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6 months dry, state is put on drought alert

posted: 03/24/2017 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Dry conditions in western Arkansas for the past six months have federal officials who monitor weather patterns across the U.S. on the verge of declaring the state to be in a long-term drought.

Body in suitcase left at Arkansas farm leads to 2 more arrests; 4 now charged in 'bizarre case,' police say

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Police in Johnstown, N.Y., arrested two more people in connection with the discovery of a body stuffed in a suitcase and left in a Prairie County farm field.

Teen held in slayings at Arkansas convenience store

posted: 03/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Police arrested a teenager in the Nov. 5 slayings of a Blytheville convenience store owner and a worker, said Capt. Scott Adams, commander of the Blytheville Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division.

City in Arkansas fires IT chief as $38,000 payout traced

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Searcy information technology director David Sawyers was fired amid an investigation into how money was spent in his department.

Temperatures in Arkansas meet, beat records

posted: 03/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

After the state's second-warmest winter on record, several Arkansas cities set record or near-record high temperatures Monday, the first day of spring.

Marion revs up for improvements

posted: 03/18/2017 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Construction of a railroad overpass that will ease daily traffic snarls in Marion is one of several projects that will be underway soon in the Crittenden County town.

Body brought to Arkansas in suitcase identified as N.Y. vet of World War II

posted: 03/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Police identified the body of a man stuffed in a suitcase, driven from New York by his caregivers and left in a Prairie County field earlier this month as that of a World War II veteran from New York.

Bryant residents pass 3.6-mill increase to build three new schools

posted: 03/15/2017 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Patrons of the Bryant School District passed a 3.6-mill increase Tuesday that will pay for a new junior high school and two elementary schools that will help accommodate steady growth in the district's enrollment.

Helena's voters OK 9.75-mill increase

posted: 03/15/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Helena-West Helena voters in Tuesday's special election favored a 9.75-mill property-tax increase to fund a new junior high school and keep the district off the state's facilities-distress list.

Bill aims to revise 1901 law on taxes

posted: 03/15/2017 3:22 a.m. Comments 2

A century-old law that regulates the way sales-tax revenue is disbursed in counties with dual seats has officials in seven Arkansas counties concerned about how hospitals, roads, industrial recruitment and other expenses will be funded.

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