city

updated: 04/30/2016 4:46 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria -- The Syrian army and rebels unleashed deadly new attacks Friday in Aleppo, with insurgents shelling a mosque during weekly prayers and government airstrikes hitting opposition neighborhoods.

Europe's pulse up, economy logs gain

updated: 04/30/2016 4:44 a.m.

By one measure, the economic crisis that has long ravaged Europe is finally over.

Proposal would boost local perks to land jobs

updated: 05/02/2016 5:45 a.m.

Local economic development organizations have grown in size and prominence in Arkansas, spending millions of dollars raised through sales taxes to influence where new jobs land.

U.S. cites Afghan attack blunders

updated: 04/30/2016 4:38 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Human error, violations of combat rules and equipment failures led to the mistaken U.S. aerial attack on a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan last fall that killed 42 people, a senior general said Friday. Investigators called the attack a "disproportional response to a threat that didn't exist."

Malnutrition looms for ISIS-held Fallujah

updated: 04/30/2016 4:36 a.m.

BAGHDAD -- Medical officials say malnutrition in the besieged Islamic State-held city of Fallujah is on the rise and vital medical supplies are running out.

24 missing at site of garbage collapse

posted: 04/30/2016 4:36 a.m.

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala City authorities say that 24 people are listed as missing two days after a slope of trash collapsed, killing at least four people.

EU chief notes ‘tough times’ as Euroskeptics gain steam

posted: 04/30/2016 4:34 a.m.

VIENNA — Even before an anti-European Union party won strong support in Austria, the union’s top official acknowledged that the 28-nation bloc was in trouble.

More lawmakers in GOP see Trump as only hope

posted: 04/30/2016 4:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are beginning to accept and even embrace an outcome that was once unthinkable: Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee.

Teen birthrate hits low; Arkansas trails

updated: 04/30/2016 4:29 a.m.

The birthrate among American teenagers, once at crisis levels in the 1990s, has fallen to an all-time low, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden, pope unite on cancer fight

updated: 04/30/2016 4:28 a.m.

VATICAN CITY -- Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.

2 U.K. arrests tied to Brussels bombings

updated: 04/30/2016 4:27 a.m.

LONDON -- Two men living in Birmingham, England, appeared Friday in court after being charged with supplying money to Mohamed Abrini, the "man in the hat" who confessed to having accompanied two suicide bombers to Brussels Airport last month.

N. Korea hands American 10-year term

updated: 04/30/2016 4:23 a.m.

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison with hard labor after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American the nation has put behind bars this year.

Navy's tattoo policy relaxes for arm, leg

updated: 04/30/2016 4:19 a.m.

The U.S. Navy is loosening its rules governing tattoos effective today in response to their growing popularity among young people and to remove a potential barrier for desired recruits.

InvestArk vies with roads in industrial-lure debate

updated: 04/30/2016 4:15 a.m.

A proposed constitutional amendment that expands the amount of money the state can spend on incentives for major companies and clarifies what local governments can do to help comes as Gov. Asa Hutchinson considers eliminating or changing InvestArk, one of the state's largest industrial incentives, to pay for highway improvements.

In the news

updated: 04/30/2016 3:57 a.m.

Merlin Halverson, a district fire chief in Snohomish County, Wash., said an 80-year-old woman ran to a bedroom closet, got a gun and fatally shot a man who had broken into her home and stabbed her husband, 75.

Library, elderly funding restored

posted: 04/30/2016 3:57 a.m.

Legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have agreed to restore a $1 million cut in state funding for libraries and a $1 million cut in state funding for senior citizen centers.

DRIVETIME: I-30 plans a hot topic downtown

updated: 05/02/2016 11:49 a.m.

We did our best to be a bug on the wall this past Tuesday at the Wyndham Riverfront hotel in North Little Rock, scene of a public meeting about the 30 Crossing project, a fancy name for the biggest interstate highway project in Arkansas.

Storms cut power, flood roads

posted: 04/30/2016 3:53 a.m.

Several rounds of storms raked the state Friday, flooding roads with heavy rains and knocking down power lines, and more inclement weather is expected today, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

Jury acquits dentist of sexually assaulting girl

posted: 04/30/2016 3:50 a.m.

A Pulaski County jury on Friday acquitted Little Rock dentist Jose Turcios, who had been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl during an appointment.

Guilty, Thacker jury says; death-or-life decision next

posted: 04/30/2016 3:47 a.m.

POTEAU, Okla. -- A LeFlore County District Court jury deliberated three hours Friday before convicting Elvis Aaron Thacker of first-degree murder and forcible oral sodomy in the Sept. 13, 2010, death of Briana Ault of Fort Smith.

Sheriff admits guilt in tampering

posted: 04/30/2016 3:47 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge, the day after he resigned his office.

Anti-union disclosures defended

posted: 04/30/2016 3:45 a.m.

In response to an Arkansas federal lawsuit challenging the recent expansion of financial disclosure rules targeting anti-union activities, the U.S. Department of Labor argues the change is fair and in the public interest.

Tracker in cash leads to bank-heist suspect

posted: 04/30/2016 3:43 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS -- A GPS tracker embedded in money led Hot Springs police and Garland County sheriff's deputies and investigators to a man suspected of robbing Simmons First Bank on Friday afternoon and leaving behind a fake bomb.

Vehicle crash kills woman, 57; 1 hurt

posted: 04/30/2016 3:42 a.m.

A woman died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in White County, the Arkansas State Police reported.

NLR school bus rear-ended by car

posted: 04/30/2016 3:40 a.m.

Nine North Little Rock High School students and a school bus driver were hospitalized as a precaution after a car struck the bus Friday morning, the school district reported.

Plasterboard falls, injures LR worker

posted: 04/30/2016 3:40 a.m.

A man was injured Friday morning by a falling piece of wallboard while he was working on renovations at the Robinson Center, a spokesman for the Little Rock Fire Department said.

Juvenile-court bid hearing continued

posted: 04/30/2016 3:39 a.m.

A hearing scheduled in Sebastian County Circuit Court on a motion to move Dionte Dewayne Park's murder case to juvenile court was continued Friday, but a new hearing date has yet to be set, a court official said.

For college chief, new pact, no raise

posted: 04/30/2016 3:34 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A three-year contract extension that takes effect July 1 for Northwest Arkansas Community College's president does not include a salary increase.

Music review: Underwood show showcases talent still fit for an Idol

posted: 04/30/2016 3:33 a.m.

TV's American Idol has hung up its microphone for good, but Carrie Underwood, one of the show's brightest products, marches on.

Innocent, says man held in threat case

posted: 04/30/2016 3:32 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A man police accused of shattering a storefront window in downtown Fayetteville and threatening to bomb the federal building in the city pleaded innocent Friday in Washington County Circuit Court.

State's Rx lawsuit share: $3M

posted: 04/30/2016 3:31 a.m.

Arkansas will receive more than $3 million from a settlement over allegations that a New Jersey-based drug company overcharged state Medicaid programs for prescription drugs from 2001 to 2006, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Friday.

Homicide feared in Lake City death

posted: 04/30/2016 3:31 a.m.

LAKE CITY -- Authorities are investigating the death of an elderly Craighead County man as a homicide, Sheriff Marty Boyd said Friday.

Harrison student arrested in threat

posted: 04/30/2016 3:30 a.m.

A senior at Harrison High School was arrested Wednesday for threatening to "kill all the seniors on graduation night."

Arkansas man gets 3 years for whipping child

updated: 05/02/2016 5:45 a.m.

POCAHONTAS -- A Pocahontas man was convicted of second-degree battery in Randolph County Circuit Court for hitting a child with a belt, Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce said.

Other days

updated: 04/30/2016 3:27 a.m.

100 years ago April 30, 1916

Daily Record

posted: 04/30/2016 3:26 a.m.

Births - The following is a list of those births reported to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by area hospitals. It may not be a complete list since parents may ask the hospital not to publicly release the news of a birth.

Police beat

posted: 04/30/2016 3:25 a.m.

Officer nearly hit by car; 1 arrested

Editorial: Race to the bottom

posted: 04/30/2016 3:21 a.m.

It's not easy to choose from so many contenders in a crowded field, but choosing the worst example of federal waste, extravagance, and just plain awful policy is starting to become clear in our crystal ball. As the clouds slowly part, the winner is, no, not the Internal Revenue Service this time but, the envelope, please . . . the National Park Service.

Wrath of the conned

posted: 04/30/2016 3:21 a.m.

Maybe we need a new cliche: It ain't over until Carly Fiorina sings. Anyway, it really is over--definitively on the Democratic side, with high probability on the Republican side. And the results couldn't be more different.

Editorial: Stop, look and listen

posted: 04/30/2016 3:20 a.m.

Hear those bells clanging? And yellow lights flashing? You better. And not risk having your name added to the death toll of that dangerous crossing in Ashdown.

OTHERS SAY: Fund the Zika battle

posted: 04/30/2016 3:19 a.m.

More than two months after the White House asked Congress for more than $1.8 billion to fight the Zika virus, Congress has yet to provide it. President Barack Obama, Republicans claim, has failed to explain in sufficient detail how his administration would spend the money.

Columnists: Please, not while in class

posted: 04/30/2016 3:18 a.m.

A quiet young sophomore in one of my classes wanted to know if she could ask a question about college "etiquette" (her term). I expected her to ask about a roommate squabble or a tricky club membership issue.

Guest writer: Precious miracles

posted: 04/30/2016 3:16 a.m.

Our first child, Elijah, is an amazingly fun and energetic 2 ½-year-old. He is a true blessing from God.

Mennonite blessings

posted: 04/30/2016 3:16 a.m.

Most of us probably envision those of the Mennonite and Amish faiths as private, hardworking, family-oriented, selfless and fully devoted to their congregational communities. What I've never associated with these kindly folks in ultra-conservative dress is a fully equipped and well-trained disaster search and rescue team.

LETTERS

posted: 04/30/2016 3:15 a.m.

The wrong direction

Celebrating Pascha

posted: 04/30/2016 3:13 a.m.

It has been almost five weeks since Christians around the world celebrated Easter, but for Orthodox Christians the celebration comes at midnight tonight.

Hindus use Buddhist chants to cut stress

posted: 04/30/2016 3:11 a.m.

NEW DELHI -- The bank executive, the book publisher and the social worker had one thing in common: Their hectic lives in the crowded Indian capital had become so chaotic and stressful, they've turned to chanting Buddhist mantras in search of calm.

On Religion: Anniversary of bishops' abduction elicits appeal

posted: 04/30/2016 3:09 a.m.

Once again, the Orthodox bishops of Aleppo ventured into the dangerous maze of checkpoints manned by competing forces along Syria's border with Turkey.

Commentary: Bible No. 6 on list of disputed books

posted: 04/30/2016 3:09 a.m.

What do the Bible and Fifty Shades of Grey have in common? If you said nothing, sadly, you'd be wrong.

Calendar

posted: 04/30/2016 3:08 a.m.

The Racy Brothers will perform a gospel concert at 6 p.m. today at Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 4571 U.S. 278 E., Selma. racybrothers.com.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 04/30/2016 3:07 a.m.

Cuban archbishop Ortega resigns

2016 NFL DRAFT: Henry catches on with Chargers at 35

posted: 04/30/2016 2:58 a.m.

Hunter Henry did not have to wait long Friday to hear his named called.

Ole Miss to probe remarks

posted: 04/30/2016 2:57 a.m.

Laremy Tunsil said enough about Mississippi at the NFL Draft for the university to begin an investigation into his time at the school. Now, the former Rebel offensive lineman only wants to talk about his new team, the Miami Dolphins.

On to Game 7

posted: 04/30/2016 2:54 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dwyane Wade hadn't made a three-point shot since December, enduring a streak of 22 consecutive misses.

Razorbacks adjust to playing 2 in SEC

posted: 04/30/2016 2:51 a.m.

Arkansas is playing another SEC doubleheader.

Batting champion suspended for 80

posted: 04/30/2016 2:47 a.m.

MIAMI -- Reigning NL batting champion Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins said he unknowingly took the performance-enhancing drugs that led to his 80-game suspension, but he'll accept the penalty.

Hog Calls: Stadium expansion idea not for all fans

posted: 04/30/2016 2:43 a.m.

In February, this column extolled David Pryor for apparently being the lone University of Arkansas board of trustees member willing to question the proposed expansion of Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Stewart's back with some vindication, minus $35,000

posted: 04/30/2016 2:42 a.m.

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- It's been an action-packed week for Tony Stewart following his return to a race car after a back injury sidelined him the first eight races of the season.

Second Thoughts: Daly: Lucky to live life as a 'senior'

posted: 04/30/2016 2:41 a.m.

In many ways, not much has changed since John Daly came from nowhere to win the 1991 PGA Championship. He turned 50 on Thursday, starting a new chapter in his life and career and saying he has found something new: peace.

Another Jackson son heading to Arkansas

posted: 04/30/2016 2:39 a.m.

Pulaski Robinson athlete Koilan Jackson felt at home in Fayetteville.

Miami hangs on after Conley pulled with no-hit bid

posted: 04/30/2016 2:38 a.m.

MILWAUKEE -- Miami Marlins lefty Adam Conley threw no-hit ball for 72/3 innings before being pulled by Manager Don Mattingly after 116 pitches, and Miami's bullpen wound up holding off the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 Friday night.

MLB Notes

posted: 04/30/2016 2:37 a.m.

Darvish to pitch Sunday

State Division I baseball roundups

posted: 04/30/2016 2:34 a.m.

ARKANSAS STATE 9-2, APPALACHIAN STATE 7-9 - BOONE, N.C. -- Ty White's two-run single and Joe Schrimpf's RBI single completed a three-run sixth inning as Arkansas State rallied for a victory in the first game of a Friday doubleheader at Beaver Field.

Rookie Faksa scores for Stars

posted: 04/30/2016 2:33 a.m.

DALLAS -- The kid is all right for the Dallas Stars.

Cowboys, Jaguars roll dice on top linebackers

posted: 04/30/2016 2:33 a.m.

CHICAGO — It was a long wait and a soft landing for Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith.

Saints land pair of Buckeyes in round 2

posted: 04/30/2016 2:29 a.m.

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints acquired a pair of Ohio State teammates -- receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell -- in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/30/2016 2:28 a.m.

Game times set for three ASU games

Off the wire

posted: 04/30/2016 2:24 a.m.

Lovemark, Vegas lead

ArcBest reports $6.1M loss

posted: 04/30/2016 2:19 a.m.

Trucking company ArcBest Corp., based in Fort Smith, lost $6.1 million in the first quarter, the company reported Friday.

P.A.M. revenue up; net off 46%

posted: 04/30/2016 2:18 a.m.

P.A.M. Transportation Services Inc. reported first-quarter income of $2.9 million, down 46.3 percent from the previous year.

Urbanites tap shipping containers

posted: 04/30/2016 2:17 a.m.

PHOENIX -- A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.

Chemicals, not oil, drive Exxon profits

posted: 04/30/2016 2:16 a.m.

Exxon Mobil beat analyst estimates for first-quarter results as a jump in earnings from its chemicals segment cushioned the blow from tumbling prices for oil and natural gas.

China files insider-trading charges

posted: 04/30/2016 2:16 a.m.

BEIJING -- A prominent investor and the general manager of China's biggest stock brokerage were among those arrested on insider-trading charges, the government announced Friday, in the latest aftershock from a plunge in stock prices last year.

Market report: Stocks take health care, tech hit

posted: 04/30/2016 2:14 a.m.

NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks fell Friday as health care and technology companies continued to report weak first-quarter results, but thanks to some late buying, they managed to avoid major losses.

Valeant files overdue SEC report

posted: 04/30/2016 2:13 a.m.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals resolved its default on some of its $30 billion in debt by finally filing its long-overdue U.S. financial report for 2015 on Friday. The Canadian drugmaker also announced a slate of mostly new nominees for elections to its board in June.

Data company to buy TiVo for $1.1B

posted: 04/30/2016 2:12 a.m.

TiVo, whose name became synonymous with the act of recording live television shows, agreed to be acquired by the Rovi Corp. for about $1.1 billion, the companies announced Friday.

InBev offers new asset sales to aid merger

posted: 04/30/2016 2:11 a.m.

LONDON -- Anheuser-Busch InBev said Friday it had offered to sell the Central and Eastern European operations of SABMiller in order to win approval from European regulators for their more than $100 billion merger.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/30/2016 2:10 a.m.

Spain predicts economy to grow 2.5%

News in brief

posted: 04/30/2016 2:09 a.m.

Spectra blast hurts 1 in Pennsylvania

Quapaw tour heads to Hillcrest

posted: 04/30/2016 2:06 a.m.

Perched on a hill, bearing a stately stone exterior, expansive front porch and cone-roofed turret, it's a home befitting a family that is indelibly linked to the Little Rock business community's history.

Breaking Ground

posted: 04/30/2016 2:05 a.m.

The saying "April showers bring May flowers" could be true this year. We had our fair share of rain. It has been a glorious spring with minimal winter damage.

Personal Space

posted: 04/30/2016 2:03 a.m.

Where I live: We live in Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock. My wife, Mary, and I love everything about the neighborhood.

Tools & toys

posted: 04/30/2016 2:02 a.m.

Simpiz Genius Portable Battery Charger & Power Bank

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/30/2016 1:59 a.m.

Q I am trying to find a rose bush that had been in my family for generations. Unfortunately I was the last one in the family that had one, and I had to move because of sickness in the family and could not take it with me. It was called the "Yellow Rose of Texas," and it was a climbing rose that spread quickly and had very thick and large thorns. Could you please tell me if there is anywhere that I could possibly be able to buy a start of this bush?

Otus the Head Cat: Domestic fire ants no picnic, but do beat imports

posted: 04/30/2016 1:57 a.m.

Dear Otus, The family and I were enjoying a recent picnic at DeGray [Lake] when, much to my horror, I looked up and saw Junior poking at an ant pile. I rushed over and found an angry swarm of ants inches from Junior's bare toes.

Car Talk

posted: 04/30/2016 1:56 a.m.

DEAR CAR TALK: My friend Rick just told me that he and his wife are expecting their first child. Rick wants to buy a 1960-'64-era Ford Falcon ... he plans to add electronic ignition, improve the suspension and put on disc brakes. In short, he thinks he can make a car of that vintage a safe vehicle. I told him he's crazy -- that a 50-year-old car never can be as safe as a newer vehicle, no matter how much it has been updated. Who is right? Rick, or me? I told him to get a used Honda Civic or Accord ... something a bit more practical than an ancient Ford Falcon.

Tour offers many options

posted: 04/30/2016 1:56 a.m.

Quapaw Quarter 52nd Spring Tour events:

A dumbwaiter and other curious tidbits

posted: 04/30/2016 1:55 a.m.

A few Pfeifer-Strauss House tidbits:

Super Quiz: TV Quotes

posted: 04/30/2016 1:54 a.m.

1. "You're fired!"

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/30/2016 1:53 a.m.

DEAR READERS: If you read this column often, then you know I love books. There is just something tactile about reading a paper book as opposed to reading on an electronic device. Reading a "real" book in a bubble bath is soothing and enjoyable. An e-reader can be damaged by moisture and humidity, so it's not the ideal place to use one. (A cellphone can be damaged, too, by moisture and humidity in the bathroom. Don't set it on the counter when you shower.)

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/30/2016 1:52 a.m.

Happy birthday. Name three destinations you'd like to reach by your next solar return, because a declaration of such holds magic for you now. Next month brings the passing of a test and/or an award. July stitches your heart to the heart of another. There's a sale in September. This helps you to see your potential. Virgo and Gemini adore you.

On Christianity

posted: 04/30/2016 1:49 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I deliberately turned my back on God as a teenager, and for years I was convinced I'd made the right decision. But now I'm not so sure. Has God turned His back on me, since I turned my back on Him?

Washington County fires whistle-blower; grievance filed

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Washington County's Road Department has fired an employee who repeatedly has pointed out mistakes made within the department.

Public meetings

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

Monday 9 a.m. Washington County Election Commission -- Courthouse, Room 115, 280 N. College Ave., Fayetteville

Dear Abby: Couple's difference in age causes girl's family to worry

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I'm 17 and dating this older guy. Everyone is afraid that one day I'll just disappear, but he isn't like that. I know him from when I was younger, and my dad and his dad were really close. People just don't trust me, even though I have told them nothing but the full truth from the start. I'm happy. What should I do?

Puerto Ricans weary as nation on cusp of default

updated: 04/30/2016 5:41 a.m.

Opposite the headquarters of Puerto Rico's power company, Nelson Jimenez is selling lottery tickets. He's not fooled by the shiny facade across the street, with its glass-and-metal curves.

Set for seven

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 21 points, Myles Turner added 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 on Friday night to force a Game 7 of their series.

School of Innovation plans for move to new Springdale campus

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- A new school year for the Don Tyson School of Innovation will come with the addition of an online program, a move to a permanent campus and a greater focus on career education.

Faith Matters: Stories matter: Might be time to renew narratives for today's world

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

When I was in college, one of my buddies bought a "Mega Memory" course from a late night infomercial. After we stopped laughing at him, a few of us were curious enough to try it out. For a couple of weeks after that, we gathered in my dorm room to listen to the tapes. We dreamed of never having to study again. It didn't quite work out like we had hoped.

Northwest Arkansas Community College president gets contract extension

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A three-year contract extension that takes effect July 1 for Northwest Arkansas Community College's president does not include a salary increase.

Records

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

Jeremy Tran, 20, of 1804 Fianna Way in Fayetteville was arrested Thursday in connection with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Tran was released Friday from the Washington County Detention Center on a partial bond of $3,500.

Florida bishop speaks on God's creation

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

Our God is the divine author, the master designer, the giver of life," said Bishop Kenneth Carter, who leads the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He spent last weekend in Northwest Arkansas, the featured speaker for the biannual Lewis Lecture Series at First United Methodist Church in Rogers.

Jack, Smith go early on second day of draft

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

It was a long wait and a soft landing for Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith.

Sports roundup

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

4A-1 District Tournament in Gentry

Cradduck pleads no contest; gets probation

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Kelley Cradduck pleaded no contest Friday to one of the criminal charges that drove the former Benton County sheriff from office.

Rogers Farmers Market opens

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

ROGERS -- Edison Lights strung throughout the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market illuminated the former transmission repair shop as Ryan Neal looked out a bay doorway.

Local notes

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

Hope Community Bible Church in Rogers, 5214 Village Parkway, presents Justin Peters speaking at 6:45 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Volleyball: Mack headlines Springdale signing ceremony

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE --Desiree Mack's Springdale High volleyball coaches used a unique motivational tactic her sophomore year.

Personal Space

posted: 04/30/2016 1 a.m.

Where I live: Murphy Park neighborhood of Springdale

Friday, April 29

Henry selected by Chargers in NFL Draft

posted: 04/29/2016 6:32 p.m.

Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

Hogs-Aggies rained out, doubleheader Saturday

posted: 04/29/2016 6:20 p.m.

The opening game for Arkansas' baseball series with No. 2 Texas A&M has been postponed until Saturday because of weather.

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band play free concert at Little Rock Air Force Base

posted: 04/29/2016 5:35 p.m.

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, a cover band associated with the actor's charity foundation and the United Service Organizations, was scheduled to hold a free concert for military members and their families at Little Rock Air Force Base on Friday night.

Arkansas elk hunting season will continue despite wasting disease

posted: 04/29/2016 4:51 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plans to continue with the state's annual elk hunting season despite the presence of chronic wasting disease found in some elk.

Professor puts CV of his failures online to give perspective to students

posted: 04/29/2016 4:32 p.m.

PRINCETON, N.J. — A Princeton University professor has published a CV of his career failures as a way to give perspective to students who are feeling discouraged.

Sprint to open regional headquarters in Little Rock, add up to 100 jobs

posted: 04/29/2016 4:04 p.m.

Up to 100 jobs will be added in Little Rock by the end of 2016 with the opening of Sprint's regional office in the state's capital, the chairman for the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce said Friday in a conference with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Mayor Mark Stodola. .

VIDEO: Arkansas man arrested in robbery at Hot Springs bank, police say

updated: 04/29/2016 6:07 p.m.

Police say an Arkansas man indicated to a teller that he had a bomb while robbing a Simmons Bank location in Hot Springs on Friday afternoon.

The Recruiting Guy: Hazen makes it official, inks with Hogs

posted: 04/29/2016 3:44 p.m.

Forward Brachen Hazen has signed and faxed in his national letter of intent to Arkansas.

PHOTOS: Natural gas pipeline explodes in fireball, burning homes

posted: 04/29/2016 2:48 p.m.

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A natural gas pipeline exploded in a towering fireball Friday, destroying a home several hundred yards away, damaging at least three others and creating waves of intense heat that burned a fleeing homeowner as he ran down a road, authorities said.

Police: Woman waves gun in restaurant after getting boneless, not bone-in, wings

posted: 04/29/2016 1:39 p.m.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Police in North Carolina have charged a couple after a fouled-up order of chicken wings apparently prompted a woman to wave a gun inside a restaurant.

Former Sheriff Cradduck pleads no contest to misdemeanor

posted: 04/29/2016 1:17 p.m.

Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor tampering charge and received six months on probation and a $500 fine.

8 children, 2 tied up in backyard, rescued from home

posted: 04/29/2016 1:06 p.m.

SAN ANTONIO — Authorities say they've rescued eight unsupervised children from a San Antonio home where a 2-year-old boy was chained to the ground in the backyard and a 3-year-old girl was tied to a door with a dog leash.

The Recruiting Guy: Pulaski Robinson's Jackson picks the Hogs

posted: 04/29/2016 12:55 p.m.

Pulaski Robinson athlete Koilan Jackson has committed to Arkansas.

Plasterboard falls 30 feet, injures worker at Robinson Center

updated: 04/29/2016 2:01 p.m.

One man was injured Friday morning when a piece of plasterboard fell on him while he was working on renovations at the Robinson Center, a spokesman for the Little Rock Fire Department said.

VIDEOS: Little Rock dentist found not guilty of sexual assault

updated: 04/29/2016 5:41 p.m.

A jury has found a Little Rock dentist not guilty after he was accused of sexual assault by a teen patient.

KARK/KLRT reporter leaving Little Rock for anchor job in Northwest Arkansas

posted: 04/29/2016 11:43 a.m.

Broadcast reporter Hilary Hunt said Friday that she will leave her job at Little Rock’s NBC and Fox affiliates next month to become a news anchor in Northwest Arkansas.

Hillary Clinton endorses all-boys public schools in high-crime areas

posted: 04/29/2016 11:21 a.m.

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton says she wants a network of all-boys public schools in high-crime areas to "spread across America."

Report: 11-year-old boy shoots home intruder

posted: 04/29/2016 11:19 a.m.

TALLADEGA, Ala. — An 11-year-old Alabama boy says he opened fire with a gun and wounded a man suspected of breaking into his home.

Style: Hillcrest historic houses on tour

posted: 04/29/2016 11:17 a.m.

For the second time since 1963, the Quapaw Quarter Association will bring its Spring Tour to the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Punishments but no criminal charges in U.S. attack on hospital

posted: 04/29/2016 11:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A U.S. gunship attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people occurred because of human errors, process errors and equipment failures, and none of the crew knew they were striking a trauma center, a top U.S. general said Friday.

Exxon's 1Q profit plunges 63 percent on lower oil prices

posted: 04/29/2016 11:16 a.m.

DALLAS — Exxon Mobil produced its weakest quarter in more than 16 years as lower oil prices pushed its profit down by 63 percent.

Violence in Syria's Aleppo kills many including worshippers

posted: 04/29/2016 11:13 a.m.

DAMASCUS, Syria — Insurgents shelled a government-held area in the contested city of Aleppo, hitting a mosque and killing at least 15 people as they left Friday prayers, while government airstrikes struck rebel-held parts of Syria's largest city — even as the army unilaterally declared a brief truce in other parts of the country.

Lawyer: Hole in wall burglary was 'crime of stupidity'

posted: 04/29/2016 10:41 a.m.

EASTON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to what his attorney called a "crime of stupidity": burglarizing a neighbor's home by cutting a hole in the wall between his basement and the neighbor's.

Teacher to run 5K race 6 months after double lung transplant

posted: 04/29/2016 10:39 a.m.

BOSTON— Six months to the day after undergoing a life-saving double lung transplant, a Boston school teacher who for his entire life has lived with a disease that robs him of lung capacity is running a 5K charity road race this weekend.

SUV crashes into day care center, pinning toddler

posted: 04/29/2016 10:36 a.m.

BILLERICA, Mass. — Massachusetts police say a driver having a medical episode struck several cars and crashed through the wall of a day care center, pinning a toddler beneath the vehicle.

PHOTO: Paying $17,570 for dining hall table was mistake, university says

updated: 04/29/2016 1:50 p.m.

DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef's table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake.

Man accused of bomb threat at Fayetteville federal building pleads not guilty

posted: 04/29/2016 10:25 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — A man who police say shattered a storefront window in downtown Fayetteville and threatened to bomb the federal building pleaded not guilty Friday in Washington County Circuit Court.

CONCERT REVIEW: Carrie Underwood shows she is modern-day mainstay

posted: 04/29/2016 9:56 a.m.

TV’s American Idol has hung up its microphone for good, but Carrie Underwood, one of the show’s brightest products, marches on.

Crews respond to multiple reports of lightning hitting buildings in Little Rock

posted: 04/29/2016 8:53 a.m.

Little Rock Fire Department crews responded to at least three reports of lightning hitting buildings Friday as strong storms moved through.

9 students, driver transported to hospital after car hits school bus in North Little Rock

updated: 04/29/2016 10:50 a.m.

Nine children and a school bus driver were transported to a local hospital for evaluation after a car hit a bus in North Little Rock on Friday morning, according to a district spokesman.

Arkansas motorcyclist dies after hitting BMW on I-430, police say

posted: 04/29/2016 8:20 a.m.

A 57-year-old motorcyclist died Thursday evening in a collision on Interstate 430 in Little Rock, authorities said.

WEATHER UPDATES: Tornado watch issued for 16 Arkansas counties

updated: 04/29/2016 2:17 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 16 counties in southwest Arkansas.

Oust Key, give back Little Rock School District, panel says

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Little Rock School District’s Civic Advisory Committee — created by the state Board of Education last year when it took control of the district — on Thursday called for the state’s education chief to be replaced and for the school system to be returned to local control.

Mother of slain toddler Malik Drummond held in threats

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

The mother of a toddler whose father is charged with murdering him remained jailed Thursday after being accused of threatening a child-welfare worker.

Ex-swim coach gets 35 years in sex case

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

A former Northwest Arkansas swim coach has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sex-related crimes involving minors.

Arkansas Board of Health vote OKs abortion phrase

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

In a 13-7 vote, the Arkansas Board of Health on Thursday gave preliminary approval to regulations defining abortion as the "death of the unborn child" -- a phrase the board had attempted to remove from the rules earlier this year.

Arkansas man convicted of carjacking admits to nearly killing uncle in ’13

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Little Rock man who was set for trial Wednesday admitted a day earlier that in 2013, when he was 17, he shot his uncle multiple times in the torso, seriously wounding him, during an argument at the Acme Motel.

Teen accuser takes stand in Little Rock dentist sex-assault trial

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

Attorneys gave opening statements and called their first witnesses Thursday in the trial of Dr. Jose Turcios, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl during a dentist appointment.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Spring game visits move Hogs up on recruits' lists

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

One of the nation's top safety prospects visited Arkansas for Saturday's spring game, and the trip enhanced the Razorbacks' stock.

Police stop vehicle in Little Rock, find meth, marijuana, pills; woman arrested

updated: 04/29/2016 11:27 a.m.

Heather Elder, 34, of Fayetteville, was arrested Wednesday on drug charges after Pulaski County sheriff's deputies stopped her at Fair Park Boulevard and Interstate 630. An arrest report said deputies found more than 6 ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle she occupied. The report didn't say whether she was driving or a passenger.

Arkansas justices toss lid off crash records

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas law enforcement officials can no longer rely on a decades-old federal law as a reason to withhold the names and personal information of adults from vehicle crash reports, according to a court ruling Thursday.

Hospital hit as toll climbs in Syrian city

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

BEIRUT -- A day of airstrikes and artillery fire killed more than 60 people in Aleppo, including more than two dozen at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, turning Syria's largest city once again into a battleground, officials said Thursday.

North Little Rock man arrested after raid of home

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

Pulaski County sheriff's deputies and personnel with the state Parole Board executed a search warrant Wednesday for David Weaver, 46, at his North Little Rock home.

2016 NFL DRAFT: QBs get top billing; OT Tunsil’s fall grabs buzz

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

California showed love for Jared Goff, and Philadelphia displayed pride for Carson Wentz.

Former Arkansas QBs share history with Lou Holtz

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

Ron Calcagni and Kevin Scanlon grew up in the Rust Belt, but they made their names in Arkansas.

North Little Rock Police save throat slash victim

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

North Little Rock police said advanced medical training helped officers save a man's life Wednesday after his throat was slashed.

Candidates down to 3 for UALR chancellor

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt named three top-level higher-education administrators -- all from out of state -- as finalists in the search for a new chancellor at the Little Rock campus.

MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

Rules are good things for young artists; they establish conventions that may be leaned into or subverted. It is in many respects easier to write a sturdy sonnet than successful free verse -- limitless options may invoke anxiety and paralysis. And so a genre film might be a useful enterprise for an aspiring young filmmaker, not only because there is a reliable audience for such products but because they impose certain imperatives: It becomes the filmmaker's job to ratchet tension and to startle, to deliver unto the audience thrills and shivers. It is not something you want to think too much about.

Home sales rise 9.7% in state

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

Home sales in Arkansas continued their strong growth in March, rising 9.7 percent compared with March last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Thursday.

DEAR ABBY: Admitted hypochondriac seeks a cure for her fear of dying

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I'm a hypochondriac. I am currently waiting on the biopsy results for a mole I had removed. Right now I'm worried and miserable. I feel guilty for what I'm putting my husband through. I want to get therapy, but doing that feels like admitting I'm too weak to handle my problems myself. My husband thinks he's a bad husband because he can't help me.

Bentonville Film Festival, May 3-8, brings out the stars

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

Don't be surprised next week if you bump into Meg Ryan grabbing a cup of coffee or Laurence Fishburne strolling around the Bentonville square.

2016 NFL DRAFT: Cowboys stay grounded at No. 4

posted: 04/29/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Dallas Cowboys chose Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

U.S. punishes 16 in Afghan attack

posted: 04/29/2016 2:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- About 16 U.S. military personnel, including a two-star general, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

In Iraq, Biden plays booster

updated: 04/29/2016 2:29 a.m.

BAGHDAD -- Vice President Joe Biden, on a surprise visit, pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State extremist group.

Thacker's guilt, acquittal jurors only choices

posted: 04/29/2016 2:29 a.m.

Jurors in LeFlore County District Court in Oklahoma are expected to begin deliberating today in the first-degree murder and forcible sodomy trial of Elvis Aaron Thacker, accused of killing 22-year-old Briana Ault on Sept. 13, 2010.

Planned Parenthood: Amend abortion pill suit challenging Arkansas law

posted: 04/29/2016 2:28 a.m.

In light of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision late last month to update its protocol for administering medication abortions, Planned Parenthood is asking to amend its lawsuit challenging an Arkansas law.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/29/2016 2:28 a.m.

Barley contains gluten. A quick-reference guide on cooking whole grains that accompanied a story about grains in Wednesday’s edition incorrectly listed the gluten content of barley. The chart also failed to note that oats, though naturally gluten-free, are sometimes cross-contaminated with gluten from other grains during harvesting and processing.

John Brown to fund dorm revamp with $3M Windgate challenge grant

posted: 04/29/2016 2:27 a.m.

A $3 million challenge grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation will help John Brown University renovate its women's dormitory.

Brit’s Hitler remark draws party’s ire

posted: 04/29/2016 2:27 a.m.

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s main opposition Labor Party, facing growing criticism over perceived anti-Semitism in its ranks, suspended former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday over his comments in defense of a lawmaker who made anti-Israel posts on social media.

ISIS strategy paying off, 2 tell panel

posted: 04/29/2016 2:26 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Top U.S. military leaders faced skepticism Thursday on Capitol Hill as they made the case that President Barack Obama's strategy in Iraq and Syria is beginning to show results against the Islamic State.

Agency to cease issuing permit like hog farm's

posted: 04/29/2016 2:25 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will discontinue the type of general permit that allowed a large hog farm to open in the Buffalo River watershed, the department announced Thursday.

GDP adds 0.5% in quarter, weakest pace in 2 years

posted: 04/29/2016 2:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy from January through March inched forward at the weakest pace in two years, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

UA names Miller dean of health, education

posted: 04/29/2016 2:25 a.m.

Michael T. Miller has been named dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Political reporter sets LR talk

posted: 04/29/2016 2:24 a.m.

Ron Fournier, senior political columnist for National Journal and a former Arkansas-based journalist, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Thursday.

State health department to begin collecting data on birth defect caused by Zika

updated: 04/29/2016 2:10 p.m.

The Arkansas Department of Health will begin collecting information on a severe birth defect caused by the Zika virus under a change approved by the state Board of Health on Thursday.

11 NW Arkansas school districts set to work in network

posted: 04/29/2016 2:23 a.m.

More school districts in Northwest Arkansas are joining a network that coordinates the efforts of schools, businesses and community members to better serve children.

U.S. 270 lanes set to shut in Spa City

posted: 04/29/2016 2:22 a.m.

Maintenance on U.S. 270 in Hot Springs will require a lane closure, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Gilbert new Benton County sheriff

posted: 04/29/2016 2:22 a.m.

The Benton County Quorum Court on Thursday unanimously approved appointing Meyer Gilbert sheriff, the post vacated when Kelley Cradduck agreed to resign as soon his replacement is sworn in. Gilbert will serve through Dec. 31, when Cradduck's term would have ended.

Texan gets 8 years; shot Rogers man

posted: 04/29/2016 2:20 a.m.

Vanessa Lambright, 37, of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for shooting a Rogers man.

Boehner's words harsh for Cruz

updated: 04/29/2016 2:20 a.m.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Former House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during a talk to college students, saying the U.S. senator from Texas was "Lucifer in the flesh."

FDR historian to speak at LR venue

posted: 04/29/2016 2:19 a.m.

Author and professor Douglas Brinkley will give a speech at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Congress OKs bison as U.S. mammal

posted: 04/29/2016 2:18 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Congress approved legislation to make the bison the national mammal of the United States in an effort to elevate the animal's stature to that of the bald eagle, long the national emblem. There has not been an official mammal of the United States.

Police say intruder had rifle, took fire

posted: 04/29/2016 2:18 a.m.

A Hot Springs businessman fired twice at a would-be robber who was armed with a rifle Tuesday, causing the man to flee without getting anything, authorities said.

Daily Record

posted: 04/29/2016 2:18 a.m.

Births The following is a list of those births reported to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by area hospitals. It may not be a complete list since parents may ask the hospital not to publicly release the news of a birth.

Israel eases Golan Heights claim

updated: 04/29/2016 2:17 a.m.

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brush fire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain sovereign Israeli territory.

Arkansas Achievers

posted: 04/29/2016 2:16 a.m.

Erin Wadley, graduating in May from Arkansas State University with a B.A. in political science, received the R.E. Lee Wilson Award.

2 North Korean missiles fail, South says

posted: 04/29/2016 2:16 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea attempted Thursday to launch two suspected intermediate-range missiles, South Korean defense officials said, raising the number of apparent failures in recent weeks to three.

Other days

updated: 04/29/2016 2:15 a.m.

100 years ago April 29, 1916 HOT SPRINGS -- Everything is in readiness for the Boy Scouts to make a whirlwind finish to the "clean up" campaign, which has been on during the week.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 04/29/2016 2:15 a.m.

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.

Panel defeats Capitol-zoning appeal proposal

posted: 04/29/2016 2:14 a.m.

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday balked at Sen. Jeremy Hutchison's proposal to allow people to appeal any rule, regulation, decision or order of the Capitol Zoning District Commission to the director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Editorial: A 1970s replay

posted: 04/29/2016 2:14 a.m.

Does anybody still remember the energy crisis? Not only does this administration remember; its seems intent on repeating it right down to the last outworn cliché.

Columnists: Getting to zero

posted: 04/29/2016 2:14 a.m.

HAVANA--Ernest Hemingway's house in Cuba seems like such a healthy place. It is light, welcoming and beautifully situated. There are hundreds of his books lining the shelves, testimony to all the reading he did there. There's a baseball diamond nearby where he used to pitch to local boys.

The grizzly’s return

posted: 04/29/2016 2:14 a.m.

One of the sad consequences of the westward settlement of the United States was the near eradication of the grizzly bear. Once an iconic symbol of the American wild, the hulking brown bears were hunted, trapped and deemed fearsome, dangerous predators. By the time the federal government listed them as threatened in 1975 under the Endangered Species Act, there were only 136 grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—more than 22,000 acres of range that spreads across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

Editorial: Party planner

posted: 04/29/2016 2:13 a.m.

Unless you keep up with Buzzfeed and the world of social media, the name Bronson van Wyck may be unfamiliar to you, but he's a living legend among the cognoscenti and deserves to be.

Bid to add strings to poor's aid stumbles

updated: 04/29/2016 2:13 a.m.

A proposal that would require the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to restrict the use of financial assistance paid to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients failed to clear the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday.

Columnists: First, do no harm

posted: 04/29/2016 2:13 a.m.

Ted Cruz's decision to pick Carly Fiorina as his running mate kicked off the veepstakes season earlier than expected. But three months before the conventions, all the remaining candidates should be working on their vice-presidential selections.

Guest writer: Reform, not perks

posted: 04/29/2016 2:12 a.m.

Is Arkansas justified in giving tax breaks to specific corporations? Or should we lower the burden on everyone?

Disarm the criminals

posted: 04/29/2016 2:12 a.m.

Memphis knows a thing or two about gun violence. The Bluff City began 2016 literally with a bang, when 12 homicides occurred in the first two weeks of January. Every victim was shot, and four were children.

Bulger’s lover gets more prison time

posted: 04/29/2016 2:12 a.m.

BOSTON — The longtime girlfriend of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced Thursday to an additional 21 months in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating whether other people helped Bulger while he was a fugitive.

Letters

posted: 04/29/2016 2:11 a.m.

Pretty much says it all In my opinion, our new University of Arkansas at Fayetteville chancellor says a great deal about his opinion of Arkansas and Arkansans in his first paragraph of his response to David Pryor about the proposed expansion of the Razorback football stadium.

China tightens up on outside groups

posted: 04/29/2016 2:11 a.m.

BEIJING -- Chinese lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to put foreign nongovernmental organizations under the supervision of the security apparatus, a move that has raised alarm among civic groups, diplomats and business lobby groups.

The nation in brief

posted: 04/29/2016 2:10 a.m.

Shooter's kin arrested in marriage plot

Murphy to divest oil-sand venture

posted: 04/29/2016 2:04 a.m.

Murphy Oil Corp. plans to sell its stake in an oil-sands mining venture in Alberta, Canada, for more than $746.8 million, a move the company says will allow it to focus more on its shale oil and natural gas operations.

Realigned defense aids Hogs' upturn

posted: 04/29/2016 2:03 a.m.

Arkansas' baseball turnaround has coincided with Carson Shaddy's move to center field and Cody Scroggins replacing him at third base.

Ford 1st-quarter sales peel rubber

posted: 04/29/2016 2:03 a.m.

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co.'s net income more than doubled to $2.5 billion in the first quarter on strong sales of trucks and SUVs worldwide.

VW exec apologizes to Obama in person for emissions deceit

posted: 04/29/2016 2:03 a.m.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Volkswagen's chief executive officer said he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.

Chicago dreams of magical summer

posted: 04/29/2016 2:03 a.m.

Robin Ventura remembers the excitement in New York when the Mets and Yankees faced off in the World Series, and he can imagine what it would be like in Chicago if both teams made it.

Comcast unit buys DreamWorks

posted: 04/29/2016 2:01 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood's smallest publicly traded entertainment company, DreamWorks Animation, threw in the towel Thursday after a turbulent 12 years, agreeing to sell itself to Comcast's sprawling NBCUniversal in a deal valued at $3.8 billion.

UPS profit tops forecast, rises 10% to $1.13B in 1Q

posted: 04/29/2016 2 a.m.

DALLAS -- United Parcel Service Inc. said Thursday that first-quarter profit rose 10 percent to $1.13 billion, helped by an increase in both ground shipments and next-day air deliveries in the United States.

Davis says move idea is serious

posted: 04/29/2016 1:59 a.m.

Mark Davis was beaming as he posed with fans behind a black and silver "Las Vegas Raiders" banner. He made a few jokes before delivering a $500 million commitment to a new stadium in the city for his team.

Market report: Nose-diving Apple a drag on stocks

posted: 04/29/2016 1:58 a.m.

NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in three weeks Thursday after a late sell-off. Apple, which is mired in a slump, fell to its lowest price in about two months and dragged the tech sector sharply lower.

Earnings report

posted: 04/29/2016 1:58 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included:

Commentary: The story on Fielder's power outage

posted: 04/29/2016 1:57 a.m.

After a brief break, Prince Fielder will return to the Texas Rangers' lineup today.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/29/2016 1:57 a.m.

Delta buys 75 jets, to Bombardier's relief

News in brief

posted: 04/29/2016 1:56 a.m.

Tech firm to hire 28 for Paragould office

NBA PLAYOFFS: Hawks top Celtics, will meet Cavs next

posted: 04/29/2016 1:55 a.m.

Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

PREVIEWS

posted: 04/29/2016 1:54 a.m.

Everybody Wants Some!! 83 R In 1980 Texas, a college freshman (Blake Jenner) meets his new teammates (Will Brittain, Ryan Guzman), who turn out to be more interested in parties, disco and chasing skirts than baseball. With Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin, J. Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell; directed by Richard Linklater. (117 minutes)

Review: Papa Hemingway in Cuba

posted: 04/29/2016 1:53 a.m.

Papa Hemingway in Cuba is reportedly the first Hollywood film to be shot on the island since 1959. The Almighty has blessed Cuba with captivating scenery, which belies over a century of human turmoil there. It's too bad the people who stand in front of this scenery in this film aren't that interesting.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Arrieta's home scoreless streak ends, Cubs still win

posted: 04/29/2016 1:52 a.m.

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta's bid for a second consecutive no-hitter was dashed on his fifth pitch. His Wrigley Field scoreless streak ended at 522/3 innings.

Home Movies

posted: 04/29/2016 1:51 a.m.

Phoenix, directed by Christian Petzold (PG-13, 98 minutes)

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs fall to Drillers in 11 innings

posted: 04/29/2016 1:51 a.m.

The Tulsa Drillers scored on a throwing error by Arkansas Travelers reliever D.J. Johnson in the bottom of the 11th inning and won 5-4 on Thursday night at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 04/29/2016 1:51 a.m.

Captain America: Civil War, PG-13 Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the Avengers' actions lead to collateral damage, with the superheroes having to choose sides -- with Captain America (Chris Evans), who believes they should remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who supports oversight.

Review: Mother's Day

posted: 04/29/2016 1:50 a.m.

After subjecting the world to Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and now Mother' Day, it's easy to wish that Garry Marshall would make Arbor Day. Having forgotten how to make likable or even engaging human characters, it seems as if he might make a more enjoyable and dynamic movie about trees.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Oshie has hat trick, Capitals win in OT

posted: 04/29/2016 1:50 a.m.

T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday in a classic start to the highly anticipated second-round playoff series between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.

Jungle Book stomps Huntsman

posted: 04/29/2016 1:49 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Disney's live-action remake The Jungle Book retained the top spot at the box office, icing out a host of holdovers.

Director: Linking violence, loss

posted: 04/29/2016 1:48 a.m.

The night before I interview writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, I have a nightmare where I'm being pursued by a large man wielding a long blade.

Review: Everybody Wants Some!!

posted: 04/29/2016 1:47 a.m.

There is a telling scene about halfway through Richard Linklater's new film about a group of guys on a Texas college baseball team, circa 1980, on the eve of the new school year.

Super Quiz: Republic of Ireland

posted: 04/29/2016 1:47 a.m.

1. Name Ireland's only land neighbor

Chiefs trade down as players picked off

posted: 04/29/2016 1:46 a.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs traded the 28th overall pick to San Francisco on Thursday night in exchange for the 49ers' second-round pick along with choices in the fourth and sixth rounds of this year's NFL draft.

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/29/2016 1:45 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: When I travel, bringing along my night light is a must. Mine comes on when the lights go off or it gets dark in the room. It's a lifesaver, since it is difficult to get a good night's rest in a hotel.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/29/2016 1:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. Sweet friends show up to celebrate you, and social fun will make it seem as though your birthday stretches into May. Career advancement makes June exciting. You'll take your best teammates with you. And your allegiance will certainly be rewarded.

Rankins gets nod to aid Saints' defense

posted: 04/29/2016 1:45 a.m.

Seeking help for their struggling defense, the New Orleans Saints selected defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins 12th overall in Thursday night's NFL Draft.

On Christianity

posted: 04/29/2016 1:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our son is going on a short-term mission project to a foreign country with his church youth group this summer, and to be honest we aren't sure it's a good idea. In addition to the health risks, do projects like this actually do any good? They'll only be there 10 days.

Second Thoughts: Schilling gets more ammo from firing

posted: 04/29/2016 1:43 a.m.

Former pitcher and now former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling isn't keeping quiet after the network fired him earlier this month.

Off the wire

posted: 04/29/2016 1:42 a.m.

GOLF Stuard leads Zurich Brian Stuard shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the suspended first round of the Zurich Classic at Avondale, La. Stuard, 33, had only 21 putts in his bogey-free round at TPC Louisiana, finishing his final hole after a rain delay of nearly five hours.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/29/2016 1:41 a.m.

BASKETBALL Sun Belt releases basketball schedules stateThe UALR and Arkansas State basketball teams will have two Saturday meetings next season, the Sun Belt Conference announced along with the 2016-2017 basketball schedules Thursday.

Major gift announced for Northwest Arkansas Community College project

posted: 04/29/2016 1:08 a.m.

A donation of $1.5 million represents the first lead gift toward construction of Northwest Arkansas Community College's Washington County Center.

School Board hears proposal on leave policies

posted: 04/29/2016 1:06 a.m.

A proposal to change policies on sick days and personal days for teachers generated debate among School Board members Thursday.

Bentonville commission supports new museum group

posted: 04/29/2016 1:04 a.m.

The Bentonville Historical Museum will get a financial boost to raise awareness of its effort to develop a place to preserve and display Bentonville history.

Inquiry clears two guards in state inmate's killing

posted: 04/29/2016 1:03 a.m.

Two correctional officers were justified in the use of deadly force against Arkansas Department of Correction inmate Christopher Wilson on April 7, said Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter in a letter to the Arkansas State Police.

Rocky Branch Fire Department sets rib fundraiser

posted: 04/29/2016 1:02 a.m.

Rocky Branch Volunteer Fire Department will sell racks of smoked baby back ribs from noon to 7 p.m. May 6 at the fire station, 19862 Arkansas 303 in the Rocky Branch community.

Mena college OKs bid to join UA

posted: 04/29/2016 1:01 a.m.

The Rich Mountain Community College board unanimously approved Wednesday a merger with the University of Arkansas System.

Basketball: Wright steps down at Har-Ber

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber girls basketball coach Sandy Wright resigned Thursday after 35 years as a coach, including the last 10 years with the Lady Wildcats.

5x5 Five Minutes, Five Questions Patti LuPone

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

I don't sing well. But I do sing with enthusiasm. And I owe it all to lessons with Patti LuPone.

FYI

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

TODAY (4/29)

LIVE! in NWA

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Today Junction 80 -- 7 p.m., Bentonville Brewing Co., Bentonville.

NW PREVIEWS

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Green Room 87 R Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat play members of a punk rock band who team up with a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) to battle murderous white supremacists at a remote Oregon roadhouse. With Patrick Stewart, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair; directed by Jeremy Saulnier. (95 minutes)

Review: Keanu

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

A tale of code-switching, the enduring appeal of George Michael's "Faith" and a feline who is all kittens to all people, Peter Atencio's Keanu marks the first big-screen vehicle for Comedy Central sensations Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Playing middle-class cousins forced to impersonate gangsters so they can rescue the movie's eponymous pet (what do you mean you don't follow that logic?), the actors make the transition with ease in a consistently funny action-comedy. This may not be adequate compensation for the end of their series, which gave them so many more opportunities to try on personalities and take one-gag ideas for a spin, but it will delight the show's fans while winning over others unlucky enough never to have seen it.

'Broadway, Beatles and Beyond'

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

The concert is titled "Broadway, Beatles and Beyond."

Beyond The Competition

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Here's the schedule for the films in the Bentonville Film Festival Showcase and Special Events categories, along with the second annual softball tribute to "A League of Their Own."

Prairie Grove Punches Regional Ticket

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

A five-run fifth inning was more than enough cushion for Prairie Grove starter Logan Gragg to finish off Gravette during a 10-3 victory in the 4A-1 Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Everything's New Again

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Carol Hart was an art major in college -- with an emphasis in painting.

Softball: Bentonville cruises past Rogers High

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Bentonville used a big inning on Thursday afternoon to secure a share of the 7A-West Conference softball title and a first-round bye in the upcoming state tournament.

3x3 Three Minutes, Three Questions Jessica Hardwick

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

The first show in the newly renovated Starr Theater will open Wednesday to give audiences a one-of-a-kind experience. The space was expanded by a third in the Walton Arts Center's renovations and will be able to host a large variety of programming thanks to the redesign and the new window facing West Street, bringing nature inside to join the arts. Panels closing off the window allow the theater to still serve as a traditional black box -- a setting that provides an intimate experience for the viewers.

A Grand Night For Singing

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Talking with Tami Petty by phone might make you believe she's a jazz singer. On this Monday in late April, she has a smoky voice that could easily be imagined scatting with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald.

Think It. Make It. See It.

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Our lives are filled with a variety of objects -- baseball gloves, plastic bottles, paperclips -- but have you ever wondered how these things are created?

Romo's company, NFL at legal odds

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

A fantasy football company partly owned by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is fighting the NFL in court again, this time claiming the league is interfering with a second attempt to hold a fan-centric convention by asking sponsors not to participate.

Girls Soccer: Strong second half leads Fayetteville past Rogers Heritage

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

The first half at Gates Stadium was a even, back and forth soccer match as both Fayetteville and Rogers Heritage traded good minutes and strong looks at scoring opportunities.

Calixte, Dozier lift Naturals past Cards

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 10th inning, Naturals’ right-fielder Orlando Calixte shot a single into rightfield to score three runs in the Naturals 4-1 extra-inning win Thursday night at Hammons Field.

Fayetteville sweeps 7A-West track titles

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Fayetteville's boys were off to the races before the running finals started Thursday afternoon.

Best of UA And The Rest

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Of all the live music events happening this weekend, University of Arkansas students are likely most excited about the Springtime of Youth music festival taking place at the Washington County Fairgrounds (or at least, the students who managed to get tickets to the sold out event). Saturday will be the second year of the festival, which is hosted by the Headliner Concerts Committee at the UA.

Records

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Arrests

Public meetings

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Monday

Film Fest Goes Country

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

When the Bentonville Film Festival started last year, the mission was to focus on increasing the diversity of women and minorities represented in film. In this, the second year, festival organizers have expanded that mission to include all forms of media -- and they reached out to country superstar Darius Rucker to help them do it.

Core Values

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

With so many fun events surrounding the Bentonville Film Festival -- concerts, a baseball game, exhibits and the sponsors village -- it might be easy to overlook the most central part of all: the competitive films.

Passionate Purpose

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

By now, most people in Northwest Arkansas know that actor and activist Geena Davis co-founded the Bentonville Film Festival, which holds its second annual event next week. The mission of the festival is to highlight the voices and creative works of women in the entertainment industry, as well as increase diversity in the media. The vision Davis shares with the other founding members of the festival bled out into the community and affected more than just those in the film industry, inspiring local artist Heidi Carlsen-Rogers to create an art show with a similar mission.

Honor, Gratitude, Rock n' Roll

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

Lt. Dan may not have had any legs, but actor Gary Sinise -- who played Dan in the 1994 Oscar-winning "Forrest Gump" -- has two legs that work just fine. And he's bringing them to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion on Saturday to perform with his band, The Lt. Dan Band. The concert is sponsored by Walmart, and proceeds from the show will benefit family members whose loved ones were killed while serving in the armed forces.

Already In Orbit

posted: 04/29/2016 1 a.m.

"Meteor" turned out to be a prophetic name for a business in Bentonville that took off like ... well, a rocket.

Thursday, April 28

The Recruiting Guy: Recruiting Thursday interviews: Lemming talks satellite camps

posted: 04/28/2016 10:44 p.m.

CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, an elite cornerback and future basketball and football Hogs were guests on Recruiting Thursday radio show.

Attempt to restrict how Arkansans use welfare benefits stalls in committee

posted: 04/28/2016 4:50 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — An attempt in Arkansas to limit how welfare recipients can spend their benefits has stalled before a legislative panel.

Church member charged in fatal shooting at Sunday service

posted: 04/28/2016 4:29 p.m.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A member of a suburban church was charged Wednesday in the shooting death of another churchgoer in an altercation during Sunday services.

Mom convicted of creating public nuisance for Facebook post

posted: 04/28/2016 4:08 p.m.

ROSWELL, N.M. — A New Mexico woman has been convicted of creating a public nuisance by posting an online comment about the possibility of a shooting at her son's middle school.

Police sniper shoots man who says he has bomb at TV station

updated: 04/28/2016 5:19 p.m.

Authorities say the "bomb" a man claimed to be wearing when he walked into a television station wearing an animal costume was in reality a red flotation-style garment stuffed with chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil.

University officials: Black students behind hanging stick figure, slur

posted: 04/28/2016 2:32 p.m.

SALISBURY, Md. — Officials at a Maryland university say black students are behind a drawing of a hanging stick figure with a racial slur found on a library whiteboard.

Broadband company to create more than 28 new jobs in Arkansas city

posted: 04/28/2016 2:22 p.m.

A Texas-based broadband company will create more than 28 jobs when it opens a new office in Paragould, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said Thursday.

The Recruiting Guy: NCAA rescinds ban on satellite camps

posted: 04/28/2016 2:12 p.m.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a proposed ban on satellite camps Thursday.

Arkansas one of 3 states with highest teen birth rates in U.S.

posted: 04/28/2016 1:41 p.m.

Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico have the highest teen birth rates in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Oakland Raiders owner willing to spend $500 million for Vegas move

posted: 04/28/2016 1:20 p.m.

LAS VEGAS — Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move the team to Las Vegas and is willing to spend a half billion dollars as part of a deal for a new stadium in the city.

The Recruiting Guy: Hogs offer 2018 in-state QB

posted: 04/28/2016 12:57 p.m.

Greenwood sophomore quarterback Connor Noland has received a scholarship offer from Arkansas.

Arkansas court says accident reports are open to public

posted: 04/28/2016 12:42 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court says Arkansas State Police were wrong to redact driver and survivor information on accident reports.

Stoby's opens drive-thru location in Conway; rebuilding efforts ongoing

posted: 04/28/2016 11:48 a.m.

Now tasked with rebuilding from a fire, Stoby’s has opened a temporary drive-thru location that harkens back to the Conway landmark’s original menu.

John Brown University gets $3 million challenge grant

posted: 04/28/2016 11:42 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS — The Windgate Foundation is giving a $3 million lead challenge grant to John Brown University for the school's renovation project for a women's residence hall.

Former Northwest Arkansas swim coach pleads guilty to sex crimes

posted: 04/28/2016 11:31 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — A former Northwest Arkansas swim coach was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes.

Weekend rainfall brings flooding threat to parts of Arkansas, forecasters say

posted: 04/28/2016 11:09 a.m.

Off-and-on rainfall this weekend in Arkansas is largely not expected to turn severe, though isolated flash flooding is possible in southern parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Style: Reviews of 'Green Room,' 'Everybody Wants Some,' more

posted: 04/28/2016 11:08 a.m.

In Jeremy Saulnier’s "Green Room," Patrick Stewart plays the sort of character he typically plays — a charismatic, soft-spoken leader.

Teen patient testifies in Little Rock dentist's sexual-assault trial

updated: 04/28/2016 6:17 p.m.

Four witnesses testified Thursday afternoon in the sexual-assault trial of dentist Dr. Jose Turcios before court went into a 15-minute recess about 3:25 p.m.

U.S. GDP growth slowed to 0.5 percent rate in first quarter

posted: 04/28/2016 11:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy inched forward at the weakest pace in two years from January through March, as consumer spending growth slowed, business investment plunged and exports declined further.

Boehner calls Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh'

posted: 04/28/2016 10:52 a.m.

Former House Speaker John Boehne spoke negatively about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, calling him "Lucifer in the flesh."

The Recruiting Guy: 2017 forward to visit Hogs today

posted: 04/28/2016 10:44 a.m.

Arkansas will get a visit from a prospect who recently received an offer from the Hogs.

Airstrikes, shelling kill at least 60 in Syria's Aleppo city

posted: 04/28/2016 10:38 a.m.

BEIRUT — A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria's civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.

3 finalists named for UALR chancellor post

posted: 04/28/2016 10:25 a.m.

Three finalists, all with leadership experience in higher education, have been chosen to fill the soon-to-be vacant chancellor post at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Police: Fleeing man jumps into river, runs naked from hospital

posted: 04/28/2016 10:22 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — Police say a Pittsburgh man driving a stolen car ditched the vehicle and jumped into a river to escape from authorities. Police say after being captured, he fled naked from a hospital and hid inside a dumpster.

Biden, Iraqi prime minister meet in Baghdad

posted: 04/28/2016 10:11 a.m.

BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden has met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss resolving Iraq's political crisis.

After fanfare, forecasters review talk of storm 'outbreak'

posted: 04/28/2016 9:22 a.m.

After warning for days about violent storms that could rake the central U.S. with huge hail, high winds and strong tornadoes, forecasters will review whether the messages they sent were appropriate for severe weather that some considered a "bust" because the tornadoes that did develop were small.

Reports: Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene

posted: 04/28/2016 9:06 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Several news organizations are reporting that prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home.

The Recruiting Guy: Thursday recruiting tidbits: Linebacker with over 20 offers hoping to visit Hogs

updated: 04/28/2016 8:07 a.m.

Key defensive target is hoping to visit Arkansas before announcing his decision.

May: Race, dance, drink

posted: 04/28/2016 6 a.m.

HEATHER RIDLEY FLEEMAN BATTLE FOR HOPE 10K, 5K, WALK HOPE CANCER RESOURCES FOUNDATION 7 7:30 a.m. — The Heather Ridley Fleeman “Battle for Hope” 10K, 5K and walk will be at Old Tiger Stadium in Bentonville. Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger. Information: (479) 361-5847, hopecancerresources.org, heathersraceforhope.com.

Riding in to the future

posted: 04/28/2016 6 a.m.

The cover of Newsweek on Jan. 4, 1943, shows a dashing soldier astride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle chatting with French Gen. Henri Giraud. Even though he was born in Fort Smith, his hand-tinted image probably wouldn't be easily recognized by many in the region.

Walk raises money to grant wishes for children

posted: 04/28/2016 6 a.m.

Walk For Wishes, a new fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Mid-South, will celebrate and support the organization's mission to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Restaurant transitions: Sonny Williams' remodeled, La Casa Real reopened, Mother's Day specials

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

We reported a few months back that Andy Agar, founder of Sonny Williams' Steak Room in the Museum Center, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, had bought the restaurant back. The fruits of his "homecoming" have begun to surface. The restaurant recently underwent a remodel, and now has two separate private dining areas to accommodate parties of 10-55, separated from the main dining room by floor-to-ceiling partitions with "rich wood and beveled glass," according to a news release. That's in addition to an indoor patio private dining area that serves 34 that's been there since the restaurant opened in 1999. A new, red-tufted leather "celebrity booth" provides intimacy for up to a party of six.

FBI agents arrest Pulaski County sheriff's employee accused in fraud case

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

A 25-year veteran of the Pulaski County sheriff's office was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents when he showed up for work.

Arkansas high school football star charged in second assault

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Pine Bluff High School football standout and a Little Rock man, already in jail after their arrest in connection with a shooting Saturday, face three additional counts of aggravated robbery and felony battery.

Clinton, Trump sharpen focus on fall contest

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

With the general election in their sights, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton headed to Indiana with newly padded delegate totals after emerging mostly victorious from this week's Northeastern primaries.

Exxon pays $2.63M fine for Arkansas spill, chafes at terms

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

More than three years after Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of gallons of thick crude into a Mayflower neighborhood, the company has paid a $2.63 million fine, a federal regulatory spokesman said Wednesday.

Most wanted Hog: Henry tops list of TEs in NFL Draft

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Former Arkansas standout Hunter Henry capped his three-year college career by winning the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end.

Leaders in Little Rock meet with incoming superintendent Michael Poore

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Little Rock School District's superintendent-to-be, Michael Poore, is in the city this week to meet with state and local leaders, including the district's current chief executive, Baker Kurrus.

: Haircut meeting becomes robbery in Little Rock

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Pine Bluff man was beaten and his car stolen Tuesday in Little Rock, police reported.

ATV accident kills Clay County boy

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

A boy died Sunday morning in an ATV accident on family property in Clay County, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

'CONSPICUOUSLY AT HEAD OF HIS TROOPS': Statue to honor hero Col. William Orlando Darby in Arkansas hometown

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Col. William Orlando Darby, known as the father of the U.S. Army Rangers, was honored with a parade in downtown Fort Smith in 1944, but he was too haunted and troubled to enjoy it.

Arkansas parole official put in jail in gun case

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

An Arkansas parole officer pointed a gun at Pulaski County sheriff's deputies who questioned him after finding him passed out in a car Tuesday night, authorities said.

Meth in blood test cited in charges in North Little Rock fatal crash

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

A woman who tested positive for methamphetamine after a fatal crash in North Little Rock last year was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony negligent homicide, police reported.

Hit from behind in Little Rock lot, man says

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Police were investigating an attempted robbery Tuesday in downtown Little Rock.

Little Rock manager claiming pay bias too late to cite all-white jury in retrial bid, city says

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Little Rock's diversity manager should not be granted a new trial in her discrimination claim against the city, an attorney for Little Rock said in court filings Wednesday.

Jury pick begins trial in Little Rock dentist's assault case

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Little Rock dentist Jose Turcios sat through his first day of trial at the Pulaski County Courthouse on Wednesday before Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen.

Vehicle crash kills woman, 57; 1 hurt

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

A woman died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in White County, the Arkansas State Police reported.

Columnists: JOHN BRUMMETT: Dinner with Michael Poore

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

At dinner at Cafe Bossa Nova in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood on Tuesday, I handed the man from Bentonville a letter from a Little Rock public school teacher.

PHOTO: Minor injuries when SUV flips on I-40

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Three people suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when an SUV flipped in an accident on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock.

UA under scrutiny over rape reports

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Two cases have been opened by federal investigators into the handling of sexual violence complaints by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bash better as a food truck

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

We don't want to bash Bash Burger Co.

DEAR ABBY: Sister struggles to reconcile love for brother and her faith

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I am very excited to be proposing soon to the man I want to spend my life with. My family is excited for me -- with one exception. My younger sister, whom I want to be my best woman, says she doesn't know if she will be able to participate in our wedding because she's having trouble reconciling that her faith tells her same-sex marriage is a sin. I have explained that it will be a civil ceremony with a judge instead of a religious figure and she says that this "helps," but she still doesn't know if she can be part of it.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Tunsil family feud seems like a money grab

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

On the eve of the NFL Draft, perhaps the biggest day in the life of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the guy projected to go as high as the No. 3 pick was sued.

Rogers hospital plans for $247M expansion

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas unveiled a $247 million expansion plan Wednesday that it said could add 1,000 jobs over the next five years.

In Little Rock tenant's killing, 2 settle with son

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

As a May 9 trial date draws near for two Little Rock police officers accused of violating a man's civil rights when he was shot and killed inside his Little Rock apartment in late 2010, a notice filed Wednesday says the apartment complex and its owner have settled their part of the case.

Bill to aid politics' gift filing advances

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday endorsed a bill authorizing the secretary of state's office to spend up to $750,000 to improve its online system for campaign-finance reporting in the fiscal year starting July 1.

Music: CONCERT PREVIEW: Paul McCartney's 'One on One'

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m.

Maybe I'm amazed -- to quote Sir Paul McCartney -- that the legendary former Beatle, leader of Wings and now a solo artist, will be performing this weekend in central Arkansas.

Syrian cease-fire collapsing as sides bulk up at Aleppo

updated: 04/28/2016 4:06 a.m.

A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two months offered some relief to a war-weary country.

Plan's cuts trouble defense chief

updated: 04/28/2016 3:59 a.m.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter attacked as "another road to nowhere" a Republican plan that cuts $18 billion from the wartime operations account to pay for weapons and troops the Pentagon didn't request, kicking the battle over how much to spend on the U.S. military into high gear.

Spending bill stalls over Cotton's add-on

updated: 04/28/2016 3:57 a.m.

Democrats on Wednesday blocked the Senate's first spending bill of the year in a last-minute fight over a Republican effort to undercut the nuclear deal with Iran and scuttle U.S. plans to buy Iranian "heavy water."

Ex-governor argues law on corruption too broad

updated: 04/28/2016 3:55 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments against the conviction of Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia who was convicted of public corruption and faces two years in prison.

Hastert gets 15 months in hush-money case

updated: 04/28/2016 3:54 a.m.

Dennis Hastert, the former Republican speaker of the House, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

After 1 round of hail, wind, week's 2nd wave in forecast

posted: 04/28/2016 3:53 a.m.

Springtime storms lashed parts of the Midwest and South on Wednesday, but on a smaller scale than the night before when tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas injured more than a dozen people and damaged homes.

Top Iranian backer of nuke deal adds to U.S.-ruling outcry

posted: 04/28/2016 3:51 a.m.

Anger is building among even Iran's staunchest defenders of the historic nuclear agreement with the United States after a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing relatives of victims of a 1983 bombing to sue Tehran for $2 billion in compensation from frozen Iranian funds.

Expecting more China-isle work, U.S. sends planes to buzz shoal

posted: 04/28/2016 3:50 a.m.

Evidence suggests that China is considering another bout of island-building in the South China Sea, and the United States administration and military already are on the alert.

Back in Paris, terror suspect charged in carnage

updated: 04/28/2016 3:48 a.m.

The top suspect in last year's attacks in Paris, Salah Abdeslam, has been returned to France and charged with an array of terror-related offenses, his lawyer said Wednesday.

12 more Syrians sent to Turkey; Greece to set up 4 camps

posted: 04/28/2016 3:47 a.m.

Greece on Wednesday returned 12 Syrians, including a woman and her four children, to Turkey as part of a European Union-Turkey agreement aiming to stop the flow of refugees and other migrants across the Aegean Sea to Europe's more prosperous heartland.

D.C. lawmakers gather in Statuary Hall to pray

updated: 04/28/2016 3:45 a.m.

The U.S. Capitol has chaplains. Initially it had church services, too.

New execs for DHS get assent

updated: 04/28/2016 3:44 a.m.

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday authorized the drafting of a proposal to create two new administrative positions at the state Department of Human Services.

Capitol zoning measure advances

updated: 04/28/2016 3:43 a.m.

The Capitol Zoning District Commission would be abolished and its powers, duties, property and funds transferred to the Department of Arkansas Heritage under a proposal that advanced Wednesday through the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee's Special Language Subcommittee.

In foreign policy, Trump promises 'America first'

updated: 04/28/2016 3:41 a.m.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to put U.S. security "above all else" if he is elected president, warning allies that they would be left to defend themselves if they don't "pay their fair share."

Nigeria seeks help to recover $320M

posted: 04/28/2016 3:40 a.m.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the World Bank to help Africa’s largest economy recover $320 million stolen and hidden in Swiss bank accounts by late military dictator Sani Abacha.

The nation in brief

posted: 04/28/2016 3:39 a.m.

FBI: Data on hack of phone too little WASHINGTON — The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., attackers, saying it lacks enough “technical information” about the software vulnerability that was exploited.

In Metroplan search, state requests a say

posted: 04/28/2016 3:34 a.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department wants a seat on the search committee tasked with finding someone to lead the long-range transportation planning agency for central Arkansas.

Doctor: Zika grants to fight mosquitoes

posted: 04/28/2016 3:19 a.m.

Arkansas will likely apply for two federal grants worth a total of $800,000 to help pay for the state's response to the Zika virus, the state's epidemiologist said Wednesday.

2 charged in fraud with Medicaid bills

posted: 04/28/2016 3:19 a.m.

Two Crittenden County women have been arrested on charges accusing them of billing the state Medicaid program for home-based services they didn't provide, state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Wednesday.

Utility job to affect Arkansas 5 traffic

posted: 04/28/2016 3:16 a.m.

Utility work on Stagecoach Road in Little Rock will require a daily moving lane closure beginning today and lasting through May 6, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Mena college's board OKs bid for merger into UA

posted: 04/28/2016 3:16 a.m.

The Rich Mountain Community College board unanimously approved Wednesday a merger with the University of Arkansas System.

Spa City student had gun, police say

posted: 04/28/2016 3:15 a.m.

A Hot Springs High School student faces charges after a loaded gun was found in his backpack Wednesday morning at the school.

Ex-youth pastor convicted of rape

posted: 04/28/2016 3:14 a.m.

A Craighead County circuit judge has sentenced a former Jonesboro youth minister to two life sentences for rape, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington of Jonesboro said.

Education notebook

posted: 04/28/2016 3:11 a.m.

Trial set for 2017 in LR schools case A jury trial in a federal lawsuit challenging the state takeover of the Little Rock School District as well as conditions of schools attended by black students is tentatively scheduled to begin July 10, 2017.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 04/28/2016 3:07 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. 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.

Daily Record

posted: 04/28/2016 3:07 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Powerball

posted: 04/28/2016 3:06 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball: 2-25-33-39-64

Editorial: It can't happen here

posted: 04/28/2016 3:03 a.m.

Of course that stuff can never happen here. That's so Chicago. Young people being foolish with guns. This is a small, wonderfully close-knit state, with well-mannered kids. The biggest trouble they get into might be on a particular Sunday morning when Dad notices the dent in the car.

Columnists: Donald conservatives?

posted: 04/28/2016 3:02 a.m.

The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him.

Editorial: Stalemate, again

posted: 04/28/2016 3:01 a.m.

"If we continue on this path of confrontation," warns North Korea's foreign minister Ri Su Yong, "this will lead to very catastrophic results, not only for the two countries [the United States and North Korea] but for the whole, entire world as well." The only thing that has changed in Pyongyang's all-too-familiar act is that it now threatens not only the United States and our allies but the whole planet. Because it now says it has a missile that can reach this nation's "interests," which can be found all over. Who says North Korea's vision is limited?

Others say: Nuts

posted: 04/28/2016 3:01 a.m.

In the continuing saga of government's right hand not knowing what its left hand is doing, the Agriculture Department has come under fire for planning to donate 500 metric tons of surplus U.S.-grown peanuts to Haiti. The intent is noble: to feed protein-rich peanut snacks to some 140,000 Haitian schoolchildren who might otherwise suffer malnutrition.

Columnists: The polls don't lie

posted: 04/28/2016 3 a.m.

"The Hispanics love me."--Donald Trump. There he goes, thinking and spinning again.

Guest writer: Blueprint for youth

posted: 04/28/2016 3 a.m.

While most states have dramatically cut youth incarceration, Arkansas appears to be moving in the opposite direction. Recently, the Arkansas Division of Youth Services (DYS) reported that the number of young people committed to the agency's juvenile facilities has increased for the second year in a row.

Letters

posted: 04/28/2016 2:57 a.m.

Was just an oversight I was just working through the pages of the Sunday Democrat-Gazette and came across an article that got me to dreaming and wondering.

Sides finds groove, handles I-30 field

posted: 04/28/2016 2:34 a.m.

Jason Sides has raced at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway only a few times over the past couple of decades, but as of Tuesday night, he's calling it home.

UA starters offer late-season hope

posted: 04/28/2016 2:31 a.m.

Back-to-back gems from juniors Dominic Taccolini and Zach Jackson last weekend at Kentucky thrust Arkansas back in the hunt to extend the school's bid of 14 consecutive NCAA regionals.

Shunned, Woodard didn't fret

posted: 04/28/2016 2:29 a.m.

Jonathan Woodard did not get discouraged when he was excluded from events to which NFL Draft prospects typically receive an invite.

Commentary: Vegas increases odds to land Raiders

posted: 04/28/2016 2:27 a.m.

This is a town built on taking money from people, not giving it to them.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Hornets stun Heat, take 3-2 series lead

posted: 04/28/2016 2:26 a.m.

MIAMI -- Courtney Lee was steaming after missing a layup that would have given Charlotte the lead heading into the final minute.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Wilson, Gaustad advance Predators

posted: 04/28/2016 2:25 a.m.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The preseason pick by many to play for the Stanley Cup and even pass the silver chalice never got within shouting distance of it, trudging dejectedly off the ice just like previous versions did.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Tigers swinging for fences after lineup shake-up

posted: 04/28/2016 2:23 a.m.

DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus shook up the lineup and Detroit responded with its highest-scoring game of the season.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Oaks outduels Travs' starter

posted: 04/28/2016 2:22 a.m.

The Texas League's top starter to this point was upstaged by one making his Class AA debut on Wednesday.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette NFL mock draft

posted: 04/28/2016 2:21 a.m.

1.LOS ANGELES RAMS (FROM TENNESSEE TITANS) PICK QB Jared Goff, California

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Lasers key for handgun accuracy

posted: 04/28/2016 2:17 a.m.

If you use handguns for hunting, target shooting or defense, laser sights are as indispensable as telescopic sights are for hunting rifles.

Fishing this week

posted: 04/28/2016 2:16 a.m.

HOT SPOTS LAKE CONWAY Bream are excellent on worms and crickets in 18 inches of water along the shoreline. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around cypress trees in 6 feet of water.

Calendar

posted: 04/28/2016 2:16 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Information on events also may be emailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

Second Thoughts: Fans treated like royalty with free ink

posted: 04/28/2016 2:15 a.m.

Hopefully the Sacramento Kings don't change their logo again anytime soon.

Off the wire

posted: 04/28/2016 2:14 a.m.

BASKETBALL Jackson talks to Blatt New York Knicks President Phil Jackson met with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt about the team’s coaching position earlier this week, a source confirmed.

State Sports Briefs

posted: 04/28/2016 2:13 a.m.

GOLF ASU falls to Troy at Sun Belt championships Arkansas State's Oscar Schlenkrich beat Troy's Cam Norman 2 up in the semifinal of the match play portion of the Sun Belt Conference championships Wednesday, but no other ASU player managed a victory in a 4-1 loss to Troy.

Valeant execs get earful in Senate

posted: 04/28/2016 2:08 a.m.

Lawmakers accused drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors at a hearing Wednesday focused on the drugmaker's pricing tactics.

Fed opts to leave key rate the same

posted: 04/28/2016 2:07 a.m.

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday, even as it said that labor market conditions were improving and inflation had picked up while domestic economic growth had slowed.

Comcast's 1Q beats estimates as 53,000 more take cable TV

posted: 04/28/2016 2:06 a.m.

Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable provider, said Wednesday that it had its biggest first-quarter increase in video subscribers in nine years, continuing to defy the trend of cord-cutting by drawing users from rivals such as AT&T.

Two oil firms' profits a surprise

posted: 04/28/2016 2:05 a.m.

Oil company earnings season started with such a surprise that some analysts already say their estimates for the other companies may be too low.

DreamWorks shares climb on news it's hunting buyer

posted: 04/28/2016 2:04 a.m.

Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. jumped Wednesday on reports that the maker of the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda movies is seeking a buyer.

Facebook 1Q earnings beat forecasts

posted: 04/28/2016 2:03 a.m.

Facebook Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings and sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.

Market report: As Fed holds, stocks sag, then rise

updated: 04/28/2016 2:01 a.m.

U.S. stocks rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged, as investors expected. Energy companies climbed again as the price of oil neared a six-month high. Technology stocks were battered by weak results from Apple and Twitter.

Earnings report

posted: 04/28/2016 2 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday included: Boeing Co., the aircraft manufacturer, a profit of $1.2 billion, or $1.83 a share, down from $1.34 billion, or $1.87 a share a year ago. Revenue rose 2 percent to $22.6 billion. Shares rose $3.84 to close Wednesday at $137.08.

Business news in brief

updated: 04/28/2016 2 a.m.

Mexico's jobless rate hits 8-year low Mexico's unemployment rate fell in March to the lowest in almost eight years, the latest sign of stronger growth in Latin America's second-largest economy.

News in brief

updated: 04/28/2016 1:59 a.m.

March jobless rate 2.9% in NW region The seven metropolitan areas in Arkansas registered unemployment rates in March that were the lowest since at least 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday.

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 04/28/2016 1:57 a.m.

1 'GET BACK' Sir Paul McCartney will give his first performance in Arkansas -- and supposedly make his first visit since The Beatles landed in Walnut Ridge in 1967 -- as his One on One Tour lands at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Weekend Calendar

posted: 04/28/2016 1:53 a.m.

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets."Bouguereau and the Hazards of Love," lecture by Stanton Thomas, 5:30-9 p.m. today, $10 for nonmembers.

Fast Forward

posted: 04/28/2016 1:52 a.m.

Things to do next week and next month Next week Pioneer party: The Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. Third St., Little Rock, will be hopping with living history, blacksmith demonstrations, dances and pioneer games during its annual Territorial Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7.

The TV Column: Wynonna Earp the Western equivalent of Buffy

posted: 04/28/2016 1:51 a.m.

In case you've missed it, there's a fun new series that has quietly set up shop at 9 p.m. Fridays on Syfy.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 04/28/2016 1:50 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: TODAY Jazz trio The Peter and Will Anderson Trio — Peter and Will Anderson, clarinet and saxophone, and Alex Wintz, guitar — will kick off Wildwood Park for the Arts’ 2016 House Concert series with a performance at 7 p.m. today in the Cabe Festival Theatre Studios at Wildwood, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock.

Special Event: 35th annual Toad Suck Daze has something for everyone

posted: 04/28/2016 1:49 a.m.

There's a certain excitement that fills the air in downtown Conway as crowds gather to cheer on a unique collection of athletes. They are tiny. They are unpredictable. They are amphibians.

Music Scene: 7-time Grammy winner Underwood at Verizon

posted: 04/28/2016 1:47 a.m.

Country-pop singer Carrie Underwood will host The Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round at 7 p.m. today, along with opening acts Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers, at Verizon Arena. Tickets are $93.50 and $62.

Are We There Yet?: Quilt Trail cuts colorful path through Pocahontas

posted: 04/28/2016 1:46 a.m.

A number of Arkansas towns have downtown walls decorated with murals. But Pocahontas stands out with its Randolph County Quilt Trail, displaying reproductions of more than 50 quilts on buildings in its 17-square-block National Historic District.

Selected restaurants

posted: 04/28/2016 1:43 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Tell Me About It: Kids are reason to play nice with cheating sister-in-law

posted: 04/28/2016 1:42 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My siblings and parents all live very close to one another back in my home state. They see each other frequently and are very involved in each other's lives.

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/28/2016 1:41 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I was shopping for an electric toothbrush and checked online at a major big-box store. The model I liked was $49.99, but I didn't want to wait for it to be shipped. I found that the store price for the same model posted on their website was $64.98!

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/28/2016 1:41 a.m.

Happy birthday. The support you'll receive from a gifted, creative and kind person will turn your world upside down. You'll soak in the love and become powerful and strong through it. In July, you'll pay it forward by being an advocate for another.

On Christianity

posted: 04/28/2016 1:40 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm getting married soon (right after I graduate from college), and I'm wondering if you have any suggestions about being a good husband. I came from a broken home, and I'm afraid my father wasn't a good role model.

Super Quiz: Weather Words in Songs

posted: 04/28/2016 1:40 a.m.

1. Contains the lyrics "It's raining violets."

Court documents detail Rogers sting operation

posted: 04/28/2016 1:12 a.m.

Two Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Cave Springs police officer fired shots after they attempted an arrest during a drug sting in a Rogers Wal-Mart parking lot last week, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Northwest Arkansas' low unemployment falls lower still

posted: 04/28/2016 1:10 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas' already low unemployment rate ticked down another notch in March to the lowest level in a decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Storm damages Greenland school roof

posted: 04/28/2016 1:09 a.m.

Classes at Greenland High School were canceled Wednesday after a storm blew off part of the school cafeteria roof earlier inthe morning.

Witness says police tortured Thacker, confessions in 2010 killing not backed up

posted: 04/28/2016 1:08 a.m.

Confessions Elvis Aaron Thacker made in the 2010 murder of Briana Ault were unreliable because there was no physical evidence to verify them, a private criminologist retained by the defense team testified Wednesday.

Khat nets pair probation

posted: 04/28/2016 1:07 a.m.

Two men pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday to possession of a controlled substance.

Clark-Torres gets pen time for fleeing, gunplay

posted: 04/28/2016 1:06 a.m.

A man who led police on a high-speed chase through several residential neighborhoods in Springdale and shot into the awning of a taqueria, among other charges, pleaded guilty to a laundry list of felonies in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

DHS to investigate sex-assault report

posted: 04/28/2016 1:05 a.m.

Police have turned their investigation of an 8-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy over to the state Department of Human Services' Children and Family Services Division, authorities said.

Oklahoma administrator seeks UALR post

posted: 04/28/2016 1:04 a.m.

An administrator at the University of Central Oklahoma is one of 18 vying for the chancellorship at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Bentonville street closed today

posted: 04/28/2016 1:03 a.m.

Northeast A Street will be closed from Northeast Park to Northeast Cub Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today for street repair.

The New School adds land in Fayetteville

posted: 04/28/2016 1:02 a.m.

The New School added 1.7 acres to its campus with the purchase of property to its south.

Valley View sewer commissioners resign; system placed in receivership

posted: 04/28/2016 1:01 a.m.

Three commissioners overseeing Valley View subdivision's sewer system resigned and a receiver was appointed to take possession of the troubled system and bring it into compliance with state laws and regulations.

Fayetteville police dog to receive special vest

posted: 04/28/2016 1:01 a.m.

A police dog will get a protective vest, thanks to a donation from a nonprofit organization, according to a Fayetteville Police Department news release Tuesday.

Baseball: Har-Ber swings into contention with Kimbel at bat

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

The emergence of junior Caleb Kimbel is a primary reason Springdale Har-Ber is tied for the lead in the 7A-West Conference baseball standings.

District Tourneys Begin Today

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Gravette's baseball team is loaded with talent but finds itself needing two wins today to keep its season alive at the 4A-1 Conference Tournament at Gentry.

Public meetings

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Today 9 a.m. Fayetteville Subdivision Committee -- Room 219, City Hall, 113 W. Mountain St.

Insurer upbeat on exchange growth

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Health insurer Anthem aims to pull a small profit this year from the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, and its CEO said Wednesday that he's "really glad" to be serving nearly 1 million people in this still-developing market.

The Rockwood Files: How to Talk to Women, 101

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

We women have an obligation to the young men in our lives. We must teach them how to keep their manly feet out of their big mouths while talking to women.

People & places

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Walker named Trammel honoree Mindy K. Walker of Rogers has been named the recipient of the Northwest Arkansas Community College 2016 Dick Trammel Outstanding Alumni Award. Named in honor of community volunteer, highway commissioner and former NWACC trustee Dick Trammel, this award seeks to recognize an outstanding alumni who has achieved success in his career field and made a positive impact on the community.

Marriage licenses

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY April 7 Bryce Mathew Klusovsky, 31, and Rachel Louise Scoville, 26, both of Phoenix.

Restaurant inspections

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Cards power past Naturals

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Luke Voit, Chris Jacobs and Harrison Bader each hit home runs as Springield p

Records

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Arrests Bentonville Shawn Michael Ewert, 46, of 2900 N. 22nd St., Apt. 6 in Little Flock was arrested Tuesday in connection with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

School news

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Southern Arkansas University

Rangers beat Yankees despite A-Rod’s 100th homer in stadium

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Elvis Andrus had a tiebreaking RBI triple and Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday nigh

Arkansas Hopes To Continue Successful Spring Recruiting

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has found a way for his staff to recruit in one city per day, be on the road for four days and still get to see their families on the weekend.

Lady Tigers Vie For Spot In Own Regional

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Prairie Grove controlled its own destiny: Simply defeat Lincoln to win the conference title and, perhaps more importantly, secure an automatic bid into the 4A North Regional, which the Lady Tigers are hosting next week.

Lady Muleriders set to challenge for GAC tourney title

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Southern Arkansas had the bats to contend for a Great American Conference softball championship last year, but lacked a quality pitching punch.

Cooper signs with Central Baptist College

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

Cole Cooper, a Rogers High senior, signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Central Baptist College in Conway.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Prince, Tavares lift Islanders to victory

posted: 04/28/2016 1 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Shane Prince scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had a goal and an assist in the New York Islanders' 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.

Coming to America: Host families sought for foreign exchange students

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

As the 2015-16 school year nears its close, some are already looking into ways to impact the lives of others in the forthcoming school year.

Fiesta feast: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a version of a classic dish

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

Working as a chef based in greater Los Angeles, though I also have restaurants across the U.S. and around the world, I’m very aware of the richness of Latino culture. So many good, hardworking people from Mexico and countries farther south live in my home state that Spanish is virtually a second language here.

Summer sustenance: Free meals to be offered at Greenbrier school

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

Krista Jackson, child nutrition director for the Greenbrier School District, said a new program will provide free meals beginning May 31 at Eastside Elementary School for those ages 18 or younger.

Master Gardeners dig in to offer annual plant sale

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

BATESVILLE — Vegetables, annuals, perennials and advice on how to maintain their growth will be available at the Independence County Master Gardeners annual plant sale, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Arkansas National Guard Armory in Batesville.

Races promote health, benefit local charities

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

CONWAY — Since 1982, Toad Suck Daze has promoted the importance of physical fitness while benefiting local charities through racing events. Originally, the race was known as the Randy Baker 8K, started by the First National Bank of Conway to honor Baker, a former teller at the bank who died of cancer.

COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

April 28 Smoke on the Mountain CONWAY — The Lantern Theatre and Conway Community Arts will present Smoke on the Mountain, by Alan Bailey and Connie Ray, at 7:30 p.m. The play is directed by Cindy Romeo, with stage management by Angel Moix. Tickets are $20 each. For reservations or more information, visit www.conwayarts.org.

COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS AREA

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

April 28 Gardens and Water Features of Southern China CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Gardeners are invited to travel virtually to Southern China with Fulton County Master Gardener Michael Quataert and his wife, Carla, at 11 a.m. at the Omaha Center. The couple, who traveled to China last August and September, will show pictures of and describe the gardens and water features they visited. The free event is hosted by the Hill and Dale Garden Club. For more information, call Betty Stokes at (870) 257-2822.

United Way of Central Arkansas reaching for its campaign goal

posted: 04/28/2016 midnight

CONWAY — The United Way of Central Arkansas is close to meeting its campaign goal of $575,000, said Maret Cahill-Wicks of Conway, executive director.

Wednesday, April 27

Taccolini had outing for the record books

posted: 04/27/2016 8:48 p.m.

It was the first extra-inning shutout by a Razorbacks pitcher since 1982.

Man charged with running down golfer with golf cart

posted: 04/27/2016 5:56 p.m.

DENVER — A 57-year-old man accused of running down a golfer with a golf cart has been charged with assault.

Sheriff: Boy, 3, used father's pistol to accidentally kill self

posted: 04/27/2016 5:19 p.m.

DALLAS, Ga. — Officials say a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself with his father's pistol.

Planned Parenthood asks to amend challenge to Arkansas laws

posted: 04/27/2016 4:43 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorneys for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland want to amend a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' abortion restrictions, including dropping a challenge to a law requiring abortion pill providers to follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

Pulaski County sheriff's office sergeant arrested in mail fraud case

posted: 04/27/2016 3:11 p.m.

A 25-year veteran of the Pulaski County sheriff's office is accused of stealing money from the agency to buy weapons, authorities said.

Court says Arkansas trooper can be sued by dead man's family

posted: 04/27/2016 2:41 p.m.

MALVERN — A federal appeals court panel has upheld a lower court ruling that an Arkansas state trooper can be sued by the family of a man who died after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Arkansas woman killed, man injured after vehicle hits guardrail, drives off road

posted: 04/27/2016 2:20 p.m.

A woman from Strawberry was killed and a man injured when their vehicle stuck a guardrail and left the road Tuesday, according to a state police report.

18-year-old hiker survives 70-foot cliff fall in Ozarks

posted: 04/27/2016 1:56 p.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 18-year-old hiker who tumbled 60 to 70 feet over a cliff at a quarry in Missouri's Ozarks landed on an outcrop that spared her an additional 100-foot drop to her likely death, one of her rescuers said Wednesday.

Police: Arkansas parole officer arrested after pointing gun at deputies

posted: 04/27/2016 1:52 p.m.

An Arkansas parole officer pointed a gun at Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies who questioned him after finding him passed out in a car Tuesday night, authorities said.

Dog found tied to bridge recovering from gun shots

posted: 04/27/2016 1:50 p.m.

URBANA, Ill. — A Labrador mix dog found tied to a bridge and with his mouth taped closed in rural eastern Illinois is starting to show signs that he will recover from a long list of injuries someone inflicted on him, a veterinarian said Wednesday.

Ted Cruz taps Carly Fiorina to serve as running mate

updated: 04/27/2016 3:55 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina — a woman who he said has repeatedly "shattered glass ceilings" — to serve as his running mate.

McNugget makeover? McDonald's tests 'simpler' recipe

posted: 04/27/2016 1:18 p.m.

NEW YORK — McDonald's wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets.

The Recruiting Guy: Louisiana prospect calls Arkansas visit 'amazing'

posted: 04/27/2016 1 p.m.

Receiver Kendrick Paul’s visit to Arkansas for the spring game was a big success.

Lawmakers reject attempt to boost Arkansas pre-kindergarten funding

posted: 04/27/2016 12:47 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have rejected an attempt to increase funding for the state's pre-kindergarten program, one of several initiatives that Democrats are looking to boost money for as the state's budget is finalized.

Mercy announces $247 million expansion in Northwest Arkansas

posted: 04/27/2016 12:41 p.m.

ROGERS — Mercy Northwest Arkansas leaders were joined by Gov. Asa Hutchinson today as they announced plans to invest $247 million on capital projects and equipment over the next five years.

Smoker fire forces 2 downtown Little Rock restaurants to close

posted: 04/27/2016 noon

A smoker fire at Jerky’s Spicy Chicken and More forced the closure of that restaurant and neighboring EJ’s Eats and Drinks on Wednesday.

Medical helicopter hit by car, disabled after it landed on highway to aid crash victim

posted: 04/27/2016 11:40 a.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Police say a medical helicopter was hit by a car and disabled as it prepared to transport an injured pedestrian, and the car's driver now faces drunken driving charges.

Style: ‘Say, Say, Say,’ it’s Sir Paul in central Arkansas!

posted: 04/27/2016 11:32 a.m.

Maybe I’m amazed — to quote Sir Paul McCartney — that the legendary former Beatle, leader of Wings and now a solo artist, will be performing this weekend in central Arkansas, Jack W. Hill writes in Thursday’s Style section.

Ex-House Speaker Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison

updated: 04/27/2016 noon

A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case that centered on accusations that the former U.S. House speaker sexually abused at least four students when he was a high school wrestling coach.

No Fed rate hike expected Wednesday

posted: 04/27/2016 11:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON — On this, pretty much every economist agrees: The Federal Reserve will keep interest rates unchanged when it ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday. What's unclear is whether it will hint about the likelihood of a rate hike at its next meeting in June.

As general election showdown nears, Trump accuses Clinton of playing 'woman card'

posted: 04/27/2016 11:24 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump prepared Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner of "playing the woman card" in her presidential campaign.

Police: Arkansas business owner fires at would-be robber, causing him to flee

posted: 04/27/2016 11:17 a.m.

A Hot Springs business owner fired twice at a would-be robber who was armed with a rifle Tuesday, causing the man to flee without getting anything.

The Recruiting Guy: Wednesday recruiting tidbits: RB high on Hogs

posted: 04/27/2016 11:11 a.m.

An Arkansas running back target said the Hogs are one of his top schools.

Sheriff: 2-year-old fatally shoots mother in back

posted: 04/27/2016 11:06 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — A 2-year-old boy fatally shot his mother from the backseat of the car as she drove along a Milwaukee highway, sheriff's officials said Wednesday, less than two months after a Florida mother was shot and wounded in similar circumstances.

Sun Belt/SWAC: ARKANSAS STATE 8, UAPB 3

posted: 04/27/2016 11 a.m.

UAPB led 2-1 after two innings of Tuesday’s seven-inning game at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro, but Arkansas State responded with two runs in the fifth and four in the sixth.

School project's graffiti sparks fears Zodiac Killer is back

posted: 04/27/2016 10:46 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State University class project about drug cartels and serial killers took a turn when students scrawled a message on a sidewalk associated with the infamous Zodiac Killer.

Winner of rubber duck race can dine anywhere in the world

posted: 04/27/2016 10:44 a.m.

HARVARD, Mass. — A rotary club in a small Massachusetts town is gearing up for its annual rubber ducky race in which the winner's prize is a free dinner for two anywhere in the world.

Jurors seated in trial of Little Rock dentist accused of sexual assault

updated: 04/27/2016 5:25 p.m.

Jurors have been seated as the sexual-assault trial of dentist Dr. Jose Turcios now enters its opening-statement phase.

Arkansas woman charged with negligent homicide in 2015 crash

posted: 04/27/2016 10:34 a.m.

An Arkansas woman faces charges, including negligent homicide, stemming from an August 2015 vehicle crash that left a passenger dead.

Once-fugitive real estate heir Robert Durst's plea deal approved

posted: 04/27/2016 10:16 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plea agreement for real estate heir Robert Durst to serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge.

Isolated severe storms possible as front moves through state

updated: 04/27/2016 9:56 a.m.

Isolated severe storms remain possible Wednesday, but the National Weather Service has reduced the risk level for much of the state.

Classes canceled at Greenland High School after storm damage

updated: 04/27/2016 3:03 p.m.

Classes were canceled Wednesday at Greenland High School because of storm damage, but weather authorities do not yet know if a tornado or straight-line winds caused the damage.

Police release details on fatal January crash

posted: 04/27/2016 7:07 a.m.

Police released information Tuesday about a car wreck that killed a Springdale man in January.

New idea on I-30 job earns fans

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Even before the sixth public meeting for the Interstate 30 corridor project through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock began Tuesday evening, a groundswell seemed to be building for the latest alternative, which was displayed for the first time.

Officer, Little Rock sued over fatal shooting of teen burglary suspect

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Exactly three years after a Little Rock police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old breaking-and-entering suspect after a lengthy foot chase that began near Forest Heights Middle School, the mother of the slain man, Kenzell Hobbs, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court.

3 arraigned in Sherwood death; teens face murder, robbery counts in slaying of 17-year-old

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Three teenagers arrested in the death of a Sylvan Hills High School student last week were arraigned on felony charges Tuesday morning in Sherwood District Court.

NFL DRAFT: 6 Razorbacks poised to begin NFL careers this week

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

A half-dozen of Arkansas' top offensive players from the past three years are poised to begin NFL careers this week.

$1B pulp plant to employ 250 in state's south

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co. will build a $1 billion pulp mill in Clark County near Arkadelphia, the Chinese company and Arkansas officials said Tuesday.

Little Rock man accused of shooting at car

updated: 04/27/2016 11:12 a.m.

A Little Rock man accused of firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle was being held Tuesday at the Pulaski County jail, police reported.

Man suspected of robbing 3 in Little Rock home invasion arrested

updated: 04/27/2016 11:52 a.m.

A man suspected of robbing three people at gunpoint at a Little Rock apartment was arrested Monday, police reported.

Little Rock man arrested in March shooting

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Little Rock police on Tuesday arrested a man in connection with a shooting that left another man critically injured last month.

2 officers cleared of killing escaping prisoner from Arkansas prison

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Two correctional officers were justified in the use of deadly force against Arkansas Department of Correction inmate Christopher Wilson on April 7, said Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter in a letter to the Arkansas State Police.

Sheriff's office: Arkansas mom suspected of poisoning herself, son in murder-suicide attempt

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Hensley woman suspected of poisoning herself and her 10-year-old son in a murder-suicide attempt earlier this month was arrested Monday, the Saline County sheriff's office reported.

Two killed in accidents on Arkansas highways

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Two people died Monday night in single-vehicle wrecks on Arkansas roads.

Motion to override governor on Medicaid line item fizzles

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

The state Senate on Tuesday declined to consider overriding Gov. Asa Hutchinson's line-item veto of legislation that would have ended Arkansas' version of the Medicaid expansion on Dec. 31.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Brady unlikable; Deflategate unbearable

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Why would any man who is not a New England Patriots fan like Tom Brady?

2 in state test positive for Zika

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Two more Arkansans have tested positive for the Zika virus after returning from overseas trips, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Health said Tuesday.

COMMENTARY: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Advice from the old guy

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Young Democrats of Arkansas, of which there are some, have graciously invited me to come to their convention Friday afternoon and share my “unique” perspective on their party.

Trump wins 5 states; Clinton prevails in 4

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump swept all five Republican primaries Tuesday -- in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island -- in a commanding showing across the Northeast that keeps the Republican front-runner on his path to the GOP nomination.

DEAR ABBY: Girlfriend's business contact arouses man's suspicion

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I'm a divorced man dating a divorcee, "Sylvie," who is eight years younger. I recently learned she had an affair before we met, and it is affecting the way I see her.

FRONT BURNER: Is this still edible? App helps decide

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

I've written before about my ongoing quest to avoid wasting food -- planning meals that use the same or similar ingredients in an effort to use up every last bit, and finding ways to transform leftovers into new dishes. Estimates vary, but according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture between 30 percent and 40 percent of the food grown or harvested in the United States is thrown out. Some of that happens at the farm and quite a bit happens at the grocery store, but consumers are responsible too. On average, we throw out as much as a quarter of the food we buy.

ArcBest's Young steps aside at 75

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

Robert Young III had a full-time role with ArcBest Corp. for 52 years, including 45 on the company's board of directors.

Layers of goodness: Whole grains pack big nutrition into a tiny package

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

This story is part one of a two-part series about cooking with whole grains. Next week will feature recipes that star or incorporate whole grains.

REX NELSON: A modern approach

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

As I read the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal on a recent Saturday morning, I was drawn to a story about a 37-year-old University of Tennessee graduate named Ben Weprin. He's based in Chicago and happens to be one of the hottest hotel developers in the country. He's involved in projects in several states bordering Arkansas.

Suit blames Marianna, officers in man's death

posted: 04/27/2016 5:45 a.m.

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Helena-West Helena accuses the city of Marianna and several police officers of improperly executing a warrant on the afternoon of April 26, 2013, which led one of the officers to shoot a man, who later died.

Fort Smith school chief ending run

posted: 04/27/2016 4:10 a.m.

Fort Smith School District Superintendent Benny Gooden, the second-longest serving school superintendent in Arkansas, will retire effective June 30.

Puerto Rico's debts due, Congress stalls

posted: 04/27/2016 4:08 a.m.

Congress will not act to help debt-ridden Puerto Rico ahead of a Sunday deadline when nearly half-a-billion dollars in bond payments come due, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.

Air raids on Syrian rebel turf kill 15, activists report

updated: 04/27/2016 4:07 a.m.

Airstrikes in rebel-held areas in and around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday killed at least 15 people, including at least one child and five volunteers with a rescue service, opposition activists said.

Syrians in Turkey left with few choices

updated: 04/27/2016 4:06 a.m.

An agreement between the European Union and Turkey to halt the flow of asylum seekers and other migrants to the continent has all but shuttered the Turkey-to-Greece smuggling gateway.

Millennials pass boomers in living U.S. head count

posted: 04/27/2016 4:03 a.m.

The term "millennial" comes with many different connotations.

Georgia set to lift felons' food-stamp ban

updated: 04/27/2016 4:02 a.m.

Georgia may soon lift a ban on food stamps for convicted drug offenders after they are released, in an effort to keep them from returning to prison.

Arizona primary lawsuit dismissed

posted: 04/27/2016 4:01 a.m.

A judge on Tuesday threw out a challenge to the results of Arizona's presidential primary.

High court to hear political favors case

updated: 04/27/2016 3:59 a.m.

The Supreme Court will weigh a former Virginia governor's contention that doing favors for a businessman -- who gave him gifts like a Rolex watch, golf outings and money for wedding catering -- did not amount to public corruption.

Hail, wind sock Plains, but tornadoes a washout

updated: 04/27/2016 3:58 a.m.

Thunderstorms bearing hail as big as grapefruit and winds approaching hurricane strength lashed parts of the Great Plains on Tuesday but arrived without the grand tornadoes that many had worried about for days.

Officer fatally shoots gunman at prom

posted: 04/27/2016 3:56 a.m.

Police seized spent ammunition, a gun sling and journals from the home of the 18-year-old who opened fire on students at a prom at his former school in northern Wisconsin before being fatally shot by an officer, court records show.

Militants claim activist's killing in Bangladesh

updated: 04/27/2016 3:55 a.m.

The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay-rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister's insistence hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

N. Korea's 5th nuke test nearly ready, South says

updated: 04/27/2016 3:54 a.m.

South Korea's president said Tuesday that North Korea has almost completed preparations for a fifth nuclear test, and the country has reportedly placed a new midrange missile on standby for an impending launch.

Norway appeals mass killer’s win

posted: 04/27/2016 3:52 a.m.

Norway’s government on Tuesday filed an appeal against the Oslo district court’s ruling that Norwegian authorities had violated the human rights of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

Bill sets $750,000 for filing upgrades

updated: 04/27/2016 3:47 a.m.

An appropriation bill filed Tuesday would pay up to $750,000 to upgrade the state's online campaign-finance reporting system.

Senator: Capitol zoning superfluous

updated: 04/27/2016 3:46 a.m.

Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, said Tuesday that he's exploring the option of phasing out funding for the state Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock.

Pay raise for DHS chief clears Senate

updated: 04/27/2016 3:44 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would increase the annual salary of the state Department of Human Services director from $162,647 to $280,000 for the rest of the fiscal year ending June 30.

UA's business dean to shed 'interim' title

posted: 04/27/2016 3:32 a.m.

Matt Waller will lead the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville after serving as interim dean since last year.

Thackers' jail letters construed two ways

posted: 04/27/2016 3:32 a.m.

Jailhouse correspondence between an Arkansas man on trial for murder and his brother contained admissions that bolster the state of Oklahoma's theory that the brothers acted together in a 2010 killing.

Kids to get books for summer

posted: 04/27/2016 3:31 a.m.

A nonprofit group that wants to improve children's literacy will start a summer reading program in central Arkansas, thanks to three matching grants.

Counseling board floats opt-out rule

posted: 04/27/2016 3:30 a.m.

Lawmakers on Tuesday delayed acting on a proposed change to state ethics rules for counselors that would allow counselors to refer away a client to whom they have religious objections.

U.S. report card shows no math, reading gains

posted: 04/27/2016 3:28 a.m.

Results released today from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as The Nation's Report Card, show that U.S. high school seniors in 2015 made no gains in reading and fell a point in math when compared with 2013 results.

Arkansas 265 work shuts Lowell route

posted: 04/27/2016 3:22 a.m.

Construction on the new Arkansas 265 will require a temporary detour and closure of Old Wire Road in Lowell to through traffic beginning today, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said.

Town closing lane to raze a building

posted: 04/27/2016 3:20 a.m.

Demolition of a building in downtown England will require a lane closure Thursday on U.S. 165, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Banks to back UA scholars program

posted: 04/27/2016 3:19 a.m.

A new scholarship program offering yearly awards of $10,000 will draw students from underrepresented parts of the state to study business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, said Matt Waller, interim dean for UA's Sam M. Walton College of Business.

DHS to investigate report of 8-year-old sexually assaulting Arkansas boy

updated: 04/27/2016 11:57 a.m.

Police have turned their investigation of an 8-year-old boy sexually assaulting a 7-year-old boy over to the state Department of Human Services' Children and Family Services Division, authorities said.

Gun Sense founder speaks in LR today

posted: 04/27/2016 3:17 a.m.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, will speak at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service today.

Pulaski County notebook

posted: 04/27/2016 3:16 a.m.

Road department pay rule approved Pulaski County justices of the peace approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday night that would allow the county comptroller to reimburse the Road and Bridge Department for the use of the department's employees to do work elsewhere.

Daily Record

posted: 04/27/2016 3:11 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Mega Millions

posted: 04/27/2016 3:10 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 14-16-17-28-48

Editorial: Review your Shakespeare

posted: 04/27/2016 3:07 a.m.

But the poet of them all

Column: Ride on, General!

posted: 04/27/2016 3:07 a.m.

The decision out of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ought to be styled History vs. Mob Rule (2016). For once a federal court order may have calmed and clarified a long and rancorous dispute instead of inflaming it. It's issued an injunction against that city's moving its storied old statues from their customary places in Lee Circle, though this is scarcely the end of a struggle that has gone on even longer than The War itself. It's been not just a legal but a social, racial and political conflict with more than its full share of violence and destruction. An irrepressible conflict, to borrow a view of one historian. Which would make it much like Southern history itself, which, lest we forget, also has its close bonds of shared affection among black and white. not to mention Other now.

Editorial: There's no stopping the Waltons

posted: 04/27/2016 3:05 a.m.

What can the indefatigable Waltons be advocating now? In a word, just about everything good: healthier living through gardening, downtown development in every little town in Northwest Arkansas, farmers markets, beehives, gardening, fresh fruits and vegetables, mountain bicycling complete with bike racks . . . you name it. And if you don't, there's always next week--when they're sure to come up with even more and better ideas. For great families make great states, and it's hard to think of a family that has done more for Arkansas, and will keep on doing it.

Editorial: He made it here after all

posted: 04/27/2016 3:05 a.m.

If any doubt remained, Hernando de Soto and his party of conquistadors did make it here to what is now the state of Arkansas in 1541. Archaeologists report they've found what they believe to be the remains of a large wooden cross that the Spaniards placed atop a hill in what is now Parkin Archaeological Park in Cross County--just where it should be.

Others say: Money on the table

posted: 04/27/2016 3:04 a.m.

News flash: government is inefficient. In the latest version of its annual report on government efficiency and effectiveness, the Government Accountability Office identified 92 actions, in 37 areas of government, that could be taken to reduce "fragmentation, overlap and duplication" and otherwise make the federal government more efficient and cost-effective.

Columnists: The pact against The Donald

posted: 04/27/2016 3:03 a.m.

Here are three things to know about the non-aggression pact between Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who have now vowed to work together to defeat Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Kasich will cede the opposition to Trump in Indiana to Cruz, while Cruz will give Kasich a chance to win in New Mexico and Oregon.

Paranoid politics

posted: 04/27/2016 3:03 a.m.

Paranoia in a cat--hilarious. Paranoia in politics--sometimes hilarious, but often dangerous.

Letters

posted: 04/27/2016 3:01 a.m.

His valuable insights Karl T. Kimball's letter offers valuable insight regarding utopian ideologies. He writes: "Utopianism is the belief that an ideal society can be perfected, which goes against human nature and therefore is always doomed to failure."

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Hogs' late rally keeps roll going

posted: 04/27/2016 2:44 a.m.

The good vibes continued for Arkansas' baseball team Tuesday night.

LEGACY AWARDS: Award recipients talk Dallas' draft

posted: 04/27/2016 2:41 a.m.

Sidney Moncrief had some news Tuesday afternoon for his fellow Legacy Award recipient Keith Jackson about the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick in Thursday's NFL Draft.

Injuries threaten to sink Clippers

posted: 04/27/2016 2:39 a.m.

Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his left quadriceps tendon, and Chris Paul had right hand surgery Tuesday.

Commentary: Brady should take knee on legal fight

posted: 04/27/2016 2:33 a.m.

When I reached Ron Katz on Monday, the first word out of his mouth was "vindication."

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rangers back with a vengeance, clobber Yankees

posted: 04/27/2016 2:32 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A.J. Griffin pitched eight strong innings, Mitch Moreland hit a bases-loaded two-run single during a five-run third and the Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 10-1 on Tuesday night.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travs pitcher dominates on 79 pitches

posted: 04/27/2016 2:31 a.m.

Jordan Kipper allowed two hits in eight innings to help the Arkansas Travelers defeat the Tulsa Drillers 3-0 on Tuesday night in front of an announced crowd of 2,948 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

Bielema says beating Alabama on agenda

posted: 04/27/2016 2:29 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema had to put his wit to use Tuesday night at the Fort Smith Razorback Club when an audience member piped up midway through his question-and-answer session.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Raptors rally, squeeze by Pacers for lead

posted: 04/27/2016 2:28 a.m.

TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and the Toronto Raptors held on for a 102-99 victory over the Indiana Pacers and a 3-2 lead in their first-round series Tuesday night when Solomon Hill's three-pointer was ruled after the buzzer.

Second thoughts: Gonzalez: Hurt fan due a gift

posted: 04/27/2016 2:27 a.m.

Carlos Gonzalez has found the perfect "I'm sorry" present for the little girl he accidentally hit in the head when the Colorado Rockies right fielder crashed into the stands.

Off the wire

posted: 04/27/2016 2:25 a.m.

FOOTBALL Manziel indicted Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on misdemeanor charges stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/27/2016 2:24 a.m.

GOLF ASU third, UALR sixth at SBC championships Arkansas State’s Andrew Huseman and Tanner Napier each finished at 1-under-par 212 and tied for fourth place at the Sun Belt Conference men’s golf championships Tuesday at the Raven Golf Club in Sandestin, Fla.

Hazen orally commits to Hogs

posted: 04/27/2016 2:16 a.m.

One week after getting a visit from Arkansas basketball Coach Mike Anderson, senior forward Brachen Hazen orally committed to the Hogs on Tuesday night during his official visit to Fayetteville.

Ozarks Electric to install fiber line

posted: 04/27/2016 2:09 a.m.

Ozarks Electric Cooperative will offer fiber-optic Internet, telephone and television service throughout the cooperative's service area. The Fayetteville-based company will use a wholly owned subsidiary to keep that service separate from its electric service.

Military lifts durable-goods orders

posted: 04/27/2016 2:08 a.m.

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in March, but a key category that tracks business investment plans was weak for a second month.

Apple's sales slide 13% in 2Q

posted: 04/27/2016 2:07 a.m.

Apple Inc. posted its first quarterly revenue drop in more than a decade on Tuesday and forecast another decline in the current period, dragged down by waning demand for the iPhone.

Cheated on mileage ratings for 25 years, Mitsubishi says

posted: 04/27/2016 2:06 a.m.

Mitsubishi Motors admitted Tuesday that it had used improper methods to test the fuel economy of cars sold in Japan for 25 years, drastically widening the scope of a mileage-doctoring scandal gripping the company.

'Living wage' states, cities facing struggle to identify violators

posted: 04/27/2016 2:04 a.m.

States and cities whose lawmakers passed "living wage" laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/27/2016 2 a.m.

BP shares rise on $583M quarterly loss LONDON -- BP, the first of the major oil companies to report earnings this week, said Tuesday that it had lost $583 million in the first quarter of 2016, compared with a $2.6 billion profit in the same period last year.

Earnings report

posted: 04/27/2016 1:58 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: DuPont Co., the chemical maker, a profit of $1.23 billion, or $1.39 a share, up from $1.03 billion, or $1.11 a share, a year ago. Revenue fell 6 percent to $7.4 billion. Shares rose $1.58 to close Tuesday at $67.55.

Hog Calls: Taccolini better off ignoring radar gun

posted: 04/27/2016 1:54 a.m.

Motorists ambushed in speed traps aren't the only ones detesting radar guns. Some college baseball coaches loathe them, too.

Cooking for two: Egg dish's flavor tops not-so-pretty look

posted: 04/27/2016 1:54 a.m.

This is one of those dishes that definitely tastes better than it looks.

Springtime's return means it's time for sugar snap peas

posted: 04/27/2016 1:53 a.m.

There are few green vegetables as vibrant and appealing as sugar snap peas.

7day menu planner

posted: 04/27/2016 1:53 a.m.

SUNDAY: Use this simple marinade for Broiled Flank Steak.

Uncorked: As heat increases, white wine is pick

posted: 04/27/2016 1:51 a.m.

I'm asked many times "are you a red or white wine drinker?" My answer is, of course, both, but as the weather warms I admit I veer more to white as an everyday beverage. These are a few of my top picks for refreshing white varietals.

Idea Alley: Bread, honey, bird have Kats cooking

posted: 04/27/2016 1:50 a.m.

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

Cooking with diabetes: Cornflake coating crisps oven chicken

posted: 04/27/2016 1:49 a.m.

The inspiration for so many of my recipes starts with a craving. This time it was a hankering for fried chicken -- the kind with a crisp, crunchy coating that flakes just enough when you bite into it, and gives way to moist, tender and fulfilling meatiness inside; chicken that is heavenly served hot just after it's cooked, but that also can be the centerpiece of an idyllic picnic when chilled and put out on paper plates set on a gingham cloth.

Five-spice mixture adds spark to steak

posted: 04/27/2016 1:48 a.m.

Although this dish looks like something you've tasted before, the combination of Chinese five-spice powder and a garlicky ginger-green onion topping makes it altogether different.

Healthful steps

posted: 04/27/2016 1:48 a.m.

Flora Yang is small, spry and not afraid to tell you her age.

CREATURE FEATURE

posted: 04/27/2016 1:47 a.m.

When I go for my exercise walk every day, I take my dog with me. The walk is usually for 30 to 45 minutes, sometimes an hour. My sister says my dog (a 47-pound "super mutt" named Yancy) probably needs more walking than that. What are your thoughts?

SHARON RANDALL: I was my Granny's favorite, she said

posted: 04/27/2016 1:46 a.m.

I don't know how she did it.

PARENTING: Kids in blended family victims of mom's lax rules

posted: 04/27/2016 1:46 a.m.

Q We are a struggling, blended family. My husband has three children (ages 7, 12, 17) from a previous marriage. Their mother's home is focused on the easiest way of parenting. She allows unlimited electronics, showers the children with presents and does not discipline effectively at all. It's obvious she wants to be the children's friend. We are the opposite on all counts. The problem is that the children oppose us every step of the way and only come over to see us because they have to. When the children are with us, we deal with extreme behavior problems, entitlement and disrespect. My husband and I are on the same page, but we are reluctant to implement and enforce disciplinary structure because nothing we do is supported by the mother. We want to do what is best and what will hopefully be accepted by the children (even if only in the long run). Is it possible for this to work when the parent with primary custody is not likely to ever see the light and cooperate with us?

MONEY MATTERS

posted: 04/27/2016 1:45 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When my dear friend "Laura" was recently diagnosed with a serious illness, mutual friends of ours offered Laura and her husband their vacation houseboat (a houseboat these friends normally rent out) for a long weekend. It was a lovely gesture, and Laura and her husband asked my husband and me to join them. When our other friends found out, though, they were angry and said my husband and I would have to pay $200 per night. I was flabbergasted. What do you think?

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 04/27/2016 1:44 a.m.

Q My ex and I were married for eight years and have been apart for four. I had no problem letting her keep my last name after we divorced because her son from a previous marriage uses the same name, but now she's remarrying and she doesn't want to change her name to the woman's last name she will be marrying. She wants her fiancee to take her name instead. I told her I thought that was disrespectful and didn't like that, but she doesn't see it that way and refuses. Do you know of anything I can do to ensure my last name isn't used by the woman she is going to marry? What's good ex-etiquette?

Doctor appears close to solving SIDS mystery

posted: 04/27/2016 1:40 a.m.

The heartbreak of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is being turned into hope, as parents who have lost babies to the medical mystery are helping fund a research study by a Seattle doctor who hopes he is close to confirming what causes the deaths and formulating a way to predict which babies are susceptible.

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/27/2016 1:40 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Our dishwasher quit pumping water out. I figured it was worn out. After checking outlet stores, I pulled it out to install a new one. Out of curiosity, I pulled out the pump and discovered that it was plugged with jar labels. My hint: Don't wash jars before removing the labels.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/27/2016 1:40 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your rules for yourself are what keep you on track, and you'll make some stellar ones in the next three weeks. By the end of May you'll already see the evidence that 2016 represents some major life improvements. A big, joyful love will touch everything you do.

On Christianity

posted: 04/27/2016 1:39 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm not into hard-core pornography, but I don't see anything wrong with enjoying some of the sexy magazines you can get on almost any newsstand. My wife doesn't know I do this, so don't use my name.

Super Quiz: Two "I"s and a "C"

posted: 04/27/2016 1:39 a.m.

1. The surface that is above you in a room

State Police investigating Rogers shooting involving Benton County deputies

posted: 04/27/2016 1:13 a.m.

Arkansas State Police is investigating a shooting in a Northwest Arkansas Wal-Mart parking lot involving Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies.

Street closures for cycling festival approved in Rogers

posted: 04/27/2016 1:12 a.m.

The Rogers Transportation Committee approved closing about 15 blocks downtown for a cycling festival Aug. 6

Bentonville eyes changes to sign ordinance

posted: 04/27/2016 1:11 a.m.

The city is looking at revising its sign code so it will align with a U.S. Supreme Court case regarding content regulations.

Property rezoned near downtown Springdale

posted: 04/27/2016 1:10 a.m.

A developer plans to build rental units north of downtown Springdale one official said could increase traffic on Mill Street.

Rogers council votes to remove home

posted: 04/27/2016 1:08 a.m.

The City Council approved removing a private structure during its meeting Tuesday.

Washington County resolves third civil rights linked lawsuit

posted: 04/27/2016 1:07 a.m.

A Washington County employee agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county and individual officials. The case is the third federal civil rights case resolved since March.

Accused Springdale shooter wants transfer to juvenile court

posted: 04/27/2016 1:06 a.m.

An 18-year-old Springdale teen charged with attempted capital murder related to a shooting near Springdale High School last summer is asking for his case to be transferred to juvenile court.

Fayetteville police dog gets special vest

posted: 04/27/2016 1:05 a.m.

A police dog will get a protective vest, thanks to a donation from a nonprofit organization, according to a Fayetteville Police Department news release Tuesday.

Attempted murder trial set for September

posted: 04/27/2016 1:04 a.m.

A man charged with setting his home on fire while three children and three adults were inside received a September trial date in Washington County Circuit Court.

Bentonville School District hosting technology showcase

posted: 04/27/2016 1:03 a.m.

The Bentonville School District will show how technology is used in its classrooms during an event Thursday.

Bentonville seeks artists for two projects

posted: 04/27/2016 1:02 a.m.

The Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee and Visit Bentonville have selected "Walk, Bike, Run, Play" as the theme for 2016 and are soliciting art proposals to help implement it.

Miller named UA college dean

posted: 04/27/2016 1:01 a.m.

Michael T. Miller has been named dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.

South Dakota school passes on two Arkansans

posted: 04/27/2016 1:01 a.m.

An alumnus has been chosen as president of South Dakota State University over two Arkansans who were among four finalists for the position.

Washington County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Boys soccer: Springdale edges Bentonville, claims first place

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Leo Araujo's first-half goal Tuesday night gave Springdale High boys soccer coach D.J. Beeler flashbacks of his team's first game against Bentonville.

Naturals break through in Springfield

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Christian Binford retired the final 18 hitters he faced, and Northwest Arkansas broke through with five runs in the seventh inning to win 5-2 Tuesday night at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

More deer test positive for disease

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Two more white-tailed deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed Monday, including one found more than 40 miles outside the AGFC's original sampling area.

Records

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff's Office Colten Jay Barnett, 24, of 9901 E. 541 Road in Colcord, Okla., was arrested Tuesday in connection with battery in the first degree and aggravated assault. Barnett was being held Tuesday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

Sports roundup

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

PREP SOFTBALL Rogers High 15, Fort Smith Northside 0 Sarah Hulsey hit two of Rogers High’s four home runs as the Lady Mounties rolled past the Lady Bears in four innings in 7A-West Conference play Tuesday at Veterans Park. Hulsey finished 2 for 3 and drove in five runs for Rogers (16-7, 7-4 7A-West).

SOFTBALL: Brink signs with Hendrix

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Aubrey Brink, senior outfielder/first basemen for the Elkins' softball team, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to continue her career at Hendrix College.

Public meetings

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Today Noon Springdale Housing Authority Board -- Springdale Housing Authority, #5 Applegate Drive

Gentry Boys, Pea Ridge Girls Grab Titles

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Strong performances by Cole Cripps and Bryan Harris led Gentry to the boys team title while Vanessa Wing flew high in leading Pea Ridge to the girls team title at the 4A-1 District Track Meet on Tuesday.

Getting it straight Northwest Arkansas

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

As a matter of policy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will publish corrections of errors in fact that have been printed in the newspaper.

Cost rise of drugs defying criticism

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

From the campaign trail to the halls of Congress, drugmakers have spent much of the past year enduring criticism over the rising cost of drugs.

Baseball: King, Wildcats hold off Fayetteville

posted: 04/27/2016 1 a.m.

Springdale Har-Ber used a key double play and the pitching of Michael King to down Fayetteville on Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 26

Hogs rally to upset No. 22 Pokes

posted: 04/26/2016 9:24 p.m.

Arkansas scored five runs in its final three innings at the plate and came back to beat No. 22 Oklahoma State 7-6 Tuesday at Baum Stadium.

The Recruiting Guy: Indiana forward commits to basketball Hogs

posted: 04/26/2016 9:21 p.m.

Brachen Hazen, a senior forward from Columbia City (Ind.) High School, has committed to Arkansas.

VIDEOS: Transportation department unveils 3D models for I-30 corridor project

posted: 04/26/2016 5:21 p.m.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on Tuesday released animated, 3D videos to depict what could be in the future for the Interstate 30 corridor.

Sheriff: More than 30 Arkansas teens at after-prom party to be charged

posted: 04/26/2016 4:43 p.m.

More than 30 teenagers who were caught drinking at an after-prom party supervised by a Sherwood elementary school teacher will be charged with disorderly conduct, the Lonoke County sheriff said Tuesday.

2 additional cases of Zika virus confirmed in Arkansas; total at 4

posted: 04/26/2016 4:42 p.m.

Two additional cases of the mosquito-linked Zika virus have been confirmed in Arkansas, bringing the total number of in-state cases to four, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Little Rock police arrest man, 56, in March shooting that injured 1

posted: 04/26/2016 4:17 p.m.

Police arrested a Little Rock man accused of injuring another resident in a March 10 shooting at a gas station on Colonel Glenn Road, authorities said Tuesday.

Prosecutor: Officers justified in fatally shooting prisoner during escape attempt

posted: 04/26/2016 3:58 p.m.

Correctional officers who opened fire on a convicted murderer during an attempted escape earlier this month from an Arkansas prison were justified in using deadly force, a prosecutor ruled Tuesday.

County officials: Agencies have carried out emergency training during Oaklawn races

posted: 04/26/2016 3:28 p.m.

HOT SPRINGS — Garland County officials say multiple government agencies have carried out emergency scenario training during meets at a horse racetrack in Hot Springs, most of it without the public's knowledge.

11-year-old Arkansas boy killed in ATV rollover accident

posted: 04/26/2016 3:08 p.m.

An 11-year-old boy was killed Sunday morning in an ATV accident on family property in Clay County, deputies from the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

Arkansas Senate upholds governor's decision on keeping Medicaid plan

posted: 04/26/2016 2:44 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has upheld Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to keep the state's first-in-the-nation hybrid Medicaid expansion, rejecting an attempt to override his veto of a budget measure that would have ended the subsidized insurance.

Arkansas officials urge measles awareness after 6 cases confirmed in Memphis

posted: 04/26/2016 2:26 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas health officials are urging residents to stay up-to-date on their vaccinations after six cases of measles were confirmed in Memphis.

Chemical spill closes Arkansas Wal-Mart

posted: 04/26/2016 1:55 p.m.

Shoppers were being told to stay away from the Wal-Mart in Lonoke on Tuesday afternoon after a box being unloaded from a truck in the parking lot tipped, spilling chemicals, the county sheriff said.

Driver killed, woman hurt after Jeep hits tree on Highway 10

posted: 04/26/2016 1:39 p.m.

A Jeep turning a curve in Yell County left the road and struck a tree, killing the driver and injuring a passenger Monday, according to a police report.

1 arrested after man killed in stabbing at Arkansas apartment complex

updated: 04/26/2016 3:49 p.m.

A 24-year-old has been arrested after the overnight stabbing death of a man at an apartment complex in Forrest City, according to police.

Jury won't visit office of Little Rock dentist accused of sexual assault, judge rules

posted: 04/26/2016 1:21 p.m.

A jury will not be able to visit the office of a Little Rock dentist accused of sexual assaulting a patient during his trial set to start Wednesday, a judge decided this week.

Waller selected as Walton College's next dean

posted: 04/26/2016 1:13 p.m.

Matthew Waller, a faculty member the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been selected as the college's next dean, according to a news release.

'Sister Wives' ask court to reconsider polygamy ruling

posted: 04/26/2016 12:50 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The polygamous family from the TV show "Sister Wives" is asking an appeals court to reconsider a decision that upheld Utah's law banning polygamy.

Arkansas mother accused of trying to kill son, herself

posted: 04/26/2016 12:15 p.m.

An Arkansas mother is accused of trying to kill her minor son and herself earlier this month by overdosing on prescription medication, according to court filings.

Prince's sister says musician had no known will

posted: 04/26/2016 11:47 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — Prince's sister says the superstar musician had no known will and filed paperwork Tuesday asking a Minneapolis court appoint a special administrator to oversee his estate.

Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown to kick off tour at Verizon Arena

posted: 04/26/2016 11:26 a.m.

Heavy metal artists Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown will kick off their co-headlining tour with a performance Oct. 18 at Verizon Arena, officials said Tuesday.

Arkansas woman named suspect in beating death of Native American master carver

posted: 04/26/2016 11:21 a.m.

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Police in Port Angeles say a 45-year-old woman is a suspect in the March beating death of a Native American master carver.

Family: Walking malls

posted: 04/26/2016 11:18 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that malls are ideal for walking because their level surfaces make older people less likely to slip and fall. Also, malls are well-lighted, and people can walk in malls regardless of the weather. This Wednesday’s Family section introduces one group of mall walkers in Washington, taking that news to heart for good health.

Food: Whole grains 101

posted: 04/26/2016 11:17 a.m.

The current dietary guidelines suggest we should be eating a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy with limited saturated fat, sugar and salt.

Georgia governor OKs state funds for anti-abortion centers

posted: 04/26/2016 11:16 a.m.

ATLANTA — Georgia can give state money to "pregnancy resource centers" that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions, under legislation signed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

Trump pulls off clean sweep of 5 Northeast primaries; Clinton wins 4 states

updated: 04/26/2016 9:50 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump swept all five Republican primaries Tuesday, a commanding showing across the Northeast that keeps the Republican front-runner on his path to the GOP nomination. Hillary Clinton carried Democratic contests in Maryland and Delaware, the start of what her campaign hoped would be a strong night for the former secretary of state.

Arkansas man dies after losing control of car, hitting tree, police say

posted: 04/26/2016 10:54 a.m.

An Arkansas man died Monday night after losing control of the car he was driving “at a high rate of speed" at a curve, according to police.

Forecasters: Much of Arkansas at risk for severe weather as storms move toward state

posted: 04/26/2016 10:49 a.m.

Much of Arkansas is under a risk for severe weather as a storm system travels toward the state Tuesday, kicking off a week in which several inches of rain are expected to fall, forecasters said.

Johnny Manziel indicted in alleged attack on ex-girlfriend

posted: 04/26/2016 10:44 a.m.

DALLAS — Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend.

12-year-old girl runs half-marathon by mistake

posted: 04/26/2016 10:40 a.m.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A 12-year-old western New York girl wound up running 10 extra miles after she got into the wrong road race.

Chinese paper firm to open $1 billion mill in Arkansas, create 250 jobs

updated: 04/26/2016 11:55 a.m.

China-based Sun Paper has chosen Arkansas as the site of its first bio-products mill in North America, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Al-Qaida says it killed Bangladesh gay activist, friend

posted: 04/26/2016 9:52 a.m.

NEW DELHI — The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister's insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

Bail remains $200,000 for each suspect in Sherwood teen's killing

posted: 04/26/2016 8:54 a.m.

A Sherwood District Court judge on Tuesday kept in place the $200,000 bails set for three teens by a county judge this weekend following their arrests in the killing a local high school student.

The Recruiting Guy: Tuesday recruiting tidbits: Hogs reach out to in-state prospect

posted: 04/26/2016 8:50 a.m.

An in-state basketball prospect recently heard from Arkansas coach Mike Anderson.

VIDEO: Strahan to exit 'Live' in May; Ripa says all is forgiven

updated: 04/26/2016 2:10 p.m.

NEW YORK — Kelly Ripa returned to her daytime talk show Tuesday after time off to "gather [her] thoughts" in response to learning her co-host Michael Strahan is leaving, saying the incident had started a conversation about workplace respect.

In waiter's killing near Little Rock Cracker Barrel, photo-lineup ID ruled valid

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Monday rejected defense accusations that Little Rock police manipulated a witness into identifying a murder suspect accused of killing a Cracker Barrel waiter last year.

Arkansas lawmaker wants $1M to pay for inmates' college courses

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

A state senator said Monday that she will make an attempt during this fiscal session to seek $1 million to add to an effort to enroll state inmates in higher education programs.

Arkansas high school football standout jailed in shooting

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

Pine Bluff High School football standout David Beasley and three other men remained jailed Monday after a weekend shooting at a Pine Bluff convenience store that left another man in critical condition at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Judge scolds Little Rock, fines city $10,000

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

A circuit judge fined Little Rock $10,000 Monday for not being ready for trial in the case of a former police officer suing the city and for failing to follow the judge's scheduling order.

Reports, 911 call released after teen slain in Sherwood

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

Sherwood police on Monday released new details in the killing of a Sylvan Hills High School student last week.

DEAR ABBY: It's best to meet online crush on woman's familiar ground

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: For the last five months I have been talking to a guy I met via a dating app. We live a few states apart and have yet to meet in person, but we communicate regularly.

JOHN BRUMMETT: About that veto ...

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

People out in the public are saying the Legislature acted fraudulently to pass Medicaid expansion last week.

Ex-golf course unofficially a North Little Rock park

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

North Little Rock aldermen on Monday approved adding the former Stone Links Golf Course to the list of 35 parks under the city's Parks and Recreation Commission, but the action doesn't designate the property as an official city park.

Agency can tap $70M of Arkansas teachers retirement fund

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

The trustees for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System have authorized the system to provide a revolving line-of-credit loan of up to $50 million to the Arkansas Institutional Fund LLC, which invests in venture capital funds in the state and is backed by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.

MAY CALENDAR: Merry, merry month

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

May is the month of mayhaws, magnolias, mothers, Mustangs and Memorial Day -- when tubas go ommmmm-pah, and a steak on the grill smells mmm-mmmm.

Arkansas ties run deep for Texas cornerback

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

Highly recruited cornerback Chevin Calloway, who has strong Arkansas ties, made his first trip to Fayetteville for the spring game on Saturday and it appears a return trip is likely.

What's in a Dame: JENNIFER CHRISTMAN: Memories turn into waterfall with Purple Rain

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Christmas of 1984 was one of my most memorable, musical and magical.

Arkansas school worker, 19, faces rape charge

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Springdale School District employee was arrested in connection with the rape of a 12-year-old Sonora Middle School student, according to a probable-cause affidavit from the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Pine Bluff officer cleared in teen's shooting

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter said a Pine Bluff police lieutenant who shot and injured a boy while trying to execute an arrest warrant at a residence last month was justified in his use of deadly force.

Little Rock proposes to annex 14 acres off Kanis Road

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

Little Rock leaders are considering annexing about 14 acres and providing fire and police protection and public sewer service to the area.

Like It is: Pryor's stadium expansion concerns heartfelt

posted: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

If next month the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees votes 9-1 to expand Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it would not be the first time, nor the last, that there wasn't a unanimous vote about a stadium expansion.

Rivals desperate, Trump says

posted: 04/26/2016 3:35 a.m.

BORDEN, Ind. -- Declaring the Republican presidential contest at "a fork in the road," Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich defended their new alliance on Monday as the party's last, best chance to stop Donald Trump, even as the New York businessman surged toward another big delegate haul.

Revenue from oil exports plunges

updated: 04/26/2016 3:33 a.m.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Oil exporting countries in the Middle East lost $390 billion in revenue because of lower oil prices last year, and should brace for even deeper losses of around $500 billion this year, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

Obama adds troops to ISIS fight

updated: 04/26/2016 3:33 a.m.

HANOVER, Germany -- President Barack Obama on Monday announced plans to send 250 more troops to Syria, casting his decision as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.

Cleveland to pay $5.5M to family

updated: 04/26/2016 3:27 a.m.

CLEVELAND -- The city of Cleveland on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

Pentagon calls for military base closings

updated: 04/26/2016 3:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon thinks it has a winning argument for why Congress should allow a new round of military base closings: The Army and Air Force have vastly more space for training and basing troops than they need, and trimming the surplus would save money better used to strengthen the military.

Merkel: Libya key topic for talks

updated: 04/26/2016 3:23 a.m.

HANOVER, Germany -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she, President Barack Obama and the leaders of France, Britain and Italy discussed ways of supporting the fragile unity government in Libya and the possibility of expanding military efforts to stop the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean.

U.S.-tied activist killed in Bangladesh

updated: 04/26/2016 3:22 a.m.

NEW DELHI -- Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh's capital Monday night, including a gay-rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.

Terror cells in Europe growing, U.S. official says

updated: 04/26/2016 3:21 a.m.

The Islamic State is operating clandestine terrorist cells in Britain, Germany and Italy, similar to the groups that carried out the attacks in Paris and Brussels, the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official said Monday.

Taliban must go, Afghan president tells Pakistan

updated: 04/26/2016 3:19 a.m.

KABUL, Afghanistan -- After courting Pakistan for more than a year, President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan changed course Monday and warned that he would lodge a complaint with the United Nations Security Council if Pakistan refuses to take military action against Taliban leaders operating from its soil to wage an increasingly deadly insurgency across Afghanistan.

Rail crossing in Ashdown No. 4 in peril

posted: 04/26/2016 3:13 a.m.

A railroad crossing in Ashdown with no guards or warning devices is the fourth most dangerous in the country for wrecks, sometimes fatal, at the crossing over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration.

Picasso artwork on borrowed time

updated: 04/26/2016 3:13 a.m.

Pablo Picasso's Seated Woman in a Chemise will be on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art later this week as the museum borrows the Spanish artist's 1923 painting from the Tate Modern in London.

Top man in Senate keeps job

posted: 04/26/2016 3:10 a.m.

The Arkansas Senate Republican Caucus will support Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, to continue in the leadership post from 2017-2019, Senate Republican leader Jim Hendren of Sulphur Springs said Monday.

LR board taking up open-data measure

posted: 04/26/2016 3:09 a.m.

The Little Rock Board of Directors will soon vote on adopting an open-data policy that would call on officials to proactively release all city data online in searchable formats if it is open to the public under state law.

House-fire award raised to $781,315

posted: 04/26/2016 3:05 a.m.

As of Monday, Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co. of Rhode Island owes $781,315 for denying a claim stemming from a 2011 fire that destroyed a Conway County family's home.

2 escapees captured after 3 hours on lam

posted: 04/26/2016 3:05 a.m.

Two inmates who escaped from a state lockup in Osceola on Monday afternoon were captured within three hours, authorities said.

S.D. school passes on two Arkansans

posted: 04/26/2016 3:04 a.m.

An alumnus has been chosen as president of South Dakota State University over two Arkansans who were among four finalists for the position.

Parolee, 55, pleads innocent in killing

posted: 04/26/2016 3:03 a.m.

A parolee accused of strangling his girlfriend in March and then going gambling pleaded innocent Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court, according to his defense attorney.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/26/2016 3:02 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Community College had multiple purposes in mind when it recently spent about $1.8 million renovating the third floor of the Center for Health Professions, according to college President Evelyn Jorgenson. All of the space is being used or will be used in the future, Jorgenson said. A story in Monday's editions implied the project was done solely to accommodate the occupational and life skills program, plans for which the college has suspended.

Bridge inspection to close road lanes

posted: 04/26/2016 3:02 a.m.

A routine inspection of the Arkansas 440 bridge over Ink Bayou between Jacksonville and North Little Rock will require temporary lane closures today and Wednesday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

As district splits, events to aid those not rehired

posted: 04/26/2016 3 a.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District and the Governor's Dislocated Worker Task Force are holding two workshops to assist district employees affected by the coming detachment of the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District.

Thacker trial witness says confession false

posted: 04/26/2016 3 a.m.

POTEAU, Okla. -- Elvis Aaron Thacker falsely confessed to murdering Briana Ault, believing he would bring closure to her family and shield his brother who he now says committed the killing, a psychologist said.

'Pot' ballot backers OK'd for petitions

posted: 04/26/2016 2:58 a.m.

The Arkansas attorney general approved ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize the growing, selling and use of marijuana as well as the release of state prisoners serving sentences for marijuana-related crimes.

Hearing reset for Staton's grandfather

posted: 04/26/2016 2:57 a.m.

A pretrial hearing for a man accused of hindering apprehension and prosecution in the murder of a Conway couple was rescheduled Monday, according to court documents.

Daily Record

posted: 04/26/2016 2:55 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Editorial: The new The Donald

posted: 04/26/2016 2:54 a.m.

Four score and seven hours ago, or maybe a bit longer, Donald Trump sent some of his political aides down to Florida to talk with skeptical Republican leaders. To assure them. To assure them that he's just been faking it till now.

Finding before and after

posted: 04/26/2016 2:54 a.m.

NEW YORK--It is beautiful today. The sky is empty, the French blue of a trader's casual Friday shirt. Four hundred Quercus bicolor (swamp white oak trees) barely tremble in the rumoured breeze.

Others say: Don't give up now

posted: 04/26/2016 2:53 a.m.

Neither Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton is defending one of President Barack Obama's most important legacies: education reform. Instead of taking on the teachers' unions, as the president did, both candidates offer an agenda that amounts to spending more and demanding less. It's not a winning combination.

Columnists: Some party 'leader'

posted: 04/26/2016 2:52 a.m.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has gone out of his way to block and tackle for Donald Trump and disparage principled conservatives in his party who will never support Trump. Twisting himself into a pretzel trying to provide cover for Trump, he suggests Trump is just like any other Republican nominee.

Good soil or bad?

posted: 04/26/2016 2:52 a.m.

If you haven't heard, there's some dirty business of sorts underway these days inside the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville.

Letters

posted: 04/26/2016 2:51 a.m.

On Senator Fulbright

Brady must serve four-game penalty

posted: 04/26/2016 2:49 a.m.

NEW YORK -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union.

Warriors' Curry sidelined 2 weeks

posted: 04/26/2016 2:47 a.m.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- If the Golden State Warriors want to cap a record-setting season with a second consecutive NBA title, they will need to survive the next two weeks without their best player.

Historic fillies, trainer honored

posted: 04/26/2016 2:43 a.m.

Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra never met on the racetrack, despite the best efforts of Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella, but they will enter Horse Racing's Hall of Fame on the same day this summer in upstate New York.

Outlaws can’t get bead on I-30 track

posted: 04/26/2016 2:41 a.m.

Daryn Pittman’s career has changed considerably since Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway was a regular stop on his racing schedule.

Scott's dismissal best for Lakers

posted: 04/26/2016 2:39 a.m.

Byron Scott is a good man, a loyal soldier, and in two years he did exactly what his bosses hired him to do.

Hogs’ Taccolini shares SEC honor

posted: 04/26/2016 2:39 a.m.

Arkansas junior Dominic Taccolini shared SEC pitcher of the week honors with Florida’s Logan Shore, the conference office announced Monday.

Hogs, Cowboys back on track

posted: 04/26/2016 2:38 a.m.

After Oklahoma State defeated Arkansas 5-4 earlier this season in a battle of top-20 teams, the Cowboys and Razorbacks fell into funks.

Drillers top Travs with 4-run fourth

posted: 04/26/2016 2:37 a.m.

The Tulsa Drillers scored four runs in the fourth inning to beat the Arkansas Travelers 4-3 in front of an announced crowd of 3,616 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa on Monday night.

Chronic wasting disease cases found outside original zone

updated: 04/26/2016 11:53 a.m.

Two more white-tailed deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed Monday, including one found more than 40 miles outside the AGFC's original sampling area.

Eovaldi sharp in home state, Yankees stop Rangers

posted: 04/26/2016 2:35 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nathan Eovaldi lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning but pitched into the eighth for the New York Yankees without allowing a run in their series-opening 3-1 victory at Texas on Monday night.

MLB Notes

posted: 04/26/2016 2:35 a.m.

Carassco to DL

Brewers' Braun healthy, off to good start

posted: 04/26/2016 2:34 a.m.

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun is healthy again, and it's showing with his swing.

Blues edge Blackhawks, head to West semifinals

posted: 04/26/2016 2:31 a.m.

ST. LOUIS -- Troy Brouwer tapped in his own rebound to snap a third-period tie and the St. Louis Blues advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 7 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinals series Monday night.

Oklahoma City rolls, gets San Antonio next

posted: 04/26/2016 2:30 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Mavericks 118-104 on Monday night to win the first-round playoff series 4-1 and advance to the NBA Western Conference semifinals.

Off the wire

posted: 04/26/2016 2:28 a.m.

NCAA adds to UNC case

State sports briefs

posted: 04/26/2016 2:28 a.m.

UA women seeded No. 2 at Stanford

Second Thoughts: Tirico exit leaves hole on Monday

posted: 04/26/2016 2:27 a.m.

The Monday Night Football booth will need a new play-by-play voice.

Charter bid gets antitrust approval

posted: 04/26/2016 2:25 a.m.

Charter Communications Inc. won U.S. antitrust approval Monday for its $55 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., which would create the No. 2 U.S. cable provider, after agreeing to measures intended to protect distribution of online video.

March new-home sales slip 1.5%

posted: 04/26/2016 2:24 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Americans stepped back from buying new homes in March, the third straight monthly decline as sales fell in Western states.

New SUV models woo China drivers

posted: 04/26/2016 2:23 a.m.

BEIJING -- Automakers are showcasing a new generation of luxurious SUVs at China's biggest auto show of the year as they battle for buyers in the country's cooling, crowded market.

Rate-rise outlook for Fed: Unlikely

posted: 04/26/2016 2:21 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood to resume raising interest rates from ultra-lows.

Gannett makes unsolicited $815M offer for Tribune group

posted: 04/26/2016 2:20 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Newspaper publisher Gannett has made an $815 million bid for Tribune Publishing in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers.

Halliburton's 1Q delay linked to Baker bid

posted: 04/26/2016 2:17 a.m.

A delay in releasing Halliburton Co.'s first-quarter earnings has raised analysts' doubts over the prospects for a takeover of rival Baker Hughes Inc.

Xerox drops 13% after weak report

posted: 04/26/2016 2:16 a.m.

Shares of Xerox Corp. plunged the most in more than six years Monday after the company reported first-quarter earnings that missed analysts' estimates.

THE TV COLUMN: $7.99 ride is ending for early Netflix subscribers

posted: 04/26/2016 2:09 a.m.

I get email from viewers boasting how they've cut the cable (the evil, evil, greedy cable) and are proud owners of a subscription to Netflix (or even multiple streaming services) where they feel more in control.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 04/26/2016 2:09 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

I'd Watch That asks public to make, judge TV ideas

posted: 04/26/2016 2:08 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- You're mystified by the number of destined-for-failure shows on TV and figure you could make better picks than network executives.

Simpson's uneven Guide no sequel; Fame collection is raucous, joyous

posted: 04/26/2016 2:06 a.m.

B- Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth

It's a holiday, somewhere: Quick, make an online post

posted: 04/26/2016 1:59 a.m.

Call me a party pooper, but I did nothing this year to mark Pi Day. I baked neither a sweet nor a savory pie. Perhaps worse, but without deliberate offense to STEM-loving peoples, I also failed to observe Albert Einstein's birthday that day -- no Instagrammed black-hole image or chummy post on Einstein's official Facebook page wishing him an HBD.

Food trucks cater to canines

posted: 04/26/2016 1:59 a.m.

SEATTLE -- Stand on any block around lunchtime near Amazon.com's downtown Seattle headquarters and there are two common sights: people walking their dogs and people buying lunch at food trucks.

Super Quiz: World Religions

posted: 04/26/2016 1:57 a.m.

1. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sunset of which day?

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/26/2016 1:57 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: What is a good way to clean windshield-wiper blades?

Tell Me About It: Fiances at odds over careers

posted: 04/26/2016 1:56 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My fiance's father has offered him an "in" to a job in the investment world, which would offer us great financial security, insurance, etc. My fiance is throwing away a master's degree and wants to be a carpenter.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/26/2016 1:56 a.m.

Happy birthday. You've weathered a process of review and now you'll excel because of it. You'll process and apply criticism then succeed in ways you've wanted to for years now. June, September and January are your most lucrative months.

On Christianity

posted: 04/26/2016 1:55 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My cousin is trying to talk me into giving my life to Jesus, but I'm afraid I'll have to give up some of the fun things I enjoy doing. And anyway, I don't see what advantage it would be for me. Maybe you can talk me into it.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Jeffrey Mitchem’s first name was spelled incorrectly in an article that ran in Saturday’s editions about the discovery of what could be the remains of Spanish voyager Hernando de Soto’s cross at Parkin Archeological State Park.

Master gardener to lecture in Fort Smith

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A lecture by Felder Rushing, a horticulturist and gardening columnist and author, is set for Thursday night at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

Sports roundup

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Bryant 12-8, Siloam Springs 1-3

Fayetteville foundation celebrates teacher creativity

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Teachers have the chance to push their boundaries with grants awarded each school year by the Public Education Foundation.

City officials concerned about Benton County deputies' behavior

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Mayors Bob McCaslin of Bentonville and Greg Hines of Rogers, along with Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson and Rogers Police Chief Hayes Minor, sent a memorandum detailing complaints against the Sheriff's Office to the county's justices of the peace Monday in advance of a meeting to interview applicants for interim sheriff.

Briefly

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Hike explores Ozark Highlands Trail

Arkansan sets world cyclist record

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Kurt Searvogel, who lives and works in Sheridan, became the new record holder in January for the high mileage record, which included riding the most miles in a single year.

Public meetings

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Today 1 p.m. Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission -- Room 111, City Hall, 113 W. Mountain St.

Bella Vista man accused of video voyeurism for second time

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Bella Vista man arrested last week in connection with felony video voyeurism pleaded guilty to a similar offense in 2012.

Former Springdale school gardener accused of raping 12-year-old student

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- A former Springdale School District employee was arrested in connection with raping a 12-year-old Sonora Middle School student, according to records from the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Marriage licenses

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

APRIL 7 Bryce Mathew Klusovsky, 31, and Rachel Louise Scoville, 26, both of Phoenix. Tyler Daniel Pickle, 23, and April Alexandra Meister, 22, both of Cleveland, Okla. Ronal Eduardo Ramirez-Monge, 18, and Yoselin Esmeralda Escobar-Ostorga, 19, both of Rogers John Michael Renfro Jr., 40, and Tessa Lynn Orsini, 37, both of Claremore, Okla. James Sheridan Rogers, 23, and Faerlyn Aeriel Talia Hunter, 21, both of Bella Vista Gary Don Vail, 57, and Tonya Lee Renner, 53, both of Owasso, Okla. James Michael Westbrook, 45, and Dominque Diane Apodaca, 20, both of Decatur

Naturals fall in walk-off at Springfield

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Despite a stout effort by pitcher Matt Strahm, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals fell to the Springfield Cardinals 4-3 on Monday night at Hammons Field in Springfield.

Records

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Todd Michael Henry, 35, of 3301 Shepherd Hills Express Way in Branson, Mo., was arrested Monday in connection with theft of property. Henry was being held Monday at the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

White bass run is a freezer-filling fishing party

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Ah, April in Arkansas. The turkeys are gobbling, mushrooms are popping and the white bass are running.

Company urges care in glass recycling as Fayetteville tests changes

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Glass can help pay for a city's recycling program or hobble it permanently depending on how the city handles the brittle material, representatives of the company processing Fayetteville's glass recycling told residents Monday.

Baseball: Bentonville holds off Rogers 5-4

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

ROGERS -- The log jam atop the the 7A-West Conference is little more crowded.

NWA Fishing Report

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

BEAVER LAKE - Fishing is excellent for black bass, crappie and striped bass, reports John Newlun at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.

Fayetteville panel praises, tweaks Twin Arch Motel redevelopment

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- More detail on developer Mark Zweig's proposal to turn the empty Twin Arch Motel on College Avenue into upscale apartments emerged Monday as city planners praised the plan but called for some changes.

Turkey hunters survive close call

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

About six inches separated one turkey hunter from a possible shooting April 16 in a northeast Arkansas pasture.

THE FLIP SIDE: Fame and fishing lures rewards of fish-story contest

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

Word from the water is that fishing is as good this spring as it's been in years. That bodes well for a bumper crop of fish stories this year for the annual Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette fish story contest, which starts today.

Car bomb kills 12 Baghdad civilians

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car Monday in a commercial area in Baghdad, killing at least 12 civilians, officials said.

Bentonville band parents wrestle with school split

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Parents associated with the School District's band program are working on how they'll handle the transition from one high school to two.

Nashville tops Anaheim, sets up its first Game 7

posted: 04/26/2016 1 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — James Neal scored the winning goal late in the second period, and the Nashville Predators held on to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Monday night and force the first Game 7 in franchise history.

Monday, April 25

Track teams climb rankings

posted: 04/25/2016 9:43 p.m.

The Arkansas men's and women's track teams moved up in the USTFCCCA rankings released Monday.

Women's golf selected to Stanford regional

posted: 04/25/2016 7:46 p.m.

Arkansas' women's golf team was selected to play in the Stanford regional of the NCAA Tournament on Monday.

Arkansas attorney general approves wording of marijuana ballot proposal

posted: 04/25/2016 6:09 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, allowing supporters to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

2 inmates recaptured after escape in northeast Arkansas

updated: 04/25/2016 6:40 p.m.

Two inmates who arrived five days ago at the Northeast Arkansas Community Correction Center in Osceola have escaped, Arkansas Community Correction said Monday afternoon.

Start time changed for Arkansas-Oklahoma State game

posted: 04/25/2016 5:32 p.m.

Arkansas has moved its game against No. 22 Oklahoma State up to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Prosecutor: Hundreds of marijuana plants grown where 8 were killed

posted: 04/25/2016 4:48 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four days after the calculated killings of eight people in rural Ohio, authorities have yet to announce a motive, let alone any suspects, but the local prosecutor revealed Monday that authorities found marijuana at some of the crime scenes, including a grow-house where hundreds of plants were being cultivated.

UA coach broke nose at Kentucky

posted: 04/25/2016 4:10 p.m.

He was checked for an orbital fracture, but those results were negative.

Stephen Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained right knee

posted: 04/25/2016 3:53 p.m.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks for Golden State with a sprained ligament in his right knee, dealing a blow to the Warriors' hopes of following a record-breaking season with a second straight championship.

Cruz aide: Fiorina being considered for vice president

posted: 04/25/2016 3:52 p.m.

A top Ted Cruz aide says the campaign has identified a "short list" of possible vice presidential candidates. A spokesman for Carly Fiorina swiftly confirmed that the former business executive is among those being considered for the running mate slot.

Sheriff: Deputy fired for pepper spraying restrained inmate

posted: 04/25/2016 3:23 p.m.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Georgia sheriff's deputy was fired Monday and charged with a felony after an investigation found that she used pepper spray to punish a jail inmate who spit in her face while his hands and feet were in restraints, the sheriff said.

Springdale school employee accused of raping 12-year-old student

posted: 04/25/2016 3:01 p.m.

SPRINGDALE — A Springdale School District employee was arrested in connection with raping a 12-year-old Sonora Middle School student, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

The Recruiting Guy: Illinois post prospect commits to UA women's Coach Dykes

posted: 04/25/2016 2:26 p.m.

Center Macy Weaver has committed to Arkansas women's basketball Coach Jimmy Dykes.

Bill Cosby's criminal case can resume after court rejects appeal

posted: 04/25/2016 2:24 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby's attempt to throw out his criminal case because of what he called a decade-old deal not to prosecute him.

Picasso painting among 8 new pieces loaned to Crystal Bridges

posted: 04/25/2016 2:21 p.m.

A Pablo Picasso painting is one of eight pieces of art that will be on loan to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville beginning in late April, a museum curator said Monday.

Court won't take up case of baker who wouldn't make wedding cake for same-sex couple

posted: 04/25/2016 2:01 p.m.

DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court refused Monday to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, letting stand a lower court's ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing service.

VIDEOS: CNN series highlights racial tensions in 2 Arkansas cities

updated: 04/26/2016 5:45 a.m.

The first episode of CNN’s United Shades of America took black comedian Kamau Bell to two Arkansas cities where messages of white supremacy remain in the public eye.

911 CALL: Bail set for 3 teens charged in killing of Sherwood high school student

updated: 04/25/2016 4:22 p.m.

Three teens arrested and charged in the death of a Sherwood high school student Friday had bail set at $200,000 each by a judge over the weekend, jail records show.

20-year-old shot in face at Arkansas apartment complex; 2 teens sought

posted: 04/25/2016 12:46 p.m.

Two teenagers are sought after a shooting Sunday night left a 20-year-old man injured outside an apartment complex in Texarkana, police say.

Taccolini earns SEC award

posted: 04/25/2016 12:36 p.m.

Taccolini threw 10 scoreless innings in the Razorbacks' 1-0 win over Kentucky on Friday.

Pine Bluff teens arrested in weekend shooting, police say

updated: 04/25/2016 5:07 p.m.

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a weekend shooting in Pine Bluff that left a 21-year-old man injured, according to police.

Arkansas elementary school teacher accused of giving alcohol to minors suspended

posted: 04/25/2016 11:44 a.m.

A Sherwood elementary school teacher accused of giving alcohol to more than 30 minors at an after-prom party has been suspended, a district spokesman said Monday.

Political writer, commentator Tucker Carlson to headline fundraiser for state Republicans

posted: 04/25/2016 11:28 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Political writer and commentator Tucker Carlson is headlining a fundraiser for the Arkansas Republican Party next month.

Trial pushed back for man charged in Little Rock jogger's death during police chase

posted: 04/25/2016 11:27 a.m.

The trial of a Little Rock man charged with killing a pedestrian as he fled police was pushed back several months after lawyers said Monday a witness was not available for the original May date.

Police chief apologizes for arrest of 10 elementary school students

posted: 04/25/2016 11:24 a.m.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A Tennessee police chief has offered an apology after his officers arrested 10 elementary school students.

Allen settling in as starting QB

posted: 04/25/2016 11:16 a.m.

The last time the younger Allen took over, he led Fayetteville High School to back-to-back state championships.

Trump calls Cruz-Kasich collaboration a desperate move

posted: 04/25/2016 11:12 a.m.

BORDEN, Ind. — Donald Trump says a collaboration between Ted Cruz and John Kasich aimed at unifying the anti-Trump vote in some remaining primaries is a desperate move by "mathematically dead" rivals.

Obama says more U.S. troops to deploy to Syria

posted: 04/25/2016 11:06 a.m.

HANNOVER, Germany — President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He called the move essential to keeping up momentum against the group.

Style: Next month’s calendar

posted: 04/25/2016 11:04 a.m.

May is the month of mayhaws, magnolias, mothers, Mustangs and Memorial Day — when tubas go ommmmm-pah, and a steak on the grill smells mmm-mmmm, Ron Wolfe writes in his monthly calendar in Tuesday Style.

The Recruiting Guy: Former minor league player commits to football Hogs

posted: 04/25/2016 11:03 a.m.

Former Jacksonville receiver D'vone McClure has committed to be a walk-on at Arkansas.

Saudi Arabia outlines sweeping economic reform plans

posted: 04/25/2016 11:02 a.m.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia on Monday approved a long-awaited plan laying out reform priorities for the next decade and a half, setting in motion what is likely to be a period of significant economic change in the oil-rich kingdom.

9-year-old boy sells lemonade to help pay for his adoption

posted: 04/25/2016 10:54 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A third-grader in Missouri has been selling lemonade to help pay for his adoption.

Appeals court: QB Tom Brady must serve 4-game 'Deflategate' suspension

posted: 04/25/2016 10:45 a.m.

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union.

Trump top suggestion to replace Robert E. Lee school name

posted: 04/25/2016 10:25 a.m.

AUSTIN — A "yuge" name is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas elementary school named after the top hero of the Confederacy.

Couple weds at starting line, then runs half-marathon

posted: 04/25/2016 10:23 a.m.

CANTON, Ohio — This year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon in Ohio will be a race to remember for one couple who married at the starting line before running the event's half-marathon.

Little Rock school bus struck in hit-and-run

posted: 04/25/2016 9:31 a.m.

No one was injured Monday morning in a hit-and-run accident involving a Little Rock School District bus carrying 11 students, a spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department said.

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M

posted: 04/25/2016 9:22 a.m.

CLEVELAND — The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

Kelly Ripa plans return to daytime talk show Tuesday

posted: 04/25/2016 8:45 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Kelly Ripa is returning to her daytime talk show, ending an absence that followed word her co-host, Michael Strahan, will join "Good Morning America."

Sheriff: 22-year-old man dies while swimming in river in northern Arkansas

posted: 04/25/2016 7:58 a.m.

HARDY — Authorities say a Jacksonville man has died while swimming in the Spring River in northern Arkansas.

Severe storms possible as rainy weather moves in this week

posted: 04/25/2016 7:55 a.m.

Much of Arkansas is forecast to have several days of rain this week and severe storms are possible Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Recruiting Guy: Future Hog chows down during visit

posted: 04/25/2016 6:04 a.m.

If Arkansas quarterback commitment Daulton Hyatt’s weekend visit to Fayetteville is an indication, he won’t have a problem adding weight to his 6-foot 4-inch frame once on campus.

Arkansas elementary school teacher charged in teen alcohol case

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Sherwood elementary school teacher was arrested early Sunday morning on 33 counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to a news release on the Lonoke County sheriff's office Facebook page.

Agency to scrap slip ramp, flyover planned at I-430 at Cantrell

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department engineers have gone back to the drawing board in their quest to improve access to Interstate 430 from Cantrell Road in west Little Rock.

Arkansas sheriff's offices plan to buy body cameras

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

Two central Arkansas sheriff's offices are seeking to purchase body-worn cameras for deputies, joining a growing number of law enforcement agencies in the state that have bought or shown interest in the devices.

Drug court helps Arkansas teen to correct his course

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

CONWAY -- When the boy broke a window at his home, his mother reached out to the criminal justice system for help.

Wildlife refuge to buy 978 acres for new habitat

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas will spend $2.4 million to purchase 978 acres of land using grant funds received last week from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.

Little Rock contest’s winner to sculpt piece marking 60 years since Central High crisis

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

Shifting the focus from the historical scar on Little Rock to the strides that have been made in the nearly 60 years since Central High School was integrated was the goal of this year's winner of the 2016 Sculpture at the River Market competition.

Arkansas woman's death on railroad track ruled suicide

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

TEXARKANA — The death of an Ashdown woman who was run over by a Kansas City Southern Railway train has been ruled a suicide.

Arkansas woman dies in 1-car crash

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Redfield woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident Saturday, according to an Arkansas State Police report released Sunday.

Birds of a feather: Artists flock to create illustrations for Draw a Bird Day

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

OK. So. April 8 was Draw a Bird Day -- a just-for-fun observance. To observe it, people drew a bird. On April 8.

Stagnated Travs can't create stir

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

The best chance for the punchless Arkansas Travelers came in the fifth inning on Sunday.

Youth lockups offered helping hands

posted: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- David Furr unrolled his black bag and took out his scissors and clippers.

Cruz, Kasich agree on stop-Trump plan

posted: 04/25/2016 3:51 a.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The presidential campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that they are collaborating to deprive front-runner Donald Trump of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination.

Obama pushes for EU trade deal

updated: 04/25/2016 3:50 a.m.

HANOVER, Germany -- President Barack Obama said Sunday that he was confident the United States and the European Union would succeed in negotiating a new trans-Atlantic trade deal by the end of the year, saying the benefits of such an agreement were "indisputable."

Iraqi Shiite, Kurd militias trade fire

posted: 04/25/2016 3:45 a.m.

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Kurdish troops and Iraqi Shiite forces exchanged mortar and machine-gun fire Sunday, in a flare-up that killed at least 12 people and raised concerns about the state's ability to control an array of armed militia groups as areas are freed from the Islamic State.

Solar plane arrives in California

posted: 04/25/2016 3:44 a.m.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- A solar-powered airplane on a mission to fly around the world landed in California, completing a risky, three-day flight across an expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

Missouri plan to cut Panned Parenthood

updated: 04/25/2016 3:41 a.m.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri lawmakers passed a budget last week that spends millions in state money to block Planned Parenthood from accessing federal funding.

Mexican police accused of torture

posted: 04/25/2016 3:41 a.m.

MEXICO CITY -- There is strong evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students, according to a report released Sunday by an outside group of experts.

Rightist advances to runoff in Austria

updated: 04/25/2016 3:40 a.m.

VIENNA -- The law-and-order candidate of Austria's right-wing party swept the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, winning more than 35 percent of the vote for the party's best-ever result. Government coalition contenders were among the five losers, signaling deep voter rejection of the governing coalition.

Obama: N. Korea nuke offer not serious

updated: 04/25/2016 3:38 a.m.

NEW YORK -- A day after North Korea's foreign minister said that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."

Prosecutors appeal ruling to release 7

posted: 04/25/2016 3:37 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans prosecutors are appealing a judge’s order to release seven jail inmates because their cases have stalled amid uncertain funding for their defense.

Names and faces

posted: 04/25/2016 3:31 a.m.

She did it again. Beyonce, who in 2013 changed the rules for how pop superstars deliver music with the surprise simultaneous release of a self-titled album and corresponding videos, has returned with a follow-up in the same vein.

In the news

updated: 04/25/2016 3:30 a.m.

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Villa Borghese, one of Rome's main parks, to participate in an Earth Day event, appearing with an Italian priest who has denounced Naples-area mobsters for systematically dumping toxic waste on farmland.

UALR tries again for grant

posted: 04/25/2016 3:28 a.m.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is trying a second time to get federal funds to redesign University Avenue.

Scrapped skills program's backers hope another college picks it up

posted: 04/25/2016 3:25 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College's recent decision to scrap a program designed for people with cognitive disabilities stunned those who eagerly had anticipated its launch this fall.

Wait list long for state aid program

posted: 04/25/2016 3:24 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Doctors told Amy Jamison-Casas that her 5-year-old son would spend his life in an institution, but Steven celebrated his 23rd birthday last month having never left home.

Butterflies give kids lessons in life cycles

posted: 04/25/2016 3:22 a.m.

TEXARKANA — Kindergartners in the Texarkana Independent School District experienced the end of a life cycle with the release of their Painted Lady butterflies.

Win some, lose a lot

posted: 04/25/2016 3:13 a.m.

Follow the drinkin' gourd--wherever it leads, whether to Harriet Tubman's fugitive years on the Underground Railroad long ago or her triumphant reappearance as the new face of a $20 bill in our own millennial era. She'll replace Andrew Jackson's graven image, for he's been demoted to the back of the bill and the bus. If few heroines have so richly earned recognition, fewer presidents have so richly earned obloquy as General Jackson.

Our own Mickey Mantle

posted: 04/25/2016 3:13 a.m.

We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it’s spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping the Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section. It’s not until I’ve fully savored the baseball box scores that I resignedly turn to politics.

Editorial: Beyond belief

posted: 04/25/2016 3:12 a.m.

The Hon. Barack Obama, president of the United States of Insurance, says his country and company is doing just fine, thank you. Just don't try telling that to Americans who are trying to buy insurance and finding it harder and harder to find, if not impossible. Which may explain why they're staying away from Obamacare in droves. So are other insurance companies. Maybe that's because of the many vaunted "improvements" Obamacare, Inc., has made not just in our health-insurance system but in our health care itself.

OTHERS SAY: The choices …

posted: 04/25/2016 3:12 a.m.

Between the loose cannon Donald Trump and the ultraconservative Ted Cruz, Republicans have been doing their best to give the presidential election away. But it’s worse than that: They are doing their best to drive voters into the Democratic fold for years to come.

He never wanted on the $20

posted: 04/25/2016 3:12 a.m.

The announcement by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that Harriet Tubman will take the place of Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill has caused some grumbling.

Guest writer: Why November?

posted: 04/25/2016 3:11 a.m.

Since the Helena-West Helena School District Community Advisory Board announced at the March meeting of the Arkansas Board of Education its plan to hold the coming school board elections in November with a redistricting plan that called for five single-member zones and two at-large positions, the district has been the subject of considerable discussion and I have been contacted numerous times from parties locally and statewide.

Tax and income mythology

posted: 04/25/2016 3:10 a.m.

There is something deliciously serendipitous about the passing of tax day (April 18th) amid a presidential campaign in which all kinds of myths are being spread among the body politic regarding wealth and taxes.

Letters

posted: 04/25/2016 3:09 a.m.

On their brave battle

Half a splash

posted: 04/25/2016 3:08 a.m.

HOUSTON -- Stephen Curry sat on the bench with his head in his hands, facing another injury that could derail Golden State's playoff run.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP TOYOTA OWNERS 400: Edwards shows no loyalty on final lap

posted: 04/25/2016 3:06 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Carl Edwards had been grinding for 30 laps, doing everything he could to catch Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in a two-way breakaway from the pack at Richmond International Raceway.

Hoffman drains putt, quick kicks in victory

posted: 04/25/2016 3:04 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO -- Charley Hoffman made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Unyielding Tharp earns $100k prize

posted: 04/25/2016 3:03 a.m.

Randall Tharp held on to his lead from Saturday and won the Bassmaster Elite on Sunday at Bull Shoals/Norfork.

Commentary: Baker has thoughts of Beltway Series

posted: 04/25/2016 3:02 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- In the early weeks of the 2003 season, less than a year after the Chicago Cubs had finished 30 games out of first place in the National League Central, new manager Dusty Baker was asked who he thought who would represent the league in the World Series.

Spurs muscle way past Grizzlies

posted: 04/25/2016 3 a.m.

MEMPHIS -- The San Antonio Spurs have swept their way into the Western Conference semifinals after an almost perfunctory, yet very physical test from the most injury-depleted team ever in the NBA playoffs.

Stars finally put Wild away in six

posted: 04/25/2016 2:59 a.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Dallas Stars were cruising into the second round, dominating their slumbering opponent, when the Minnesota Wild jolted awake.

Heisey's home run in 16th finishes off Twins

posted: 04/25/2016 2:58 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- During a career that has spanned five decades, Dusty Baker was pressed to remember a baseball game as zany at this one.

MLB Notes

posted: 04/25/2016 2:56 a.m.

Morton put on 15-day DL

STATE BASEBALL ROUNDUP

posted: 04/25/2016 2:56 a.m.

SUN BELT UALR 17, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 8

Manning not too worried about Beckham-Norman

posted: 04/25/2016 2:54 a.m.

Eli Manning isn't too bothered by the new cornerback in the division, and he doesn't think his best receiver will be, either.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/25/2016 2:53 a.m.

Little Rock Rangers tie Memphis

Off the wire

posted: 04/25/2016 2:53 a.m.

Source: Lakers to fire Scott

Second Thoughts: Marathoner avoids traffic on high road

posted: 04/25/2016 2:52 a.m.

Among the more than 39,000 runners taking part in the London Marathon was one who took a slightly different route.

Services vying to offer speediest delivery yet

posted: 04/25/2016 2:49 a.m.

CHICAGO -- Not long ago, two-day delivery was considered a premium service. And fast, too. Fast enough, it seemed.

Netflix's spread across globe hits language barrier

posted: 04/25/2016 2:47 a.m.

Germans and Singaporeans can't watch the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix. For subscribers in Japan, it's hard to find programs in their native language.

Businesses quick to harness drones

posted: 04/25/2016 2:46 a.m.

NEW YORK -- That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot -- it may be a tool that's become indispensable for a small business.

Investors willing to bet on a good idea

posted: 04/25/2016 2:46 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Stance, a maker of luxury socks, has raised $86 million. Dollar Shave Club, a grooming company that supplies subscribers with razors and moistened bathroom wipes, has amassed more than $160 million. And the Honest Co., actress Jessica Alba's home-care brand known for its plant-based diapers, has scored $222 million.

Amazon's own wares outselling its sellers'

posted: 04/25/2016 2:44 a.m.

Rain Design has been selling an aluminum laptop stand on Amazon.com Inc. for more than a decade. A best-seller in its category, the $43 product has a 5-star rating and 2,460 customer reviews.

ON COMPUTERS: Bluetooth explained, but beware battery drain

posted: 04/25/2016 2:42 a.m.

We heard from a reader who wasn't sure what Bluetooth was and why she needed it on her new iPad Mini. The answer is (the envelope, please): It's a short-range radio transmitter and receiver, and she doesn't need it.

Schools test wearable device as football practice teaching aid

posted: 04/25/2016 2:41 a.m.

In its quest to stay on the cutting edge, the Michigan football team is on the verge of a deal for wearable display technology that, essentially, would allow players to get play calls uploaded onto their arms.

News sites making commenters pay a fee

posted: 04/25/2016 2:40 a.m.

News publishers have such a fraught relationship with the people who comment on their articles that many websites have removed their comments section altogether. Michael Robertson thinks he has a better idea: start charging the people who hang out there.

Pennsylvania panel fines Uber $11.4M

posted: 04/25/2016 2:39 a.m.

PITTSBURGH -- In a contested decision, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission levied an $11.4 million fine on Uber Technologies Inc. for operating for six months in 2014 without permission and for ignoring multiple requests for information.

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 04/25/2016 2:38 a.m.

ALEXANDER Michelle T. Hobbs, 15414 Vine St., April 14, 2016, Chapter 13.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/25/2016 2:36 a.m.

Apple aims to resume services in China

OPPORTUNITIES: Toad Suck Daze Run, bicycle race Saturday

posted: 04/25/2016 2:30 a.m.

Runners and cyclists can find competitions in Conway this weekend.

Practically Active: What is 'balanced' diet for diabetics?

posted: 04/25/2016 2:29 a.m.

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I felt shell-shocked.

Slim Pickings

posted: 04/25/2016 2:25 a.m.

WHAT: Oh Snap! Pickling Co. individually wrapped pickles

Reagan daughter maintains group for caregivers

posted: 04/25/2016 2:25 a.m.

After Ronald Reagan became America's most recognizable Alzheimer's patient, well-meaning friends, relatives and even strangers would routinely stop the former president's daughter, Patti Davis, to ask: "How is he doing?"

20-20-20 exercise helps to decrease eye strain

posted: 04/25/2016 2:24 a.m.

Sitting hunched over while staring at a computer screen isn't great for your spine or your eyes.

Eaglet hatch spans hours, begins with in-shell breath

posted: 04/25/2016 2:24 a.m.

Q: When do hatching eaglets start to breathe? Is there air in the egg before they energetically work their way out?

MASTER CLASS: Transitional exercises keep up pace between reps

posted: 04/25/2016 2:23 a.m.

When I'm organizing a strength-training program, I like to include what I call "transitional exercises." These movements are easy to perform, require little equipment and keep the heart rate raised while other muscle groups recover before the next set.

Study: Diet reverses effects of Type 2 diabetes in some

posted: 04/25/2016 2:22 a.m.

Many experts believe Type 2 diabetes is an incurable disease that gets worse with time. But new research raises the tantalizing possibility that drastic changes in diet could reverse the disease in some people.

Super Quiz: Materials

posted: 04/25/2016 2:17 a.m.

1. What three materials did the Three Little Pigs use to build their houses?

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/25/2016 2:16 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Today's Sound Off is about not having enough towel racks in hotels:

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/25/2016 2:14 a.m.

Happy birthday. An educational journey happens over the next six weeks. As a result you'll let go of some childish notions and adopt an empowering mindset.

On Christianity

posted: 04/25/2016 2:13 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My aunt is really into things like fortunetelling and astrology. She says she even thinks it's possible to make contact with the spirits of dead people. Is this just a harmless hobby (like she claims it is), or could it be something more?

Building permits

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

Oelke Construction, 222 SE Second St., $1.38 million Oelke Construction, 400 SW A St., $1.35 million Milestone Construction Co. LLC, 1203 SE Moberly Lane, $676,541 AK Enterprise of NWA, 3101 SE Macy Road, $610,373 Rand Construction Corp., 1202 NE McClain Road, $454,063 Clinard Construction, 1900 E. Central Ave., $298,000 Stidham Homes Inc., 2801 S. Walton Blvd., $275,000 Crossland Construction, 2401 SE B St., $214,000

Economic impact of Bentonville sporting events increases

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Events held by the Parks and Recreation Department last year had an estimated economic impact of $3.1 million, indicating a significant impact on the local economy, said David Wright, parks and recreation director.

Tulsa defeats Naturals, avoiding sweep

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- The Tulsa Drillers waited until the very last to avoid a four-game sweep on Sunday afternoon.

DEAR ABBY: Family dysfunction allows assaults to go unpunished

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: Thirty-five years ago, my wife was raped in her mother's home when she was a teenager. Eight years ago, my daughter was also raped at the age of 11 in the same home. My mother-in-law blames them both for having been raped. She told them if it did happen, they probably deserved it.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Veterans tour war memorials

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Servicemen from Arkansas and Oklahoma traveled Wednesday to Washington to remember their fallen comrades and see their nation’s battle monuments.

Records

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

Timothy Colbert, 33, of 4219 Alpenhorn Drive NW Apt. 9 in Comstock Park, Mich., was arrested Saturday in connection with furnishing prohibited articles and possession of a controlled substance. Colbert was being held Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center on a partial bond of $1,500.

Fayetteville senior center expands meals, programs

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The city's Senior Activity and Wellness Center is expanding its kitchen and ramping up its programs to help a rising number of seniors across the region.

Public meetings

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

Today 1 p.m. Washington Water Authority -- 12567 W. U.S. 62, Farmington

Washington County Marriage Licenses

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

April 14 Dallas Donald Boote, 24, Fayetteville, and Kelsey Mackenzie Kraynik, 23, Tulsa

Benton County Marriage Licenses

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

April 7 Bryce Mathew Klusovsky, 31, and Rachel Louise Scoville, 26, both of Phoenix.

Sports roundup

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

Bentonville wins Benton tourney

Benton County Lawsuits Filed

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

April 14 In Re: Brenda Sue Doll v. In Re: Brenda Sue Doll

HOG CALLS: Hollister emerges from near oblivion

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

By using so many three and four receivers sets this spring, it seems the Arkansas Razorbacks rediscovered Cody Hollister for the first time.

Savings seen in new care program

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

Paying doctors to better coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries in Arkansas and seven other states helped hold down the cost of patients' medical care over a two-year period, although the savings didn't fully offset the cost of the extra payments, a report found.

Farmers Market returns to Siloam Springs

posted: 04/25/2016 1 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The outdoor farmers market in Siloam Springs is just about ready to open for the season. The market opens Tuesday and will be open regularly from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sunday, April 24

The Recruiting Guy: Sunday recruiting tidbits

posted: 04/24/2016 5:13 p.m.

Arkansas hosted numerous top prospects for the Red-White spring game on Saturday.

3 federal agents injured during shootout at motel

posted: 04/24/2016 4:48 p.m.

Authorities found a body in a Kansas hotel room that erupted in flames during a shootout in which three federal agents were injured while trying to arrest a man accused of robbery, FBI officials said Sunday.

Teen shoots 2 outside prom before cop kills him

posted: 04/24/2016 3:08 p.m.

An 18-year-old man opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin. He wounded two students before a police officer who was in the parking lot fatally shot him, authorities said Sunday.

Police catch tiger wearing collar with leash

posted: 04/24/2016 2:37 p.m.

Animal control officers captured an apparently domesticated tiger that was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood in a south Texas city.

Report: Mexican police tortured suspects in students' case

posted: 04/24/2016 2:24 p.m.

There is strong evidence that Mexican police tortured some of the key suspects arrested in the disappearance of 43 students, according to a report released Sunday by an outside group of experts.

Obama delivers strong defense of international trade deals

posted: 04/24/2016 2:02 p.m.

In the face of domestic and foreign opposition, President Barack Obama delivered Sunday a strong defense of international trade deals, saying such agreements strengthen the economy and make U.S. businesses more competitive worldwide.

Investigators finish work at Ohio homes where 8 fatally shot

updated: 04/24/2016 4:59 p.m.

Investigators finished collecting evidence at the four homes in rural southern Ohio where eight family members were fatally shot, but the crime scenes remain under law enforcement custody, a spokesman with the attorney general's office said Sunday.

Obama dismisses North Korea proposal on halting nuke tests

posted: 04/24/2016 1:28 p.m.

A day after North Korea's foreign minister said his country would halt nuclear tests if the United States suspends annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously.

HIGH PROFILE: Senator Tom Cotton

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m.

DARDANELLE -- Many have said much, personally and under the banners of mastheads and networks, about the nation's youngest senator, 38-year-old Tom Cotton. Sometimes the conversation is about his ambition -- how, with no political experience, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, how he bounced easily to the Senate in 2014, and where he'll land next.

Arkansas man gets 30 years in fatal shooting of 11-year-old child

updated: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

Patrick Rogers of El Dorado has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the killing of an 11-year-old child.

Secretary of State Mark Martin amends filing, reports 4 more expense-paid trips

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m.

After what his spokesman described as "an oversight," Secretary of State Mark Martin has disclosed that four foreign and state entities paid more than $20,800 of food, lodging and travel expenses for his trips to China, Ghana, Taiwan and New Orleans last year.

Instant replay: Bielema praises Razorbacks' defense

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema commended the Razorbacks' defense Saturday for turning in an outstanding spring performance.

Motorcycle wrecks fatal to 2 on Arkansas roads; 1 injured

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas State Police reported two killed in motorcycle accidents on Arkansas roads late last week.

Poore says 'entry plan' in works for Little Rock district

updated: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

Michael Poore, the Little Rock School District's superintendent-to-be, is preparing an "entry plan" that will inform the public of the work he will be doing through the start of the coming school year in the state-controlled, 24,000-student district.

As honor flights return, 75 tour war monuments in D.C.

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m.

Decades after helping America defeat Hitler, overwhelm Hirohito, liberate South Korea and confront communism in Vietnam, servicemen from Arkansas and Oklahoma traveled Wednesday to Washington to remember their fallen comrades and see their nation's battle monuments.

REVIEW: Pumpkins show less than smashing

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m.

Billy Corgan's vocals reverberated around North Little Rock's Verizon Arena at the Smashing Pumpkins show Saturday, the frontman doing his tenor best to fill the empty seats of the lower bowl. (Attendance: about 2,500.)

DEAR ABBY: First cousins' kisses blossom into permanent relationship

posted: 04/24/2016 5:45 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I am a retired widower. After my wife died, my first cousin "Julia" invited me to visit her in Florida over the winter. She's seven years my junior, divorced, lives alone and is a successful Realtor. We had a good time during the two months I was there.

Big vote over, legislators tee up '17 budget

updated: 04/24/2016 3:42 a.m.

Arkansas' legislative leaders say they want to shift their focus in the fiscal session to the nitty-gritty of approving appropriation bills for more state agencies and to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $5.33 billion general revenue budget, now that lawmakers have passed the Medicaid funding bill.

Obama to activists: Hear hopefuls out

updated: 04/24/2016 3:40 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama chided the Black Lives Matter movement, which has disrupted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's political events with rowdy protests, saying Saturday that its activists should set goals of sitting down with political leaders rather than "yelling at them."

State's 100 on fence as delegates for Trump

updated: 04/24/2016 3:34 a.m.

Arkansas has 101 elected Republican legislators, constitutional officers and members of Congress, and 100 of them have declined, thus far, to publicly support businessman Donald Trump in his bid for the presidency.

Candidates courting voters in 5 states

posted: 04/24/2016 3:32 a.m.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Donald Trump told supporters Saturday that he's not changing his pitch to voters, two days after his chief adviser assured Republican officials that the party's front-runner would show more restraint while campaigning.

Year after quake, Everest calls again

updated: 04/24/2016 3:31 a.m.

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The third time Dutch climber Eric Arnold tried and failed to reach the summit of Mount Everest, he was nearly killed by a thundering wall of snow, rock and ice unleashed by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal last year. The avalanche that coursed through Everest Base Camp sent him sprawling, choking on snow but alive. Eighteen others were not so lucky.

As college applications flood in, anxiety mounts

posted: 04/24/2016 3:31 a.m.

As the frenzied college application season draws to a close, and students across the country reflect on their choices, many colleges are trumpeting that it was the most selective year ever.

Putin's fleet buildup raises U.S. qualms

posted: 04/24/2016 3:28 a.m.

NAPLES, Italy -- Russian attack submarines, the most in two decades, are prowling the coastlines of Scandinavia and Scotland, the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic in what Western military officials say is a significantly increased presence aimed at contesting U.S. and NATO undersea dominance.

Jurors stand by ex-governor's corruption conviction

updated: 04/24/2016 3:24 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. -- As former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, three of the jurors who convicted him say they remain certain they did the right thing.

911 call on Ohio slayings: 'Blood all over the house'

posted: 04/24/2016 3:21 a.m.

PIKETON, Ohio -- An out-of-breath caller who found two of the eight slain members of an Ohio family told a 911 dispatcher in a quavering voice that "there's blood all over the house."

Oil firm set to pay $700,000 for spills

posted: 04/24/2016 3:21 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Federal prosecutors say a Lafayette-based oil company has agreed to pay more than $700,000 in fines in connection with three crude oil spills in the Atchafalaya River basin.

Criminal inquiry urged in '15 spill

updated: 04/24/2016 3:20 a.m.

PHOENIX -- U.S. Sen. John McCain has called for a criminal investigation into actions by the Environmental Protection Agency that led to a mine spill polluting rivers in three Western states last summer.

After NYC voters complain, city, state look into primaries

updated: 04/24/2016 3:18 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Even before the polls closed in New York's primary, the city's election board dismissed as groundless hundreds of complaints, many from people in Bernie Sanders' hometown borough of Brooklyn who said they were unable to vote.

N. Korea makes nuke-test offer

posted: 04/24/2016 3:17 a.m.

NEW YORK -- North Korea's foreign minister said Saturday in an interview that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea.

Attacks threaten Syrian peace talks

updated: 04/24/2016 3:16 a.m.

BEIRUT -- Syrian government airstrikes hit opposition-held areas near the capital and in the country's largest city, Aleppo, while rebels fired mortars in escalating violence that left at least 31 people dead Saturday and shattered a relative quiet in Damascus that had held since a teetering cease-fire took effect in late February.

Turk says illegal crossings down

posted: 04/24/2016 3:12 a.m.

GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- Turkey's prime minister said Saturday that the number of migrants crossing into Greece illegally has dropped considerably, as proof that a much-criticized migration deal between Turkey and the European Union is working.

Boko Haram escapees facing stigma

updated: 04/24/2016 3:11 a.m.

YOLA, Nigeria -- "Bring Back Our Girls," say the placards in the park and the tweets read around the world. But for thousands of girls and women who have escaped Boko Haram's clutches, the message they've sometimes encountered at homecomings has been "Stay Away."

Incinerator project scrapped in China

posted: 04/24/2016 3:09 a.m.

BEIJING — Authorities in eastern China have halted plans to build a trash incinerator after rowdy street protests by residents and the arrests of four people.

Dead 400 years, two iconic writers still celebrated

updated: 04/24/2016 3:08 a.m.

LONDON -- The United Kingdom commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on Saturday with parades, church services and stage performances. In Spain, similar celebrations marked the 400th anniversary of the death of its best-known writer, Miguel de Cervantes.

Case unsolved, panel ends Mexico probe

updated: 04/24/2016 3:04 a.m.

MEXICO CITY -- An international panel of experts that arrived in Mexico to investigate the disappearance of 43 students said it cannot solve the case because of a sustained campaign of harassment, stonewalling and intimidation against it.

Savings seen in new care program

posted: 04/24/2016 3:03 a.m.

Paying doctors to better coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries in Arkansas and seven other states helped hold down the cost of patients' medical care over a two-year period, although the savings didn't fully offset the cost of the extra payments, a report found.

Ecuador raising taxes, garnishing wages after quake

posted: 04/24/2016 3:03 a.m.

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador -- Even before the earthquake struck, prospects were rough for the Andean nation of Ecuador.

In Armenia, 15,000 march to memorial

posted: 04/24/2016 3:03 a.m.

YEREVAN, Armenia — About 15,000 demonstrators in the Armenian capital held a torchlight march Saturday to a hilltop memorial complex dedicated to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred a century ago by Ottoman Turks.

Air pollution down in eastern Arkansas

posted: 04/24/2016 3:02 a.m.

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless is glad the county finally got what he says it deserved: Word from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that its air quality is up to snuff.

Pilot of globe-circling solar-powered airplane to stop in California

posted: 04/24/2016 3:02 a.m.

The pilot of a solar-powered airplane on an around the-world journey said Saturday that stopping in California’s Silicon Valley will help link the project to the pioneering spirit of the area.

RazorFest promotes fun with eye toward feeding children

posted: 04/24/2016 3:01 a.m.

Before leading the Razorbacks in Saturday's Red-White football game, University of Arkansas Head Coach Bret Bielema called the Hogs alongside thousands of fans gathered at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the 12th annual Champions for Kids RazorFest.

Charges against Phoenix freeway shooting suspect dropped -- for now

updated: 04/24/2016 3:01 a.m.

PHOENIX -- The man authorities have described as the Phoenix freeway shooter who terrorized the city last year scored a victory when prosecutors decided to dismiss all charges -- for now.

Paper Trails: Arkansas ironsmith becomes TV star on History Channel series

updated: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

FORGING FAME: Daniel Casey of Romance is one of the few blacksmiths who make a full-time career of crafting rifles, guns, knives and more using only traditional methods. And now he can add TV star to his resume.

Washington news in brief

updated: 04/24/2016 2:59 a.m.

Westerman pushes island to fix its debt

I-440/I-530 ramp set for inspection

posted: 04/24/2016 2:57 a.m.

A routine inspection of the Interstate 440 overpass at the I-440/Interstate 530 interchange in Little Rock will require a lane closure Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Ozark bridge lanes to be shut for work

posted: 04/24/2016 2:55 a.m.

Maintenance on the Arkansas 23 bridge over the Arkansas River between Ozark and Web in Franklin County will require alternating lane closures for four days beginning Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

UAFS names new top finance officer

posted: 04/24/2016 2:54 a.m.

A new top finance officer has been named for the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

Gas-utility project set on I-430 bridge

posted: 04/24/2016 2:53 a.m.

Maintenance by a natural gas utility on the Interstate 430 bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock will require a temporary lane closure for five days beginning Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

District volunteers planning for future

posted: 04/24/2016 2:52 a.m.

Ten teams of volunteers are wrapping up their work to map out a proposal to guide the Fayetteville School District for the next five years.

2 more interested in interim sheriff job

posted: 04/24/2016 2:50 a.m.

A pair of area law enforcement professionals submitted letters of interest Thursday for the position of Benton County sheriff, while two others with law enforcement experience withdrew their applications Friday.

Rogers weighs closing downtown for bike race

posted: 04/24/2016 2:49 a.m.

City officials are reviewing a cycling festival that would close about 15 blocks of downtown Rogers for a day.

UA notebook

posted: 04/24/2016 2:46 a.m.

Ex-parks director to receive degree FAYETTEVILLE -- Richard Davies, who retired last year after leading the state's Department of Parks and Tourism for 25 years, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Our Town: Little Rock notebook

posted: 04/24/2016 2:45 a.m.

Driver’s ed course offered in Spanish A driver’s educational course for Spanish speakers is planned for Saturday at Little Rock’s Southwest Community Center.

Our Town: North Little Rock notebook

posted: 04/24/2016 2:44 a.m.

Museum to remain separate from parks Moving the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum under the control of the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department won't place the tourist attraction into the city parks system for legal reasons, Mayor Joe Smith said last week.

Pet of the Week

posted: 04/24/2016 2:43 a.m.

Anna-belle is a brown, medium-sized, 1- to 2-year-old vizsla hound. She gets along with kids and other animals, and she can be calm or playful. Anna-belle has not yet been spayed, but she has been tested for heartworms and is in the clear. She would be happy as an inside or outside pet.

Burglaries

posted: 04/24/2016 2:41 a.m.

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.

Powerball

posted: 04/24/2016 2:40 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball: 19-35-46-59-62

ARKANSAS SPRING FOOTBALL GAME WHITE 39, RED 21: Show of restraint

posted: 04/24/2016 2:38 a.m.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema wanted Saturday's Red-White spring football game to be entertaining without being contrived.

Radack out fast on run to majors

posted: 04/24/2016 2:37 a.m.

Hendrix College is renowned for its academics, but the Conway school hasn't produced a major-league baseball player in more than 80 years.

SEC BASEBALL: Hogs take series, miss opportunity

posted: 04/24/2016 2:35 a.m.

Arkansas arrived in Kentucky struggling during SEC play.

Like it is: Quarterback piece fits in unsolved puzzle

posted: 04/24/2016 2:33 a.m.

When spring football began the big question among fans and talk show hosts was who will start at quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks this fall.

Fur Ball gets down disco-style

posted: 04/24/2016 2:32 a.m.

Zoey, a 10-year-old lab mix whose black fur is flecked with gray, ambles across the enclosed dog park, her tail wagging happily as she spots her friend, Alexis Leidigh, who is prepared with treats and an endless supply of cuddles.

Commentary: Baffert dismisses a Pharoah hangover

posted: 04/24/2016 2:32 a.m.

Journalists cried. Strangers high-fived. Many waved winning tickets that never will be cashed.

DRESSING ROOM: Open-toed shoe pledge puts best foot forward

posted: 04/24/2016 2:31 a.m.

Spring/summer 2015 shoes are springing up all over. Have you recited the Open Toed Shoe Pledge dictating that you wear sandals that fit, get professional pedicures and not live in "corn denial"? Good. Then prepare to enjoy your new kicks as the temperatures rise. Trends include something for everybody ... fringe details, stilettos, ankle straps, knee-length gladiators, color-blocked sandals and more.

State Division I baseball roundups

posted: 04/24/2016 2:31 a.m.

SUN BELT UALR 3, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 2 UALR (19-18, 12-8 Sun Belt) scored single runs in the third, fourth and eighth innings to take a 3-1 lead Saturday, but the Trojans had to withstand a Georgia Southern (24-16, 10-10) rally in the ninth to force a series rubber match at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro, Ga.

HOORAY FOR BOLLYWOOD: Health clinic gets a shot

posted: 04/24/2016 2:30 a.m.

Bollywood Nights -- the Indian-theme fundraiser for the charitable Harmony Health Clinic in downtown Little Rock's south end -- was begun in 2009 by Indu Soora "with the help of a handful of my close friends" and raised $20,500.

SEC baseball roundups

posted: 04/24/2016 2:30 a.m.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 2, LSU 1 Mississippi State (27-12-1, 10-7) made single runs in the first and sixth innings stand up for a victory over LSU (26-13, 9-8) on Saturday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: April Fools' Day wedding fine with this jokester

posted: 04/24/2016 2:29 a.m.

Walter Daves was working full time at AP&L in 1949 but also helping his brother, George, on a milk route when he met his maiden, a high school senior named Mary Harper. Of course, neither of them thought so that first meeting or he wouldn't have asked for another girl's phone number.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cardinals hold home-run fest in rout of Padres

posted: 04/24/2016 2:28 a.m.

SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Aledmys Diaz had his first five-hit game, Jedd Gyorko and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit three-run home runs and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 11-2 on Saturday night.

DERBY DAY: Filled to the brim

posted: 04/24/2016 2:28 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS -- The Arkansas Derby is not just a horse race. It's a day of tradition. Misty rain and gray skies on April 16 didn't dampen spirits or the festive atmosphere at Oaklawn Park.

FASHION SYMBOL

posted: 04/24/2016 2:27 a.m.

I WORK as a digital/social media marketing specialist with The Communications Group. I also promote several international men's accessory brands through my Instagram account and write men's style blogs for two regional magazines.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Baker rights previous wrong vs. Travs

posted: 04/24/2016 2:27 a.m.

Corey Baker doesn't need long to recall his only start at Dickey-Stephens Park before Saturday night.

TV news shows

posted: 04/24/2016 2:27 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows:

MALE CALL: Is wearing hats, sunglasses indoors fashion or foible?

posted: 04/24/2016 2:26 a.m.

Q. I realize hats and sunglasses are part of some fashion statements, but what is the rule for wearing them indoors?

WILDWOOD WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL: Wine flows, food rolls in for gardens, art education

posted: 04/24/2016 2:26 a.m.

More than 100 wines were available for tasting along with samples from restaurants on April 15 at Wildwood Park Wine and Food Festival.

TASTE OF LITTLE ROCK: UALR Alumni Association serves up $100,000 at event

posted: 04/24/2016 2:25 a.m.

There were no speeches, no program, no plaques presented, just a lot of good food, drinks and fellowship April 14 at Taste of Little Rock as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock alumni and friends gathered to honor Bob and Peggy Denman. The 13th annual fundraiser by the Alumni Association was held at UALR's Jack Stephens Center.

D-line (9 sacks) proves a handful

posted: 04/24/2016 2:24 a.m.

Arkansas' defensive line has been a dominant force throughout spring practice. That didn't change in Saturday's Red-White game.

Receivers coach secures another Louisiana 'yes'

posted: 04/24/2016 2:22 a.m.

Arkansas' hot streak of landing Louisiana prospects continued Saturday when athlete De'Vion Warren orally committed to the Hogs prior to the spring game.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/24/2016 2:22 a.m.

55 Marcella Drive owned by Cynthia Blyth and James Moore, this house was sold to Scott Provencher and Leslie Provencher. A Top Six listing in the April 17 edition of High Profile incorrectly identified the sellers and misspelled the buyers' last name.

UAPB FOOTBALL: Coleman lets 5 QBs have shot

posted: 04/24/2016 2:21 a.m.

Brandon Duncan emerged from a three-man quarterback carousel at Arkansas-Pine Bluff to start the final four games last season, including a season-ending victory over Mississippi Valley State.

Brides putting on the pants for their special ceremony

posted: 04/24/2016 2:20 a.m.

Some women are saying no to the dreamy walk along the aisle in a flowing gown of lace and silk and chiffon. They will instead take their spotlight stroll in wedding pants.

The Recruiting Guy: Hogs’ Anderson looking to add to 2016 class

posted: 04/24/2016 2:20 a.m.

The Arkansas basketball team is in the running to make a late addition to its 2016 signing class.

RAGIN' CAJUN: 'Bows and mudbugs

posted: 04/24/2016 2:19 a.m.

There was a rainbow in the southern sky over War Memorial Stadium about 7 p.m. April 14. This was at the 12th Ragin' Cajun crawfish boil for CARTI. Folks cooed, "Oh, look, a rainbow!" then dug into their trousers or handbags for evidence-gathering devices.

NBA PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE: Pacers back on track, even series

posted: 04/24/2016 2:18 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers changed lineups, moved the ball and forced turnovers.

PARTY WITH A HEART: Gals raise roof at fundraiser to combat human trafficking

posted: 04/24/2016 2:18 a.m.

The initial party for the upstart Party With a Heart got hearts racing inside the Argenta Community Theater. The brainchild of local nonprofit board member Tifany Hamlin was "heart healthy" -- in sentiment and fact. The dance party, fueled from the stage by DJ Kat Wms, kicked off promptly at 8 p.m. and closed at 11 p.m. April 16. When Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" dropped, the dance floor turned into a trembling sylvan of T.T. back-up singers.

ALL THAT JAZZ (AGE): Symphony Designer House preview party opens doors

posted: 04/24/2016 2:17 a.m.

Jay Gatsby, among the most notable of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book characters, just might have approved. And he might well have enjoyed the April 14 Great Gatsby-theme preview party for the Symphony Designer House, a fundraising tool for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

NHL PLAYOFFS: : Penguins end hex by routing Rangers

posted: 04/24/2016 2:16 a.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Sullivan was right. The past is the past for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Molly Anne Turner - Jacob Ballard Sandefur

posted: 04/24/2016 2:15 a.m.

Molly Anne Turner and Jacob Ballard Sandefur were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Second Baptist Church. Brandon Barnard of Fellowship Bible Church officiated.

NBA PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE: Hornets end playoff losing streak

posted: 04/24/2016 2:15 a.m.

After the Charlotte Hornets dropped the first two games of their first-round series against the Miami Heat, team owner Michael Jordan and assistant coach Patrick Ewing approached Coach Steve Clifford with a suggestion: Post up rookie 7-footer Frank Kaminsky more.

'Dedicated' Stumbaugh sets UA hurdles record

posted: 04/24/2016 2:13 a.m.

Payton Stumbaugh couldn't believe what she saw on the John McDonnell Field scoreboard Saturday after winning the 100-meter hurdles.

NFL DRAFT: Cowboys' options open

posted: 04/24/2016 2:12 a.m.

Tony Romo's twice-broken left collarbone wasn't the only problem for the Dallas Cowboys in their first-to-worst freefall to the bottom of the NFC East last season.

Chiefs dealing with lost pick

posted: 04/24/2016 2:11 a.m.

In his first two drafts with the Kansas City Chiefs, General Manager John Dorsey had to work around not having second-round picks, which he had sent to San Francisco in a trade for quarterback Alex Smith.

Racers having to work a Sunday at Richmond

posted: 04/24/2016 2:10 a.m.

Denny Hamlin has gotten accustomed to having Sundays off when NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series comes to Richmond International Raceway, where the premier series has traditionally raced under the lights on Saturday night.

Trade with China

posted: 04/24/2016 2:10 a.m.

Expanded trade with China over the past 15 years has cost the United States at least 2 million jobs. Cracking down on trade with China by taxing the cheap consumer goods it ships to our store shelves could cost millions of additional jobs. That both of these things can be true is the conundrum of trade, the breakout issue of the 2016 presidential election.

Column One: Willie

posted: 04/24/2016 2:10 a.m.

In 1963 the late great Patrick J. Owens, my predecessor as editorial page editor of the old Pine Bluff Commercial, was sure to get a Pulitzer. He'd been told so confidentially. By someone who knew. He couldn't miss. He was a cinch. The champagne was chilled and ready to serve.

ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: State hunters play big role in controlling CWD

posted: 04/24/2016 2:09 a.m.

Initial sampling of chronic wasting disease in north Arkansas is finished, and while the news is bad, it's not doom.

Americans dine on empty virtue

posted: 04/24/2016 2:09 a.m.

We all love farm-to-table food, don't we? The freshness, the warm sense of environmental sustainability, the delights of spending your money in the local economy. Of course we all love it.

Losing our sense of . . . political perspective

posted: 04/24/2016 2:08 a.m.

During my junior year of college, the history department awarded me with an academic scholarship and invited me to celebrate by having lunch with the head of the department. I was excited about the scholarship, but was especially excited to meet with the professor who would be hosting the lunch. It all went very well until I asked him about the historical significance of my political hero.

Turkey totals similar

posted: 04/24/2016 2:08 a.m.

Six days into the season, hunters have killed slightly more turkeys than they did at the same time in the 2015 season.

Notes

posted: 04/24/2016 2:07 a.m.

Arkansas wins regional BASS title GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Arkansas overcame a 30-pound deficit to win the state bass fishing title at the BASS Nation Central Regional tournament at Lake Guntersville.

Solve IRS problems with tax-code reform

posted: 04/24/2016 2:07 a.m.

This probably will beggar belief for the millions of Americans who struggled to meet this year's April 18 deadline to file their income tax returns, but the IRS says it has gotten better at handling taxpayer questions. Two years ago, only 38 percent of the taxpayers who called for help got the assistance they needed. Last year, the number went up to 70 percent.

Calendar

posted: 04/24/2016 2:07 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Information on events also may be emailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com

Florida angler finds way to top

posted: 04/24/2016 2:06 a.m.

Randall Tharp suffered through one of the toughest seasons of his professional career in 2015, but it seems to have given him extra motivation for this year's campaign.

Dress codes won't stop sexual assault

posted: 04/24/2016 2:06 a.m.

When news broke that deputy principal Cherith Telford at Henderson High School in New Zealand told female students that their uniform skirts must be knee-length to "keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas and create a good work environment for male staff," reactions were mixed. Singer Erykah Badu felt that the girls had no business wearing skirts that stopped above their knees to school, while actress Reagan Gomez argued that it wasn't the responsibility of the girls to avoid being a temptation to grown men.

Polygamy is the next marriage issue

posted: 04/24/2016 2:05 a.m.

After the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage decision, can a constitutional right to plural marriage be far behind? It seemed that way in 2013 when a federal district court in Utah followed the Supreme Court ruling by striking down part of the state's bigamy law in a case involving the family featured in the television show Sister Wives.

Barnes (222 starts) hones in on first Tour victory

posted: 04/24/2016 2:04 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO -- Ricky Barnes shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Valero Texas Open in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory.

Second Thoughts: Triple play takes half of the defense

posted: 04/24/2016 2:03 a.m.

The White Sox pulled off their first triple play in nearly 10 years in unique fashion in the seventh inning of Friday's 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 04/24/2016 2:02 a.m.

1. AS TIME GOES BY, by Mary Higgins Clark. Secrets emerge when a television journalist searching for her birth mother covers the trial of the widow of a wealthy doctor.

Off the wire

posted: 04/24/2016 2:02 a.m.

BASKETBALL Curry to return today Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors agree that he is expected to return to action in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets today.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/24/2016 2:01 a.m.

HIGH SCHOOL WEIGHTLIFTING Greenwood wins overall title Greenwood won the overall Arkansas state high school weightlifting title Saturday afternoon at the state weightlifting championships at Alma High School. The Bulldogs, competing in Class 7A/6A, lifted a combined 5,140 pounds.

Spotlight on late-primary states

posted: 04/24/2016 1:59 a.m.

Washington Republican leaders wanted to ensure their state would be relevant in the presidential primary process.

Creative renewal

posted: 04/24/2016 1:58 a.m.

This can be pulled off.

LET'S TALK: At times, good news goes bad

posted: 04/24/2016 1:57 a.m.

Seems just now and in recent years, colleges have been mistakenly sending out acceptance notices to students.

On Books: Bounce and spin: David Foster Wallace's tennis essays

posted: 04/24/2016 1:56 a.m.

David Foster Wallace has a book coming out next month, his second posthumous volume after the 2012 essay collection Both Flesh and Not.

The TV Column: Game of Thrones returns, but Jon Snow is dead

posted: 04/24/2016 1:55 a.m.

Jon Snow is dead.

The saints of summer

posted: 04/24/2016 1:54 a.m.

Philip Martin is on assignment. The original version of this column ran March 29, 2009.

TV on DVD: And Then There Were None follows Christie's original end

posted: 04/24/2016 1:54 a.m.

What is it? And Then There Were None, miniseries, three hours on two discs from Acorn Media

The colonel stays

posted: 04/24/2016 1:54 a.m.

SO THE government will not, after all, air-brush Alexander Hamilton’s portrait from the $10 bill. Who says Americans don’t care about history? When the current secretary of the Treasury announced that he wanted to take the first secretary of the Treasury off the currency, the only surprise in this oh-so-modern time and times was the blowback he got for his efforts.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Patti LuPone to perform at UAFS; accordion, violin concert at UAMS

posted: 04/24/2016 1:53 a.m.

Grammy, Tony and Olivier award-winner Patti LuPone will perform, backed on five numbers by the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Chorale, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a concert titled "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," at the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St., Fort Smith.

Columnists: The way we say it

posted: 04/24/2016 1:53 a.m.

I recently read Bill Bryson's wonderful book on the English language, Mother Tongue, and it reminded me that Arkansans have always been inventive when it comes to using our language.

OTHERS SAY: A nation divided

posted: 04/24/2016 1:53 a.m.

Libya, population 6.2 million, now has three governments. President Barack Obama has admitted that not foreseeing the aftermath of U.S. military intervention there in 2011 was his “worst mistake.”

Best friends, all over

posted: 04/24/2016 1:53 a.m.

Last week, at Dickey-Stephens Park, hundreds of people took their dogs to the Arkansas Travs’ game for Bark at the Park Night.

Spin Cycle: The Legend of ... Stephens? Depp's Aussie dog apology

posted: 04/24/2016 1:53 a.m.

Spin Cycle presents another installment of "All The News That's Fit to Razz."

Getting it straight

posted: 04/24/2016 1:53 a.m.

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.

Set a spell, stay awhile

posted: 04/24/2016 1:52 a.m.

In a state where broken-down ballplayers are routinely sequestered to heal, La Posada qualifies as a comeback kid.

A teachable moment

posted: 04/24/2016 1:52 a.m.

The Washington Post reports: “The U.S. Treasury will put African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill, replacing former president Andrew Jackson, who will be moved to the back of the bill, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday. Former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the new $10 bill, after the Treasury encountered fierce opposition to its initial plan to demote the founding father to make way for a woman to appear on the paper currency, the department said.”

In bad faith

posted: 04/24/2016 1:51 a.m.

I read that an obviously displeased U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes will penalize 16 lawyers he's accused of unethically moving a class-action case from federal into state court to get a better settlement and avoid scrutiny.

TRAVEL IN EUROPE: Take a big cheese lover's slice of Europe

posted: 04/24/2016 1:51 a.m.

When I'm traveling, I become a cultural chameleon. I love a cup of Earl Grey tea when I'm in England, and I love a cheese course when I'm in France. For a cheese lover, savoring Europe means savoring its cheeses -- they're not only part of the cuisine, they're part of the culture. Here are just a few tips on how to be cheesy in Europe.

Asa speaks his mind

posted: 04/24/2016 1:51 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson calls Baker Kurrus "the balm of Gilead." It's a biblical reference to a cure-all.

Stones history on show

posted: 04/24/2016 1:51 a.m.

From their first apartment through their most recent tours, the Rolling Stones are giving fans a chance to take a deeper look into their lives as the "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World."

Letters

posted: 04/24/2016 1:50 a.m.

Impressed at school

Tell Me About It: Kids aren't the brats here

posted: 04/24/2016 1:50 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I started dating a guy about a year ago. We recently got engaged and are to be wed in July. Our relationship is wonderful.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/24/2016 1:49 a.m.

Happy birthday. Love preoccupies you over the next 10 weeks. After that, ambition takes over. A July windfall will pay you back for your investment of past years plus a substantial amount of interest. Investigations, secrets and mysteries are the main event in December. In 2017, family will depend on you and lift you.

State-produced book a 128-page invitation

posted: 04/24/2016 1:48 a.m.

Tight time schedules rarely allow Little Rock Port Authority Executive Director Bryan Day to show economic-development prospects as much of the city or state as he would like.

Brothers nurture innovation

posted: 04/24/2016 1:48 a.m.

Steuart and Tom Walton started small with their Innovation Competition by design.

Grain growers hoping to score taste of Japan's whiskey boom

posted: 04/24/2016 1:47 a.m.

Japan's burgeoning whiskey business is driving rice farmer Hiroshi Tsubouchi to hit the booze.

It's a party and you're invited, via social media

posted: 04/24/2016 1:46 a.m.

Creating memorable event experiences has always been at the heart of what drives Bronson Van Wyck.

BUSINESS MATTERS: Simmons Bank board member's retirement one for the record books

posted: 04/24/2016 1:45 a.m.

Stories involving Dr. Harry Ryburn's time on the Simmons Bank board are plentiful.

Banks, credit unions warm up to legal 'pot'

posted: 04/24/2016 1:44 a.m.

In a once-empty office in Oregon's Department of Revenue headquarters, officials have created a small fortress.

While Mattel fights for a turnaround, Hello Barbie flatlines

posted: 04/24/2016 1:43 a.m.

Mattel Inc. Chief Operating Officer Richard Dickson is hoping to shake loose the innovation and creativity the toy-maker needs to revive sales. A talking Barbie doll hasn't been much help.

Urban millennials aren't saving enough to buy homes, data say

posted: 04/24/2016 1:42 a.m.

Bucking their rent-not-own reputation, millennials are looking forward to buying homes, but many have grossly underestimated just how much they'll need for that all-important down payment.

India set for life-insurance IPO

posted: 04/24/2016 1:42 a.m.

India will get its first life-insurance listing since it opened up to private-sector investors 16 years ago, paving the way for more companies seeking to go public in an industry that's since grown to more than $50 billion.

Push to oust union from farm hung up

posted: 04/24/2016 1:41 a.m.

It could be a long time before workers at California's largest tree-fruit processor get another chance to vote on whether the United Farm Workers should continue to represent them, after a state board nullified their 2013 election.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 04/24/2016 1:41 a.m.

BANKING Cara Lank joined Stone Bank as vice president and credit officer.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

posted: 04/24/2016 1:41 a.m.

Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more, deeds recorded 03/21/2016 through 03/25/2016: Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to 610 President Clinton Avenue LLC, 610 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, L9 B3, Pope, $2,270,000.

BUILDING PERMITS

posted: 04/24/2016 1:40 a.m.

Building permits for the Little Rock metro area, projects valued at $75,000 or more: COMMERCIAL River City General Contractor, 6501 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, $2,500,000.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 04/24/2016 1:40 a.m.

U.S. patents issued to Arkansans April 19

OIL AND GAS PERMITS

posted: 04/24/2016 1:40 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 0 drilling permits, 0 well completions and 14 well recompletions.

TV Week: Anthony Bourdain gets eight Parts Unknown to celebrate

posted: 04/24/2016 1:40 a.m.

If you yearn to venture to parts unknown, it'd be a good thing if Anthony Bourdain had your back.

Bright Futures network adds more Northwest Arkansas schools

posted: 04/24/2016 1:09 a.m.

More school districts in Northwest Arkansas are joining a network that coordinates the efforts of schools, businesses and community members in meeting the needs of children.

Abrupt halt to Northwest Arkansas college program vexes families

posted: 04/24/2016 1:08 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Community College's recent decision to scrap a program designed for people with cognitive disabilities stunned those who eagerly had anticipated the program's launch this fall.

John Brown gets new status

posted: 04/24/2016 1:07 a.m.

John Brown University has achieved a new status, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

WWII sub a link to dad for teacher

posted: 04/24/2016 1:06 a.m.

Charlie Duveen’s eighthgrade physics class in New York is designing a nuclear-powered submarine as a semester project due in time for review Thursday by U.S. Navy architects and engineers.

I-49 barriers coming down between Johnson, Springdale

posted: 04/24/2016 1:05 a.m.

The concrete barriers on Interstate 49 between Johnson and Springdale are coming down next week and the newly widened section soon will be open for traffic, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials.

Intruder wakes woman; man arrested

posted: 04/24/2016 1:04 a.m.

A Garland County man accused of breaking into a 77-year-old woman's home Friday morning was arrested after being found bloodied and lying facedown at a nearby boat dock, authorities said.

Man injured after officer-involved shooting in Fayetteville

posted: 04/24/2016 1:03 a.m.

A Fayetteville police officer shot and wounded a man early Saturday morning after a struggle inside a vehicle, according to a news release.

Partisan vote overseers a worry for House panel

posted: 04/24/2016 1:02 a.m.

State officials are looking to create procedures to take actions against county election commissioners who violate state laws that prohibit any form of partisan electioneering.

Solar farm wins state tech award

posted: 04/24/2016 1:01 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented the first Arkansas Technology Award on Friday to Aerojet Rocketdyne for its solar farm in East Camden.

Records

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Arrests 4th Judicial Drug Task Force Martez Butler, 26, of 3068 N. Bentley Ridge in Fayetteville was arrested Friday in connection with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating parole.

Club news

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Nomad Shrine

ON THE AGENDA

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Monday 1:30-3 p.m. — Arkansas adult education classes, Goodwill Career Center, 1001 S. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs. Classes include: employability, customer service, clerical, bank teller and industrial. Information: (479) 373-6120.

Divorces

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY The following divorces were recorded in the circuit clerk's office from April 14-20.

Briefly

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Trike Theatre to host camps

Local notes

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Child care training available

Transfers, transfers everywhere in high school

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Did you know a high school athlete can play different sports at different schools in the same semester?

BUSINESS PEOPLE Northwest Arkansas

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Mark Rushing was named assistant vice chancellor of university relations at the University of Arkansas effective April 1, after leading the office as acting director since the beginning of the year. He joined university relations in 2012 and was the office’s director of strategic communications. He has more than 15 years experience as a public relations executive and broadcast journalist. Rushing received numerous broadcasting awards and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.

INCORPORATIONS

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Benton County HS Summit Group Inc., Mark D. Hill, 1631 S. Main St., Cave Springs

Gas leak's uprooted families wonder where home is

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- It's been two months since a blown-out natural gas well was capped, and officials spoke of thousands of uprooted families returning to their normal lives.

Girls go on the run

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Some 250 guests gathered for the Outside the Box Luncheon on April 8 at Avondale Gardens and Chapel in Bentonville. The approximately $35,000 brought in by the luncheon will help support Girls on the Run Northwest Arkansas programs for third- through eighth-graders.

Public meetings

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Monday 1 p.m. Washington Water Authority -- 12567 W. U.S. 62, Farmington

Minor league baseball: Naturals steal away, knock off Drillers

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas' baseball team could easily be called the "Running Naturals" or the "Natural Thieves" this season.

Giving back

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Prairie Grove Senior Center receives award

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Gardner's late blast spoils Rays' rookie's debut

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Right off the bat, Brett Gardner knew it was gone.

Taylor knows how her garden grows

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Charlotte Taylor returned to her roots -- caring for small nonprofits -- when she became executive director of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks last September.

EU finance chiefs announce measures targeting tax evasion

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

The European Union unveiled a raft of measures to tackle tax evasion as finance chiefs attempted to wrestle the issue back from populist groups using the Panama leaks to argue that governments turn a blind eye to inequality.

Building permits

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE Commercial Oelke Construction, 222 SE Second St., $1.38 million

Business news in brief

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

Thrive chiropractic open in Fayetteville Thrive Integrated Health, formerly Ozanne Family Chiropractic, a Fayetteville-based chiropractic and health clinic, opened this week.

Arkansas Postings: A rose by any other name

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

I recently read Bill Bryson's wonderful book on the English language, Mother Tongue, and it reminded me that Arkansans have always been inventive when it comes to using our language.

Engineering excellence

posted: 04/24/2016 1 a.m.

The University of Arkansas College of Engineering honored 16 prominent professionals at the annual Alumni Awards, Banquet and Ball at the Fayetteville Town Center on April 9.

Tornado impact lingers in Mayflower district

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

MAYFLOWER — The Mayflower School District’s enrollment has declined by 47 students since the city’s 2014 tornado, and the district has taken a corresponding hit in state funding, Superintendent John Gray said.

Hornet returns to nest for senior attack

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

MAUMELLE — Shawn Williams returned to Maumelle to complete some unfinished business.

Conway senior steps up for Lady Cats leadership role

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

CONWAY — Coming in as a sophomore behind a junior class that would go on to send six players to college basketball, Conway’s Alexis “Lex” Tolefree didn’t have to be a leader — until this, her senior season.

Progress continues on new community, aquatics center

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

BATESVILLE — Residents of Batesville can see the results of the Community Development Tax Initiative they passed in 2012 as the new community center and aquatics facility progresses toward completion.

Defensive junior leads Hot Springs on winning streak

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

HOT SPRINGS — The odds of having a successful girls basketball campaign didn’t appear to be in Hot Springs’ favor prior to the start of the 2015-2016 season, but junior forward Keyneso Hunter was determined to change her team’s outlook.

City of Mayflower rising again after storm

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

MAYFLOWER — The city of Mayflower is rebounding after a deadly 2014 tornado cut a swath through the community, Mayor Randy Holland said.

A slow walk down memory lane

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

I slowly opened the door to my parents’ house and looked inside, expecting to see chaos.

Toad Roundup scheduled for Tuesday in Pompe Park

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

CONWAY — Kids, get your flashlights, rubber boots and toad-hunting skills ready — Tuesday is the Toad Roundup.

Panthers coach leads team to state title

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

CABOT — Coaching has been a family affair for Cabot’s Jerry Bridges.

Nemo Vista coach leads girls to three state titles; earns honor

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

NEMO VISTA — Kyle Payne is humble. For a coach who has guided Nemo Vista to three consecutive Class 1A state titles and been named the River Valley & Ozark Edition Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, all before the age of 30, he’s quick to heap praise on his players.

Rick and Traci Harvey: Couple overcome obstacles, minister to others

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

The Rev. Rick Harvey and his wife, Traci, use the word “love” over and over when they talk about their lives and ministry.

COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES AREA

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

April 24 Footloose the Musical ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Baptist University School of Fine Arts will present Footloose the Musical at 2:30 p.m. in the Jones Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 per person. For more information, call (870) 245-5555.

Transfer MVP guards Leopards to runner-up finish

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

MALVERN ­— Andre Jones was the Class 5A State Tournament’s Most Valuable Player in 2015, leading Little Rock McClellan to the title during his junior season.

Third year is charm for Malvern coach

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

MALVERN — Chris Meseke knew what he was getting into when he left Fountain Lake to take over a dormant Malvern boys basketball program in 2013, but the veteran coach had a plan in place right from the start.

Why Arkansans love crappie fishing

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

Spring is upon us. The dogwoods have started blooming, and crappie are biting in the shoreline shallows of many lakes here in Arkansas. It’s a season many anglers anticipate with great joy — me included. So recently, I visited one of my favorite crappie lakes to see if I could get a bite.

Injured Cedar Ridge guard has record-breaking season

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

NEWARK — Cedar Ridge’s Isaac Middlebrooks has seen a number of standout players throughout his career as a head basketball coach, but he admitted he’s never coached one quite like Austin Reaves.

‘A lot of good things’: City of Vilonia rebounds after 2014 tornado

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

Vilonia Mayor James Firestone’s voice has an energy that it didn’t have two years ago when a tornado tore through the town.

Dawn Clevenger: Beebe teacher makes classroom one to remember

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

At 9 a.m. on a Monday, Beebe Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Dawn Clevenger can be found encouraging her students to abandon their chairs and gather around on the floor for a “mystery Skype.”

Master Gardeners plant sale to have native theme

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

HOT SPRINGS — The Garland County Master Gardeners want the public to know all about the birds and the bees … and the butterflies, too.

COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS AREA

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

April 24 A Streetcar Named Desire SEARCY — Center on the Square will present A Streetcar Named Desire at 1:30 p.m. at 219 W. Arch Ave. Tickets are available for $15, plus tax, at www.centeronthesquare.org or by calling (501) 368-0111.

COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

April 24 Sunday Lunch Fundraiser CONWAY — The 27th annual Sunday lunch, a fundraiser for the senior programs in Faulkner County, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ola and John Hawks Senior Wellness and Activity Center, 705 E. Siebenmorgen Road. Tickets, at $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12, will be sold at the door. Children ages 3 and younger may eat free. Carry-out meals will be available. The menu includes chicken and dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, Mandarin orange cake and a choice of drinks, including “toad juice.” A kids meal includes a hot dog, potato chips, cookies and a drink. A bake sale and silent auction will be held. For more information, call (501) 327-1122.

‘Gym rat’ is girls player of the year

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

SEARCY — A year ago, it was Eryka Johns of Riverview High School who took home a lot of big awards for the Lady Raiders. This year, it was Madison Riley’s turn.

Calling all crustaceans: Arkadelphia to host annual Downtown Crawfest

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

It is just a few days before the deadline to order the crawfish for Friday’s crawfish boil, and Shelley Loe hopes to place a really big order.

Johnnie Roebuck: Retired Arkadelphia educator, politician remembers life of devotion

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

Living on a farm and being a country girl were never novel things for Johnnie Roebuck, not from her perspective, anyway. Her friends found novelty in Roebuck’s identity, though. Her friends begged to stay the night with her, to stay at the farm.

Going it alone: Mountain View native first to complete solo flight at Ozarka College

posted: 04/24/2016 midnight

After flying a Cessna 172 Skyhawk around a portion of Melbourne on April 13, Mountain View native Jacob Harness became the first Ozarka College aviation-program student to complete a solo flight.

Saturday, April 23

Garland County man arrested after invading home, police say

posted: 04/23/2016 5:07 p.m.

Garland County sheriff's office deputies arrested a man who is accused of breaking into a woman's home and busting her window while trying to escape, authorities said.

Trump top suggestion to replace Robert E. Lee school name

posted: 04/23/2016 4:38 p.m.

A Texas elementary school named for the top hero of the Confederacy could be renamed after billionaire businessman and Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump.

Man threatens lawsuit after restaurant runs out of soup

posted: 04/23/2016 4:22 p.m.

A Texas lawyer upset that he wasn't provided a cup of soup during a meal has notified a restaurant owner that he'll sue if not reimbursed the $2.25 for the soup.

Protestors denounce Kurrus departure at Capitol rally

posted: 04/23/2016 2:58 p.m.

More than 500 people took to the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol on Saturday denouncing Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key's decision not to renew Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus’ contract beyond June 30.

Virginia governor enables 200,000 felons to vote in November

posted: 04/23/2016 2:28 p.m.

More than 200,000 convicted felons will be able to cast ballots in the swing state of Virginia in November under a sweeping executive order Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday.

Starters win Hogs' Red-White game

posted: 04/23/2016 2:17 p.m.

Arkansas' first-team defense highlighted the Razorbacks' Red-White game Saturday at Razorback Stadium.

Man dumps green dye into creek as prank

posted: 04/23/2016 1:52 p.m.

The green water flowing in the Ketchikan Creek that caused some panic and drew a response from multiple agencies was the result of a prank, authorities said.

Fayetteville traffic stop ends in officer-involved shooting

posted: 04/23/2016 1:19 p.m.

Two Fayetteville police officers were involved in a Saturday-morning shooting in which a Marianna resident was shot multiple times after failing to comply during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Hogs split doubleheader at Kentucky

posted: 04/23/2016 1:10 p.m.

Arkansas split a 7-inning doubleheader Saturday at Kentucky.

The Recruiting Guy: Warren calls the Hogs

posted: 04/23/2016 10:26 a.m.

Athlete De'Vion Warren has committed to Arkansas.

2 photo captions in UCA yearbook viewed as offensive to blacks

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Yearbooks released this week at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway have been recalled after a number of officials and students denounced language viewed as offensive toward blacks.

HUNT FOR DE SOTO'S CROSS: Wood found in Arkansas thought to be remains of cross left in 1540s

updated: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m.

Archaeologists unearthed what they believe are remains of a large wooden Christian cross Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto placed atop a hill in 1541 at what is now part of Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County.

DRIVETIME: Vanity plates not fit for print

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: I recently saw a license plate that read "Ta Ta, God." What do you think this was saying? -- J.H. in Sherwood

UA fails to sway Pryor on stadium expansion

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

A 20-page letter from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville outlining details of a proposed $160 million expansion of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has not persuaded former U.S. Sen. David Pryor to support the project.

ARKANSAS SPRING FOOTBALL: Muscle building: Reshaped Razorback offensive line takes ‘baby steps’

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

There's a whole lot new with Arkansas' offensive line this spring.

Youth unit chief who resigned had tax debts, faced pay seizure

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas Department of Human Services officials were looking into whether the department needed to take action against Youth Services Division Director Marcus Devine when he resigned from the position this week, a department spokesman said Friday.

Arkansas parolee charged with capital murder after Conway woman found strangled

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

A man accused of strangling his girlfriend with a cord in a motel room and then going gambling was charged Friday with capital murder.

3 teens arrested in high school student's killing in Sherwood

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Three teens were arrested Friday evening in the Thursday killing of a 17-year-old Sylvan Hills High School student, a spokesman for the Sherwood Police Department said.

Witness's death not cause to end case against Arkansas businessman, U.S. argues

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Ted Suhl's argument that federal charges against him should be dropped because they weren't filed until after the death of a witness who would have exculpated him are "pure speculation" and should be discounted, government attorneys say.

Arkansas starters take on reserves in Red-White game

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Another edition of the starters vs. the subs will take place today as the Arkansas Razorbacks conduct their annual Red-White game at noon at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Intruder wakes woman; Hot Springs man arrested

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Garland County man accused of breaking into a 77-year-old woman's home Friday morning was arrested after being found bloodied and lying facedown at a nearby boat dock, authorities said.

5 killed in accidents on Arkansas roads

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Two 62-year-olds were among several people killed in car accidents across the state this week, according to the Arkansas State Police.

NPSL SOCCER: Little Rock's new soccer team makes opener successful

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

TJ Rodriguez made sure the Little Rock Rangers' first ever match ended with a victory Friday night.

Maggio to remain free during appeal

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio will remain free pending the appeal of his federal bribery conviction.

Arkansas school aide facing drug, gun charges

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Lake Hamilton Intermediate School reading aide was arrested Tuesday at her home on drug charges.

7 stars of 'A League of Their Own' due at Arkansas ballpark

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Six former castmates will join actress Geena Davis for the second annual A League of Their Own reunion ballgame May 8 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

Who ya gonna call? If the problem is swarming bees, keepers are at the ready

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

Richard Vardaman estimates he's been stung during his dozen years as a beekeeper, "oh, a couple of thousand times."

Dog owner guilty in fatal mauling in Jefferson County

posted: 04/23/2016 5:45 a.m.

The owner of CJ’s Garage, who was charged with manslaughter last year after pit bulls he owned killed a Pine Bluff man, has pleaded guilty and will be formally sentenced in June.

In single day, 175 endorse climate pact

updated: 04/23/2016 3:08 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS -- Leaders from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.

GOP's answer to Trump: Need delegate threshold

posted: 04/23/2016 3:07 a.m.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The Republican Party won't "hand the nomination" to any presidential candidate who fails to win a majority of delegates in the coming weeks, the head of the GOP said Friday.

VW says 2015 loss hit $6.2B

updated: 04/23/2016 3:05 a.m.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Volkswagen reported a record loss for 2015 on Friday as it set aside more than $18 billion to cover the cost of fines, legal claims and recalls in the United States and other countries related to diesel emissions cheating.

S. Korea rejects offer of reunion

updated: 04/23/2016 2:57 a.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea on Friday rejected the North's highly unusual overture to send North Korean relatives to Seoul to reunite with the 13 restaurant workers it says were abducted in China by spies from the South.

Virginia polls open to felons

updated: 04/23/2016 2:54 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing the Republican-run Legislature.

Egypt arrests dozens days before protests

updated: 04/23/2016 2:52 a.m.

CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces have rounded up dozens of activists, journalists and lawyers ahead of demonstrations called for Monday against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, lawyers and witnesses said Friday.

Border-security color code rejected

updated: 04/23/2016 2:52 a.m.

SAN DIEGO -- Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security dropped its color-coded terror threat index developed after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, after widespread confusion and ridicule. So what did it do when given the task by Secretary Jeh Johnson in 2014 of measuring security along the country's borders?

Middle-aged white people lead surge in suicide rate

updated: 04/23/2016 2:50 a.m.

The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, led by an even greater rise among middle-aged white people, particularly women, according to federal data released Friday.

Death toll 28 in Mexico plant explosion

posted: 04/23/2016 2:49 a.m.

MEXICO CITY -- Searchers recovered four more bodies from a petrochemical plant wrecked by an explosion this week on Mexico's southeastern Gulf Coast, raising the death toll to 28, the state oil company said Friday night.

New mom, 7 kin slain in Ohio

updated: 04/23/2016 2:48 a.m.

PIKETON, Ohio -- Eight members of a family, including a mother sleeping in a bed with her 4-day-old baby next to her, were fatally shot in the head on Friday, leading authorities to begin a manhunt for whoever killed them.

Kerry: U.S. won't bar Iran foreign deals

updated: 04/23/2016 2:47 a.m.

NEW YORK -- The United States won't stand in the way of foreign business deals with nonsanctioned Iranian firms, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

UA reaches out to Marshallese

posted: 04/23/2016 2:44 a.m.

After earning his diploma from Springdale High School, Benetick Kabua Maddison enrolled at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Stay in EU, Obama urges Britons

updated: 04/23/2016 2:44 a.m.

LONDON -- President Barack Obama made a forceful plea Friday for Britons to heed Prime Minister David Cameron's call to stay in the European Union and dismissed critics who accused the U.S. president of meddling in British affairs.

Wasn't fit to confess, Thacker witness says

posted: 04/23/2016 2:44 a.m.

A psychologist testified Friday that confessions Elvis Aaron Thacker made that he murdered Briana Ault in 2010 were unreliable because of the state of his mental health and the circumstances under which he made the admissions.

Airstrikes kill 18 in northern Syria city

updated: 04/23/2016 2:42 a.m.

BEIRUT -- At least 18 people were killed Friday when airstrikes hit several rebel-held neighborhoods in Syria's contested northern city of Aleppo, anti-government activists said, an escalation that placed added strain on a fragile cease-fire.

City's 9th sculpture show has 800 to see

posted: 04/23/2016 2:39 a.m.

The annual sculpture show and sale in Little Rock's River Market District starts today, with a winner to be announced Sunday.

John Brown gains new status

posted: 04/23/2016 2:39 a.m.

John Brown University has achieved a new status, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Aerojet solar farm wins state tech award

posted: 04/23/2016 2:39 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented the first-ever Arkansas Technology Award on Friday to Aerojet Rocketdyne for its solar farm in East Camden.

Partisan vote overseers a worry for House panel

posted: 04/23/2016 2:38 a.m.

State officials are looking to create procedures to take actions against county election commissioners who violate state laws that prohibit any form of partisan electioneering.

EU visitors at Syria line to push deal with Turks

updated: 04/23/2016 2:37 a.m.

BRUSSELS -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials plan to travel close to Turkey's border with Syria in hopes of promoting a month-old agreement to manage a refugee crisis that has left hundreds of thousands stranded on the migrant trail to Europe.

After 3 killed, OSHA urges mower safety

posted: 04/23/2016 2:36 a.m.

Three landscape company employees have died in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas in the past month when riding mowers or tractors overturned into water or a stream bed, equaling the total in the previous six years, a federal safety official said.

LaHarpe lane shut for work on venue

posted: 04/23/2016 2:36 a.m.

Ongoing renovation of the Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock continues to require lane closures on a section of LaHarpe Boulevard, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

China: All 45 Taiwanese fraud suspects confessed

posted: 04/23/2016 2:36 a.m.

BEIJING — All 45 Taiwanese wire-fraud suspects detained in Beijing after being deported from Kenya have confessed to their crimes and will be put on trial, a Chinese police official was quoted on Friday as saying.

Culvert job to shut leg of Arkansas 33

posted: 04/23/2016 2:34 a.m.

Replacing a culvert will require closing a section of Arkansas 33 in Arkansas County and a detour Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Obama says 2 state laws 'wrong' on LGBT

updated: 04/23/2016 2:34 a.m.

LONDON -- President Obama said Friday that North Carolina's and Mississippi's laws limiting protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are "wrong" and "should be overturned."

I-49 lanes to close for barrier removal

posted: 04/23/2016 2:34 a.m.

Work on Interstate 49 in Johnson and Springdale will require overnight lane closures for three nights beginning Tuesday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Ex-lawmakers among 41 asking leniency for Hastert

posted: 04/23/2016 2:32 a.m.

CHICAGO -- Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, several other former congressmen and a onetime CIA chief were among 41 people who wrote letters asking for leniency for Dennis Hastert as the former U.S. House speaker heads to sentencing next week in his hush-money case.

Theater review: Peter Rabbit delivers a hopping good time

posted: 04/23/2016 2:32 a.m.

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit hopped to it Friday night at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre in Little Rock, with Katie Campbell in bounding motion as Peter.

Ex-UA student says she was raped in 2013

posted: 04/23/2016 2:30 a.m.

A former student at the University of Arkansas told police Monday that she was raped in 2013 at an on-campus residence hall.

Names and faces

posted: 04/23/2016 2:30 a.m.

There were no obvious signs of trauma on Prince’s body when he was found unresponsive at his home in suburban Minneapolis, and suicide isn’t suspected in the superstar musician’s death, the Carver County sheriff said Friday.

Road work to shut Jacksonville lanes

posted: 04/23/2016 2:28 a.m.

Work on U.S. 67/167 will require a lane closure on Main Street in Jacksonville for four days, beginning Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Higher Ed Coordinating Board notebook

posted: 04/23/2016 2:28 a.m.

Performance cash: No school shut out HOT SPRINGS -- This year, all Arkansas colleges and universities will maintain a portion of their state funding tied to performance-based measures.

Noteworthy Deaths: Director of 4 James Bond movies, 93

posted: 04/23/2016 2:27 a.m.

Movie director Guy Hamilton, who directed four popular James Bond films and raised the profile of the Bond movie brand through his work with actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore, died in a hospital on the Spanish island of Mallorca. He was 93.

Other days

updated: 04/23/2016 2:26 a.m.

100 years ago April 23, 1916 The body found Tuesday at Pine Bluff by a small negro boy has been positively identified as that of Ed Cochran, 21 years old, who was drowned on April 10 when he fell from the Iron Mountain bridge over the Arkansas river at the foot of Rock street here.

Daily Record

posted: 04/23/2016 2:25 a.m.

Births The following is a list of births reported to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by area hospitals. It may not be a complete list since parents may ask the hospital not to publicly release the news of a birth.

Mega Millions

posted: 04/23/2016 2:24 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 2-19-21-42-60

Editorials: It gets worse

posted: 04/23/2016 2:23 a.m.

Of course the story lept from Sports to Page One. This is Arkansas. When somebody says the deer herd is at risk, folks pay attention. Even those who would never bother to go into the woods. When 300,000-plus people buy licenses in the fall--and corn, and ammo, and boots, and breakfast sausage--before going into the deer woods in this small, wonderful state, that's a lot of business happening. And that's at risk, too.

Editorials: When doves cry

posted: 04/23/2016 2:21 a.m.

The story was as shocking as the time we heard Michael Jackson had died. How could the world not have Michael Jackson in it? How could the world not have David Bowie, Robin Williams, Gilda Radner?

Columnists: In the Colonel's debt

posted: 04/23/2016 2:19 a.m.

The Treasury Department picked an interesting moment to announce a revision in its plans to change the faces on America's money. Plans to boot Alexander Hamilton off the $10 bill in favor of a woman have been shelved. Instead, Harriet Tubman--one of the most heroic figures in the history of our nation, or any nation--will move onto the face of the $20 bill.

Others say: Competition for cable?

posted: 04/23/2016 2:18 a.m.

Like a lot of Americans, President Barack Obama thinks cable TV costs too much. Unlike a lot of Americans, he is in a position to do something about it--and even if he fails, it's still worth the effort.

Columnists: Who ya gonna believe?

posted: 04/23/2016 2:17 a.m.

Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, is angry. For some reason Iran's Arab neighbors, not to mention many U.S. politicians and journalists, think his country is an aggressor, unworthy of international investment and entry into the global community of nations.

2-for-1 stock split set by Home BancShares

posted: 04/23/2016 2:17 a.m.

Home BancShares will make a 2-for-1 stock split on June 8, the Conway bank's chairman, John Allison, said Thursday at its annual meeting in North Little Rock.

Guest writer: Merely mediocre

posted: 04/23/2016 2:17 a.m.

During a recent visit to the playground with the grands, I caught myself joining in the cacophonous praise-fest with all of the millennial mommies and daddies jockeying for air space as they helicoptered over their precocious progeny.

4-a-year earnings reports needed?

posted: 04/23/2016 2:16 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Four times a year there's a kind of parade on Wall Street: Companies announce their quarterly earnings, all in a row, with the banks first, then the tech companies, and the retailers bringing up the rear. Stocks can rise or plunge on the basis of the results. And three months later it all happens again.

Donald and Bernie

posted: 04/23/2016 2:16 a.m.

It's been something to watch, don't you agree? A crass-talkin', TV-starin', nonpolitician multibillionaire and a 74-year-old avowed socialist and career politico each sweeping primary elections.

Soybean-based treat on UA menu

posted: 04/23/2016 2:16 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Navam Hettiarachchy’s bright green spinach-vanilla frozen dessert hasn’t hit store shelves yet, but the University of Arkansas is pushing to get the portfolio of products made from state-grown ingredients in front of consumers.

Letters

posted: 04/23/2016 2:16 a.m.

Portion of blame's his Michael Vining of Benton writes that a recent Thomas Sowell column blames Barack Obama on the emergence of ISIS due to pulling all American troops out of Iraq. He states that it was George W. Bush who set the date for combat troops to be withdrawn. He is correct on that point.

Deal frees Carnival to start Cuba cruises

posted: 04/23/2016 2:15 a.m.

MIAMI -- Cuba has loosened a policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving by sea, allowing Carnival Corp. to go forward with the first U.S. cruise to the island in a half-century, the Cuban government and the Miami-based cruise line announced Friday.

Feast of freedom

posted: 04/23/2016 2:14 a.m.

The Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the Jewish people's escape from slavery in Egypt, began at sundown on Friday. The holiday is one filled with ritual and symbolism, and it's more than a simple remembrance. Jews are meant not just to retell the story of the exodus, but to experience it as if they were actually present.

Uber settles driver suits for $84M

posted: 04/23/2016 2:14 a.m.

Uber has settled two major class-action suits in which its drivers challenged their classification as independent contractors as an unfair denial of benefits they would get as employees. Under the agreement, the drivers will remain independent contractors.

Author to speak about 'love flash mobs'

posted: 04/23/2016 2:13 a.m.

As a mother with three young children, Glennon Doyle Melton found herself overwhelmed.

Former urban nuisances spawning hot properties

posted: 04/23/2016 2:13 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Robert Leviton's loudest neighbor is a 12-lane freeway.

On Religion: Is bipartisan, faithful friendship possible today?

posted: 04/23/2016 2:13 a.m.

Early in his career in Congress, Democrat Tony Hall of Ohio had his politics worked out, but he wasn't sure how to combine them with the convictions of his Christian faith.

NEWS BRIEFS

posted: 04/23/2016 2:12 a.m.

Pope asks migrants to forgive indifference VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is asking migrants to forgive what he says are societies’ “closure and indifference” toward them.

Market report: U.S. indexes end day, week mixed

posted: 04/23/2016 2:12 a.m.

Major U.S. stock indexes closed mixed Friday despite a rebound in the price of oil and natural gas that helped drive sharp gains for energy and financial companies.

Calendar

posted: 04/23/2016 2:12 a.m.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT The Philander Smith College Collegiate Choir will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church, 9820 W. Markham St. General admission is $10. For tickets, call (501) 225-4286.

Caterpillar profit on mark, sales fall

posted: 04/23/2016 2:11 a.m.

PEORIA, Ill. -- Caterpillar's first-quarter adjusted profit met Wall Street's view, even as sales declined across various categories while it continues to deal with soft product demand. The mining and construction equipment company lowered its full-year profit forecast.

NBA PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE: Spurs victory away from closing series

posted: 04/23/2016 2:10 a.m.

MEMPHIS -- Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-87 on Friday night to take a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/23/2016 2:10 a.m.

American Airlines reports $700M profit

News in brief

posted: 04/23/2016 2:09 a.m.

Bear State earnings $3.3M in 1Q, up 43%

SEC BASEBALL: Hogs finally reach the lead, win in 10

posted: 04/23/2016 2:06 a.m.

Arkansas had just taken its first lead in 81 innings of SEC play when Dominic Taccolini started his 10th inning of work Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Systems in college spread draft thin

posted: 04/23/2016 2:03 a.m.

So, you have a quarterback who played in the spread and never took a snap at the line of scrimmage. And receivers who don't understand route trees.

Hog Calls: Practice against the best helps rookie

posted: 04/23/2016 2:02 a.m.

Each time Arkansas senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter bests Arkansas novice left offensive guard Hjalte Froholdt in spring practice and next August the better the chances for Froholdt to best a SEC defensive tackle next fall.

Stewart returns, gets fined after speaking out

posted: 04/23/2016 2:01 a.m.

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart returned to the track Friday for the first time this season, and several drivers said they support his right to raise questions about safety concerns.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Young's 10 Ks, Moustakas' big bat carry Royals

posted: 04/23/2016 2 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Young rebounded with a big performance after three poor starts.

Notes

posted: 04/23/2016 1:59 a.m.

RANGERS Darvish delays start CHICAGO -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish has decided to throw one more live batting practice session, pushing back his first minor league rehabilitation start to May 1 in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

Ask the Expert

posted: 04/23/2016 1:59 a.m.

I worry about mold and mildew accumulating in my home. What are some ways I can work to keep moisture-related problems at bay?

Tools & toys

posted: 04/23/2016 1:58 a.m.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Personal space

posted: 04/23/2016 1:58 a.m.

Where I live: Governor’s Mansion District

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/23/2016 1:57 a.m.

Q Some of my best childhood memories are of driving along dirt roads with my grandparents and picking wild muscadines along barbed-wire fencerows and then cooking jelly with my grandmother.

State Division I college baseball roundups

posted: 04/23/2016 1:56 a.m.

SUN BELT ARKANSAS STATE 8, LOUISIANA-MONROE 1 Leadoff hitter Ty White went 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI on Friday as Arkansas State (16-21, 6-13 Sun Belt) took control of Friday's game at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro against Louisiana-Monroe (15-23, 6-10) with a four-run third inning.

Otus the Head Cat: Wrestling skeptics due for lump of coal, Virginia

posted: 04/23/2016 1:55 a.m.

I take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently this communication below, expressing at the same time my great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Lawson leads way for Hogs' jumpers

posted: 04/23/2016 1:55 a.m.

Arkansas NCAA champion Jarrion Lawson led four Razorbacks who went farther than 25 feet in the long jump Friday at the John McDonnell Invitational.

Car Talk

posted: 04/23/2016 1:54 a.m.

DEAR CAR TALK: Until recently, I have had my new Toyota Avalon serviced every 5,000 miles at the dealer for free. Now that it is 2 years old, the 5,000-mile services will no longer be free. What is your thought on having them done by an independent mechanic, if I can find one? I recently moved, so finding a reliable independent guy could be a chore. What does the dealer provide that others cannot?

TEXAS LEAGUE: Yarbrough comes through for Travs

posted: 04/23/2016 1:54 a.m.

Alex Yarbrough had an apartment picked out and arrangements already made for his car to meet him in Salt Lake City as he readied to start his second season at Class AAA earlier this month.

Tasteful style comes in twos, threes

posted: 04/23/2016 1:53 a.m.

Open nearly any design magazine or shop in any furniture retail store and you are bound to notice that decor pieces are seldom displayed by themselves. Indeed, you are more likely to see items displayed in groupings, typically either two identical items side by side or three in a row. The power of the pair and using three identical items in a series has long been a trick of prop stylists, and the technique can be easily translated into your own home.

NHL PLAYOFFS: High-scoring Koivu saves day for Wild

posted: 04/23/2016 1:53 a.m.

DALLAS -- Mikko Koivu redirected Ryan Suter's shot from the left point 4:55 into overtime and the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 on Friday night to stay alive in their first-round series.

State insect chosen for ethic, not looks

posted: 04/23/2016 1:52 a.m.

Viewed up close, the Western honeybee spotted around Arkansas is actually an attractive insect.

Daisy group thrives as basic perennials

posted: 04/23/2016 1:52 a.m.

There is only one flower used in the age-old "love me, love me not" petal plucking tradition of childhood. It is the daisy, the signature of the composite family where all flowers share the same structure. The form is the most advanced, which is why it's often the last family in botany books organized from primitive to more evolved species.

Super Quiz: Female Authors

posted: 04/23/2016 1:51 a.m.

Super Quiz: Female Authors

New lake changes up fishermen's take

posted: 04/23/2016 1:51 a.m.

After two rounds of the first Bassmaster Elite Series event to utilize two lakes, two anglers are tied for the lead.

Second Thoughts: Cards, Cubs rivalry takes shirt off back

posted: 04/23/2016 1:49 a.m.

Manager Joe Maddon's Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals in two-of-three games earlier this week at Busch Stadium. Now, Maddon's victories against the organization might extend off the field.

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/23/2016 1:49 a.m.

DEAR READERS: What would happen if you were injured or otherwise unable to come home? What would happen to your pets? There are business-size emergency-information cards you can buy, but why not make your own?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/23/2016 1:49 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your charisma is way up this year. Swept into the center of attention, you'll attract love and friendship in abundance. The good change that happens in your life between now and the end of June will give you the strength to change bad habits and turn around negative trends.

On Christianity

posted: 04/23/2016 1:48 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We have a child with fairly severe disabilities, and we've gotten used to the awkwardness some people feel around her. But the other day I overheard someone say that they wondered what we'd done to make God punish us by giving us this child. Surely this isn't right, is it?

Off the wire

posted: 04/23/2016 1:46 a.m.

FOOTBALL Norman to Redskins Josh Norman's agent said Friday the cornerback has agreed to terms on a contract with the Washington Redskins. Agent Michael George confirmed the deal in an email to The Associated Press.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/23/2016 1:45 a.m.

FOOTBALL Marshall, Akers Cotton Bowl inductees Former Arkansas football players Fred Marshall and Fred Akers were part of a six-man class inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame on Friday in a ceremony at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Dear Abby: Parents who preach respect don't practice it themselves

posted: 04/23/2016 1:43 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I am a 17-year-old girl and a senior in high school. My parents and I (more my mom and I) have struggled with the topic of "respect" for a long time. We had a discussion about this earlier today and it led to arguing and tears.

Bentonville summit focuses on place-making

posted: 04/23/2016 1:09 a.m.

The big picture implementation for downtown plans is dependant on the ability to do small things, John Anderson, principal at Anderson Kim Architecture and Urban Design, said at the inaugural Placemakers Summit and Small Developer Bootcamp Friday.

Benton County officials to quiz sheriff candidates

posted: 04/23/2016 1:08 a.m.

Benton County officials had eight candidates to consider for interim sheriff as of Friday.

Hearing set in Cradduck case

posted: 04/23/2016 1:07 a.m.

A hearing in Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck's criminal case has been set for next week.

Teams discuss strategies to propose for new plan for Fayetteville schools

posted: 04/23/2016 1:05 a.m.

Ten teams of volunteers are wrapping up their work to map out a proposal to guide the School District for the next five years.

Rogers To review cycling event

posted: 04/23/2016 1:04 a.m.

The city Transportation Committee on Tuesday will review a cycling festival that could close about 15 downtown blocks.

College Avenue streetwork to move south Monday

posted: 04/23/2016 1:03 a.m.

The next segment of a nine month sidewalk improvement project on downtown College Avenue will begin Monday, the city announced Friday.

Fayetteville's Jackson shows for exam

posted: 04/23/2016 1:02 a.m.

A woman with a history of alcohol-related arrests who missed a scheduled mental examination in December showed up for a rescheduled examination Friday, according to Washington County prosecutors.

Old Wire to be closed in Lowell

posted: 04/23/2016 1:01 a.m.

Construction work for the new location of Arkansas 265 will require a temporary detour and close Old Wire Road in Lowell to through traffic Monday, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials.

Getting it straight Northwest Arkansas

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

As a matter of policy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will publish corrections of errors in fact that have been printed in the newspaper.

Local notes

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY First United Methodist Church in Rogers, 307 W. Elm St., presents Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr., resident bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, speaking about God’s creation during the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sunday. He presents a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and a luncheon for questions and answers Monday. His presentation is titled The Sacrament of Creation: The Whole Earth Is Full of God’s Glory.

NBA PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE: James, Irving lead Cavs near to sweep

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving made a pair of big three-pointers down the stretch to help the Cleveland Cavaliers move within a game of a first-round sweep with a 101-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Personal Space

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

Where I live: Huntingdon subdivision in northeast Fayetteville.

Sports roundup

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

PREP BASEBALL Bentonville 4, Sand Springs, Okla. 2 Carter Brown pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts, and Bentonville set the pace with solo tallies in the first two innings to knock off Sand Springs in a nonconference game played Friday at Fayetteville.

Records

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

Arrests Benton County Sheriff's Office Ronald Lee Griffin, 41, of 2708 Highland Drive in Rogers was arrested Thursday in connection with fleeing by vehicle with extreme indifference. Griffin was being held Friday at the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

Commentary: Kicking game could be special

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

The Red-White Game isn’t a showcase for special teams play. Seldom is there any live work, and often kicking situations are skipped altogether in the spring finales around college football.

Soccer: Bentonville uses first-half goal to defeat Har-Ber

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

One goal was all that separated Bentonville and Springdale Har-Ber Friday night.

Public meetings

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

Monday 1 p.m. Washington Water Authority -- 12567 W. U.S. 62, Farmington

Gentry's Linch inks with Evangel

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

Ana Linch is playing soccer at her third high school in four years as a forward for the Gentry Lady Pioneers this spring.

Open for worship: New synagogue welcomes people of all faiths

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

Robert Lennick attached a mezuzah to the front door frame of a house in rural Lowell.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Flyers stay alive, go back to Philly

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

Michal Neuvirth made a playoff career-high 44 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 5 on Friday night to stay alive in their first-round series.

Late-inning charge sparks Naturals

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals routed the Tulsa Drillers on Friday, keeping their chances of a weekend sweep in play and their early season trend alive.

Faith Matters: I'm offended!

posted: 04/23/2016 1 a.m.

I'll admit that I'm easily offended. Profanity, harsh language, sexual jokes or ridicule ... making fun of someone else because of their cultural heritage, race, gender, sexual identity, faith perspective, physical appearance or mental capacity -- all of that offends me. I was brought up to be a "nice, Southern, Christian lady," and all of the above fit into the category of what shouldn't be tolerated in my world.

Friday, April 22

Taccolini, Spanberger help Hogs snap streak

posted: 04/22/2016 9:32 p.m.

Dominic Taccolini tossed a 10-inning shutout and Chad Spanberger hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th to lift Arkansas over Kentucky 1-0 in Lexington, Ky., Friday night.

UA answers Pryor's questions on $160M stadium expansion

posted: 04/22/2016 7:06 p.m.

The University of Arkansas has released answers to a series of questions posed by Trustee David Pryor about a planned $160 million expansion of Razorback Stadium.

Sheriff's office: Arkansas man broke into woman's home, later found bloodied at dock

posted: 04/22/2016 5:37 p.m.

A Garland County man accused of breaking into a 77-year-old woman’s home Friday morning was arrested after being found bloodied and lying facedown at a nearby boat dock, according to authorities.

33-year-old man arrested in Little Rock's 9th homicide of year

posted: 04/22/2016 4:35 p.m.

An Arkansas man arrested Thursday on charges stemming from a shooting in Little Rock now faces a murder charge in the death of a man on Sunday in the state's capital city, according to police.

School elections for Pulaski, Helena districts set for November cause glitches

posted: 04/22/2016 4:34 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — County election officials say a decision to move school board elections for two Arkansas school districts from September to November is causing a logistical nightmare.

Marshall inducted to Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame

posted: 04/22/2016 4:06 p.m.

Fred Marshall was a member of the six-man 2016 Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame induction class Friday.

6 'A League of Their Own' castmates to join Geena Davis for Arvest Ballpark game

posted: 04/22/2016 3:58 p.m.

Six former castmates will join Geena Davis for the second annual A League of Their Own reunion ballgame May 8 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

11-year-old girl dies after choking on marshmallow at party

posted: 04/22/2016 2:29 p.m.

SOMERSET, Mass. — A Massachusetts girl who choked on a marshmallow at a birthday party has died.

Man found dead at Arkansas apartment complex, state police say; 1 arrested

posted: 04/22/2016 1:54 p.m.

An investigation is ongoing into the death of a 27-year-old man after authorities discovered his body early Friday at an apartment complex in Monroe County.

London mayor criticized after telling 'part-Kenyan' Obama to butt out

posted: 04/22/2016 1:52 p.m.

LONDON — London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leader of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, faced a flurry of criticism Friday for suggesting U.S. President Barack Obama may have an "ancestral dislike of the British Empire" because of his Kenyan roots.

Woman killed at Arkansas motel strangled to death by parolee, police say

posted: 04/22/2016 1:38 p.m.

A Conway woman found dead at a local motel last month died of strangulation after a cord was wrapped around her neck by her boyfriend, who went gambling after her death, police said in an affidavit filed Friday.

Hearing scheduled for Benton County sheriff's criminal case

posted: 04/22/2016 1:29 p.m.

BENTONVILLE — A hearing in Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck’s criminal case is set for next week.

Man returns human ashes found at the beach

posted: 04/22/2016 1:25 p.m.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A Massachusetts man trying to enjoy a book at the beach got quite the surprise when he found a box containing human ashes.

Police: Man used blowtorch to break into Burger King

posted: 04/22/2016 1:21 p.m.

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Police on Long Island say they've arrested a man accused of using a blowtorch to break into a Burger King restaurant.

5 things to watch at Hogs' spring game

posted: 04/22/2016 12:51 p.m.

Arkansas is scheduled to play its annual Red-White Game on Saturday at Razorback Stadium.

The Recruiting Guy: LIST: Prospects, signees visiting Arkansas for spring game

posted: 04/22/2016 12:34 p.m.

Arkansas will host numerous prospects for the Red-White spring game on Saturday.

Man killed in crash after losing control of car on wet Arkansas road

posted: 04/22/2016 11:51 a.m.

A 26-year-old Mississippi man was killed after losing control of his car and driving into the opposite lane and colliding with another vehicle on Highway 49 in Phillips County Thursday, according to a state police report.

68-year-old Arkansas woman killed after vehicle hits tree

posted: 04/22/2016 11:37 a.m.

A Lonsdale woman was killed Thursday morning when her vehicle ran off Ziegler Road and struck a tree in Saline County, according to a state police report.

UCA yearbooks recalled after outcry over photo captions

updated: 04/22/2016 4:59 p.m.

Yearbooks released this week at the University of Central Arkansas have been recalled after a number of officials and students denounced language viewed as offensive toward blacks.

171 countries signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

posted: 04/22/2016 11:12 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS — Leaders from 171 countries were signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the deal took a step forward.

Tiger Woods' Escalade from 2009 wreck tracked to Arkansas

posted: 04/22/2016 11:12 a.m.

A Cadillac Escalade that Tiger Woods crashed outside his Florida home in 2009 — leading to the uncovering of his extramarital affairs — was later sold at auction and brought to northern Arkansas, car history reports show.

Style: Got a swarm of bees? Don’t panic!

posted: 04/22/2016 11:11 a.m.

Richard Vardaman estimates he has been stung during his dozen years as a beekeeper, “oh, a couple of thousand times,” writes Shea Stewart in Saturday’s Style.

VW to take $18 billion hit as German carmakers face recall

posted: 04/22/2016 11:05 a.m.

WOLFSBURG, Germany — German carmaker Volkswagen capped two grim days for the country's auto industry by revealing its diesel emissions cheating cost it a chunky 16.2 billion euros ($18.2 billion) for 2015 alone — and that's likely only a part of the total bill.

Clinton, Sanders, Cruz campaign in Pennsylvania

posted: 04/22/2016 11:03 a.m.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of Tuesday's primary, as is Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Police: Man drove tractor into credit union to rob it

posted: 04/22/2016 10:31 a.m.

RUTLAND, Vt. — Police have arrested a 30-year-old Vermont man who they say attempted to rob a credit union branch's night deposit box by slamming into it with a tractor.

Police seek suspect in theft of more than $2,500 in teeth whitening kits

posted: 04/22/2016 10:30 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police are seeking an Ohio man who's accused of stealing more than $2,500 in teeth whitening kits, and so far, has made a clean getaway.

Man opens ice cream parlor in former funeral home

posted: 04/22/2016 10:28 a.m.

CHICOPEE, Mass. — The owner of a new western Massachusetts ice cream shop says his delicious dishes are "a taste to die for."

8 relatives shot in head in Ohio; killer thought to be loose

updated: 04/22/2016 3:57 p.m.

PIKETON, Ohio — At least eight people were found dead Friday in four locations in rural Ohio, authorities said.

Mike Beebe named to board for Conway-based bank holding company

posted: 04/22/2016 9:42 a.m.

CONWAY — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has been named to the board of directors for Conway-based Home BancShares, Inc.

Sheriff: No signs of trauma on Prince's body; suicide not suspected

updated: 04/22/2016 3:22 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — There were no signs of trauma on Prince's body when he was found unresponsive at his home in suburban Minneapolis, and suicide isn't suspected in the musician's death, the local sheriff said Friday.

Three teens held in killing of Arkansas high school student

updated: 04/23/2016 8:30 a.m.

Three teenage suspects have been arrested in the killing of a 17-year-old Sylvan High School student whose body was found in a vehicle Thursday afternoon in Sherwood.

The Recruiting Guy: Earle prospect no stranger to Arkansas

posted: 04/22/2016 8:24 a.m.

Earle sophomore quarterback-linebacker Gerry Bohanon is starting to receive interest from colleges, but Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. has known about him since the eight grade.

Medicaid-bill ploy on track

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved and sent to the governor a measure that, through political and procedural maneuvers, is aimed at preserving funding for the state's Medicaid expansion. Gov. Asa Hutchinson promptly vetoed a part of the bill that would have stopped the funding.

For wild-ride assault during drug deal, Little Rock man sentenced to 7 years

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Jurors who heard a Little Rock man describe a life-or-death struggle with armed robbers inside a careening car sentenced his 23-year-old assailant to seven years in prison on Thursday.

Charges dropped for 2 in Arkansas funeral-home backlog of bodies

updated: 04/22/2016 12:34 p.m.

The Pulaski County prosecuting attorney’s office on Thursday dropped criminal charges against a father and son who owned the now-defunct Arkansas Funeral Care funeral home, where investigators found a backlog of bodies waiting to be cremated or embalmed in January of 2015.

2nd home search finds North Little Rock woman dead inside

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

North Little Rock police said a woman reported missing last week was found dead in her home Thursday after officers searched the residence a second time.

An airman comes home: An Arkansas airman comes home: Decades are over atop Alaska peak

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Christine Manning has waited more than 63 years to put her brother to rest, and she will finally receive closure Saturday at a Marvell funeral service.

Struck with rock, robbed in downtown Little Rock, man says

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

A man was hospitalized after he was beaten with a rock and robbed while walking to work Tuesday in downtown Little Rock, police reported.

RAZORBACKS FOOTBALL REPORT: Linebacker Hackett no slouch in spring

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Defensive coordinator Robb Smith said he expected to get more linebacker help behind starters Brooks Ellis and Dre Greenlaw next fall.

THE RECRUITING GUY: Cornerback's Arkansas connections love Hogs

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas is expected to host numerous top prospects for its Red-White spring game Saturday. For highly recruited cornerback Chevin Calloway, it will be somewhat of a homecoming.

West Little Rock doctor's license yanked 2nd time

updated: 04/22/2016 12:29 p.m.

For the second time in a year, a state board has suspended the license of a doctor accused of conspiring to illegally distribute pain medicine in Little Rock after it received information indicating she violated an earlier order.

DEAR ABBY: In-laws demand too much time from hard-working son

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Ed," and I are in our 40s. We both work, and Ed often puts in more than 60 hours a week. My in-laws, in their 60s, are both in good health, retired and well-off financially. They expect weekly gatherings unless they have other plans.

For drunken-driving havoc, Arkansas woman sentenced to 22 years

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

A Hot Springs woman who pleaded guilty to charges related to drunken driving on Halloween night in 2013 that injured multiple people has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Prince, 57, found dead in his home; cause of death unknown

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including "Little Red Corvette," "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.

Owner accused of sex abuse at Arkansas assisted-living facility

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

The owner of an assisted-living facility in Benton County was arrested Tuesday on accusations of sexually abusing two female residents.

REVIEW: 'Miles Ahead,' Don Cheadle's Miles Davis bio-pic

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

You don't come at genius straight on. That's stupid, that's wading into the thresher. Will Smith is not Muhammad Ali, he can only mime the butterfly moves, find something in a vocal cadence that evokes the Louisville drawl of the Champ. Maybe you can learn to hold a guitar and a few notes, maybe you can put on a fake nose and a wig, but if you're going to depict real genius you'd better come at it obliquely, more like a poet than a journalist.

NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER: Franchise kick-start: Little Rock soccer team to debut at War Memorial

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Jonathan Wardlaw looked to Chattanooga, Tenn., as an inspiration for an expansion soccer team in Little Rock.

Conway bank earns a record $41.4M in 1Q

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Home BancShares, which owns Centennial Bank offices in four states, earned a record $41.4 million in the first quarter, up 33 percent from the same period last year, the Conway bank said Thursday.

Razorbacks' experienced DBs focus on technique

posted: 04/22/2016 5:45 a.m.

Arkansas has no shortage of experienced players roaming its defensive backfield.

Sides go courting leaders of GOP

posted: 04/22/2016 3:18 a.m.

Donald Trump's chief campaigners told skeptical Republican leaders Thursday that the GOP front-runner has been "projecting an image" so far in the 2016 primary season and "the part that he's been playing is now evolving" in a way that will improve his standing among general election voters.

VW to buy back car or fix it, judge says

updated: 04/22/2016 3:16 a.m.

The owners of nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the United States will have the option of selling them back to the company or getting them repaired at VW's expense, under a deal announced Thursday by a federal judge.

NATO: Fewer migrants on Aegean Sea

posted: 04/22/2016 3:14 a.m.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the number of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea into Europe is "significantly down."

Critics say Emanuel's police plan falls short

updated: 04/22/2016 3:13 a.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday changes in the way police-involved shootings and police misconduct cases are handled, but drew immediate criticism for stopping short of abolishing the agency that handles those investigations, as a task force has urged him to do.

Tree planted for Fulbright

updated: 04/22/2016 3:10 a.m.

The widow of former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright helped plant a tree on Capitol Hill on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the international education program that bears his name.

U.S. drafts new Cuba-lockup trial rules

posted: 04/22/2016 3:09 a.m.

President Barack Obama's administration is proposing some new rules for the military-commission trials at Guantanamo Bay -- including allowing judges to conduct pretrial hearings by videoconference -- to make the process more efficient.

National spelling bee toughens up

updated: 04/22/2016 3:08 a.m.

After two straight years of ties, the Scripps National Spelling Bee is adding more sting: The championship rounds will last longer, and the words will be harder.

VA study of dogs for PTSD has critics

posted: 04/22/2016 3:03 a.m.

Army veteran Joe Aguirre opens a restaurant door, then steps aside to let his golden retriever take point. "Clear," Aguirre commands, and 3-year-old Munger pivots right, left, then right again, sweeping the room for potential threats.

Veterans' job edge vexing some

posted: 04/22/2016 3:02 a.m.

One in three people hired into the federal government is now a veteran, but the aggressive push by President Barack Obama's administration to reward those who served is causing confusion and resentment among job applicants and hiring staff.

Russia defends assault on Aleppo

posted: 04/22/2016 3 a.m.

Russia defended an offensive near Syria's Aleppo as a response to "provocations" by an al-Qaida wing, and the opposition blamed President Bashar Assad's forces for the near collapse of an almost two-month truce and warned they are seeking to seize control of the city.

Obama shores up ties with Gulf allies

updated: 04/22/2016 2:59 a.m.

President Barack Obama worked to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he couldn't win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.

Pay rise for execs of Guard advances

updated: 04/22/2016 2:57 a.m.

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Thursday endorsed a bill that would increase the maximum-authorized salaries for Arkansas' adjutant general from $117,506 to $172,062 and the deputy adjutant general from $81,250 to $148,172.

Inquiry: Officer put crew at risk

posted: 04/22/2016 2:56 a.m.

A U.S. Navy officer relieved of commanding a Persian Gulf patrol ship allegedly failed to maintain equipment to the point of exposing "his crew to unnecessary risk," interfered with an inquiry into his actions and once slept drunk on a bench at a Dubai port, according to a naval investigation.

Belgium pushes for Turk vigilance

posted: 04/22/2016 2:55 a.m.

Belgium wants a European Union agreement with Turkey to monitor the movement of foreign fighters after an airport suicide bomber slipped through the security net.

Cemetery fundraiser set despite vandalism

posted: 04/22/2016 2:47 a.m.

Vandalism at Little Rock's historic Mount Holly Cemetery this week came just days before an annual fundraiser to help preserve the grounds of the cemetery, founded in 1843.

Youth agency chief abruptly puts in notice

posted: 04/22/2016 2:46 a.m.

Youth Services Division Director Marcus Devine has resigned after 14 months on the job, the state Department of Human Services announced Thursday.

Jail ex-Judge Michael Maggio on time, U.S. argues

updated: 04/22/2016 10:48 a.m.

Former Judge Michael Maggio has not shown sufficient reason that he should remain free pending an appeal of his bribery conviction, the U.S. attorney's office argued Thursday.

Conway schools forgoing raises

posted: 04/22/2016 2:45 a.m.

Teachers and other employees of the Conway School District will not get across-the-board raises for the coming school year, the superintendent said Thursday.

McCasland aims for instant success

posted: 04/22/2016 2:43 a.m.

JONESBORO -- Grant McCasland hasn't had time to slow down and take a breath, much less move into his new Jonesboro home.

Harden carries Rockets

posted: 04/22/2016 2:41 a.m.

HOUSTON -- James Harden scored 35 points, including the game-winner with 2.7 seconds left, and the Houston Rockets took advantage of Stephen Curry's absence to get a 97-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

New trial sought in race-bias case

posted: 04/22/2016 2:41 a.m.

Little Rock's diversity manager is requesting a new trial on her racial-discrimination claim against the city, partly on the basis that an all-white jury decided the verdict last month and on an allegation that City Manager Bruce Moore lied under oath.

Veterans home chief resigns

posted: 04/22/2016 2:40 a.m.

Kriss Schaffer, director of the Arkansas Veterans Home at Fayetteville, resigned Tuesday afternoon.

Theft suspect dies in police shooting

posted: 04/22/2016 2:39 a.m.

An armed man was fatally shot by an officer Wednesday night in Perry County during a confrontation, authorities said Thursday.

Hearing on penalties for 16 put off

posted: 04/22/2016 2:36 a.m.

A hearing to determine penalties for 16 lawyers in an ethics violation has been postponed to 10 a.m. June 24 in federal court in Fort Smith, according to an order filed late Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes.

Board OKs school-work contract

posted: 04/22/2016 2:36 a.m.

The North Little Rock School Board on Thursday approved a contract with Taggart Architects of North Little Rock to develop plans for renovations at a middle school that can be done in phases, starting with security and courtyard drainage.

Exceptional stats result from routine

posted: 04/22/2016 2:36 a.m.

CONWAY -- No matter tonight's results, Connor Gilmore's plans are set.

School-chief firing prompts LR rally

posted: 04/22/2016 2:34 a.m.

A rally in support of the Little Rock School District and its superintendent, Baker Kurrus, is planned for noon Saturday in front of the state Capitol.

Commentary: Sparring with LeBron ignites series

posted: 04/22/2016 2:34 a.m.

CLEVELAND -- Vegas won't have to bother with taking bets on a LeBron James vs. Marcus Morris fight. But that didn't stop people from taking sides late Wednesday night, as if Morris and James were tough kids circling each other on the playground.

Couple's estate gives Tech $1.1 million for scholarships

posted: 04/22/2016 2:34 a.m.

The estate of the late Nina and Thomas Sprick has given Arkansas Tech University $1.1 million for scholarships, the university announced Wednesday.

Penguins push Rangers to the edge

posted: 04/22/2016 2:34 a.m.

NEW YORK — Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and set up two others and the Pittsburgh Penguins pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with a 5-0 victory Thursday night.

Murder jury told of brothers' abuse

posted: 04/22/2016 2:33 a.m.

Witnesses in the trial of a man accused of killing a Fort Smith woman began testifying Thursday in support of the defense theory that his brother committed the crime.

Towey clears mind, sees results

posted: 04/22/2016 2:32 a.m.

By the end of Cal Towey's Class AA run last season, he had himself so confused with adjustments that he had no chance of putting together good at bats.

STATE DIVISION I BASEBALL CAPSULES

posted: 04/22/2016 2:32 a.m.

UALR at Georgia Southern

Getting it straight

updated: 04/22/2016 2:31 a.m.

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.

Getting it straight

posted: 04/22/2016 2:30 a.m.

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.

Arrieta throws 2nd no-hitter in a year

posted: 04/22/2016 2:30 a.m.

CINCINNATI — Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter in a span of 11 regular-season starts, shutting down the Cincinnati Reds in a 16-0 rout Thursday night.

McDonnell meet gives Hogs first real taste of outdoors

posted: 04/22/2016 2:28 a.m.

A check of the SEC's top times and marks for men's track and field this outdoor season shows Arkansas with only one leader: sophomore Alex George in the 5,000 meters.

Daily Record

posted: 04/22/2016 2:28 a.m.

Marriage Licenses Anthony Davis, 24, and Holly Paoli, 25, both of Maumelle.

State sports briefs

posted: 04/22/2016 2:28 a.m.

Large fish comes late for Bassmaster leader

Second Thoughts: It's Ludacris for sold-out spring game

posted: 04/22/2016 2:27 a.m.

Kirby Smart wanted to give fans every reason to fill Sanford Stadium for his first spring game as Georgia's football coach last Saturday, and he paid the price to do so. The total bill to bring hip-hop star Ludacris to Athens: $65,000.

Off the wire

posted: 04/22/2016 2:27 a.m.

Steele ahead at Open

William Harrison Watkins Sr.: Engineer grew up on river houseboat

posted: 04/22/2016 2:26 a.m.

Don Asher learned his life's motto when he tangled his fishing line in debris as he and his father, William Harrison Watkins Sr., canoed down the Mississippi River in 1994.

Other days

updated: 04/22/2016 2:26 a.m.

100 years ago April 22, 1916 ARKADELPHIA -- A clever swindler who visited Arkadelphia yesterday talked the proprietor of the Caddo hotel out of 50 perfectly good dollars and later, when he was arrested at Malvern, he talked himself out of jail and has not been seen since.

Education notebook

posted: 04/22/2016 2:25 a.m.

Quiz Bowl teams to seek state title High school students from across the state will showcase their academic acumen Saturday at the Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2016, which will be televised live from the Arkansas Educational Television Network studios in Conway.

Simmons reports income of $23.5M

posted: 04/22/2016 2:24 a.m.

Simmons First National Corp. on Thursday reported a net income of $23.5 million for the first quarter, more than double the $8.7 million it made in the same period last year.

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 04/22/2016 2:23 a.m.

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.

On a roll, GM's quarter beats analysts' forecasts

posted: 04/22/2016 2:23 a.m.

DETROIT -- General Motors' first-quarter profit more than doubled as all of its business units posted improved numbers including record pretax earnings in North America.

J.B. Hunt set to add anti-bias protections

updated: 04/22/2016 2:22 a.m.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. shareholders on Thursday approved a proposal requesting the company amend its equal employment opportunity policy, going against the recommendation of the company's board of directors.

'Grass-fed beef'lacking definition

posted: 04/22/2016 2:22 a.m.

CHICAGO -- That pricey burger on the lunch menu says the beef came from a grass-fed cow. Whether that's true depends on the definition of "grass-fed."

Argentina flooding hurts soybean crop; prices rise

posted: 04/22/2016 2:19 a.m.

Soybean futures are poised to enter a bull market after floods damaged crops in parts of Argentina, the world's third-biggest producer.

Market report: U.S. indexes slide as 3-day rally ends

posted: 04/22/2016 2:19 a.m.

A steep slide Thursday in traditional safe-play stocks such as phone companies and utilities weighed on Wall Street, snapping a three-day winning streak for the market.

Earnings report

posted: 04/22/2016 2:19 a.m.

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included:

Union Pacific logs 15% profit drop in 1Q

posted: 04/22/2016 2:17 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Union Pacific's first-quarter profit fell 15 percent, hit by a steep decline in the amount of freight hauled as a result of weak energy and commodity prices.

The secret of success

posted: 04/22/2016 2:15 a.m.

Friday of last week was Jackie Robinson Day in the big leagues. Every Major League ballplayer took the field wearing a big 42 on the back of his jersey. It was a fitting tribute to the ballplayer who had broken the Major Leagues’ color barrier. And to Branch Rickey, who never tired of pointing out that “luck” was but the residue of design. When a chance for greatness appeared, Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey simply took it—together. They didn’t just sit around waiting for either lightning or luck to strike. For both believed in what Martin Luther King Jr. called the Fierce Urgency of Now.

Business news in brief

posted: 04/22/2016 2:14 a.m.

Rates still low as homebuying time starts

News in brief

posted: 04/22/2016 2:13 a.m.

LR store among 80 Sears to shut down

Columnists: The single story danger

posted: 04/22/2016 2:11 a.m.

In 2009, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a fabulous TED talk called "The Danger of a Single Story." It was about what happens when complex human beings and situations are reduced to a single narrative: when Africans, for example, are treated solely as pitiable poor, starving victims with flies on their faces.

Editorial: The great oil glut

posted: 04/22/2016 2:10 a.m.

When thieves fall out, honest men--and women--have cause to rejoice. The same can now be said for the decidedly former oil cartel called OPEC. Goodbye and good riddance. There was a time--the late '70s--when the oil sheiks had the world by the throat because Jimmy Carter had adopted precisely the wrong way to break it up.

Tim Griffin, public servant

posted: 04/22/2016 2:08 a.m.

Kudos to the Hon. Tim Griffin, lieutenant governor and all-around shining light. Now he’s about to cut his office’s spending next fiscal year, by $62,491 to be exact, and he always is, to $340,677.

Others say: Zika virus gets scarier

posted: 04/22/2016 2:06 a.m.

The link between the Zika virus and microcephaly in babies was confirmed last week by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the latest in a series of increasingly troubling revelations about the disease.

Columnists: Thanks, Bernie, but it's time

posted: 04/22/2016 2:04 a.m.

Dear Bernie, how can we miss you if you won't go away?

Guest writer: A common goal

posted: 04/22/2016 2:04 a.m.

The news of a leadership change in the Little Rock School District--from Baker Kurrus to Michael Poore--sparked controversy this week. In the face of the understandable negative reaction from many in the community to the unexpected change, we want to share a few of the reasons that we remain optimistic about the potential benefits of this move for students and families in Little Rock.

Transgender trampling

posted: 04/22/2016 2:02 a.m.

It wasn't that long ago that opponents to the addition of "gender-neutral" civil-rights language in city ordinances here in Arkansas were ridiculed for their fears about transgender students demanding to use restrooms inconsistent with their biology.

Letters

posted: 04/22/2016 2:01 a.m.

Exit makes no sense Our commissioner of education, Johnny Key, has little or no background in public education. Yet he is touting a new superintendent whose purpose is to improve instructional outcomes.

PREVIEWS

posted: 04/22/2016 1:56 a.m.

Compadres R A disgruntled former Mexican cop (Omar Chaparro) is forced to work with a teenage hacker (Joey Morgan) to hunt down the criminals who kidnapped his girlfriend (Aislinn Derbez) and framed him for a crime he didn't commit. With Kevin Pollak, Eric Roberts; directed by Enrique Begne. (110 minutes)

Home Movies

posted: 04/22/2016 1:55 a.m.

The Lady in the Van, directed by Nicholas Hytner (PG-13, 104 minutes)

Review: Elvis & Nixon

posted: 04/22/2016 1:54 a.m.

Care to guess which is the most requested photo from the millions housed in the National Archives? That would be a picture of Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley posing together in the Oval Office. Liza Johnson's film comically imagines exactly what transpired to result in the meeting of these two iconic figures who could not have been more different. Featuring hilarious yet acutely observed performances by Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey as the titular characters, Elvis & Nixon, is a hoot. If the film doesn't show things the way they actually happened, it shows them the way they should have.

Review: The Huntsman: Winter's War

posted: 04/22/2016 1:52 a.m.

Like a depressingly high number of bad movies, Snow White and the Huntsman made money. Even though it tediously reworked the fairy tale into a dull, somber monstrosity, the hype about star Kristen Stewart's affair with her married director apparently convinced some unlucky viewers that the drama on-screen might be as intriguing as what happened during the filming.

Jungle Book makes rivals look tame

posted: 04/22/2016 1:50 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- When Disney takes one of its classic animated adventures and creates a modern, live-action version, the result is usually box-office gold. With The Jungle Book, the trend continues.

Cheadle focuses on Davis' silence

posted: 04/22/2016 1:49 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Don Cheadle conducted a little experiment while filming Miles Ahead, his long-in-coming Miles Davis passion project -- which he directs, co-writes, co-produces and stars in as the famed jazz trumpeter.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 04/22/2016 1:47 a.m.

Green Room, R Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat play members of a punk rock band who team up with a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) to battle murderous white supremacists at a remote Oregon roadhouse. With Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair; directed by Jeremy Saulnier. April 29

Super Quiz: Islands

posted: 04/22/2016 1:46 a.m.

Super Quiz: Islands

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/22/2016 1:45 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I recall reading about a place to send outdated coupons that can then be used by our soldiers at PXs overseas. Can you give that information again, please?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/22/2016 1:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. There's one area of your personal life (a problem you've dealt with for a long time) that you'll finally fix up, bringing new zest to your scene. Successful results will require you to take an action that doesn't come naturally for you, but you'll master it nonetheless. What eluded you will be in your grasp in September.

On Christianity

posted: 04/22/2016 1:45 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My friend says we're all children of God, and this means (she says) that we aren't any different from Jesus, because each of us is a son of God, just like He was. Is she right? I didn't know how to answer her.

Transportation museum opens in downtown Springdale

posted: 04/22/2016 1:12 a.m.

The sound of a train's whistle punctuated the air as community members gathered Thursday in a new transportation museum in downtown Springdale.

Proposed Washington County-run dirt pit gets first reading

posted: 04/22/2016 1:11 a.m.

A proposed, county-run dirt pit moved one step closer to opening near Winslow after Road Department officials presented a report showing savings for running their own dirt pit.

Former Benton County judge withdraws as sheriff candidate

posted: 04/22/2016 1:10 a.m.

Bruce Rutherford on Thursday removed his name from the list of those who seek to serve as interim sheriff.

McLarty predicts Clinton win during Fayetteville appearance

posted: 04/22/2016 1:09 a.m.

Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, predicted former Fayetteville resident and later first lady Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election, and added she was the "perfect person" to restore a better, more professional level of discourse after this year's spirited campaign.

Bentonville School Board to interview superintendent search firms

posted: 04/22/2016 1:09 a.m.

The School Board on Thursday began the process of finding its next superintendent by identifying three firms to help with the search.

Animal ordinance passes in Washington County

posted: 04/22/2016 1:07 a.m.

The Washington County Quorum Court approved Thursday an ordinance to regulate people who own vicious, potentially vicious or hazardous animals during its meeting.

Bella Vista man accused of rape

posted: 04/22/2016 1:06 a.m.

A Bella Vista man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the rape of a 5-year-old girl.

Bentonville Film Festival announces music lineup

posted: 04/22/2016 1:06 a.m.

Joe Walsh and American Idol Kris Allen are among acts performing May 3-7 at Meteor Guitar Gallery during the Bentonville Film Festival. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased at the door of the venue at 121 W. Central Ave., Bentonville.

Bella Vista officials tighten up water policy

posted: 04/22/2016 1:05 a.m.

The Property Owners Association board tightened up a water system policy considered controversial when it passed several years ago.

Bentonville seeks volunteers for cleanup

posted: 04/22/2016 1:04 a.m.

The city will participate in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup by holding a citywide "Clean the Streets Day" on May 7.

Doctors say Jackson missed mental exam

posted: 04/22/2016 1:03 a.m.

A woman with a history of alcohol-related arrests missed a scheduled mental examination in December, according to court filings.