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8 kids now official park ranger grads

posted: 06/26/2016 3:26 a.m. Discuss

The playground at the far back side of Boyle Park is empty.

Kurds in Syria flee ISIS, are attacked

updated: 06/26/2016 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Hundreds of Kurds fleeing Islamic State-held villages in northern Syria amid a wave of mass abductions have come under fire, with several killed or wounded, opposition activists and a Kurdish official said Saturday.

UA banks on $105-million budget

posted: 06/26/2016 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas, for the first time, is operating with an athletic budget exceeding $100 million as it heads into the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

WAL-MART LPGA NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP: Ko goes low

posted: 06/26/2016 3:20 a.m. Discuss

ROGERS -- World No. 1 Lydia Ko provided the thunder Saturday on a dry, steamy day at Pinnacle Country Club.

Several fires in June viewed as suspicious in Blytheville

posted: 06/26/2016 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Several suspicious fires in Blytheville during the past few weeks have firefighters investigating the possibility the blazes are connected.

Fire damages apartment in west LR

posted: 06/26/2016 2:31 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock Fire Department is investigating an apartment fire that broke out late Saturday at 11401 Mesa Drive west of Interstate 430.

State growers give hops a try

posted: 06/26/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

With a growing local brewery scene, and an emphasis on using local ingredients, some farmers are trying their hand at growing hops.

Ferris wheel adorns Branson's main drag

posted: 06/26/2016 2:21 a.m. Discuss

BRANSON -- A 15-story Ferris wheel that until recently called Chicago home now is towering over Branson's main drag, just in time for tourism season.

High Profile: William Russell Meeks III

posted: 06/26/2016 2:18 a.m. Discuss

It's early in an Arkansas Travelers afternoon baseball game, and Russ Meeks takes one of his customary walks around Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. He greets fans, concession stand workers, media members, the ballpark organist and anybody else whose path he crosses. With a grin on his broad face, he watches schoolchildren attending the game on a field trip dance in their seats for a chance to win prizes. He sees a piece of trash and swoops down to pick it up.

Cities say 1970s' skywalks worked too well, now streets are deserted

posted: 06/26/2016 2:18 a.m. Discuss

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In a city where cranes and construction barriers mark a surge in new downtown apartments, hotels and offices, the sidewalks in Des Moines' core can be strangely quiet.

R & R: From A to Z

posted: 06/26/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The season of great grief and deep despair has returned to Arkansas. Of moaning, groaning and complaining that once again the evil summer is here, enfolding Arkansans and visitors in a warm, damp blanket of heat and humidity.

Renovating Rome

posted: 06/26/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Buongiorno, my hundreds of fellow tourists crowding the Trevi Fountain on this bright spring day. Doesn't it look magnificent? Isn't it grand? Aren't you happy to be the first high-season tourists to see the place again without scaffolding? The baroque fountain was recently closed for 17 months while it was cleaned, scrubbed, repaired and restored to the glory intended by sculptor Salvi when he began carving it in 1762.

Volunteers help golf tournament run

posted: 06/26/2016 1:08 a.m. Discuss

Nearly 800 volunteers pitched in at the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship during the week.

Regional leaders seek transporation inspiration in Demark

posted: 06/26/2016 1:07 a.m. Discuss

Regional leaders crossed the ocean in their quest for ways to make Northwest Arkansas' transportation network more conducive to all cyclists.

Annual dog walk draws hundreds to Bentonville

posted: 06/26/2016 1:06 a.m. Discuss

More than 100 animal lovers and dozens of dogs walked Saturday through Orchards Park to raise money for local animal shelters.

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