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Hot-van fatality earns sanctions for Arkansas child care center

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has placed on probation the license of a West Memphis child care center where a disabled 5-year-old boy died June 12 after workers left him in a hot van for eight hours.

No formal charges yet in Arkansas officer's slaying

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

An 18-year-old accused in the June 12 fatal shooting of a Newport police officer has yet to be formally charged, and a Jackson County circuit judge set an Aug. 3 hearing for the teen's next court appearance.

Ex-workers in hot-van death at Arkansas day care freed on bond

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Four former day care workers charged in the death of a 5-year-old disabled boy who was left inside a sweltering van for hours last week were released from jail Monday on $20,000 bonds.

4 Arkansas child care workers face charges in death of boy left in van

updated: 06/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

The death of a 5-year-old West Memphis boy left inside a sweltering day care van for eight hours could have been avoided had workers followed simple protocols, West Memphis Police Chief Donald Oakes said Friday.

Suit says statute's repeal illegal

posted: 06/17/2017 1 a.m. Comment 1

A federal lawsuit challenges the Helena-West Helena City Council's repeal of an ordinance favored by more than 60 percent of voters in November that would have reduced the number of elected aldermen.

U.S. lets state get disaster standing

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

President Donald Trump designated 31 Arkansas counties hit by April and May storms and flooding as disaster areas Thursday, which allows residents and governmental entities to apply for federal assistance for repairs and cleanup.

Suit says statute's repeal is illegal

posted: 06/16/2017 2:42 a.m. Discuss

A federal lawsuit challenges the Helena-West Helena City Council's repeal of an ordinance favored by more than 60 percent of voters in November that would have reduced the number of elected aldermen.

Bail denied for Arkansas teen accused of fatally shooting officer; 'he didn't do this,' grandmother says

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

Tyler Jermiale Calamese admitted to authorities that he fired a shot that killed Newport police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, a state police investigator testified Wednesday morning during Calamese's bond hearing.

Higher millage OK'd in Blytheville district

posted: 06/15/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Blytheville School District patrons approved a 7.11-mill increase during a special election Tuesday that will help the district to retain teachers by increasing their salaries and to build a new gymnasium and improve its athletic department.

Teen held in killing of Arkansas police officer; death of well-liked lawman stuns city

posted: 06/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department spent the final hours of his life Monday doing the type of work that had earned him a reputation as a steadfast officer, co-workers and friends said.

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