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Kenneth Heard

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Jackson County covets prison

posted: 09/15/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Jackson County is joining at least four other Arkansas counties that have expressed interest in seeking the construction of a state prison in their respective areas.

Grant to cover study of railroad overpass

posted: 09/13/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO -- City officials will conduct an environmental study and create design plans for a railroad overpass on Arkansas 18 in east Jonesboro to alleviate traffic issues caused by trains that frequently stop on the tracks.

NLR marks new record as cold spell hits state

posted: 09/13/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Two days after North Little Rock recorded a high of 92, the temperature plunged more than 30 degrees, and on Friday, the city set a record for the lowest high mark of the day.

Ex-workers sue closed hospital

posted: 09/10/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

A financially struggling hospital that closed Monday because it could not pay $30 million in debt faces a lawsuit alleging that administrators withheld money from employees' paychecks for insurance but failed to pay the premiums for 2014.

Police to wear body cameras in Jonesboro

posted: 09/08/2014 3:35 a.m. Comment 1

JONESBORO -- Jonesboro police officers will soon wear body cameras while on duty after the Craighead County city received a $12,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant.

Jonesboro hires new police chief

posted: 09/05/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin named police veteran Lt. Rick Elliott as the city's new police chief Thursday, saying he wanted to return respect and morale to the department after the former chief resigned over comments he made on social media about a reporter.

3 more say OB-GYN wielded cellphone

posted: 09/03/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

A former Paragould women's doctor who was charged in April with photographing women during examinations without their consent faces three more charges after additional patients told authorities that he also took pictures of them.

Signs see cold, wet winter in Arkansas

posted: 08/31/2014 5:08 a.m. Discuss

Whether they base their predictions on climate data, atmospheric conditions in the Pacific Ocean that alter weather in the southern United States, sunspots, symbols found inside seeds or the thickness of animal fur, most weather prognosticators believe Arkansas is in for a cold, wet winter this year.

Close lockup or face suit, panel tells Lawrence County

posted: 08/30/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

The state Criminal Detention Facilities Review Commission has recommended closing the Lawrence County jail next month after an inspection revealed several safety concerns.

Batesville City Council adds annexation proposal to ballot

posted: 08/27/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Voters will decide whether they want Batesville to annex a growing area just south of the Independence County city that includes an airport and several businesses.

W. Memphis hospital plans to close doors

posted: 08/26/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Crittenden Regional Hospital announced Monday that it would close because of "insurmountable obstacles" two months after voters passed a sales tax earmarked to help fund the financially strapped facility in West Memphis.

Freight trains collide in Hoxie, killing two

posted: 08/18/2014 3:31 a.m. Gallery Comments 2

HOXIE -- Two Union Pacific freight trains collided in Hoxie early Sunday morning, killing two crew members, injuring two others and forcing the evacuation of more than 300 people in the Lawrence County town.

Lawrence County JPs to give prison idea another look

posted: 08/18/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

After turning down a request last week by Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman to seek the construction of a 1,000-bed state prison near Walnut Ridge, justices of the peace will take a second look at the proposal Tuesday.

Jonesboro voters OK reallocation of sales tax revenue

posted: 08/13/2014 4:13 a.m. Discuss

Voters approved reallocating money from a citywide sales tax during a special election Tuesday, authorizing city officials to use the revenue for salaries and operational expenses.

Jonesboro voters to decide between personnel, projects

posted: 08/11/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO -- Voters in the Craighead County seat will decide Tuesday if they want to reallocate municipal sales-tax money collected for capital improvements and use it instead for salaries and operational expenses.

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