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Varner inmate dead after hanging himself, official says

posted: 08/19/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A state prison inmate serving time for the 2006 rape of a Jonesboro woman and the attempted capital murder of a police officer hanged himself with a sheet attached to an air vent at the Varner SuperMax Unit.

Inquiry of lawyer results in charge

posted: 08/16/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

In the past year, 1st Judicial Circuit Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michael Ladd has been accused of harassing his neighbors, as well as pulling a gun on someone at a bar in Cross County.

Arkansan called America's oldest

posted: 07/05/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Gertrude Weaver, the daughter of Arkansas sharecroppers, celebrated July Four by becoming the oldest living American.

Boyfriend admits to July murder

posted: 06/17/2014 2:44 a.m. Comments 2

Rebecca Lauer, a 35-year-old mother of two, always swore she would never find herself in the type of deadly, abusive relationships featured on Lifetime television movies.

Fire-hit hospital shuts for repairs

posted: 06/07/2014 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Fire and the ensuing water damage forced the 150-bed Crittenden Regional Hospital to temporarily shut its doors Friday.

Military families remember lost loved ones

posted: 05/27/2014 3:56 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Tommy Williams couldn't bring himself to attend Monday's Memorial Day ceremony at the state Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

'HEARTS OF THE FATHERS': Program, prayers put kids’ 2 dads together

posted: 05/18/2014 4:22 a.m. Comment 1

Each night, Vernon Holden sent up a prayer from the Arkansas prison in which he was incarcerated: Please, God, take care of my kids. Help them find a good home.

Ranger recommends day use at Big Brushy

posted: 05/15/2014 5:06 a.m. Discuss

The district ranger for Big Brushy Campground -- which has been off-limits to the public since last May -- said Wednesday that he is recommending that the recreation area be reopened to daytime visitors.

Inmates bloom along with roses

posted: 05/07/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

Many of the women at the Southeast Arkansas Community Correction Center expressed skepticism when they first laid eyes on a shipment of what appeared to be nothing more than twigs.

State’s killer tornado rated an EF4

posted: 05/01/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

The tornado that struck central Arkansas on Sunday, killing 15 people and splintering homes, ripped through Vilonia and Mayflower as an EF4 with winds of nearly 200 mph, National Weather Service officials said Wednesday.

Prison rolls said to explode in ’13

posted: 04/30/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas prison populations “exploded” in 2013, according to a report given to the Board of Corrections on Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting.

Amid ruin, on trail of life before storm

posted: 04/29/2014 5:46 a.m. Video | Discuss

PARON — A day after a tornado killed her father and two of her sisters, Emily Tittle, 17, knew she had to be brave.

Effort helps ex-inmates stay out

posted: 04/26/2014 4:21 a.m. Comment 1

In the past 16 years, David Hood, 32, has been sent to prison seven times for drug and firearm convictions.

‘Blood moon’ rises over U.S., first of four in 18 months

posted: 04/15/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

Couldn’t stay up to see last night’s red moon?

New program aims to give parolees a hand

posted: 03/19/2014 5 a.m. Comment 1

For someone recently released from prison, re-entering society can be a daunting and self-defeating process.

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