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Arkansas parents plead innocent in death of 1-year-old daughter

posted: 10/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Authorities at Baptist Hospital initially believed that 1-year-old Brinly Gordon died of natural causes July 2, but an autopsy showed she had ingested enough medication to kill a 200-pound man, according to court documents. Both parents -- 31-year-old Amber Gordon, also known as Amber Butler, and 32-year-old Daniel Gordon -- had a prescription for the drug found in Brinly's system: Buprenorphine, an opioid medication used to treat heroin addiction. The parents were arrested in late September and charged with second-degree murder, a class A felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Investigation into Arkansas-based white supremacist group leads to dozens of arrests, authorities say

posted: 10/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 16

More than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement officers arrested dozens of people Wednesday morning in a comprehensive, two-year drug-trafficking and firearms crackdown that includes up to 70 defendants -- most of whom are affiliated with white supremacist groups in the state, officials announced.

Edwin Boyd Alderson Jr.: Ex-Arkansas lawyer who led separate life as singer dies at 77

posted: 10/08/2017 4:28 a.m. Comment 1

Edwin Boyd Alderson Jr., a former El Dorado lawyer, judge and philanthropist who devoted himself to the success of his hometown and who led a separate life as a cowboy and country-western singer, died Thursday at his home after complications from lung cancer. He was 77.

Arkansas' Bozo the Clown, Gary Weir, dead at 75

posted: 10/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

Gary Weir, a television performer who riddled Arkansas children as Bozo the Clown from 1966-91 with the intriguing question of "Do you walk to school or carry your lunch?" died Wednesday at his home in North Little Rock.

High marks greet new Arkansas entertainment district; 21,000 people attend 4-day festival

posted: 10/03/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The grand opening of El Dorado's Murphy Arts District drew more than 21,000 people from around the state, nation and world to the south Arkansas town for the four-day event, organizers said Monday.

Parents of rat-bitten child found mentally infirm but fit for trial

posted: 10/03/2017 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A Magnolia couple whose 2-week-old daughter suffered nearly 100 rat bites over her 5-pound body are fit to stand trial in the felony case against them despite their mental diseases and reportedly violent childhoods that included rape and physical abuse, according to the forensic evaluation released Sept. 26.

Excitement, music fill air at grand opening of $100M entertainment district in south Arkansas

updated: 10/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The town was definitely back in the atmosphere as musical acts like Train played to sold-out crowds at grand opening festivities for the $100 million Murphy Arts District.

Parents of rat-bitten infant found mentally infirm but fit for trial

posted: 09/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

A Magnolia couple whose 2-week-old daughter suffered nearly 100 rat bites over her 5-pound body are fit to stand trial in the felony case against them despite their mental diseases and reportedly violent childhoods that included rape and physical abuse, according to the forensic evaluation released Tuesday afternoon.

EL DORADO IN MAD DASH: PHOTOS/VIDEO: Small Arkansas city readies for debut of first phase of $100M arts, entertainment district

updated: 09/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

EL DORADO -- A week and a day until opening day, walking into the offices of the Murphy Arts District -- tucked just off El Dorado's storied Main Street -- is like stepping into the swirling tunnel of a tornado.

Arkansas inmate files lawsuit after suffering sexual abuse at hands of prison chaplain

posted: 09/09/2017 3:43 a.m. Discuss

The lawyer for a female state prisoner who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a prison chaplain announced Friday that a civil-rights lawsuit has been filed against the Department of Correction, the chaplain and other officials.

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