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6 apply to open charter schools

posted: 04/30/2016 4:45 a.m. Discuss

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.

Scott to take VA health care post

posted: 04/30/2016 4:42 a.m. Discuss

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.

Proposal would boost local perks to land jobs

updated: 04/30/2016 4:40 a.m. Discuss

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.

Teen birthrate hits low; Arkansas trails

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

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.

InvestArk vies with roads in industrial-lure debate

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

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.

Library, elderly funding restored

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

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 Mahatma: I-30 plans a hot topic downtown

updated: 04/30/2016 3:54 a.m. Discuss

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. Discuss

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. Discuss

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.

New VA chief: Can't rest on our laurels

posted: 04/30/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

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.

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

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

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. Discuss

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. Discuss

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. Discuss

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. Discuss

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

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