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Mind-state defense out in 2 deaths at Conway

posted: 06/21/2017 3:33 a.m. Discuss

The attorney for a teenage girl charged in the shooting deaths of a Conway couple almost two years ago said Tuesday he does not plan to pursue a defense based on his client's mental state.

Melvin Pickens: Little Rock's 'Broom Man' dies; sold them 60 years

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

For more than 60 years, Melvin Pickens walked the streets of Little Rock’s Heights area where he sold brooms slung over his shoulders, sipped coffee with barbers and worked even after he had to rely on a walker and a caregiver for help.

Sanction on Arkansas town ticketing fought; speed-trap rules hazy, lawyer says

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

CONWAY -- The state's speed-trap law is unclear about who has the authority to investigate and hand down sanctions, the city attorney for Damascus said in a newly filed court document.

Creating chaos

posted: 06/17/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

She's a minister, a blogger, a former congressman's wife and a mother of four, including 8-year-old triplets.

UCA to seek new provost, president says

posted: 06/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

University of Central Arkansas Provost Steven Runge will return to a faculty position this summer at the request of UCA President Houston Davis.

Trial delayed for Arkansan accused of shooting 2 men, crushing bodies in car at salvage yard

posted: 06/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

A judge agreed Monday to postpone the capital-murder trial of a Pope County man accused of shooting two men and crushing their bodies in a car at a Russellville salvage yard.

Lawyer for murder suspect: Evidence weak in 1994 disappearance, no proof Arkansas man is dead

posted: 06/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The now former attorney for a man charged with capital murder in the 1994 disappearance of Searcy resident Jarrod Green has asked a court to set bail at $100,000, in part because the lawyer said the state has no proof that Green is dead.

Arkansas Tech set to raise fall costs

posted: 05/31/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Tech University's board of trustees voted Tuesday to increase tuition by 3.19 percent for undergraduate students on the school's Russellville campus.

39 million people expected to travel over this weekend; travelers flock to Arkansas state parks

posted: 05/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

More Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend than they have since 2005, and reservations for cabins and campsites are flooding in at Arkansas' state parks.

Woman shot by Arkansas officer faces jail trip

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A woman who the Arkansas State Police said reportedly pointed a gun at a Pine Bluff police officer responding to a burglary call was shot Wednesday and suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.

Letters pour in to Arkansas agency after 2 restaurants request permits to serve alcohol

posted: 05/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

Two restaurants in Searcy have asked the state to let them serve alcoholic beverages as private clubs, which has led to more than a few opponents writing the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

Teen parents of baby bitten by rats appear in Arkansas court

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

A judge set bail at $15,000 each for the parents of a 2-week-old girl who suffered 75 to 100 rat bites on her 5-pound body. The couple appeared Wednesday in Columbia County Circuit Court in Magnolia.

Officials: Baby in Arkansas suffered 75 to 100 rat bites, needed facial reconstruction surgery

posted: 05/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 23

A physician said a 2-week-old girl had an estimated 75 to 100 rat bites scattered over her 5-pound body and has undergone facial reconstruction surgery since being hospitalized earlier this week, a Magnolia police report said Tuesday.

Judge: Former Arkansas sheriff's deputy can own gun again

posted: 05/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A judge ruled Tuesday that a former sheriff's deputy appealing a misdemeanor battery conviction may legally possess a firearm again.

Texan charged in 1994 killing of Arkansas man

posted: 05/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A Texas man has been charged in the death a Searcy man missing since 1994, police said Thursday.

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