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News 2014 May 23

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The Purchase Of America

Subscriber onlyThe Purchase Of America Continue reading...

Legislators look at Keno ban for special session

There is a move by some legislators to include a ban on monitor games by the Arkansas lottery if there is a special session called this summer. Continue reading...

Scattered storms possible over holiday weekend

Scattered thunderstorms are predicted across the state over the Memorial Day weekend, but few are expected to be severe, according to the National Weather Service in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Bentonville school evacuated after vague threat discovered

Washington Junior High School was evacuated this morning in response to a vague threat discovered in a girls bathroom, according to Mary Ley, School District director of communications. Continue reading...

I-40 stop nets 217 pounds of marijuana

A truck driver has been arrested after the Arkansas Highway Police confiscated 217 pounds of marijuana from his tractor-trailer, highway officials said Friday. Continue reading...

Police: Bentonville school employee suspected in additional sexual assaults

Subscriber onlyA former Bentonville school employee has been arrested in connection with sexually abusing two more children. Continue reading...

Police: Bentonville school employee suspected in additional sexual assaults

A man already being held in connection with rape and sexual assault at the R.E. Baker Elementary School Adventure Club in Bentonville is now suspected in additional deviate sexual activity with two more 6-year-old girls, according to a news release from the Bentonville Police Department. Continue reading...

USA Truck, shareholder group strike cooperation deal

USA Truck Inc. on Friday said it had reached a cooperation agreement with two investment firms that together hold a 28 percent stake in the Van Buren-based trucking company. Continue reading...

Downtown Siloam Springs

Northwest Arkansas town revitalized with retail, restaurants and recreation

Located about 20 miles west of Springdale, Siloam Springs is easily accessed from the Northwest Arkansas corridor by U.S. 412. The proximity of the Oklahoma border and area casinos draws traffic to the area, but downtown Siloam Springs offers retail stores and restaurants that exude the charm of Main Street USA. Continue reading...

U.S. seen hot for holiday travel

By road, air, post-slump high forecast

Subscriber onlyA good many of the 36.1 million Americans taking to the road and air for the Memorial Day weekend will be heading to the lake and other vacation spots to take advantage of the three-day holiday that traditionally marks the beginning of the summer-travel season. Continue reading...

House OKs NSA power curbs

Tech firms say measure stops short of what’s needed

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to curb some National Security Agency powers in legislation that Internet companies and privacy advocates say won't do enough to prevent spying on innocent Americans. Continue reading...

The campaign non-issue

Subscriber onlyIt's a dismaying irony that on Election Day, I saw a Facebook post that shared KTHV's online news story about Little Rock being listed at the top as the "least safe mid-sized city" by the Movoto blog. Continue reading...

Supreme Court

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court released opinions Thursday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us. Continue reading...

UA System adopts strategy to confront sexual violence

Subscriber onlyMatt McCoy, associate general counsel for the University of Arkansas System, leaned to his left in his chair and lifted his cellphone to show General Counsel Fred Harrison a picture of the cover of the forthcoming Time magazine. Continue reading...

FAA's $2.9 million to help 5 airports

Subscriber onlyFive airports in Arkansas will share in $2.9 million in federal grants, three members of the state's congressional delegation said in a news release Thursday. Continue reading...

Medical screens discount gets OK

Plan covers state staffing, teachers

Subscriber onlyPublic school and state employees who get mammograms, blood-pressure tests or other preventative health screenings by Nov. 1 will get a $75 discount on their monthly insurance premiums next year, a state board decided Thursday. Continue reading...

Attack at Chinese market kills 31

2 SUVs plowed into crowd while occupants threw bombs

Subscriber onlyURUMQI, China -- Attackers hurled bombs from two sport utility vehicles that plowed through shoppers at a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern Xinjiang region Thursday, killing 31 people and wounding more than 90. Continue reading...

Senate passes bill for water projects

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Congress sent the White House a $12.3 billion water-projects bill that was half the size of its last one seven years ago -- before the economy sank into a deep recession that helped swell the government's debt and lawmakers swore off cherry-picking pet projects for constituents. Continue reading...

Quest school backtracks, to open at 1st site

Subscriber onlyQuest Middle School of West Little Rock, a charter school for grades six through eight, will proceed with its original plan to open in August on Rahling Road after an alternative site was rejected earlier this month by the state Board of Education. Continue reading...

Hijacker of school bus gets 55 years in prison

Guilty plea lets kids avoid testifying

Subscriber onlyA 22-year-old man who hijacked a school bus at knife-point last year in Jacksonville accepted a 55-year prison sentence Thursday, the equivalent of five years for each of the 11 elementary-school-age children on the bus at the time. Continue reading...

Russia, China veto referring Syria to court

Subscriber onlyUNITED NATIONS -- Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes, prompting angry responses from the proposal's supporters, who said the two countries should be ashamed. Continue reading...

Nuclear drill flubbed, report says

Air Force team didn’t recapture seized silo during exercise

Subscriber onlyAn Air Force security team's botched response to a simulated assault on a nuclear missile silo has prompted a blistering review followed by expanded training to deal with the scenario of a real attack. Continue reading...

Abductee called police after talking to mom, lawmen say

Subscriber onlySANTA ANA, Calif. -- A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her purported captor year after year, but was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday. Continue reading...

$601 billion defense bill clears House

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. House passed a $601 billion defense authorization bill Thursday that rejects Pentagon plans to retire Cold War-era planes and rebuffs efforts to find savings in cutting military benefits and closing bases. Continue reading...

6 couples challenge S.D. gay-marriage ban

Subscriber onlySix couples filed a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking to block South Dakota's gay-marriage ban, leaving North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged law prohibiting same-sex weddings. Continue reading...

Senate confirms circuit court nominee

Barron wrote legal justification for U.S. drone strikes on Americans abroad

Subscriber onlySenate Democrats overcame opposition by Republicans and quelled concerns by some civil libertarians Thursday, approving President Barack Obama's nominee for a top federal judgeship. The nominee is an architect of the administration's legal argument that allows the use of U.S. drones to kill American terror suspects overseas. Continue reading...

Military seizes control in Thailand

2nd coup in decade comes 2 days after martial law declared

Subscriber onlyBANGKOK -- The Thai military seized control of the country Thursday in a coup, the culmination of months of maneuvering by the Bangkok establishment to sideline the populist movement founded by a billionaire tycoon that has won every national election since 2001. Continue reading...

Nomination near for housing chief

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will tap Shaun Donovan, his current housing chief, to run the budget office, a White House official said Thursday. Continue reading...

Nigeria president again ducks protesters

Subscriber onlyScores of protesters chanting "Bring back our girls" marched Thursday to Nigeria's presidential villa to demand more action to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, but President Goodluck Jonathan did not meet with them, having a proxy deliver a speech that further angered the demonstrators. Continue reading...

Rebels hit Ukraine checkpoint, kill 16

Subscriber onlyBLAHODATNE, Ukraine -- In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the forthcoming election for a new president. Continue reading...

Libya city simmers as militias called in

Subscriber onlyIslamist-led militias on Thursday streamed into the Libyan capital in a standoff with fighters loyal to a renegade general whose offensive has won support from officials, diplomats and army units, but also has threatened to further fragment the country. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “There is no justification for this military coup.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after the Thai army seized control of the country on Thursday Continue reading...

Police to pad patrols for Riverfest

Aim is to head off trouble from big crowds, sun and beer

Subscriber onlyFoot traffic in downtown Little Rock during the Riverfest weekend will include extra police officers on patrol, according to officials who said they are increasing staffing and hours at the annual summer kickoff event. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “We have turned the tables on the NSA and can say to them:We are watching you.” U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., after the House passed a bill to limit the National Security Agency’s powers. Continue reading...

Some scrutiny of voters' IDs went too far

County aims to better train poll workers by November

Subscriber onlyPulaski County Election Director Bryan Poe and his staff will review their training procedures after reports of poll workers incorrectly interpreting new voter-identification requirements during this week's primary elections, Poe said Thursday. Continue reading...

4 finalists remaining for utility's CEO post

1 on panel’s list withdraws name

Subscriber onlyOne candidate in the running to become Little Rock Wastewater's chief executive officer withdrew his name from consideration this week, leaving four finalists remaining. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlySinger Gregg Allman was sued Wednesday along with movie producers, a railroad company and others accused of being responsible for the February death of a young camera assistant when a freight train slammed into a film crew in southeast Georgia. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyRobert Gates, 70, who served as defense secretary under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was confirmed as the Boy Scouts of America's new president. Continue reading...

Ministers defend gay-nuptials ban

200 faith leaders, supporters call on state to uphold meaning of marriage

Subscriber onlyAbout 200 ministers and supporters Thursday called on state officials to uphold the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman after a recent circuit court ruling that struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages. Continue reading...

LSU ace Nola subdues Arkansas

Subscriber onlyArkansas had its shot against Aaron Nola in the first inning. Continue reading...

Candidate in runoff faces ethics complaint

Subscriber onlyA Harrison man has filed an ethics complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission against state Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, who is vying with Mountain Home Republican Scott Flippo in a June 10 runoff for a state Senate seat. Continue reading...

Receiver absolved of charge

Subscriber onlyArkansas receiver signee JoJo Robinson will face no charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery last month in Miami, Robinson family attorney Larry Handfield said Thursday. Continue reading...

Pate on the mark at plate, mound

Subscriber onlyKyle Pate has been an excellent leadoff batter for the Fayetteville Bulldogs this season, but the senior also tends to bring a degree of uncertainty when he comes to the plate. Continue reading...

Murder trial not fair, lawyer says

New counsel tells high court 1st attorney ditched defense

Subscriber onlyA death-row inmate convicted of the murder of his girlfriend in Washington County did not receive a fair trial because his attorney abandoned -- in midtrial -- his client's main defense that he was innocent because of mental illness, his new attorney told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday. Continue reading...

Top Georgia lineman considers visit to UA

Subscriber onlyArkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman visited the school of one of Georgia's top prospects, Brandon Sandifer, about a week ago and is trying to get the offensive lineman to visit Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Sherwood police firing range is a 'dead issue,' mayor says

Subscriber onlyPlans for the Sherwood Police Department to put up an outdoor firing range in a residential area on Trammel Road fell through Thursday after opponents submitted a petition against the proposal, Mayor Virginia Hillman said. Continue reading...

Lake City man dies in vehicle accident

Subscriber onlyA Lake City man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Craighead County early Wednesday, state police reported. Continue reading...

UA likes lay of links-style course

Subscriber onlyInstead of watching the final round of The Masters on April 13, the Arkansas men's golf team hustled up to Hutchinson, Kan., to get in a round at Prairie Dunes Country Club, site of the NCAA Championships, which start today. Continue reading...

Vick: Smith should be Jets’ starting QB

Subscriber onlyFLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets' open quarterback competition might already be case closed. Continue reading...

Miscues pile up for Hogs

Subscriber onlyNot that LSU needed any help Thursday night with ace Aaron Nola pitching, but Arkansas had defensive lapses that helped the Tigers score three runs on their way to a 7-2 victory. Continue reading...

Spa City mayor disputes abduction story

Her son knew where daughter-in-law, children were all along, she says

Subscriber onlyHOT SPRINGS -- Hot Springs Mayor Ruth Carney said late Thursday that her daughter-in-law, actress Tiffany Thornton, did not abduct her own children -- countering an online article saying a police report on the matter had been filed by her son. Continue reading...

UCA one step from title shot

Subscriber onlyCentral Arkansas is putting itself in position to repeat as Southland Conference Tournament champion. Continue reading...

Daily Record

Subscriber onlyMeeting announcements published exclusively on Arkansas Online, the newspaper's website, can be found at www.arkansasonline.com/tools/meetings/. Continue reading...

Jury finds Hot Springs man guilty of murder

Subscriber onlyHOT SPRINGS -- A Hot Springs man was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder and sentenced to 65 years in prison in a 2012 shooting at an area bar. Continue reading...

ASU gets rolling, avoids elimination

Subscriber onlyArkansas State’s offense finally got going Thursday, and because of that, its season will last another day Continue reading...

Motorcycle officer injured in LR crash

Subscriber onlyA Little Rock police officer was injured Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a car. Continue reading...

UALR hires deans for 2 new colleges

Subscriber onlyThe University of Arkansas at Little Rock has hired two new deans after conducting national job searches. Continue reading...

Head-on collision fatal to 84-year-old

Subscriber onlyAn 84-year-old Roland man was killed Wednesday in a head-on crash on Cantrell Road. Continue reading...

THURSDAY’S ROUNDUPS

Subscriber onlyFLORIDA 7, SOUTH CAROLINA 2 Casey Turgeon had three hits and drove in two runs to lead top-seeded Florida (38-20) past South Carolina (42-16) in an elimination game. Continue reading...

Beat-up Rangers give Darvish a healthy cushion

Subscriber onlyOn a day full of bad news on the injury front, at least the Texas Rangers could enjoy a victory. Continue reading...

Travelers lose pitchers, then game

Subscriber onlyPhillip Wellman is in his 15th season as a minor-league manager and has coached at various levels for three decades, so he’s used to seeing players come and go Continue reading...

Seven-run third inning sparks Wolverines' rout

Subscriber onlyMichigan scored seven runs in the third inning on its way to a 17-3 victory over Florida State on Thursday night in an NCAA Super Regional at the Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. Continue reading...

Hometown driver won't get mired in pole chaos

Subscriber onlyEvery night this week has something different in store for Ed Carpenter. Continue reading...

Other Days

Subscriber only100 years ago May 23, 1914 FORT SMITH -- A plan to furnish employment to "confirmed" drunkards so they can support their families while they are serving sentences imposed in Police Court, is vigorously urged in the annual report of Mayor Henry C. Read made public today. Continue reading...

Montreal takes N.Y. in OT

Subscriber only Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late tying goal and beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night. Continue reading...

Trafficking suspect ordered held

Subscriber onlyA Little Rock man who police say is a founding member of a violent Little Rock gang that formed 25 years ago was ordered Thursday to remain jailed, pending federal indictment, after his arrest last week on sex-trafficking allegations. Continue reading...

LR man pleads guilty to robbery, is sentenced to 10 years

Subscriber onlyA 19-year-old Little Rock man has accepted a 10-year prison sentence for robbing a stranger to whom he had given a lift. Continue reading...

Pole vault does the trick for Spickes on final day

Subscriber onlyIf Daniel Spickes needs any advice on how to hit a golf ball, the Rogers Heritage senior can turn to his uncle, PGA Tour member Ken Duke, an Arkadelphia native and Henderson State graduate. Continue reading...

Burglaries

Subscriber onlyThe following burglaries are from reports collected from the Little Rock and North Little Rock police departments. The names listed are of those who reported a burglary and the dates are when the crime is believed to have taken place. Cammack Village data are not included. Continue reading...

Stumbaugh leaves no doubt who's tops on track

Subscriber onlyPayton Stumbaugh has become a broken record. Continue reading...

Police beat

Subscriber onlyHit on street, mom, two kids in hospital A woman was critically injured and two of her children were hospitalized after they were hit by a vehicle while walking Thursday night in the 300 block of East Broadway, according to North Little Rock police. Continue reading...

Slowing NLR tall task for Bentonville

Subscriber onlyNorth Little Rock's offensive explosion against Van Buren on Monday in the semifinals of the Class 7A softball state tournament got Bentonville Coach Kent Early's attention. Continue reading...

HIGH SCHOOL HEPTATHLON/DECATHLON

Subscriber onlyDECATHLON TOP 5 FINISHERS 1. D. Spickes, Heritage, 6,488 2. S. Mathew, Har-Ber, 6,052 Continue reading...

Lady Tigers defense steady with Freehling

Subscriber onlyMorgan Freehling has become accustomed to having her high school soccer season end the same way and in the same location — playing in the Class 7A state championship game at Razorback Field. Continue reading...

Man declared unfit for trial

Judge rules on ex-state police officer’s cousin, co-defendant

Subscriber onlyThe cousin and co-defendant of former Arkansas State Police Lt. Sedrick Reed, who faces an October jury trial on accusations of stealing seized drugs from the agency's evidence room, is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a federal judge declared Tuesday. Continue reading...

Dogs stay 2 years at animal shelter

Seized as evidence in ’12, their fate remains uncertain

Subscriber onlyFor almost two years, the Pulaski County Humane Society has kept more than 150 purebred dogs in its shelter but out of the hands of would-be adopters because of a court case that gave the dogs to the Humane Society to hold as evidence. Continue reading...

SOFTBALL

Subscriber onlyClass 7A NORTH LITTLE ROCK (21-5) VS. BENTONVILLE (24-4) TIME 5:30 p.m. Saturday WHERE Bogle Park NORTH LITTLE ROCK COACH Anthony Cantrell Continue reading...

Nine given wrong ballot, audit finds

Subscriber onlyNine people who voted Tuesday at the Berryville Community Center were given the wrong ballots, the Carroll County Election Commission determined after an audit Thursday. Continue reading...

BASEBALL

Subscriber onlyClass 7A BRYANT (32-2) VS. FAYETTEVILLE (31-3) TIME 4:30 p.m. today WHERE Baum Stadium BRYANT COACH Kirk Bock Continue reading...

Money, money, money

It makes the world go around

Subscriber only"We wouldn't ask for more money if we didn't think it would make us more money." Continue reading...

GIRLS SOCCER

Subscriber onlyClass 7A BENTONVILLE VS. BRYANT TIME 10 a.m. Saturday WHERE Razorback Field BENTONVILLE COACH Kristina Henry Continue reading...

Separate but ... equal? Boy, did he ever get us wrong

Subscriber onlySo there I was, reading a guest article on yesterday's Voices page and nodding not just in agreement but admiration. And why not? For the guest writer was going right down the list of points we'd made earlier in favor of civil unions as opposed to homosexual marriage. Continue reading...

BOYS SOCCER

Subscriber onlyClass 7A SPRINGDALE HAR-BER VS. BENTONVILLE TIME Noon, Saturday WHERE Razorback Field HAR-BER COACH Nelson Medina Continue reading...

Second thoughts

Subscriber onlyCubs pitcher latest to ride on crazy train The Chicago Cubs, who have the worst record in the major leagues, have not given much offensive run support to ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija this season. That's ironic, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, who wrote the Cubs could give Samardzija enough support to run him out of town in a trade. Continue reading...

A half-baked lunch plan

Subscriber onlyThe federal government spends more than $10 billion a year on the National School Lunch Program, which serves more than 30 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For that, taxpayers should expect schools not to feed their children junk. Continue reading...

Wrestling propaganda

Subscriber onlyIt seems like it was just yesterday that self-described "basketball diplomat" Dennis Rodman was in Pyongyang shooting hoops and inciting international outrage. Such was the backlash against his recent trip that he's since vowed never to visit North Korea again--but the DPRK isn't ready to abandon its lofty hopes for sports diplomacy. Continue reading...

Off the wire

Subscriber onlyFOOTBALL Senators urge name change U.S. Senate democrats urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to change the Washington Redskins’ name, saying it is a racist slur and the time is ripe to replace it. Continue reading...

State sports briefs

Subscriber onlyFOOTBALL Swanson signs with Lions Former Arkansas center Travis Swanson signed his rookie contract with Detroit on Thursday after being taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Lions earlier this month. Continue reading...

X-Men creator back at helm of super summertime entertainment

In what came to be a disastrous incident for two pivotal superhero movies released in 2006, after a falling out with Fox, the studio that had produced his two previously successful X-Men films, director Bryan Singer left the third X-Men film in pre-production to work on Warner Bros.' iconic-hero reboot, Superman Returns. Desperate to keep the film on schedule for its summer release date, Fox quickly inserted functional-but-visionless director Brett Ratner to helm the X-movie. Continue reading...

Locke

Ivan Locke isn't a superhero, and maybe he isn't even extraordinary. We've all known people like him, and maybe we imagine ourselves a little like him. He is highly competent, honest and very engaged with his work. Continue reading...

Blended

There's no point in complaining Adam Sandler doesn't make movies for critical love. He'd go broke if he did. Continue reading...

Festival reviews to keep spooling

For me, the Little Rock Film Festival isn't quite over. Continue reading...

Memphis catches ArcBest eye for hub

Subscriber onlyArcBest is considering incentives offered by the the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County as the company evaluates options on where to place a distribution center for ABF Freight System Inc. Continue reading...

HOME MOVIES

The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney (PG-13, 118 minutes) The Monuments Men, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter, should be an edgeof-the-seat thriller. Continue reading...

Busted Allens' liability argued

Owed $3 million, 2 firms tell court

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A bankruptcy judge continued to hear cases Thursday on the validity of more than $3 million in claims against Veg Liquidation. Continue reading...

Godzilla tramples all comers

Godzilla towered over the competition at the box office last weekend as director Gareth Edwards' update on the classic Japanese monster tale defied industry expectations to post the second-biggest opening of the year. Continue reading...

Jobless-aid claims rise to 326,000

Despite 28,000 jump, economists optimistic on job market

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week but remained at a low level that economists said suggests hiring should remain steady. Continue reading...

FILM CLIPS

At area theaters 82 ABOUT LAST NIGHT, R Not a remake but a "modern reimagining" of the 1986 film. (100 minutes) Continue reading...

Heat bills rose 4.4% to battle cold winter

Utility: Usage, not cost, raised totals

Subscriber onlyU.S. consumers spent 4.4 percent more to keep their homes warm this past winter than they did the previous year because of harsh weather, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Continue reading...

Screen Gems

Mark Thiedeman's short film Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls was one of the highlights of the just-concluded Little Rock Film Festival and the film's buzz and audience reception translated into a win for the Best Made in Arkansas Charles B. Pierce Award during the closing night gala on Sunday. Afterward I reached out to director and writer Thiedeman as well as some of his producers and cast to ask them to reflect on their win. Continue reading...

U.S. home resales up 1.3% in April

Condos show 7.3% increase, but single-family houses lag

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned U.S. homes increased in April as a bigger supply of properties attracted buyers and raised prospects for a stronger spring selling season. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

New this week Belle 86 PG Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife, whose lineage affords her certain privileges but whose status causes suitors to avoid her -- until she meets an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, including ending slavery in England. Continue reading...

State, customers backing SourceGas rate increase

Subscriber onlyAn agreement allowing a $13.8 million rate increase for SourceGas Arkansas is in the public interest, the state attorney general's office told the Arkansas Public Service Commission on Thursday. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

(opening dates are tentative) Cold in July, not rated A homeowner investigating noises shoots a low-life burglar and, although he's hailed as a small-town hero, he soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when the burglar's ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. Continue reading...

Stocks climb on economic news

Subscriber onlyStocks got off to a good start Thursday and held on to their gains, carving out a modest increase for the second day in a row. Continue reading...

U.S. said to win China trade dispute

Subscriber onlyThe World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of the U.S. in a dispute with China involving cars and auto parts, according to a person familiar with the matter. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: Have your kids been asking to go to a summer camp? Summer camps can be great experiences for kids. They can try new things, make new friends and create memories to last a lifetime. Here are some things to think about when choosing a camp: Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Your habit of finding the good in people will bring about a surprise in June, a very social and exciting month. The end of a job comes in July, and you'll use what you learned to start a new venture. Be ready to change paddles midstream and adapt accordingly. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't see how any intelligent person can believe what the Bible says. The people who wrote it thousands of years ago didn't know anything about science, and anyway, it's full of contradictions. I'm sorry, but I just can't swallow the idea that it's God's Word. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Casino table games

Super Quiz: Casino table games Continue reading...

Lowrey Sports Bentonville's Hottest Bat

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- There was a time when Alicia Lowrey thought her senior season with Bentonville's softball team would never start. Continue reading...

Bentonville's Freehling Makes Third Trip To Title Match

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Morgan Freehling has become quite accustomed to having her high school soccer season end the same way and in the same location -- playing in the Class 7A State Championship at Razorback Field. Continue reading...

Defensive-Minded Tyler Key To Fayetteville's Title Run

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Drew Tyler plays one of the more difficult positions on the baseball field. He plays the position so well, Fayetteville pitchers have benefited with record-breaking numbers. Continue reading...

Fayetteville Country Club Steven W. Arnold Memorial Member-Guest Set For Weekend

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Steve Arnold was a friend to perhaps everyone he came across in his time at Fayetteville Country Club. Continue reading...

Time Chips Away At Another Wrong

Subscriber only"It's been over 40 years since Mildred Loving was given the right to marry the person of her choice. The hatred and fears have long since vanished and she and her husband lived full lives together; so it will be for the same-sex couples. It is time to let that beacon of freedom shine brighter on all our brothers and sisters. We will be stronger for it." Continue reading...

Commentary: Is This The Best Way To Pick Judges?

Subscriber onlyIn a democracy, how we select officeholders is more important than whom we elect in a single election. That being the case, it's time to reconsider how we select judges and Supreme Court justices. It's not been a good election cycle. Continue reading...

Mountain Inn Location Holds Great Potential

Subscriber onlyIt's easy, because of its status as one of Fayetteville's most colossal private development failures, to forget just how much potential the land at Mountain Street and College Avenue in Fayetteville holds for downtown. Continue reading...

Death Row Inmate Marcyniuk Asks High Court For New Trial

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A death row inmate from Washington County asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday for a new trial, claiming his trial attorney raised a valid insanity defense but then abandoned it in closing arguments. Continue reading...

Moncrief To Be Featured At Rogers Conversations Event

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Sidney Moncrief, Razorback and NBA legend, will be the guest at a Conversations VIP Night hosted by the Rogers Public Library at the library, 711 S. Dixieland Road. Continue reading...

Springdale Police Look for Assault Suspect

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Police said Thursday they are a looking for a man who drove his vehicle toward an officer who was responding to a call at Kum & Go, 1220 E. Robinson Ave. Continue reading...

Haas Hall Eyes Bentonville Site

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Haas Hall Academy has found a site in Bentonville for the second school it hopes to open in time for the 2015-16 school year, according to a letter submitted to the state Department of Education. Continue reading...

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation At West Fork School

Subscriber onlyWEST FORK -- Police arrested a 14-year-old West Fork Middle School student Thursday in connection with communicating a false alarm and filing a false police report after a student found a threatening message written on a desktop in a classroom. Continue reading...

Bond Set For Bearded-Robbery Suspect

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Bond was set at $50,000 for the Rogers man suspected of donning a fake beard and committing a series of robberies earlier this month. Continue reading...

Records

Subscriber onlyArrests Continue reading...

Grant Awarded To Pay For Safe Routes To School Assessment In Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber onlyEnergizeNWA, a community initiative from the Endeavor Foundation, has awarded more than $33,000 to the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks. Continue reading...

Bentonville Board Talks Public Art

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Public art will soon be incorporated into the city's landscape as various boards have been deciding which pieces to place and where. Continue reading...

Public Meetings

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Fayetteville SchoolBoard Rejects Portion Of Enrollment Distribution Plan

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A residents committee which recommended a new enrollment distribution plan for middle and junior high schools may be going back to the drawing board after the School Board rejected two of the four recommendations. Continue reading...

Benton County Begins Ambulance Campaign

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE --Benton County officials agreed Thursday they need to build support for an ambulance funding plan, but delayed a decision on which plan. Continue reading...

Springdale Forum Talks About Arkansas' Racial Disparity

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Northwest Arkansas residents talked Thursday about what they see as a difference in treatment between minorities and the white majority in the criminal justice system. Continue reading...

Stumbaugh, Spickes Claim Titles

Subscriber onlyCABOT -- Payton Stumbaugh has become a broken record. Continue reading...

NWA Continues To Struggle

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Thursday night's game between Northwest Arkansas and the San Antonio Missions began and ended with a bang. Continue reading...

FYI

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LIVE! in NWA

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Arts Away!

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Fresh New Festival

Eureka celebrates food, art, music

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Hitting A Home Run

Naturals offer four games this weekend

Subscriber onlyGetting families out to the ballgame is the goal of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, says General Manager Justin Cole. The AA farm team for the Kansas City Royals offers family-friendly entertainment on and off the field this weekend at Arvest Ballpark, he adds, with special events that celebrate Memorial Day. Continue reading...

Boogie Shoes (And Paws)

Gulley Park Concert Series fun for everyone

Subscriber onlyThe formula hasn't much changed for the Gulley Park Concert Series. Grab some refreshments, bring a lawn chair or a blanket and plop down in front of the gazebo in the center of the park. Organizers with the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation department take care of the rest. Continue reading...

Cowboy Up!

History rides in to River Valley with rodeo

Subscriber onlyThe residents of Fort Smith mark their storied past every May with Western Heritage Month. The celebration culminates with the Old Fort Days Rodeo, Monday through May 31. Continue reading...

Hills Come Alive

Opera returns for 64th season

Subscriber onlyOpera in the Ozarks announced its 64th season May 15, which will include 24 fully produced operatic performances in Eureka Springs and Bentonville. Continue reading...

The Necessity Of The Bear

Naturalist shares history, love of bears in Hobbs Speaker Series

Subscriber onlyArkansas became a state in 1836, and 22 years later, earned the nickname "The Bear State." At the time, more than 50,000 black bears roamed the Ozarks and the plains and prairies of eastern Arkansas and captured the imagination of visitors. The bears defined the state's reputation as a rugged wilderness. Continue reading...

Dear Abby: HARDWORKING COUPLE RELUCTANT TO HELP FREELOADING RELATIVE

Subscriber onlyDEAR ABBY: My spouse and I, after many long years of school, advanced degrees and work in the corporate world, are now retired. We are (we hope) financially secure. Continue reading...

Atkins Claims He Was Ordered To Kill Tontitown Woman Over Meth

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The man accused of fatally stabbing a Springdale woman Wednesday morning told investigators he was ordered to kill her by two other men over stolen methamphetamine, according to a report released Thursday. Continue reading...

Pea Ridge Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- A Pea Ridge man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl. Continue reading...

Rogers Man Accused Of Kidnapping

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- A Rogers man was arrested Tuesday after a woman reported she was kidnapped. Continue reading...