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Arkansas attorney surrenders law license after admitting theft from firm

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court's Committee on Professional Conduct has accepted the voluntary surrender of a Fort Smith attorney's law license after he admitted taking $100,000 from his firm for personal use. Continue reading...

Two arrested in Washington County child porn investigation

Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection possessing, distributing or viewing child porn after an investigation that started in 2014, according to a probable cause affidavit. Continue reading...

Hatcher not expected to miss playing time after surgery

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas receiver Keon Hatcher had a followup procedure on his broken left foot last weekend and should be back at full speed in June. Continue reading...

Police seek killer of man who washed ashore in 'cement shoes'

NEW YORK — Authorities are searching for the killer of a man whose body washed ashore in New York City wrapped in plastic garbage bags and wearing "cement shoes." Continue reading...

Arkansas lawmakers approve $5.3B budget for coming year

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year and are now preparing for another session on highway funding. Continue reading...

FDA brings e-cigarettes under federal authority

WASHINGTON — New federal rules announced Thursday have the potential to upend the multibillion-dollar electronic cigarette industry just as it is attempting to position itself as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Continue reading...

Trump says he would likely replace Yellen

Donald Trump says he has nothing against Janet Yellen but would likely replace her as Fed chair once her term is up. Continue reading...

Woman arrested after refusing to answer questions during traffic stop sues

TRENTON, N.J. — A Philadelphia woman who was arrested after she refused to answer questions during a traffic stop in New Jersey has sued state police, claiming troopers violated basic rules by arresting her for remaining silent. Continue reading...

PHOTO: Man going 112 mph fled crash with pet monkey, police say

BURIEN, Wash. — A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists. Continue reading...

Hogs make ninth straight NCAA regional

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas men's golf is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year. Continue reading...

Arkansas GOP says loyal will sign on to Trump bid

Subscriber onlyThe state's Republican elected officials, who previously steered clear of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, will rally around the New York businessman now that he's the presumptive nominee, state party leaders predicted Wednesday. Continue reading...

250 more lose jobs at Murphy Oil; Arkansas company reports $198.8M first-quarter loss

Subscriber onlyMurphy Oil Corp. has laid off 250 employees, about 20 percent of its workforce, in response to low oil and natural-gas prices, the company said Wednesday. Continue reading...

House, Senate pass bills to budget state

Final votes today on $5.33B for 2017

Subscriber onlyBills prioritizing the distribution of $5.33 billion in general revenue in the coming fiscal year -- up from $5.19 billion in the current fiscal year -- zipped through the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Joint Budget Committee endorsed the measures. Continue reading...

Faculty group at UA presses for pay raises

Report says salary increases trail those of administrators

Subscriber onlyA resolution approved by University of Arkansas at Fayetteville faculty members calls for the university to make increases in their pay a top priority after years of faculty raises lagging behind pay increases for administrators. Continue reading...

Arkansas couple denies counts tied to starving horses

Subscriber onlyA rural Mulberry couple pleaded innocent Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court to animal cruelty charges, accused of letting three of their horses starve. Continue reading...

Restaurant transitions: Taco Beer Burrito opening; Little Rock Chick-fil-A closed but new location promised

Taco Beer Burrito opens today in time for Cinco de Mayo, next door to Blue Canoe Brewing Co. in the former Brown Sugar Bakeshop space, 419 E. Third St., Little Rock. Arkansas Online reports the taproom/Mexican restaurant will incorporate Blue Canoe's beers into the tacos and burritos, according to co-owner Ida Cowan: "It's kind of like street trucks but indoors," she said of the food selection. "Our meat is going to be chuck roast, beef and chicken, and that's slow cooked for six to eight hours in our beers." The menu, which includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, will offer three tacos, four burritos, four salsas, a yellow cheese dip and two desserts, plus four kinds of margaritas on tap. Hours will be the same as the brewery: 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, with eventual plans to open for lunch. Call (501) 246-5315 or visit the Blue Canoe Facebook page. Continue reading...

Killer in courtroom, witness insists; North Little Rock woman says she saw defendant shoot man

Subscriber onlyA North Little Rock woman who said she witnessed the Christmas Eve 2014 slaying of a man in her living room refused to back down Wednesday from naming Tyrun Lamont Jones as the killer, resisting defense entreaties to recant. Continue reading...

Arkansas will keep Texan's $19,894

Appeal filed too late to get back money seized in traffic stop

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Court of Appeals cited timing and procedural grounds for dismissing the appeal of a Texas driver who lost nearly $20,000 in cash to the state in a seizure during a 2013 traffic stop. Continue reading...

6 blazes suspect; Arkansas city on alert

Vacant buildings hit on weekends

Subscriber onlyWeekend fires have razed six vacant houses in Swifton since January, and police are asking residents to watch for any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Kurrus' dilemma

Subscriber onlyBaker Kurrus says he won't take a paying job with the Little Rock school superintendent sent by the state to replace him. Continue reading...

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