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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.

Wife pleads guilty in 2011 killing

posted: 08/09/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A Jonesboro woman charged with capital murder in the August 2011 slaying of her husband pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of hindering apprehension and faces up to 30 years in prison.

Mike Overall: Editor shared love for words and jazz

posted: 08/09/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Writing prose came so easily for Mike Overall that he often prowled around the Jonesboro Sun newsroom on deadline and urged his reporters to “Write, don’t think.”

Bug parasite seen as no problem in state

posted: 08/07/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

Health officials have found a parasite in a common Arkansas insect, but they say people shouldn't be too concerned about catching a disease from it.

Crime fighting, tips go high tech in Baxter County

posted: 08/04/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Baxter County sheriff's office has added a feature to its website enabling people to upload photographs, videos and audio files as a means to help fight crime and incorporate social media into its investigative work, Sheriff John Montgomery said.

CLOSING TIME: Post office retiring along with staff of 1

posted: 08/03/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

The rural Greene County town named twice by postmasters will lose its post office at the end of the month, when Elizabeth Mason stops selling stamps and sorting mail daily for the town's 16 box owners.

'Unseasonably' cool July breaks records

posted: 08/02/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

July was the coolest month on record in more than 35 Arkansas cities, breaking some low marks that were set decades ago, meteorologists at the National Weather Service in North Little Rock said.

States develop site for area-based wildfire risks

posted: 07/31/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has joined 12 other southern states in developing a website that provides information about wildfire risk based upon the terrain, vegetation and landscape characteristics.

Survey places more of state at quake risk

posted: 07/21/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

A much wider area of Arkansas is at risk for increased earthquake activity than originally believed, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey seismic hazards map that highlights where temblors are likely to occur over the next 50 years.

Statewide mandate advised for upgrade of 911 systems

posted: 07/17/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Updates to emergency communication centers to allow for 911 texting will likely limit information-sharing among jurisdictions unless Arkansas requires statewide compliance, the chairman of the state's Emergency Telecommunications Service Board said Wednesday.

Crews restoring power in state

posted: 07/16/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Utility crews expected to restore all power by late Tuesday after thunderstorms packing high winds, hail and lightning ripped through the state Monday.

Northern air flow keeping state cool

posted: 07/13/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

A repetitive weather pattern -- plenty of rain and a stubborn air mass parked over Canada -- is keeping Arkansas temperatures lower than average this summer.


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