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Jett joins the GOP; Democrats lose majority on House taxation committee

Subscriber onlyRep. Joe Jett of Success on Friday became the third House Democrat to switch to the Republican Party since the Nov. 8 election. Continue reading...

Governor, medical marijuana advocate differ on allotting licenses

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson has a suggestion for how a newly formed commission should decide who grows and sells marijuana for medical purposes. Continue reading...

Gas prices to stay low nationwide, analysts say

OPEC effect called already at pumps

Subscriber onlyAmericans will still see low gasoline prices this Christmas season despite a recent uptick at the pump, analysts say. Continue reading...

Arkansas school district to revise discipline policy

U.S. judge signs off on plan

Subscriber onlyThe Watson Chapel School District in Pine Bluff must cease corporal punishment, limit out-of-school suspensions and otherwise change the way it disciplines students as part of an agreement the district has reached with the federal government in its 46-year-old desegregation case. Continue reading...

State boots health savings handler over fee dispute

Panel backs covering $223,500 cost

Subscriber onlyA dispute over fees has led the agency that administers the health plans for teachers and state employees to cancel its contract with the company that administers the employees' health savings accounts, the agency's director said Friday. Continue reading...

Driver says lights favor side streets

Subscriber onlyMerry Mahatma: On 65th Street at night certain traffic lights seem to operate backward. Instead of traffic on 65th Street having preference, the cross streets seem to. What gives? -- Observant Bill Continue reading...

Sentence is 5 years for theft of identity

Man’s other life started in 1990s

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas man who has been using another man's identity for 24 years, racking up crimes and even serving prison time under the man's name, said Friday that California mobsters were to blame for his double life. Continue reading...

Helena aldermen veto voters, keep seats at 10

Subscriber onlyThe Helena-West Helena City Council repealed an ordinance favored by more than 60 percent of voters in November that would have reduced the size of the City Council. Continue reading...

Arkansas abortion protester cleared of harassing

Subscriber onlyAn abortion protester accused of harassing a volunteer patient escort at an Arkansas clinic was cleared of wrongdoing at trial on Friday. Continue reading...

Hot Springs feral feline at last freed of lid

After cat nabbed, it’s treated in Little Rock

Subscriber onlyThey call him Tup, Blackie and Bucket, the jet-black feral cat that repeatedly eluded capture, leaving Hot Springs residents anxious as he rejected traps baited with fried chicken, baked chicken and tuna and darted around their neighborhood with a plastic lid stuck around his neck. Continue reading...

Nutcracker tradition returns to Little Rock

Subscriber onlyThe magic of the season twirled, leapt and bounded into downtown Little Rock on twinkle toes in a lush and dreamy production of of Ballet Arkansas' The Nutcracker amid the backdrop of a gleaming-new, state-of-the-art renovated Robinson Center Performance Hall. More than 100 youngsters from more than 60 schools took part in the state's largest production of The Nutcracker. Continue reading...

Priority plowing offered in winter

Residents’ medical concerns prompt Bella Vista program

Subscriber onlyResidents across Northwest Arkansas with serious medical concerns and urgent doctor appointments during snowy or icy weather can ask their city or county for priority street-clearing, although road officials said the size of service areas means people shouldn't depend on immediate help. Continue reading...

Teen killer in 1979 gets life term lifted

36-year inmate’s sentence now 40 years

Subscriber onlyMARION -- A Jonesboro man who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager in 1980 for killing a store clerk was resentenced to 40 years Friday. Continue reading...

Family donates $1M for children’s hospital

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE — Developer and philanthropist Fadil Bayyari and his children are among the major donors to the Arkansas Children’s Northwest hospital under construction, the hospital’s foundation announced Wednesday. Continue reading...

Deadline extended on hog-farm tests

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has extended the deadline for submitting questions regarding test results at C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea. Continue reading...

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