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Kenneth Heard

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2 suits ordered combined to cut courtroom cast

posted: 12/13/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO -- A federal judge during a three-hour hearing Friday ordered two civil lawsuits against administrators of the closed Crittenden Regional Hospital and an insurance company to be consolidated into one action and urged the myriad lawyers representing plaintiffs to work together toward resolving the case.

Voters repeal tax for hospital

posted: 12/10/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Crittenden County voters in a special election Tuesday repealed a 1 percent sales tax they overwhelmingly approved in June to save the financially troubled Crittenden Regional Hospital.

Blaze leaves pantry in cold

posted: 12/09/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Volunteers at a Luxora food pantry are looking for a new location in the Mississippi County town after their building burned.

County raises property tax

posted: 12/08/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

Randolph County property owners will pay a 2-mill increase on taxes next year to help fund its budget, which officials say is nearly $400,000 short.

As temperatures drop, snow, sleet fall in northern counties

posted: 12/02/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A mixture of sleet and freezing rain glazed roads in Northwest Arkansas on Monday morning, and areas along the Missouri border reported seeing light snow as an arctic cold front crossed the state.

Jonesboro Miracle League park built so all children get to play

posted: 11/27/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Sharron Turman had envisioned a Field of Dreams-style opening for the Miracle League of Jonesboro's baseball field and playground, complete with help from Kevin Costner.

46-year-old church destroyed in blaze south of Batesville

posted: 11/25/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Fire destroyed a 46-year-old church early Monday morning in the Southside community just south of Batesville.

Officials warn of deer on roadways

posted: 11/24/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas motorists are expected to hit nearly 25,000 deer this season, with a majority of the crashes occurring in November and December, an insurance company and officials around the state said.

Turrell candidate fears fraud, so monitor sent to watch poll

posted: 11/22/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

A state election monitor will watch voting at a Turrell polling site during the Crittenden County town's mayoral runoff Tuesday after one candidate said she heard allegations that people were being paid for their votes.

JP pleads guilty to battery

posted: 11/21/2014 2:51 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO -- A Greene County justice of the peace pleaded guilty to striking County Judge Jerry Shipman during a Jan. 22 altercation and was sentenced to three years' probation Thursday, officials said.

Snow lighter than foreseen

posted: 11/18/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Snow showers across the northern half of the state Sunday evening and Monday morning covered a few roadways in ice and slush and forced the closure of some schools.

Early voting set to start in 73 runoffs across state

posted: 11/16/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Early voting begins Monday in 73 runoff elections in 39 Arkansas counties, including 22 contests for mayors.

Bit of snow's a fall surprise; crashes in NLR fatal to one

posted: 11/14/2014 4:15 a.m. Comment 1

A dusting of powdery snow and some sleet fell Wednesday evening and early Thursday in central Arkansas, giving some residents one of the earliest hints of winter in 60 years.

Weekend snow expected in parts of state, crimping fall

posted: 11/13/2014 4:11 a.m. Discuss

Two separate rounds of moisture moving into Arkansas this weekend are expected to bring snowfall to parts of the state already chilled by a cold front, although National Weather Service forecasters don't expect much accumulation.

Mercury in state sinks 40 degrees in 12 hours

posted: 11/12/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

An arctic surge of frigid air, forced from Canada into the deep South by an Alaskan typhoon, dropped Arkansas temperatures by more than 40 degrees in some places Tuesday and had people scurrying to prepare for the cold.

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