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posted: 12/19/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Shopkeeper's killer draws life in prison HARRISON -- A man charged with killing a woman inside her business in Boone County has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to capital murder in the case.

Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

posted: 12/19/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The glaring issue for this entire Middle Earth saga is clarified in the first few minutes of this final installment. You recall the awe-inspiring Smaug, the fire-breathing, gold-adoring dragon whose presence enervated the first film, and dominated the second, ending as it did with an infuriated Smaug shucking off the Dwarves' puny attempts to kill him to go wreak horrible vengeance on the innocent enclave of Laketown, nearby?

Revival planned for newspaper's former LR home

posted: 12/19/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

A single small pigeon egg resting in an old rusted piece of equipment upstairs in the Fulk Building on Main Street signals promise of new life for the century-old building that once housed the Arkansas Democrat.

Shooting leaves 3 injured, police say

updated: 12/18/2014 5:14 p.m. Discuss

A shooting at a Little Rock gas station left three people injured Thursday, police say.

Arkansas panel bans outside firewood in some areas

posted: 12/18/2014 4:42 p.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it is now illegal to import firewood into the state's wildlife management area

Texas Bowl sold out

posted: 12/18/2014 3:09 p.m. Comments 4

There are no tickets left unsold for the bowl matchup between Arkansas and Texas.

Police: Abducted Rogers 2-year-old found in Oklahoma

updated: 12/18/2014 2:40 p.m. Comment 1

A Rogers 2-year-old who was abducted early Thursday morning was found safe in Oklahoma Thursday afternoon, the Rogers Police Department said in a statement.

3 indicted in feeding-program fraud

updated: 12/18/2014 2:15 p.m. Comments 4

A three women were charged Thursday with conspiracy to fraudulently obtain federal money from a feeding program, officials say.

Great American league names sportsmanship honors

posted: 12/18/2014 1:59 p.m. Discuss

The Great American Conference says the football program at Northwestern Oklahoma State has picked up one of the league's sportsmanship awards.

Peripheral arterial disease screenings set for Jan. 5

posted: 12/18/2014 1:55 p.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will offer a free screening for peripheral arterial disease Jan. 5 in Maumelle, the university said Thursday.

LR woman gets 10 years for Medicaid fraud

posted: 12/18/2014 1:43 p.m. Comments 4

A Little Rock woman accused of billing the state Medicaid program for more than $92,000 worth of speech-therapy services that were reportedly never provided pleaded no contest Thursday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said.

Panel on officials' pay holds first meeting

updated: 12/18/2014 12:57 p.m. Comment 1

Members of a newly formed panel say they're unlikely to say whether Arkansas' elected officials deserve a pay raise in an initial review that's due in less than two months.

ASU System promotes Bates, Phelps

posted: 12/18/2014 12:51 p.m. Discuss

Arkansas State University System President Charles Welch said Thursday that Julie Bates has been promoted to executive vice president and Brad Phelps to university counsel in the system office.

Ex-county judge gets 33 months in bribery case

updated: 12/18/2014 12:12 p.m. Discuss

Former Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly was sentenced Thursday to two years and nine months in prison and one year of supervised release for bribery related to a federal disaster relief contract.

34 NLR students treated after whooping cough contact

posted: 12/18/2014 11:51 a.m. Discuss

Thirty-four students were treated against whooping cough after a single case was reported at a local middle school, North Little Rock School District officials said Thursday.


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