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LR, 2 PB charters win panel's favor

posted: 08/18/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

The state's Charter Authorizing Panel on Thursday gave preliminary approval to three open-enrollment charter school plans -- one in Little Rock and two in Pine Bluff -- bringing to five the number of new schools receiving panel support this week.

State fears U.S. site will fail Medicaid-shorn Arkansans

updated: 08/18/2017 3:35 a.m. Discuss

The chairman of a state insurance board said Thursday that he's concerned about whether federal officials will leave themselves enough time to implement changes Arkansas hopes to make to its expanded Medicaid program.

Drug fresh, '91 killer to have execution set

posted: 08/18/2017 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' oldest death-row prisoner will have an execution date set, the governor's office announced Thursday, just as a prison spokesman revealed the state had acquired a drug to carry out further lethal injections.

Police agency explains plan for overtime

posted: 08/18/2017 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock police provided new details Thursday on a plan to increase patrols in high-crime areas by requiring officers to work overtime.

Speech zones expand at Tech

posted: 08/18/2017 3:07 a.m. Discuss

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University has expanded its designated area for free speech to accommodate a growing student population.

Panel approves extension of lottery's Intralot pact

posted: 08/18/2017 3:07 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed seven-year extension of its multimillion-dollar gaming contract with Greece-based Intralot Inc. cleared a legislative panel Thursday, after the lottery's director said the agency would probably pay more if it sought bids.

1 Searcy eatery's drink permit OK'd, 1 denied

posted: 08/18/2017 3:06 a.m. Discuss

A Searcy business, the Rock House, has become the city's first restaurant to obtain an alcoholic beverage permit.

Sherwood man gets 15-year prison term

posted: 08/18/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

A 33-year-old Sherwood man, already serving prison time for the gunpoint kidnapping of his longtime girlfriend, was convicted Thursday of molesting the woman's 13-year-old daughter despite the girl's courtroom admission that she had exaggerated some of her accusations.

Rogers man focus of FBI investigation into illegal gambling operation

posted: 08/18/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

ROGERS -- Investigators of a suspected gambling operation found photographs of slot machines on a real estate website when the owner put the house up for sale in November, according to court documents.

Ex-pool seller admits to fraud

posted: 08/18/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

A former salesman for Elite Pools by Scott, a North Little Rock business that designs and builds luxury swimming pools, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Little Rock to a wire fraud charge, admitting he stole $381,171.57 from the company and several customers.

LR man arrested in July shooting

posted: 08/18/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- Police arrested a Little Rock man Tuesday in the fatal shooting of Hot Springs man July 16 on Broadway.

2 senior aides leave Hutchinson's office

posted: 08/18/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Andrew "Vu" Ritchie, a senior policy adviser to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is departing the governor's office to be senior counselor at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C., Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said Thursday.

Barrier to wildlife area irks town

posted: 08/18/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Felsenthal residents have taken several complaints to town officials concerning access to the Beryl Anthony Wildlife Management Area.

In passenger death, driver, drunk at time, gets 5 years

posted: 08/18/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

TEXARKANA -- A man whose passenger suffered a traumatic brain injury after a crash into the fountain in front of Texarkana's downtown federal building was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for intoxication assault.

New vets clinic sets El Dorado opening

posted: 08/18/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

EL DORADO -- Veterans in the El Dorado area will have a new clinic location come October.

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