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Lead tests too high in south Arkansas city's water

posted: 01/12/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The drinking water in Bearden, the Ouachita County town of about 920 residents in south Arkansas, tested three parts per billion higher than the level at which the federal government requires water systems to adjust corrosion levels, a state official said Wednesday.

Criminal-case ruling cited in Morton filing

posted: 01/12/2017 3:16 a.m. Discuss

A woman's sentencing for her husband's bludgeoning death in the remote Van Buren County town of Alread has become a focal point in legal arguments over a lawsuit against nursing-home owner Michael Morton and lobbyist Gilbert Baker.

Charge upgraded for Arkansas man held in infant's death

updated: 01/06/2017 2:45 p.m. Discuss

Authorities have upgraded charges against a Hensley man to capital murder in the November death of his 2-month-old son.

New Arkansas sheriff says office, vehicles in filthy shape; ex-officeholder denies doing willful damage

posted: 01/03/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The new sheriff of Hot Spring County said Monday that he likely will ask the Arkansas State Police to investigate what he described as the trashing of the department's Malvern office during the previous administration.

Man arrested in death of alienated wife's beau

posted: 01/01/2017 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A Columbia County man was being held without bail Friday on charges of capital murder and other offenses in the shooting death of his estranged wife's boyfriend.

Arkansas man arrested in death of alienated wife's beau

updated: 01/02/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A Columbia County man was being held without bail Friday on charges of capital murder and other offenses in the shooting death of his estranged wife's boyfriend.

After 18 years, an Arkansas mayor is packing up, moving out

posted: 12/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A table in Mayor Tab Townsell's office holds stacks of books, pictures and other items.

Pulaski Tech provost steps down; dean gets interim job

posted: 12/16/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

The provost of Pulaski Technical College resigned Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the school said.

Juvenile-transfer hearing in Conway couple's slayings to continue in January

posted: 12/15/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Text messages purportedly exchanged between two teenagers charged in a Conway couple's shooting deaths last year likely will be the main topic when a juvenile-transfer hearing resumes for Hunter Drexler next month.

UCA names Erstine leader for five weeks

posted: 12/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

CONWAY -- Kelley Erstine, the University of Central Arkansas' chief of staff and a former trustee, will serve as the school's interim president for the brief period between outgoing President Tom Courtway's exit and the arrival of the next president, Houston Davis.

UCA interim president selected

posted: 12/10/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY — Kelley Erstine, the University of Central Arkansas’ chief of staff and a former trustee, will serve as the school’s interim president for the brief period between outgoing President Tom Courtway’s exit and the arrival of the next president, Houston Davis.

Arkansas woman pleads guilty in infant death, gets 6 years for spiking boy’s milk with vodka

posted: 12/09/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A Searcy woman has pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a minor after an infant in her care died and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07.

Ex-Acxiom CEO gives $300,000 to UCA for computer science fields

posted: 12/09/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY — Acxiom founder Charles D. Morgan announced Wednesday that he was giving $300,000 to the University of Central Arkansas for use in the computer science and technology fields.

Ex-Acxiom CEO gives $300,000 to UCA

posted: 12/08/2016 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Acxiom founder Charles D. Morgan announced Wednesday that he was giving $300,000 to the University of Central Arkansas for use in the computer science and technology fields.

Quest for cancer cap births Arkansas-based group

posted: 12/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

FAIRFIELD BAY -- When Linda O'Brien learned she would lose her hair during life-extending treatments for terminal cancer, she began searching for a pretty head covering.

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