News 2017 June

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Friday, June 30

To improve U.S. health care, look to the Canadians

posted: 06/30/2017 6:17 p.m.

By most measures, we have the worst health care system in the industrialized world? If you doubt that, go talk to a Canadian citizen. They think we're crazy ... because our health care system doesn't cover all citizens, costs way more per capita than the Canadian system, pays a lot more for the exact same drugs, and lets people die because they cannot afford U.S. health care. In the Canadian system (and everywhere else in the industrialized world), if you're sick, you go see a doctor. There is no baloney about insurance, deductibles, pre-existing conditions, etc.. that you get in the U.S. system. The system is run by the provinces, so they could opt out if they wanted to be voted out of office. And as I said, coverage is 100 percent and per capita costs are much lower than in the rickety U.S. system.

Arkansan now faces homicide charges in deaths of 2 children who drowned after pickup rolled into pond

posted: 06/30/2017 1:51 p.m.

Charges have been added against one of two Arkansans held in the deaths of two young children who drowned after the truck they were left alone in rolled into a pond.

Arkansans arrested on Capitol Hill head home after protests; walk away with a fine

posted: 06/30/2017 9:33 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Arkansans arrested on Capitol Hill began returning home Thursday after resolving their cases.

Eliminating tax breaks may solve health care issues

posted: 06/30/2017 5:03 a.m.

From all you read and hear on TV, there is a tremendous amount of attention and discussion given to the many details of the Republican bill for the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, which is certainly valid. However, no one seems interested in the major part of this proposed bill, which is massive tax breaks for the wealthy.

Teen driving on Little Rock street shot multiple times, police say

posted: 06/30/2017 4:33 a.m.

Police are investigating after a teenager was injured in a shooting Thursday night in Little Rock.

Police chief in central Arkansas removed from post pending outcome of trial

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray removed Jacksonville's new police chief from the position, at least for the time being, ruling on Thursday that Geoffrey Herweg is barred from holding the job by the Arkansas Constitution.

U.S. 62 crash, tipped tractor kill three men

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

A head-on collision Wednesday afternoon in northern Arkansas left two men dead and a minor injured, state police said.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says changes needed to Senate health care bill

updated: 06/30/2017 3:54 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson suggested Thursday that the federal health care bill should be revised to preserve more federal support for Medicaid and other subsidies to help low-income people buy coverage, even as top Senate Republicans in Washington discussed ways to rewrite the bill to make it passable.

2 young children found inside pickup in Arkansas pond die; 2 arrested

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

Two young children drowned after the truck they were left alone in rolled across a state highway and into a pond Wednesday night, Saline County sheriff's office arrest records show.

North Little Rock police respond after officer known for community policing says he has to cut back on posts

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

A North Little Rock police officer whose community policing has reached millions of people on social media will have to cut back on his postings during work hours, he said.

Prosecutor for 3 Arkansas counties nominated for U.S. attorney post

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

Cody Hiland, the elected prosecuting attorney for Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties for the past six years, on Thursday was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Sales cold call brings national pageant, 150 contestants, to Little Rock

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

It was a cold call to Amanda Patterson almost two years ago that landed Little Rock a national pageant featuring contestants from all 50 states this week.

Man falls ill, dies in Arkansas police custody

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

Police are investigating after a man died Wednesday evening while in police custody.

Texas man indicted in collision that killed 13 people in minibus

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

A grand jury has indicted a Texas man whom authorities accuse of causing a traffic collision that killed 13 people in a minibus returning from a church retreat in March.

Little Rock pays $15,000 in case of man punched 7 times by off-duty officer

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

A settlement agreement obtained Thursday reveals that Jon "Chris" Erwin of Little Rock has accepted $15,000 from the city to resolve his claims stemming from his 2011 arrest outside a Hillcrest restaurant, where a video showed him being punched in the face seven times by a uniformed, off-duty officer.

Arkansas pupils slip a few points on Iowa tests

updated: 06/30/2017 3:48 a.m.

Arkansas' first- and second-graders dipped on the 2017 Iowa Assessments as pupils in those grades did in 2016, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Police name Arkansas couple who died in suspected murder-suicide

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

A couple who died in a suspected murder-suicide have been identified by police.

Arkansas man arrested on drunk driving charge in fatal crash

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

Little Rock police arrested a man Wednesday in a crash that killed one person and injured another in February.

North Little Rock mayor talks up added 1% tax, gets crowd input

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith told about 30 residents from the city's east side Thursday evening that a proposed 1 percentage-point city sales tax increase would satisfy the city's financial needs "well into the future."

Three Arkansas counties added to disaster-aid list

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended disaster assistance to residents in three additional Arkansas counties that were hit by storms and flooding between April 26 and May 19, officials announced Thursday.

Travs make splash with all-star efforts

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas Travelers pitchers Peter Tago and Tyler Herb relaxed in Dr. Pepper Ballpark's lazy river -- like those found in most water parks -- shortly after Tuesday's batting practice at the Texas League All-Star Game in Frisco, Texas.

Trump to meet with Putin next week, White House says

updated: 06/30/2017 3:41 a.m.

President Donald Trump will convene a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany next week, the White House said Thursday, amid swirling allegations about Moscow's role in the 2016 elections.

Suicide suspected in Arkansas inmate's death

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

An inmate's death at an eastern Arkansas prison is being investigated as an apparent suicide, according to a prison spokesman.

Common pesticide blamed for weak bee hives

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new field study in three European countries.

House Republicans push 2 illegal-immigration bills

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

House Republicans approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump.

Oscar Mayer closes century-old plant

posted: 06/30/2017 4:30 a.m.

The last cold cuts are rolling off the line at the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, ending nearly 100 years of production at the Wisconsin plant.

Taxpayers getting shaft on taxation levels

posted: 06/30/2017 4:15 a.m.

Jerry Reed sang a song called "She Got the Goldmine." It's about him getting a divorce and his wife getting her "fair share." He wanted to be fair and give her what she had coming but he had no idea that she was going to get "the better half."

Revised travel rules in effect on six nations

posted: 06/30/2017 3:56 a.m.

A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that raised protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January.

'17 deficit estimate up $108B

updated: 06/30/2017 3:46 a.m.

The U.S. government's budget deficit is widening sharply this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday in a report that comes as Republicans are trying to develop a tax cut package on Capitol Hill.

Eyes on papacy in cardinal's case

posted: 06/30/2017 3:33 a.m.

The Catholic Church's child sexual-abuse scandal ensnared one of Pope Francis's top lieutenants on Thursday, underlining the halting progress the reformist pontiff has made in addressing decades of abuse by the clergy even as Cardinal George Pell declared himself innocent of the charges against him.

Judge blocks ban on gun magazines

posted: 06/30/2017 3:15 a.m.

A federal judge on Thursday blocked a California law set to take effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Vote sets war-powers debate

updated: 06/30/2017 3:11 a.m.

A GOP-controlled House committee agreed Thursday to a proposal to force a debate on a new war authorization.

Democrats urge Sessions inquiry

updated: 06/30/2017 3:10 a.m.

House Democrats are asking the Justice Department's inspector general to launch a special investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions and whether he violated the terms of his recusal from probes related to the 2016 presidential campaigns by being involved in the firing of James Comey as FBI director.

Protests greet Xi in Hong Kong visit

posted: 06/30/2017 3:08 a.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing taking control of the former British colony, as authorities showed little patience for pro-democracy protests.

Trump takes flak for tweets

updated: 06/30/2017 3:07 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the brains, looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching. His broadside against the woman's appearance set off a storm of protest from Republicans and Democrats alike.

S. Korean, lawmakers meet; North is topic

posted: 06/30/2017 3:04 a.m.

South Korea's new leader dined with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday as part of an effort to reassure Washington that he will coordinate closely on dealing with the North Korean threat.

ISIS fight still on, Iraqi says caliphate dead

updated: 06/30/2017 3:03 a.m.

Iraq's Prime Minister declared an end to the Islamic State caliphate Thursday after Iraqi forces captured the compound of a landmark mosque in Mosul that was blown up last week by the Islamic State group.

NATO to add to troops training Afghan forces

updated: 06/30/2017 3:02 a.m.

More than 16 years into the Afghanistan war, the United States and its NATO allies wrangled anew on Thursday over how to meet the need for more troops to counter a resurgent Taliban and help Afghan forces break a stalemate in the fight.

The world in brief

updated: 06/30/2017 2:59 a.m.

Serbs get first gay, female premier

The nation in brief

updated: 06/30/2017 2:58 a.m.

Prosecutor jailed in corruption case

Names and faces

updated: 06/30/2017 2:56 a.m.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez is threatening to leave The Fast and the Furious franchise unless its female characters are treated differently. Rodriguez wrote on Instagram on Tuesday that she hopes filmmakers decide "to show some love to the women of the franchise" in its next installment. If not, she says, she "just might have to say goodbye."

In the news

updated: 06/30/2017 2:55 a.m.

Craig Mosher, a farmer whose bull wandered onto a road in Killington, Vt., and caused a fatal crash in 2015, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and was sentenced to six-12 months of probation and 50 hours of community service for negligently maintaining his fence.

Two finalists named for top job at UAMS

posted: 06/30/2017 2:46 a.m.

The University of Arkansas System named two finalists -- both with ties to the state -- for chancellor of its academic medical center on Thursday.

Cleanup planned for Buffalo River

posted: 06/30/2017 2:35 a.m.

Buffalo National River Partners, in partnership with the National Park Service, will host a river cleanup from Hasty Access to Carver on July 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

2 men charged in party gunfire

posted: 06/30/2017 2:34 a.m.

Two men who police say shot and killed one person and injured six others during a May 14 downtown Jonesboro party face first-degree murder charges.

NBA free agency could get frenzied

posted: 06/30/2017 2:27 a.m.

MIAMI -- Drama is never in short supply during NBA free agency.

QUARTER CENTURY OF THE HOGS IN THE SEC NO. 13: ARKANSAS 20, ALABAMA 19: 'J.J. caught it'

posted: 06/30/2017 2:25 a.m.

J.J. Meadors had 134 career receptions for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1992-1995, but one stands out.

Cubs' 3-run 9th adds insult to Nats' injury

posted: 06/30/2017 2:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Chicago Cubs caught a break this week when NL MVP Kris Bryant avoided serious injury, suffering only a sprained right ankle after stumbling over third base whle catching a popup on Wednesday.

Teen granted own trial in '16 slaying

posted: 06/30/2017 2:22 a.m.

The oldest of three teens charged with murder in the death of a University of Arkansas at Fort Smith student last year has been ordered to be tried separately.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/30/2017 2:22 a.m.

Players selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft have until July 7 to sign a contract with teams that selected them or attend their chosen schools. An article in Wednesday's editions reported an incorrect date.

Commentary: Show Odor, Napoli some tough love

posted: 06/30/2017 2:21 a.m.

Somewhere along the way from American Hero to the new contract and the two quarter horses, Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers has lost his way.

25 for 25: Your say

posted: 06/30/2017 2:21 a.m.

Fifteen panelists for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette voted on the top 25 most memorable football games for the Arkansas Razorbacks since they moved to the SEC for the 1992 season. More than 80 games were considered.

The Recruiting Guy: TE Ford exploring all his options

posted: 06/30/2017 2:20 a.m.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Top tight end prospect Luke Ford committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks a day after visiting Fayetteville March 12-13, but on June 10 he reopened his recruiting to visit other schools.

Grichuk's improved swing, 5 RBI lift Cardinals

posted: 06/30/2017 2:20 a.m.

PHOENIX — Three weeks in the minor leagues improved Randal Grichuk’s swing.

Groups to re-enact Battle of Helena

posted: 06/30/2017 2:20 a.m.

A re-enactment of the Battle of Helena -- which was fought on July 4, 1863, during the Civil War -- will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Fort Curtis on Tuesday.

Triplett’s 62 ties Champions Tour record

posted: 06/30/2017 2:19 a.m.

PEABODY, Mass. — Kirk Triplett shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open to match the lowest round in a PGA Tour Champions major.

Ex-Hog leads Quicken Loans field

posted: 06/30/2017 2:18 a.m.

POTOMAC, Md. -- David Lingmerth is one of a few players in the Quicken Loans National field with any memories to draw on at TPC Potomac -- and they're the best kind of memories.

Pair stake claims at Women's PGA

posted: 06/30/2017 2:17 a.m.

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Michelle Wie launched a 3-wood into swirling gusts and toward the 18th green, wondering if the shot had enough steam to get there. A shift in the wind took the guesswork out of the equation.

2 lanes of overpass on I-555 reopened

posted: 06/30/2017 2:17 a.m.

Two lanes of a five-lane Interstate 555 overpass in Jonesboro are reopen to traffic after a tractor-trailer struck its support columns and exploded Tuesday, state highway officials said.

Five riskiest players on free-agent market

posted: 06/30/2017 2:17 a.m.

The NBA’s free agent frenzy will officially tip off on Saturday as teams throughout the league try to figure out a way to close the gap between themselves and the true title-contending teams like the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Larson, Johnston return to Daytona

posted: 06/30/2017 2:15 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Larson found himself leading the Daytona 500 with one lap remaining and a shot to win the biggest race on the NASCAR calendar.

From Roger to Venus, what to watch at Wimbledon

posted: 06/30/2017 2:13 a.m.

As tennis turns to Wimbledon, there's been a bit of a throwback feel to this Grand Slam season so far.

A look at the top 4 favorites (Men)

posted: 06/30/2017 2:12 a.m.

ANDY MURRAY

A look at the top 4 favorites (Women)

posted: 06/30/2017 2:09 a.m.

ANGELIQUE KERBER

Daily Record

posted: 06/30/2017 2:08 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Five who could end Big 4's reign

posted: 06/30/2017 2:08 a.m.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have ruled Wimbledon for the past 14 years, combining to win the tournament every time in that span.

Other days

updated: 06/30/2017 2:08 a.m.

100 years ago

Wimbledon seedings

posted: 06/30/2017 2:05 a.m.

1. Andy Murray, Britain (1)

State sports briefs

posted: 06/30/2017 1:58 a.m.

Razorbacks 20th in Directors Cup standings

OPINION - Guest writer: Health care at risk

posted: 06/30/2017 1:58 a.m.

Arkansas has been on a pathway toward better health for a number of years. Now, it appears, we are in danger of losing our way.

Off the wire

posted: 06/30/2017 1:58 a.m.

Djokovic advances

OPINION: Hard to watch

posted: 06/30/2017 1:57 a.m.

Most videos of vicious criminal attacks like the ones released this week from New Orleans and Georgia carry a warning: "Contains graphic content" or "Viewer discretion advised" or "May be disturbing to some viewers" or similar. Inevitably, what frequently appears next on the screen should be extremely disturbing to all viewers.

Second Thoughts: Woman safe after ump's fast thinking

posted: 06/30/2017 1:57 a.m.

Major league umpire John Tumpane can't explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon.

Letters

posted: 06/30/2017 1:57 a.m.

State benefits from it

GDP up 1.4% in 1Q, beats estimates

posted: 06/30/2017 1:52 a.m.

The U.S. economy got off to a lackluster start during the first three months of 2017, though it had more momentum than earlier estimates indicated.

Commentary: Century's Top 20 movies: Part One

posted: 06/30/2017 1:52 a.m.

Recently, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, film critics for the venerable New York Times, put out a list of what they consider the best 25 films of the 21st century to this point. While the exercise, as with many such things, could hardly be called definitive -- even if they are two of the best critics we've got, they still only represent a small fraction of thought on the subject -- it is fascinating to see what they consider the films that will collectively define the first decade and a half of the new century.

Druggist scraps deal for Rite Aid

posted: 06/30/2017 1:51 a.m.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is scrapping its deal to buy all of rival Rite Aid Corp. and instead will buy a smaller piece of the drugstore chain, after the original takeover effort seemed doomed by antitrust regulators.

Runaway Driver

posted: 06/30/2017 1:50 a.m.

British writer-director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) apparently loves car chases twice as much as the next moviegoer.

Previews

posted: 06/30/2017 1:50 a.m.

Baby Driver

Rising rents vex New Orleanians

posted: 06/30/2017 1:49 a.m.

Lower-income renters in New Orleans are facing the loss of their homes and uncertain futures as housing subsidies start to expire in a city that already has experienced steep rent increases and stagnant wage growth.

Blue Apron's shares fail to deliver in 1st day on stock market

posted: 06/30/2017 1:49 a.m.

Meal kit company Blue Apron's shares ended unchanged Thursday in their first full day on the stock market.

Review: The Beguiled

posted: 06/30/2017 1:48 a.m.

Sofia Coppola's take on Thomas Collinan's novel The Beguiled slowly but effortlessly glides from wishful thinking to the stuff of nightmares. While she's following in the intimidating footsteps of Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dirty Harry) and Clint Eastwood in peak form, her own sensibilities serve the story well.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 06/30/2017 1:47 a.m.

Beatriz at Dinner, R An immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, drawing on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles, collides with her polar opposite, a self-satisfied billionaire, at a wealthy client's dinner party. With Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloe Sevigny, Connie Britton, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, John Early, David Warshofsky; directed by Miguel Arteta. July 7

Jury finds NYC high-rise used to skirt Iran sanctions

posted: 06/30/2017 1:47 a.m.

The U.S. government said it's ready to seize a Manhattan skyscraper from an Iranian-American charity after a jury found Thursday that the charity's majority ownership was derived from financial dealings that violated sanctions against Iran.

Review: The Hero

posted: 06/30/2017 1:46 a.m.

It's easy to enjoy a Sam Elliott performance.

Transformers clings to top spot

posted: 06/30/2017 1:46 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise from Michael Bay, may have topped the weekend, but all that robot-smashing has gotten a bit rusty at the box office.

HOME MOVIES

posted: 06/30/2017 1:45 a.m.

Elian, directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden

Spring wheat futures price surges

updated: 06/30/2017 1:45 a.m.

Prices for spring wheat, the high-protein variety favored for bagels and pizza crusts, are starting to defy gravity.

Review: Despicable Me 3

posted: 06/30/2017 1:44 a.m.

Apparently, the French animation studio Illumination has some laughing gas still left in the tank. Just when it looked as if those goofy, bumbling Minions had lost their appeal, writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have come up with just enough inspired silliness to merit another installment.

Market report: Tech slide sends U.S. stocks lower

posted: 06/30/2017 1:44 a.m.

A steep slide in the value of technology stocks pulled U.S. the market lower Thursday, erasing gains from the previous day.

Super Quiz: Concise history

posted: 06/30/2017 1:44 a.m.

1. Who crossed what in 49 B.C.?

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/30/2017 1:43 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Fidgety kids and crying babies can make an airplane trip a nightmare. With summer vacations coming up, have you got any hints for parents of little fliers? Is it appropriate to offer to help?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/30/2017 1:43 a.m.

Happy birthday. It's a pivotal moment in your story. In a country of opportunity, much is possible. Reasonable health is all the good fortune you need to create five exciting outcomes over the next year. Some you've been working on for years; two are new. Helpful partners will share your stellar attitude. October brings a windfall.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/30/2017 1:42 a.m.

Aetna shifting Connecticut hub to NYC

On Christianity

posted: 06/30/2017 1:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I gave my grandson a nice Bible for his high school graduation, but his parents got upset and told me in his presence to quit shoving religion down his throat. I knew they didn't go to church or anything, but why would they react so strongly? Was I wrong to do this?

News in brief

posted: 06/30/2017 1:41 a.m.

LR firm to build, run Clarksville solar farm

OWNING THE ROAD: ‘Superload’ draws spectators

posted: 06/30/2017 1:09 a.m.

Jeremy Dersam had Thursday off work.

Fireworks shows draw thousands of boaters to Beaver Lake; officials advise keeping safety in mind

posted: 06/30/2017 1:08 a.m.

Thousands of people will be on Beaver Lake this Fourth of July weekend, and boaters should keep safety and courtesy in mind, officials said.

Federal disaster-assistance teams visit Northwest Arkansas

posted: 06/30/2017 1:06 a.m.

Federal emergency assistance workers are going door-to-door in the area to get a firsthand look at damage from the storms and flooding that hit the area in April and May.

Suspect in ruin of monolith has first court session

posted: 06/30/2017 1:05 a.m.

A man accused of ramming and toppling a Ten Commandments monument less than 24 hours after it was installed on the state Capitol grounds insisted Thursday on representing himself in his first court appearance in the case.

Missing pipe connection seeped sewage into Bentonville creek

posted: 06/30/2017 1:04 a.m.

A gap in the wastewater connection at 8th Street Market sent sewage about a quarter mile down Town Branch Creek earlier this month.

Couple arrested in death of child

posted: 06/30/2017 1:04 a.m.

Detectives arrested a Northwest Arkansas couple Wednesday in Rancho Cordova, Calif., in connection with child endangerment, which may have led to the death of a 3-year-old girl, according to police.

Goodman officials, residents team up on long-term use plan

posted: 06/30/2017 1:03 a.m.

Officials and residents will team up to form a long-term plan for the city.

Siloam Springs police recognized for accreditation

posted: 06/30/2017 1:02 a.m.

The Police Department was recognized by the Arkansas Law Enforcement Accreditation Program at the June 20 meeting of the city's Board of Directors.

Springdale man dead after tractor accident

posted: 06/30/2017 1:02 a.m.

A 69-year-old man died Thursday after a tractor accident, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Farmington School Board eyes millage increase

posted: 06/30/2017 1:01 a.m.

The School Board will wait until its July 10 meeting to decide whether to ask voters to approve a 1.25-mill property tax increase to help pay for phase 3 of the high school campus.

DEAR ABBY: Suicide rate among older men is overlooked tragedy

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My elderly father's dearest friend committed suicide yesterday. He shot himself in the head. The family wasn't even aware that he was depressed. Dad has lost three wonderful friends this way in recent years. He's heartbroken thinking that his buddies were secretly suffering.

LIVE! in NWA

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Today Open Fields -- 8 p.m., Black Apple Crossing, Springdale.

3x3 Three Minutes, Three Questions Edward, Jana & Eva Robison

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

The family that makes art together ... ends up showing that art at Brews together?

Records

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Arrests

Stars focus on 'female gaze' in Beguiled

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- The intersection of Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman didn't start with The Beguiled.

NWA editorial: Thou shalt not

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

A headline writer can go an entire career without an opportunity to draft an offering like the one that appeared on the front page of Thursday's edition.

Dancing Into History

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

The name Irene Castle might not immediately ring any bells, and even fewer people might recognize her as a former resident of Eureka Springs. But that will change after this weekend's Fourth of July Birthday Stroll.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Monday

July Art OverView

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

July 3 Special Exhibition Tour — “Chihuly: In the Forest,” 4 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Free with exhibition ticket. 657-2335.

Outlaw Attitude

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Micah Nelson counts himself lucky it was his brother Lukas who took up the mantel of country music like their father, the legendary Willie Nelson. In a way, watching his older brother take a similar road as his father cleared him of any pressure to follow that path -- which is good, he says, because it likely wouldn't have made a difference.

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Answering questions about climate pact withdrawal

Fulmer dazzles as Detroit knocks off Kansas City

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

DETROIT — The crowd cheered Michael Fulmer and booed the decision to pull him.

Kernodle New Play Award Recipient Announced

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

John Walch, University of Arkansas head of playwriting and administrator of the Kernodle New Play Award, announced this month that the prestigious award for 2017 was being given to New York playwright Barbara Hammond and her play, "Visible from Four States."

Baseball: Naturals hang on for 9-8 win

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- The Northwest Arkansas Naturals built a big lead Thursday, but had a near meltdown in the ninth inning before hanging on for a 9-8 win in front of 3,601 fans in Arvest Ballpark in Texas League Baseball action.

Gary Smith: Something's brewing

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

I come not to praise coffee, but to drink it. Problem is, I barely recognize it any more.

NW Previews

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Baby Driver

Flexing Some Muscle

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

"I've always liked muscle cars," Kendall Wilson of Rogers says, starting with the 1981 Chevrolet Camaro he had in high school. "Dad did the work on it, and I drove it and made the payments," he remembers with laugh.

FYI

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

FRIDAY (6/30)

Fireworks, Music, Fun

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

"It's kind of strange ... that the piece every American orchestra plays in its July 4th concert celebrates the Russian victory over Napoleon and France," muses Paul Haas, music director of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.

Spread Joy

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

When Hilka Zimmerman buys artwork, she's looking for something that, when she gets up in the morning and looks at her wall, will make her smile. That's what she wants her own art to be for others, too.

Make VA great again

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

BUGS BUNNY, that font of wisdom, once tried to sell some real estate to yet another foil. As Bugs was shuffling paperwork, he asked the man, as an aside: “Are you a veteran?” No, said foil replied. “Good!” shouted the rabbit. “Then it’ll be easy!”

3 traders admit futures fakery, avoid sanctions

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Three former Citigroup Inc. traders who admitted to "spoofing" U.S. Treasury futures markets will avoid sanctions after they cooperated extensively with a broader investigation by Wall Street's main derivatives regulator.

A Whole Different Hill

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

"This is a most unusual Still on the Hill presentation," Kelly Mulhollan begins. "It's been really hard to communicate to people how different this is."

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, PG-13 After his experience with the Avengers, Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May and, under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, starts to embrace his newfound identity, but he must soon put his spidey powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear. With Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover; directed by Jon Watts. July 7

Pregnant woman who OD’d charged

posted: 06/30/2017 1 a.m.

A woman who overdosed on heroin while she was seven months pregnant has been charged with assault of an unborn child.

Thursday, June 29

Letters to the Editor

posted: 06/29/2017 5:54 p.m.

Answering questions about climate pact withdrawal

Man dies in Fort Smith Police custody after medical episode

posted: 06/29/2017 1:15 p.m.

A man died after having a medical episode in police custody, a Fort Smith Police Department press release reports.

Severe storms, including tornadoes, possible in part of Arkansas

posted: 06/29/2017 9:54 a.m.

Severe storms that have the potential to bring damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are possible in part of Arkansas Friday, forecasters said.

Neurologist fired by Arkansas hospital has bail set at $6.45M

posted: 06/29/2017 8:03 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge set bail at $6.45 million Wednesday for a Northern California brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children.

Health care bill activists from Arkansas arrested in D.C., take cause to Sen. Tom Cotton's office

posted: 06/29/2017 7:43 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas activists were arrested outside Sen. Tom Cotton's Capitol Hill office early Wednesday afternoon after noisily protesting against health care cuts proposed by congressional Republicans.

Ten Commandments broken: Display up at Arkansas Capitol just 1 day, hit by car, now rubble

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Less than 24 hours after being installed on the state Capitol grounds, a 6-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument was toppled Wednesday when a 32-year-old Arkansas man drove a vehicle into it, according to police reports.

Restaurant Transitions: La Hacienda open; Midtown return postponed; GiGi’s Soul Cafe to debut soon

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

La Hacienda, 3024 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, opened Monday, according to the latest (as of deadline) Facebook post: "We will have a soft opening for now to get everything back up and running to normal and to get back into the pace of things. Our grand reopening will come in a couple of weeks after some finer planning of details and specials." Hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. The phone number remains (501) 661-0600.

Arkansas woman arrested in homicide after body of man found in camper trailer

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Sonora woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with a homicide near Hindsville.

Former Arkansas high school football player's wrongful arrest lawsuit sent to U.S. District Court

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

A former high school football player's lawsuit against Centerton police over his arrest has been moved to U.S. District Court because it contains constitutional claims.

Metroplan amends plan to nail down a wider I-30 through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

The Metroplan board of directors voted on Wednesday to amend its long-range transportation plan to include language better describing the scope of the $631.7 million project to remake the Interstate 30 corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Jury doesn't buy that Little Rock man fired to protect pals, sentences him to 32 years in killing

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Pulaski County jury Wednesday rejected a Little Rock man's claim that he had to shoot a man in the back to protect his friends and sentenced Michael Mitchell to 32 years in prison after a two-day trial.

Investor from Arkansas gets 12½ years in prison; judge calls actions in scheme 'reprehensible'

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Judy Burton told a federal judge that William Jackson Moates Jr. promised her dying husband that he would take care of Burton’s family through investments they made with him.

'Million-pound' load ready to hit Arkansas roads

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

An electric utility company today plans to begin transporting a "million-pound" transformer on a 300-foot-long truck through Northwest Arkansas at a crawl that could take two days to complete.

Health-bill redo dash aims for better rating

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to send a revised version of his health care bill to the Congressional Budget Office by as soon as Friday, according to Capitol Hill aides and lobbyists.

Arkansas agency issues birth-record policy change

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Married gay couples in Arkansas who were issued birth certificates naming only one parent of a child conceived via artificial insemination can get new documents naming both parents, the Department of Health announced Wednesday.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Bucanas mildly fills taqueria bill

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Just past the pinnacle of North Little Rock's Park Hill is the L-shaped Lakehill Shopping Center. In the part of the L closer to downtown is the new North Bar, which recently replaced Ira's Park Hill Grill, and a three-storefront space now housing its third Mexican restaurant, Bucanas Billar & Taqueria.

Fall from car proves fatal for Arkansas man; 3-vehicle wreck kills two

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Three people have died in fatal accidents since Tuesday, Arkansas State Police said.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Not what they paid for

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

"Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed. You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There's no reason you can't get this done. Get it done and we'll open it back up."--Doug Deason, rich Texan and conservative donor to Republicans through assorted Koch brothers' organizations, as quoted Monday by The Associated Press.

Little Rock teen charged in child porn case

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Little Rock man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 100 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, according to an arrest report.

U.S. sets policy for enforcement of entry limits

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump's administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and for all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims.

Houston Rockets land Chris Paul, trade former Hog

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Chris Paul is heading to Houston to join James Harden, giving the Rockets two All-Stars in the backcourt to lead their chase for a championship.

Drew Smyly's '17 season with Seattle Mariners ends without start; former Hog needs Tommy John surgery

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Drew Smyly was the centerpiece to one of Seattle's many offseason moves by General Manager Jerry Dipoto. He was a priority acquisition as a proven lefty for the rotation the Mariners believed would thrive pitching at Safeco Field.

500 firms tout wares, ask Wal-Mart to buy

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Michael Baptiste and his business partner, H.E. Neter Kush Ben Alkebulan, were the most visible entrepreneurs walking around Wal-Mart's home office Wednesday.

MUSIC SCENE: Lynyrd Skynyrd at Magic Springs; Wailers at Rev

posted: 06/29/2017 4:30 a.m.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs. Season tickets (plus tax) are $69.99; adult one-day tickets are $54.99; and tickets for children under 48 inches tall and those age 55 and over are $36.99. Reserved seats are an additional $10 or $8. Parking is $10.

Airstrike deadly in east Syria

updated: 06/29/2017 3:52 a.m.

At least 15 people were killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria on Wednesday, activists said, in the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River Valley.

Californians use aid-in-dying law

posted: 06/29/2017 3:50 a.m.

Tom House was about as robust and independent as anyone could hope to be as an octogenarian. A former Marine, private pilot and insurance broker, he was still chopping wood and going on miles-long jogs at his retirement home in Sonoma, Calif., long after his 80th birthday, relatives told The Sacramento Bee.

With eye on Trump, NATO allies to boost defense spending

updated: 06/29/2017 3:48 a.m.

NATO allies of the United States plan to boost their defense spending by 4.3 percent this year, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, a response in part to intense pressure from President Donald Trump that the nations invest more in their militaries.

Innocent, agent says in lying case

updated: 06/29/2017 3:46 a.m.

An FBI agent pleaded innocent on Wednesday to charges that he lied about shooting at a key figure in last year's armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge just before the man was killed by Oregon police.

S. Korean sides with Trump on North

posted: 06/29/2017 3:44 a.m.

South Korea's new leader vowed Wednesday to stand firmly with President Donald Trump against North Korea, playing down his past advocacy of a softer approach toward the nuclear-armed nation as he made his first visit as president to Washington.

Court allows N.C. gay marriage recusal law

updated: 06/29/2017 3:42 a.m.

North Carolina's law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages survived a challenge Wednesday when an appeals court determined that three couples weren't harmed enough to fight the state's use of taxpayer money to apply the law.

U.S. at center of efforts to resolve Qatar dispute

posted: 06/29/2017 3:41 a.m.

Even as the White House declares Qatar's rift with its Arab neighbors "a family issue" they should resolve themselves, top diplomats from the feuding countries are converging on Washington this week, all vying for time with President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

Hacking targets try to fix damage

updated: 06/29/2017 3:40 a.m.

Companies worldwide struggled to recover Wednesday after wave of powerful cyberattacks crippled computer systems in Europe, Asia and the United States with a virus similar to the global ransomware assault in May that infected computers.

Venezuela seeks man in copter attack

updated: 06/29/2017 3:38 a.m.

Authorities on Wednesday conducted a nationwide manhunt for the man accused of attacking two key Venezuelan government buildings from a helicopter in an attempt to set off a revolt against President Nicolas Maduro.

40 months to go, Trump dinner reels in re-election cash

posted: 06/29/2017 3:36 a.m.

President Donald Trump was whisked a few blocks from the White House to the Trump hotel Wednesday night for his first re-election fundraiser, where he raised an estimated $10 million at the private gathering.

House panels rebuff Trump budget cuts

updated: 06/29/2017 3:32 a.m.

Two Republican-controlled House subcommittees Wednesday rejected President Donald Trump's proposals to slash the Agriculture Department, overseas food aid and water projects.

Australia charges cardinal in abuse

posted: 06/29/2017 3:30 a.m.

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal this morning with multiple counts of sexual assault offenses.

The world in brief

posted: 06/29/2017 3:29 a.m.

Hamas starts work on Egypt buffer zone

The nation in brief

updated: 06/29/2017 3:28 a.m.

Ruling clears way for Ohio executions

Names and faces

updated: 06/29/2017 3:25 a.m.

Former vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona.

In the news

updated: 06/28/2017 3:24 a.m.

Pope Francis, speaking during his weekly catechism lesson at the Vatican, repudiated the idea that suicide bombers can be considered "martyrs," saying true martyrs don't harm others but rather are meek, honest and persecuted for their faith as true children of God.

Gas prices, rosier economy expected to rev July 4 travel

posted: 06/29/2017 3:17 a.m.

Arkansas roads and campsites will be full this Fourth of July weekend, and people traveling and celebrating outdoors can expect moderate weather and low gas prices.

Panel says claim alleging pay bias clear to proceed

posted: 06/29/2017 3:13 a.m.

A woman who said she was fired from her job at Oakley Grain in Arkansas City because she complained about unequal pay based on her sex can pursue her claim before a federal jury, an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said Wednesday.

Work on overpass to halt I-49 traffic

posted: 06/29/2017 3:09 a.m.

Crews placing overpass beams over Interstate 49 in Bentonville will require closing all lanes for multiple 15-minute periods for three nights over the next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

NLR meeting to pitch proposed 1% sales tax

posted: 06/29/2017 3:08 a.m.

A public meeting to discuss a proposed sales tax in North Little Rock will be at 6 p.m. today at Sherman Park Recreation Center, 624 N. Beech St.

I-555 lanes reopen after fiery crash

posted: 06/29/2017 3:08 a.m.

Both northbound lanes of Interstate 555 in Jonesboro opened early Wednesday after state Highway and Transportation Department workers determined an overpass struck by a tractor-trailer Tuesday was stable, said department spokesman Danny Straessle.

College drafting policy on concealed-carry weapons

posted: 06/29/2017 3:06 a.m.

Guns are allowed on Arkansas college campuses starting this fall, but a Northwest Arkansas Community College draft policy makes clear the exceptions to that rule.

911 call center on track to be up by year's end

posted: 06/29/2017 3:04 a.m.

The 911 call center that will serve as the nexus of the communication upgrade making Garland County a full-time user on the Arkansas Wireless Information Network should be functional by the end of the year, the county's Department of Emergency Management told justices of the peace last week.

Traffic on U.S. 70 will shift for work

posted: 06/29/2017 3:03 a.m.

Work on U.S. 70 in Saline County will require periodic lane closings and shifting traffic onto new pavement through Saturday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Busy I-30 stretch to see lane closings

posted: 06/29/2017 3:02 a.m.

Maintenance on Interstate 30 from Interstate 630 in Little Rock to Interstate 40 in North Little Rock will require lane closings tonight and Sunday night, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

'Motown' Loud And Proud at Walton Arts Center

posted: 06/29/2017 3 a.m.

"Motown: The Musical" uses all the elements of theater at its disposal to tell the history of how the Motown Record Company and some of its biggest songs came to be: glitzy costumes, catchy well-known tunes, big, moving stage pieces, animated and live action projections, breaking the fourth wall, and real moments from history.

Daily Record

posted: 06/29/2017 2:59 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Noteworthy Deaths: Creator of Paddington bear dies at 91

updated: 06/29/2017 2:58 a.m.

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat that has enchanted children for more than half a century, has died. He was 91.

Other days

updated: 06/29/2017 2:57 a.m.

100 years ago

Powerball

posted: 06/29/2017 2:56 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball are: 29-37-46-53-68

Getting it straight

posted: 06/29/2017 2:56 a.m.

A federal grant amount awarded to a project that would construct a hike and bike trail between Little Rock and Hot Springs was $2.6 million, and Pulaski, Saline and Garland Counties would together be contributing roughly $520,000 towards the project. An article about the project in Monday’s editions incorrectly stated the amounts.

OPINION — Editorial: Others say: Close bases, strengthen U.S.

posted: 06/29/2017 2:50 a.m.

The House is working on the military budget for 2018, and the Pentagon is not pleased. Not only does the plan fall short of the "historic" boost in spending promised by President Trump, but the proposal doesn't even include one of the military's own suggestions for saving money.

OPINION - Guest writer: Preserve Medicaid

posted: 06/29/2017 2:49 a.m.

Summer is a busy season for first responders--kids are out of school, people are out on hiking trails, ballfields, lakes and swimming pools.

Letters

posted: 06/29/2017 2:45 a.m.

To save our hospitals

Van Horn sees himself in new assistant

posted: 06/29/2017 2:37 a.m.

Four seasons after being a baseball assistant coach at Hutchinson Community College, Nate Thompson is the Arkansas hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.

Let's play today: Van Horn hardly can wait to use '18 roster

posted: 06/29/2017 2:34 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks Coach Dave Van Horn came across as giddy at Wednesday's news conference at Baum Stadium.

Like it is: Busch Classic a boon for softball, state

posted: 06/29/2017 2:24 a.m.

When Clint and Marla Albright first entertained the thought of having a softball tournament, they had no idea what would happen over the course of 38 years.

Chiefs should promote from within

posted: 06/29/2017 2:23 a.m.

Clark Hunt has not changed his haircut in decades and is never seen in anything less than smart casual business attire but is now as predictable as a squirrel running across the street.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Strasburg, Harper lead Nationals by ailing Cubs

posted: 06/29/2017 2:22 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals put a perfect finish on another rough day for the sputtering Chicago Cubs.

Gators’ title run got off to bumpy start

posted: 06/29/2017 2:21 a.m.

It would have been hard to forecast a championship of any kind for Florida after it got swept in its SEC opening series at Auburn back in March.

Fishing this week

posted: 06/29/2017 2:20 a.m.

HOT SPOTS

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

posted: 06/29/2017 2:19 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Information on events also may be emailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com.

Second Thoughts: Titans CB's brotherly love pays off debt

posted: 06/29/2017 2:18 a.m.

Hard work pays off.

Off the Wire: Off the Wire

posted: 06/29/2017 2:17 a.m.

BASEBALL

State Sports Briefs

posted: 06/29/2017 2:15 a.m.

BASKETBALL

Tyson Somali workers protest

posted: 06/29/2017 2:10 a.m.

A group of Tyson workers from Somalia protested Tuesday in South Sioux City, Neb., after schedule changes at a nearby meat plant reportedly affected the times when they can pray.

China frees 3 labor abuse activists

posted: 06/29/2017 2:08 a.m.

The three Chinese investigators who went undercover at a factory that made Ivanka Trump shoes walked out of a Chinese police station Wednesday after a month behind bars, but face an uncertain future and threat of a trial.

Other Google services at risk in EU

posted: 06/29/2017 2:07 a.m.

Google's record $2.7 billion antitrust fine is just the start of a new phase in the company's seven-year tussle with the European Union's antitrust arm, analysts said.

Beef Products Inc., ABC settle libel suit tied to 'pink slime'

posted: 06/29/2017 2:06 a.m.

ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a libel lawsuit against the American network over its reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime."

Jurors told of two Shkrelis as federal fraud trial opens

posted: 06/29/2017 2:05 a.m.

Conflicting portraits of Martin Shkreli were offered Wednesday during opening statements in the ex-pharmaceutical CEO's securities fraud trial.

Southwest to end flights to 2 Cuba cities

posted: 06/29/2017 2:04 a.m.

Southwest Airlines, pulling back on its service to Cuba, plans to end flights to two cities on the island in September after determining the routes aren't sustainable, the company said Wednesday.

Market report: S&P 500 posts best gain since April

updated: 06/29/2017 2:03 a.m.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index notched its biggest gain in two months Wednesday, bouncing back from losses a day earlier.

Invasive beetle spreads to 18th county

posted: 06/29/2017 2:02 a.m.

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that feeds on and kills ash trees, has been confirmed in Drew County, the state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Business news in brief

updated: 06/29/2017 2:02 a.m.

$50.9M NYC foreclosure hits Nigerian

News in brief

updated: 06/29/2017 1:59 a.m.

Dicamba complaints mount to 437 in state

THE WEEKEND TEN

posted: 06/29/2017 1:57 a.m.

1 ‘FREE BIRD’

Weekend Calendar

posted: 06/29/2017 1:54 a.m.

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

posted: 06/29/2017 1:51 a.m.

Demo: Explore pioneer life at the Plantation Agriculture Museum's Homegoods Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 8, U.S. 165 and Arkansas 161, Scott. Crafters from around the state will display, sell and demonstrate their work, and guests can sample homemade ice cream. Admission is free. Call (501) 961-1409.

The TV Column: Summer TV: Silliness and apocalyptic hybrids

posted: 06/29/2017 1:50 a.m.

TV tonight offers harmless silliness followed by post-apocalyptic terror. Depending on your mood, you can pick one or watch both.

Music: Flow Tribe ready to mix it up for Little Rock fans

posted: 06/29/2017 1:50 a.m.

When they were kids, the members of New Orleans' Flow Tribe had to get their older brothers to buy them tapes and CDs of local rap giants.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Get your Fourth on with fireworks, concerts, fun

posted: 06/29/2017 1:48 a.m.

Pops on the River, set for Tuesday night and sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, annually wows its central Arkansas audience with a dazzling fireworks show. But other eye-popping displays of pyrotechnics are scheduled around the state during the evenings leading up to July 4.

Selected restaurants

posted: 06/29/2017 1:46 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up..

Tell Me About It: Can't stand mate's indifference to chores? Rethink union

posted: 06/29/2017 1:45 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I love my partner. He recently moved in. I've had so many roommates over the years (I'm pushing 30, so think 12-13 years of various roommate situations) and I'm so tired of people who won't clean up after themselves and leave it until I do it.

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/29/2017 1:44 a.m.

DEAR READERS: The clothes dryer is a modern convenience and time-saver. Here are some classic hints:

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/29/2017 1:44 a.m.

Happy birthday. You're becoming informed and in touch with your surroundings yet you're not completely tied to things. Parameters change. You'll come into a new scene and alter it for the better. Affection and devotion will be heaped on you in 2018. Travel figures prominently.

On Christianity

posted: 06/29/2017 1:43 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We have legal custody of our son's children because he's in prison for another 20 years, and his wife's left him and is into all sorts of bad things. But now she's threatening legal action if we don't give them back. We love them, and we can't stand the thought of giving them up. Is it morally wrong for us to want to keep them?

Super Quiz: Concise U.S. history

posted: 06/29/2017 1:41 a.m.

1. Who made the first what in 1903?

Anti-panhandling enforcement draws lawsuits

posted: 06/29/2017 1:08 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Rogers, Fort Smith and Hot Springs because they enforce their anti-panhandling ordinances rather than just keep those laws on the books, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday.

Springdale residents discuss municipal complex plans

posted: 06/29/2017 1:08 a.m.

Community members sounded off and inquired about city plans to create a municipal campus, which includes a new criminal justice building, during a public input session Wednesday.

Incentives approved to attract airlines, new routes to XNA

posted: 06/29/2017 1:07 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport board Wednesday formalized the airport's incentive program to attract new airlines or new routes.

Gravette council approves contract for Pop Allum Park

posted: 06/29/2017 1:06 a.m.

The City Council, at its regular meeting June 22, voted to approve a contract with BiLD Architects for improvements at Pop Allum Park. The project will be paid for with bond money approved by voters in the March 2016 capital improvements fund bond measure.

Segerstrom denied new hearing

posted: 06/29/2017 1:05 a.m.

A judge has denied a motion to reconsider his previous rulings and give the teen killer of a 4-year-old girl a new sentencing hearing with a jury.

Prairie Grove approves new housing subdivision

posted: 06/29/2017 1:04 a.m.

The City Council recently approved the preliminary plat for a new subdivision in the Valley View area.

I-49 lane closings extended

posted: 06/29/2017 1:03 a.m.

Steel beam work over Interstate 49 has been extended, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials.

Two street closings in Bentonville

posted: 06/29/2017 1:02 a.m.

Sections of Northwest D Street and Northwest Ninth Street will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for utility construction, according to a news release.

Rodriguez guilty of arson, attempted murder

posted: 06/29/2017 1:01 a.m.

A man charged with setting his home on fire while three children and three adults were inside pleaded guilty to arson and attempted murder Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Spending problem?

Fayetteville resident records town's history

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

On a late afternoon in 1819, a herd of buffalo grazed on thickets of grass sweeping across a broad, open expanse of prairie, hemmed in by mountains on the south side of what is now Fayetteville," writes Charles Y. Alison in this year's A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas (The History Press).

Records

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Arrests

Giesens making Naturals family tradition

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Marc Giesen made the nearly 600-mile trek from Houston back to his hometown of Rogers for his wedding a couple of weeks ago.

Fowler top draw at Quicken Loans event in Woods’ absence

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Tiger Woods’ extended absence from golf isn't being felt just on the course.

DEAR ABBY: Teen immersed in electronics is losing touch with people

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I've been dating a wonderful woman for two years. She has a son in high school I'll call "Jon." Like many teens I see, he is constantly on his smartphone, his school-required tablet or playing video games on the TV in his bedroom.

Perez, Moustakas go deep to lift Royals over Tigers

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

DETROIT — Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers during a four-run fourth inning, and the Kansas City Royals went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-2 on Wednesday night.

Hard-to-employ finding jobs in economy

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

At 49, Marshall May Jr. could not remember whether he had ever taken his mom out for a meal.

The Rockwood Files: Tech-saavy new woman moves in

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

There's another woman in my husband's life, and I'm the one who put her there.

NWA editorial: Thursday's thumbs

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Independence Day is just around the corner and the fireworks buying has begun in earnest. In our youth, more than one thumb turned black and blue from injuries related to fireworks, so be careful out there, and make sure those kiddos are well supervised when you hand them explosive materials. And just because you might have survived bottle rocket wars when you were a kid doesn't mean it was ever smart to engage in them. No eyeball is worth giving up for a momentary blast. Finally, keep those thumbs safe by not holding firecrackers and other explosives as they're lit.

Getting it straight Northwest Arkansas

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

The Bentonville School District agreed this year to buy 80.1 acres in Centerton from the family of the late Rex Grimsley. The acreage was incorrect in two news articles published Jan. 20 and June 20 and in an editorial June 27.

Building permits

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Building permits issued in May for Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale on projects valued at $100,000 or more; a searchable list of all permits is at http://media.nwaonline.com/multimedia/buildingpermits:

Gardens, galas, golf

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

JULY

Planning ahead for once

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Just the other day, patriotic Americans were lowering their flags to half-staff of their own accord in honor of the seven sailors killed when a huge Philippine-flagged container ship crashed into their destroyer. No government agency had to tell these citizens that now was another time to mourn these honored dead.

Strong field expected for SW Elite tourney

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

Following a two-week dead period that began Monday and ends July 8, many of the state's best prep football teams will travel to Springdale for the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 tournament.

Honor roll

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

Travs get North going, but South wins in rout

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

The South All-Stars broke open a 3-3 tie with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to defeat the North All-Stars 10-3 on Tuesday night in the Texas League All-Star Game at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.

IMF lowers growth outlook for U.S.

posted: 06/29/2017 1 a.m.

The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump's plans to cut taxes and increase infrastructure spending to spur growth.

Wednesday, June 28

VIDEO: Arrest made after Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol toppled

posted: 06/28/2017 7:51 a.m.

A 6-foot-tall stone Ten Commandments monument installed Tuesday on the Arkansas Capitol grounds was toppled less than 24 hours later after a 32-year-old Arkansas man drove a vehicle into the statue, police said.

Boy, 7, hit in arm in Little Rock drive-by shooting

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

A 7-year-old boy was wounded Tuesday afternoon in a drive-by shooting in Little Rock, according to a police spokesman.

I-630 crash fatal to Arkansas driver; vehicle drifted off highway, flipped into trees

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

A 49-year-old Arkansas man was killed when his vehicle veered off Interstate 630 on Tuesday.

Funding proposal rejected for 65-mile trail between Little Rock, Hot Springs

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

The Pulaski County Quorum Court rejected a funding proposal that would have been the first step toward constructing a recreational trail between Little Rock and Hot Springs.

Teen's guilty plea sends her to prison in killing of Arkansas couple

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Her long hair was braided into pigtails as she entered the small courtroom. Yards away, her mother sat quietly. On the other side of the room, another woman wiped away tears.

Injured in drive-by shooting, driver on I-630 says

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

A victim drove to a McDonald's restaurant in North Little Rock after being hit in a drive-by shooting on Interstate 630 Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Reward raised to $50,000 in Little Rock missing-woman case

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Behind black sunglasses, Laurie Jernigan sniffled and raised a tissue to her face Tuesday as her husband announced a $50,000 reward in the case of her daughter, Ebby Steppach, who disappeared more than a year and a half ago.

Little Rock murder suspect, victim both called defenders at trial's start

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Little Rock man accused of first-degree murder only opened fire to save his friends, the 20-year-old defendant's lawyer told a Pulaski County jury on Tuesday.

Arkansans visit D.C. to urge 'no' on Senate health care bill

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Members of the American Heart Association from Arkansas spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill, urging their Republican lawmakers not to pass the Senate version of the American Health Care Act.

Former Arkansas police officer gets 11 years in drug case

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

A former Dumas police officer, James Ivory Edgerson, has been sentenced to just over 11 years in federal prison for buying and selling drugs in 2015, when he was an officer.

Arkansas man, 28, gets 30 years for child-porn images

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Gentry man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for possessing child pornography.

PHOTOS: Fiery truck crash shuts interstate overpass, kills Arkansas driver

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Highway officials closed an Interstate 555 overpass in west Jonesboro on Tuesday after a tractor-trailer rig struck its supports and burst into flames, killing the driver.

Darren McFadden content as backup

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Darren McFadden didn't care about chasing money. He didn't have any reservations being relegated to a backup role yet again.

Arkansas woman, beau held in father's beating

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Jacob Boivin, 32, of Fayetteville and Dustye Stamps, 34, of Springdale were arrested Monday on aggravated robbery, aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping and battery charges.

Senate's vote on health bill put on pause

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he will delay a vote on legislation to repeal the 2010 health care law, dealing President Donald Trump a setback on a key part of his agenda.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Arkansas and no-angst Asa

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters Monday that people shouldn’t panic over the Republican health care bill in the U.S. Senate.

OBITUARY: PR leader, activist, ‘centrifugal force’ Robert Kenneth 'Bob' Sells

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Two thousand poor children in St. Louis were turned away because Santa Claus ran out of Christmas presents.

Arkansas woman sentenced in old man's death

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Pine Bluff woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing the 2015 death of an elderly man.

2 women reported missing while riding ATV in Arkansas found safe

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Searchers found two women in western Drew County on Tuesday after they were reported missing Sunday.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The racial divide

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

During the four years I served as a presidential appointee to the Delta Regional Authority, I worked on economic development projects in parts of eight states. The constant frustration was trying to get something done in communities where discussions broke along racial lines.

A Quarter Century of Hogs in the SEC: Texas-sized 'redemption' in 2003 win over Longhorns

posted: 06/28/2017 4:30 a.m.

Growing up in Liberty, Texas, Tony Bua hoped to play football for the Texas Longhorns.

Salary panel OKs raises of 2% for all but Griffin

updated: 06/28/2017 4:14 a.m.

All of state government's elected officials except the lieutenant governor will receive 2 percent pay increases next month, the commission that sets their salaries decided Tuesday.

U.S. envoy widens Syria warning net

updated: 06/28/2017 4:11 a.m.

The accusation from President Donald Trump's administration that Syrian forces are planning another chemical weapons attack on rebels is also a warning to Russia and Iran that they are "on notice" if such an attack takes place, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

Ten Commandments in at Capitol

updated: 06/28/2017 4:08 a.m.

A 6-foot-tall monument to the Ten Commandments was installed at the state Capitol on Tuesday morning amid a continuing debate on the legality of religious symbols on public property.

Manafort filing details $17M work in Ukraine

posted: 06/28/2017 4:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, registered Tuesday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials.

Complexity in Syria growing, Mattis says

updated: 06/28/2017 4:02 a.m.

The Pentagon is readying itself for an increasingly complex battlefield in northern Syria, where U.S.-backed forces, pro-Syrian government troops and Russian jets will likely all be fighting near one another.

U.S. releases trafficking report

posted: 06/28/2017 3:59 a.m.

The United States asserted Tuesday that Burma is no longer one of the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, while removing both Burma and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers.

Brazil's chief slams corruption charges

posted: 06/28/2017 3:58 a.m.

Brazil's president on Tuesday dismissed corruption allegations against him as a "soap opera plot" and cast doubt on the motivations of the country's top prosecutor a day after he presented a scathing indictment.

Serb shows hint of Russian sway

posted: 06/28/2017 3:57 a.m.

Serbia’s future prime minister on Tuesday proposed a staunchly pro-Russia official as the defense minister, dampening hopes in the West that her nomination signaled a shift away from Russia’s influence.

U.S. readies travel-ban guidelines

updated: 06/28/2017 3:56 a.m.

President Donald Trump's administration expects to move forward Thursday with a limited version of its travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries, but it has yet to say how it will implement the order or avoid the chaos that accompanied the initial ban.

Judge halts deportation of 1,444 Iraqis

updated: 06/28/2017 3:54 a.m.

A federal judge in Detroit has temporarily halted the deportations of hundreds of Iraqis nationwide, who advocates say could face death, persecution and torture upon returning to their native country.

Voucher students see tests improve

posted: 06/28/2017 3:53 a.m.

Louisiana students who attend private schools with taxpayer dollars have bounced back from initially dismal scores in math and English but aren’t outperforming their public school peers, according to a new report.

Cyberattack reaches around globe

updated: 06/28/2017 3:50 a.m.

A new outbreak of data-scrambling software caused disruption around the world Tuesday. After a similar attack in May, the new assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations.

Colombia takes next step toward peace

updated: 06/28/2017 3:49 a.m.

Colombia reached a milestone on its road to peace Tuesday as rebels relinquished some of their last weapons and declared an end to their half-century insurgency.

The world in brief

posted: 06/28/2017 3:46 a.m.

Bomb kills Ukrainian intelligence chief

The nation in brief

updated: 06/28/2017 3:46 a.m.

Officers charged in killing probe's wake

Names and faces

updated: 06/28/2017 3:44 a.m.

President Donald Trump used the resignations of three CNN journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story to resume his attack on the news channel's credibility Tuesday. The story was about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump transition team member, Anthony Scaramucci, and the head of a Russian investment fund. CNN accepted the journalists' resignations Monday.

In the news

updated: 06/28/2017 3:43 a.m.

Karlos Cashe was released from jail 90 days after police in Oviedo, Fla., arrested the handyman on the belief that white powder found in his car during a traffic stop was cocaine but which lab tests eventually determined was drywall dust.

6 counties vie to be selected for crisis units

posted: 06/28/2017 3:41 a.m.

At least six counties across the state will be vying to participate in a pilot program to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses falling into the criminal justice system.

UA, UALR bonds get green light

updated: 06/28/2017 3:40 a.m.

Two campuses in the University of Arkansas System received the go-ahead Tuesday to move forward with separate bond issues.

$15M gift will help Fort Smith college of osteopathy grow

posted: 06/28/2017 3:37 a.m.

The president and CEO of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine announced plans Tuesday to build a 60,000-square-foot health sciences building with a $15 million anonymous gift.

City directors plan hearing on chairman of civil panel

posted: 06/28/2017 3:31 a.m.

City directors scheduled an executive session for next week to discuss the removal of the chairman of the Civil Service Commission because of a potential conflict of interest after an attorney he shares offices with filed a lawsuit against the city over issues involving the commission.

Van Buren approves tobacco ban in parks

posted: 06/28/2017 3:26 a.m.

The City Council has passed an ordinance banning smoking in the city's parks.

Libertarian to run for governor's post

posted: 06/28/2017 3:22 a.m.

A pastor in Batesville announced Tuesday that he is running for governor as a Libertarian next year.

Sprinkler, steward stop brief UA fire

posted: 06/28/2017 3:19 a.m.

A sprinkler system and a quick-acting shop steward helped prevent a fire reported at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday from spreading beyond a student fabrication laboratory in the architecture building at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, university and fire officials said.

Daily Record

posted: 06/28/2017 3:18 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Education notebook

posted: 06/28/2017 3:16 a.m.

KIPP students set to produce mural

Governor’s appointments

posted: 06/28/2017 3:16 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the following appointments Wednesday:

Other days

updated: 06/28/2017 3:11 a.m.

100 years ago

Getting it straight

posted: 06/28/2017 3:10 a.m.

In a Dec. 8 Arkansas Supreme Court ruling, four justices formed a majority to reverse and dismiss a lower court ruling that both spouses’ names should appear on a child’s birth certificate, even if the couple are of the same sex. One judge disagreed with the majority’s opinion. Two justices wrote their own separate opinions agreeing in part with the ruling, while dissenting on other parts.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/28/2017 3:10 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 4-21-45-52-57

OPINION — Editorial: What can we afford?

posted: 06/28/2017 3:09 a.m.

If you are having trouble following all the discussions and ramifications of repealing and replacing Obamacare, join the club. When public policy debates get confusing, it is helpful for us to go back to discover how we got to the current situation. Since our primary interest is how this will impact Arkansas, here are some of the facts:

OPINION — Editorial: Others say: He wants to do what?

posted: 06/28/2017 3:07 a.m.

It has been announced that Bill Cosby plans to conduct a series of seminars to teach people how to avoid accusations of sexual assault. Cosby became famous as a comedian, so perhaps this is his idea of a joke. If so, here's a message to Cosby: not funny. And if he is serious about coaching young athletes and married men about their sexual behavior--as sadly appears to be the case--it is pretty clear he knows no shame.

Letters

posted: 06/28/2017 3:02 a.m.

It's in how you say it

Like it is: Don't fret, real football news not far away

posted: 06/28/2017 2:38 a.m.

Soon, but not soon enough for many, all types of football news will break daily.

Commentary: Baylor still dancing around scandal

posted: 06/28/2017 2:37 a.m.

In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas, campus.

Recruits say Hogs' allure worth more than payday

posted: 06/28/2017 2:35 a.m.

Two of the top high school baseball players in the country are looking ahead to their future with the Arkansas Razorbacks after both fell to the late rounds of the MLB amateur draft earlier this month.

Koch 1 of 2 catchers on collegiate Team USA

posted: 06/28/2017 2:33 a.m.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville catcher Grant Koch has made the 31-man roster for the USA Collegiate National Team's first international series against Chinese Taipei, which is being played this week in Cary, N.C.

No smoking gun in FIFA report

posted: 06/28/2017 2:31 a.m.

FIFA on Tuesday published an American investigator's report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, acting, it said, "for the sake of transparency."

25 for 25: Your say

posted: 06/28/2017 2:30 a.m.

Fifteen panelists for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette voted on the top 25 most memorable football games for the Arkansas Razorbacks since they moved to the SEC for the 1992 season.

Bulls: A Wade buyout must help

posted: 06/28/2017 2:29 a.m.

On a day the Bulls introduced their newest members, the futures of some familiar faces still ruled the day.

Pacquiao going big or bust in Brisbane

posted: 06/28/2017 2:28 a.m.

Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao's options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement.

INTERLEAGUE: Freese’s error costly, gives Rays victory in 10th

posted: 06/28/2017 2:27 a.m.

PITTSBURGH -- David Freese was thinking about throwing the ball before it was in his glove. He never got the chance to wing it.

Notes

posted: 06/28/2017 2:26 a.m.

METS

Everyday players almost obsolete

posted: 06/28/2017 2:23 a.m.

Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon rested Kris Bryant for two days recently, and he gave Anthony Rizzo a breather Saturday in Miami before a late pinch-hitting appearance.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Florida beats LSU for championship

posted: 06/28/2017 2:22 a.m.

Maybe this wasn't Florida Coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. Is is, however, his first national championship team.

Juiced-ball theories fly in dugouts

posted: 06/28/2017 2:18 a.m.

Recently, two baseballs circulated the Pirates clubhouse.

TEXAS LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME: Travs get North going, but South wins in rout

posted: 06/28/2017 2:16 a.m.

The South All-Stars broke open a 3-3 tie with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to defeat the North All-Stars 10-3 on Tuesday night in the Texas League All-Star Game at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.

Second Thoughts: Redskins put in wrong Washington

posted: 06/28/2017 2:13 a.m.

The Washington Redskins just got finished settling, for now, the question of half of their name. Now apparently they’ve got to worry about the other half.

Off the wire

posted: 06/28/2017 2:12 a.m.

TENNIS

State Sports Briefs

posted: 06/28/2017 2:09 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Inventors take pitches to Wal-Mart

posted: 06/28/2017 2:07 a.m.

Hugh Jarratt came up with his latest invention after his 2-year-old son knocked over a fragrance warmer, spilling hot wax in the family's Fayetteville home.

Google draws $2.7B antitrust fine

posted: 06/28/2017 2:06 a.m.

The European Union's antitrust chief fined Google a record $2.7 billion Tuesday, saying the powerful Web-search leader illegally steered users toward its comparison shopping site, and warning that other parts of Google's business were in the cross hairs.

Worker prowess in data pushed

posted: 06/28/2017 2:05 a.m.

Arkansas will need to retrain its workforce and prepare the next generation to be competitive in computing in the near future, a commission of top executives in business and education was told Tuesday.

Natural-gas boom rides on NAFTA

posted: 06/28/2017 2:04 a.m.

Of all the industries thrown into question by President Donald Trump's promise to upend free trade with Mexico, natural gas is easily one of the biggest.

House panel passes Westerman-led bill on national forests

posted: 06/28/2017 2:02 a.m.

The House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday approved the Resilient Federal Forests Act, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman's bill to overhaul management practices in national forests.

Corpus Christi port at heart of booming U.S. oil exports

posted: 06/28/2017 2 a.m.

Late last month, an oil tanker measuring three football fields long and six stories high moved slowly through the port of Corpus Christi, Texas, to test the waters of America's booming crude-export industry.

Market report: Tech firms hit hard as stocks fall

posted: 06/28/2017 1:59 a.m.

Technology companies led a broad slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday in a day of mostly choppy trading.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/28/2017 1:58 a.m.

Hotel owner will remove Trump name

In $7.1M deal, 2 west Little Rock shopping centers sold

updated: 06/28/2017 11:39 a.m.

Ziff Properties Inc., a South Carolina-based real estate firm, has closed on its $7.1 million purchase of Bowman Curve I and II shopping centers in Little Rock.

Salad days: Summer is hot time for potlucks and picnics; keep it safe, cool with perfect cold dish

posted: 06/28/2017 1:55 a.m.

Summer is the season of potlucks and cookouts.

Front Burner: FRONT BURNER: Granny's Cracker Salad a summer treat

posted: 06/28/2017 1:53 a.m.

So simple, yet delicious and perfect for a summer day in Arkansas when it's simply too hot to cook.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Ice Cream Sandwich Maker

posted: 06/28/2017 1:53 a.m.

It took multiple batches of cookies and a few quarts of ice cream -- not that we're complaining -- to get the hang of using Pampered Chef's Ice Cream Sandwich Maker.

Cooking for two: Grilled sea bass celebrates its herbal essence

posted: 06/28/2017 1:52 a.m.

It's a simple, if dramatic, presentation: A butterflied whole branzino is marinated with turmeric, garlic and spicy Thai chiles just long enough for the flavors to infuse, 30 minutes or so. The fish is then quickly grilled until the skin is burnished and blistered and the interior is barely cooked through. It is plated under an assortment of fragrant fresh herb sprigs and lime wedges. You could butterfly the fish yourself, or simply have your fishmonger do this for you at the market so it's ready to go.

Simple savory, cheesy tart envelops summer tomatoes

posted: 06/28/2017 1:51 a.m.

This fresh tomato tart is flavored with basil, thyme and parmesan.

7day menu planner

posted: 06/28/2017 1:50 a.m.

SUNDAY: For a special family day, prepare Grilled Pork Tenderloin.

Uncorked: Pop a cork or two with 4th fireworks

posted: 06/28/2017 1:49 a.m.

I admit most wine writers aren't contemplating the merits of which wine to serve with hot dogs, fried chicken and apple pies. But we're in Arkansas and our Independence Day menus are likely to reflect our Southern cooking roots. And as with most aspects of this holiday celebration, I think the wines should be as American as the foods.

Idea Alley: Applesauce and candy form basis of desserts

posted: 06/28/2017 1:49 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooking with diabetes: Ratatouille on grill a fine summer side

posted: 06/28/2017 1:48 a.m.

Ratatouille is a classic vegetable dish starring eggplant, zucchini, peppers and tomato that is deeply steeped in the culture of Mediterranean France. When I married a man from the heart of Provence, one of the first lessons I received from my new mother-in-law, Muriel, was how to make a proper ratatouille.

Together in grief

posted: 06/28/2017 1:47 a.m.

When Wendy Avery's 15-year-old son, Nick, died in 2006, less than a year after receiving a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia, there were mornings when she didn't want to get out of bed. She had quit her job to spend much of the year by her son's side at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Now, back home in Canfield, Ohio, she felt lost.

Creature Feature

posted: 06/28/2017 1:47 a.m.

Sometimes my dog moves her paws when she's sleeping. She does a paddling motion like she's trying to run and she makes little sounds. It looks like she's dreaming. Do dogs dream? What would she dream about?

SHARON RANDALL: Believing is seeing outcome as fulfilled

posted: 06/28/2017 1:46 a.m.

Most of us need to heal once in a while. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually.

Parenting: In disagreeing, radio show caller proves a point

posted: 06/28/2017 1:45 a.m.

I was honored to be a guest on my good friend Dennis Prager's syndicated radio program recently. As anyone who is familiar with my point of view on parenting matters will appreciate, much of the conversation centered on the need for children to obey.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 06/28/2017 1:45 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When I first met the woman who is now my wife, we both owned houses. So when we decided to get married, we agreed that we'd sell our houses and pool the money to buy one together. But after I sold my place, she took hers off the market, saying she'd "come to an agreement" to keep it in her family. Now both of our names are on the title to our new home (even though only I put up the money for it), while her name alone is on the title of her prior home. Would I be out of line to ask that she put me on the title to her house? If something happens to me, she gets everything the two of us own. If something happens to her, I don't.

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 06/28/2017 1:45 a.m.

Q I was married 20 years ago to a man with children from a previous marriage. The children were 15 and 23 when we married. The children struggled with their parents' divorce, loyalty conflict and accepting their parents' new partners. The children (on behalf of their mother) rejected me as their father's partner. We struggled to work through the challenges for 22 years, and we've been separated the last three years. Can you offer any advice on how parents can support new partners while their children struggle with chronic loyalty conflict? My husband expressed the constant conflict made him feel put in the middle. He now feels he has done the noble thing by leaving our marriage and "putting his kids first." (We did not meet because of an affair.) What's good ex-etiquette?

Handling kids of addicts with kid gloves

posted: 06/28/2017 1:44 a.m.

Opening up to your children about your addiction or that of a loved one is kind of like telling them about the birds and the bees. You want to be honest and informative, yes, but you want to tailor the details to their age, comprehension level and comfort. Their comfort, not yours, because discussing what you or other family members are going through now -- or went through in the past -- is bound to be painful for you.

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/28/2017 1:43 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: You had a recipe for something called "angel biscuits," which my mother used to make. Since my future in-laws are coming for dinner, I wanted to impress them with my cooking skills. Could you reprint that recipe for me and probably many others who love good biscuits?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/28/2017 1:42 a.m.

Happy birthday. It may seem like the consequences of one direction or the other will alter life drastically. Don't let this paralyze you. The reality is that you'll come out smiling either way. Lighten up and choose. Companionship is rich, though September calls for a solo mission. Professional breakthroughs happen in January and June.

On Christianity

posted: 06/28/2017 1:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: If you were to ask me what I believe about God, I'd probably have to say that I'm an atheist. I know some atheists are very belligerent and aren't open to believing in God, but I'm not like that. Can you give me any reason to believe in God?

Super Quiz: Chemicals

posted: 06/28/2017 1:42 a.m.

1. Sodium chloride

Benton County officials endorse raises, job changes

posted: 06/28/2017 1:07 a.m.

Benton County officials endorsed a number of requests for raises, new job descriptions and departmental reorganizations Tuesday, saying the higher pay will be offset by cuts in other areas.

Additional downtown Springdale work approved

posted: 06/28/2017 1:06 a.m.

More improvements will be added to a downtown streetscape project underway.

ACLU files suit over Rogers, Fort Smith ordinances

posted: 06/28/2017 1:05 a.m.

The City Council approved a rezoning item and tabled two others at its meeting, but the news concerned the ACLU of Arkansas filing a federal lawsuit against the Rogers Police Department and the city's solicitation ordinance.

Victims can leave abusers phone plans thanks to Springdale lawmaker

posted: 06/28/2017 1:05 a.m.

A cell phone is both a lifeline to seek help and a link for an abuser to follow for victims of domestic violence. They will be able to keep the lifeline and cut the link under a law that takes effect Saturday.

Smith to leave Bentonville City Council

posted: 06/28/2017 1:05 a.m.

Residents in Ward 3 who would consider serving on City Council should polish their resumes as James Smith will soon leave the position.

Fayetteville football star's Centerton lawsuit moved to federal court

posted: 06/28/2017 1:04 a.m.

A former high school football player's lawsuit against Centerton police over his arrest has been moved to U.S. District Court because it contains constitutional claims.

Centerton man accused of sexually abusing two girls

posted: 06/28/2017 1:03 a.m.

A Centerton man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of rape, first-degree sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

Interstate closings on tap in Bentonville

posted: 06/28/2017 1:02 a.m.

Crews placing bridge beams over Interstate 49 will require closing all lanes for multiple 15-minute periods Thursday night in Bentonville.

Police say Springdale woman helped boyfriend beat up dad

posted: 06/28/2017 1:01 a.m.

Jacob Boivin, 32, of Fayetteville and Dustye Stamps, 34, of Springdale were arrested Monday in connection with aggravated robbery, aggravated residential burglary, kidnapping and battery.

Football: Byers finds 'right fit' at Mizzou

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Akial Byers' straight-ahead rush to the quarterback is nothing like the circuitous route he took to college.

Education notebook

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

State math event announces victors

The impossible job

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Since the Washington Post reported on June 13 that President Donald Trump called House Republicans’ health-care plan “mean,” Sean Spicer and the White House communications team have resolutely refused to confirm that Trump said any such thing.

Records

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Arrests

Football: Former Fayetteville stars find new home in Missouri

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Scores of Fayetteville High School football players have signed to play football for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but three from the same class is a rarity.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Ziona Spencer, 4, and her brother, Godking Spencer, 5, were featured in a photograph in Friday’s edition eating lunch at the Morgan Manor apartment complex in Fayetteville. Assisting them in the photograph is Karen Beasley, a caregiver. The children’s names and their relationship to Beasley were incorrect in the caption.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Today

Sports Brief

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

GOLF

Divorces granted

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

The following divorces granted were recorded in the circuit clerk’s office from June 15-21.

St. Lucie prepares for Tebow-mania

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Tim Tebow knows he can still improve on everything.

Brenda Blagg: The fight for health care

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

The contents of the Republican-conceived health care bill in the U.S. Senate had not even been revealed when demonstrators showed up at the offices of Arkansas' two senators last week.

Cabrera, Martinez pilot Tigers past Kansas City

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

DETROIT — J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered and Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Benton County restaurant inspections

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Muslim civil war and us

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?

DEAR ABBY: Hospital patient receives surprise anatomy lesson

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I recently had to spend a night in the hospital following minor surgery. One of the female techs taking care of me leaned over me to straighten out the bedding and I could see "everything" when the top of her scrubs fell open.

Hog Calls: Once a Hog, always a Hog in track

posted: 06/28/2017 1 a.m.

Of the 11 qualified with University of Arkansas, Fayetteville ties, only one will officially compete actively as a Razorback at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Tuesday, June 27

Centerton man accused of sexually abusing two girls

posted: 06/27/2017 11:48 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Centerton man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of rape, first-degree sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

Two arrested in connection to residential robbery

posted: 06/27/2017 11:44 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Dustye Stamps, 34, of Springdale and Jacob Boivin, 32, of Fayetteville were arrested Monday in connection with aggravated robbery, aggravated residential burglary and kidnapping.

Police tipped off as Arkansas escapee visited mom; police trying to learn where he hid for 32 years

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

A prison escapee who had been on the lam for 32 years was visiting his elderly mother in Springdale when police got a tip that he was there.

Would refuse 2% raise, Griffin, Martin declare; they’re alone among 7 top officers

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Secretary of State Mark Martin are the only two of the state's seven constitutional officers saying they'll decline to accept a 2 percent pay raise if a state commission that sets salaries of state elected officials grants the increase.

Vote on 65-mile trail connecting Little Rock, Hot Springs set today

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

Pulaski County Quorum Court will take the first vote today towards a project that would construct a hike-and-bike trail connecting Little Rock and Hot Springs.

Motorcyclist, 72, dies in 2-vehicle crash in central Arkansas

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

A 72-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a two-vehicle crash over the weekend in central Arkansas, police said.

Suspect in fatal Little Rock shooting planned robbery, police say

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

A former employee is accused of setting up a robbery at a detail shop last November that led to a shooting that left one man dead and another wounded, according to an affidavit obtained Monday.

List same-sex couples’ names on birth certificates, U.S. high court says in reversing Arkansas justices

updated: 06/27/2017 3:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Gay couples who are married are entitled to have both their names listed on their child's birth certificate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

CBO: Insured fall 22 million in Senate bill

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The Senate bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026, a figure that is only slightly lower than the 23 million more uninsured that the House version would create, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: Waldron next to fall in Wal-Mart closures

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

I occasionally tease Wal-Mart because, well, it's just so darn easy to point out the Martian adventures amid the aisles.

The TV Column: Another Arkansan getting a shot on Big Brother

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

Big Brother is back, Arkansas! It's our No. 1 all-time favorite summer guilty pleasure.

Law firm hired by state unit; federal inquiry prompted move

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

The Bureau of Legislative Research has hired the law firm of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard to represent the bureau in connection with a federal investigation and to help it deal with requests for state lawmakers' records.

Swimmer, 32, drowns in Arkansas

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

LAKE CITY -- Authorities say a 32-year-old man has drowned Sunday in northeastern Arkansas.

In part, justices allow travel ban

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to allow a limited version of President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect. The court said it will consider in the fall the president's broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises issues of national security and religious discrimination.

Schools readied for talks on sales; Little Rock group hopes to save 2 facilities

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

Little Rock School District leaders remain open to ideas for use of the vacant Franklin and Woodruff schools but will also begin negotiations with at least two organizations that sent in plans earlier this year.

Hearing set on request to halt 4 Arkansas abortion laws

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

A federal judge on Monday set a July 13 hearing to consider two groups' request that she temporarily halt the enforcement of four new Arkansas abortion laws.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Transcend the national

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

We covered a lot of ground Saturday when the small group that is the state Democratic Party's executive committee invited me to drop by and lend a grizzled perspective.

A Quarter Century of Hogs in the SEC: 2000 Cotton Bowl win over Longhorns

posted: 06/27/2017 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks Coach Houston Nutt already was nervous about playing Texas in the Cotton Bowl.

U.S. to flag China on trafficking

posted: 06/27/2017 4 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria.

House panel chief pushes a $696B defense budget

updated: 06/27/2017 3:10 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Declaring the U.S. military in dire need of rebuilding, an influential House committee chairman pressed his case Monday for $696 billion defense budget in 2018 -- more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now 75 high-rises fail U.K. safety test

updated: 06/27/2017 3:09 a.m.

LONDON -- When a short-circuiting fridge transformed London's 24-story Grenfell Tower from a home for hundreds to a charred ruin, officials described it as a horrific anomaly -- an "unprecedented" blaze, in the words of the city's fire commissioner, the likes of which had not been seen in modern Britain.

U.S. warns Assad chemical strike to be costly

posted: 06/27/2017 3:07 a.m.

The White House issued a warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night, pledging that his regime would pay a "heavy price" if it carried out another chemical attack this year.

Swede held 6 years free of Mali jihadis

posted: 06/27/2017 3:06 a.m.

BAMAKO, Mali — A Swedish man kidnapped by Islamic militants in northern Mali nearly six years ago has been released from captivity, the Swedish government confirmed Monday.

Justices refuse gun-carrying case

updated: 06/26/2017 3:05 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a California law that places strict limits on carrying guns in public.

Trump, India's Modi hug, talk up ties

posted: 06/27/2017 3:03 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Hugging outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a "global terrorist."

Texas migrant law illegal, a burden, cities argue

posted: 06/27/2017 3:03 a.m.

SAN ANTONIO -- Lawyers for Texas cities fighting the state's tough new immigration law argued Monday that it would force local law enforcement to help federal officials carry out mass deportations.

Ex-Sheriff Arpaio on trial in Arizona

posted: 06/27/2017 3:02 a.m.

PHOENIX — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal trial opened Monday over his defiance of the courts in traffic patrols that targeted illegal aliens, marking the most aggressive effort to hold the former lawman of metro Phoenix accountable for tactics that critics say racially profiled Hispanics.

Marines on familiar Afghan turf

updated: 06/27/2017 3:02 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- In Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province, U.S. Marines are rekindling old relationships and identifying weaknesses in the Afghan forces that President Donald Trump's administration hopes to address with a new strategy and the targeted infusion of several thousand American forces.

U.K.'s Tories secure coalition to govern

updated: 06/27/2017 3:01 a.m.

LONDON -- The United Kingdom's Conservatives signed a deal Monday with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to govern after losing her majority in a general election this month.

Criminal charge filed on Brazil's leader

posted: 06/27/2017 2:59 a.m.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America's largest nation to face criminal charges.

Ruling gives boost to church rights

updated: 06/27/2017 2:58 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court fortified the legal rights of churches, ruling that Missouri officials violated the Constitution by excluding a religious preschool and day care center from a program that pays for new playground surfaces.

College students' debt forgiveness slows

posted: 06/27/2017 2:57 a.m.

BOSTON -- Danielle Ramos' student-debt nightmare was supposed to be over.

The World in Brief

updated: 06/27/2017 2:55 a.m.

Death toll from tanker fire rises to 157

The nation in brief

updated: 06/27/2017 2:54 a.m.

Man convicted in 2-year-old's slaying

Names and faces

updated: 06/27/2017 2:53 a.m.

Remy Ma ended rival Nicki Minaj's seven-year winning streak at the 2017 BET Awards, a show highlighted by '90s R&B and groups popular in that decade, as well as five wins for Beyonce.

In the news

updated: 06/27/2017 2:52 a.m.

Michael Diebold, 39, police chief in Leechburg, Pa., who runs an off-duty fireworks business and is licensed to handle them, lost part of an arm when a shell exploded as he lit it, sending him to a hospital where, his mother said, he's in stable condition and in good spirits.

Prison board OKs plan for parole, probation violators

posted: 06/27/2017 2:46 a.m.

The Arkansas Board of Corrections decided Monday where to send some parole and probation violators under criminal justice changes approved this year by the Legislature.

Drain pipe work gets NLR's OK to proceed

posted: 06/27/2017 2:45 a.m.

Missing Mayor Joe Smith and three aldermen Monday evening, the North Little Rock City Council took the unusual action to move forward with an emergency drainage repair project without having enough votes to formally approve its funding.

First 13 students from China pact to arrive at UA

posted: 06/27/2017 2:44 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A program once anticipated to draw as many as 100 Chinese undergraduate students yearly to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville will have 13 students on campus in August, a UA faculty member said.

School Board stalls trash vote

posted: 06/27/2017 2:44 a.m.

FORT SMITH -- An attorney told the Fort Smith School Board on Monday that the school district should not accept a bid to hire Fort Smith for its sanitation services because the city was not providing a recycling service when it submitted its bid.

1943 rocket found at air base blasted

posted: 06/27/2017 2:42 a.m.

Bomb technicians used explosives to dispose of an unexploded rocket from World War II after the anti-tank munition was found at the Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday.

Other days

updated: 06/27/2017 2:41 a.m.

100 years ago June 27, 1917

Daily Record

posted: 06/27/2017 2:41 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Police beat

posted: 06/27/2017 2:40 a.m.

Passenger stealscar, LR man says

Letters

posted: 06/27/2017 2:32 a.m.

Yep, here we go again

Triple-double king takes MVP throne

posted: 06/27/2017 2:29 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Russell Westbrook moved past Oscar Robertson and kept right on going to the top of the NBA.

Florida goes 1 up; LSU not giving in

posted: 06/27/2017 2:28 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Florida got a dominant performance from Brady Singer, a big defensive play when LSU was threatening and just enough offense.

ARKANSAS BASKETBALL: Gafford, Garland hit court

posted: 06/27/2017 2:26 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks freshman basketball players Daniel Gafford and Khalil Garland have been medically cleared and are participating in summer workouts with the team, Coach Mike Anderson said Monday.

Like it is: Hogs gave Horns a beating to remember

posted: 06/27/2017 2:23 a.m.

It was a magical day in the kingdom known as the Cotton Bowl.

Commentary: Let Serena's feats define her greatness

posted: 06/27/2017 2:22 a.m.

Why does a woman have to beat a man in order to be considered the best player in her sport?

TRACK AND FIELD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Current, former Razorbacks dot national rosters

posted: 06/27/2017 2:21 a.m.

The Arkansas Razorbacks track and field program will be well represented at the World Championships Aug. 5-13 in London.

Grichuk in groove since return from minors

posted: 06/27/2017 2:19 a.m.

ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuk looks good since his return from Class AAA. So does the St. Louis lineup.

MLB notes

posted: 06/27/2017 2:18 a.m.

Hechavarria traded to Tampa

Travs' Curtis regaining the big-league swagger

posted: 06/27/2017 2:17 a.m.

Zac Curtis says he plans to play golf this morning, somewhere within a short drive of Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, where the left-handed reliever and five other Arkansas Travelers will suit up tonight for the Texas League All-Star Game's North Division.

Russell: Moved on from LA

posted: 06/27/2017 2:16 a.m.

NEW YORK -- D'Angelo Russell wasn't only traded, he was insulted on the way out the door.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/27/2017 2:13 a.m.

BASKETBALL

25 for 25: Your say

posted: 06/27/2017 2:13 a.m.

Fifteen panelists for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette voted on the top 25 most memorable football games for the Arkansas Razorbacks since they moved to the SEC for the 1992 season. More than 80 games were considered. Over the next two months, our writers will count down from No. 25 to No. 1, providing insight into what made these games special, for better or worse. We also want to hear from our readers. Below are the 25 games that made the countdown, with the games that have not been revealed listed in chronological order. Please mail or email us your rankings 1-25. Your No. 1 game will receive 25 points, No. 2 will receive 24 points and so on. Also, write us a couple of sentences on some or all of the games. If we get enough, we will run selected responses when we unveil the readers’ choice list at the end of our countdown. Include your name and phone number so we can verify the comments if we choose to publish them. Send mail submissions to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Attn. Jason Yates/Sports, 121 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201. Or email jyates@arkansasonline.com or go to arkansasonline.com/SEC25.

Off the wire

posted: 06/27/2017 2:12 a.m.

Kiwis capture America's Cup

Second Thoughts: Not pretty enough, says UFC fighter

posted: 06/27/2017 2:10 a.m.

Felice Herrig turned pro nearly a decade ago. She's fought for a host of major promotions. But as a 32-year-old, she wonders if some opportunities are now out of reach.

Amazon hiring in Wal-Mart country

posted: 06/27/2017 2 a.m.

Amazon.com is looking for tech workers in the heart of Wal-Mart country.

11 state airports get FAA $5.5M

posted: 06/27/2017 1:59 a.m.

Paving widened shoulders and upgrading lighting for one of the two commercial service runways at the state's largest airport is among $5.5 million worth of state airport improvement grants the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded, the the Arkansas congressional delegation announced Monday.

Air bag costs fall to automakers

posted: 06/27/2017 1:58 a.m.

Carmakers are making plans to shoulder the bulk of the costs of replacing the estimated 100 million defective air bags made by Takata Corp. after the company filed for the biggest postwar bankruptcy by a Japanese manufacturer.

Shkreli's notoriety reduces jury pool

posted: 06/27/2017 1:58 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn't be impartial toward the former pharmaceutical chief executive because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent.

Mining on rise for coal's 3 biggest users

posted: 06/27/2017 1:56 a.m.

BEIJING -- The world's biggest coal users -- China, the United States and India -- have increased coal mining in 2017, in a departure from last year's record global decline and a setback to efforts to rein in climate change emissions.

BMW unveils SUV revamp, plans to add jobs at S.C. plant

posted: 06/27/2017 1:56 a.m.

BMW AG is bolstering its defense against Donald Trump's trade tiff with Germany, increasing its investment and employment in the U.S. and even inviting the president to join the party.

MARKET REPORT: Stocks move higher; oil recovers

posted: 06/27/2017 1:55 a.m.

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average on a day of largely listless trading.

Seattle's $15 wage axes jobs, study says

posted: 06/27/2017 1:54 a.m.

SEATTLE -- Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another study published last week.

Dam replica aids in California spillway repairs

posted: 06/27/2017 1:54 a.m.

LOGAN, Utah -- Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel -- trying to pinpoint what repairs will work best at the tallest dam in the U.S. for a spillway torn apart in February during heavy rains.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/27/2017 1:53 a.m.

Orders for durable factory goods slump

News in brief

posted: 06/27/2017 1:52 a.m.

Stephens lowers its outlook for Simmons

Hot stuff!

posted: 06/27/2017 1:52 a.m.

July is the sizzling month when somebody sets off a firecracker under the calendar, and everything goes flying quick-bang into the air: skyrockets, flying saucers, ice cream cones, ants and watermelons. Beware of falling watermelons.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 06/27/2017 1:49 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Only rookies give a wine cork a sniff

posted: 06/27/2017 1:48 a.m.

We love to smell things, those of us who land on the wine and food spectrum somewhere between "Interested In" and "Obsessed With." Smelling is a huge part of our pastime. Just about everybody gives wine a sniff, and lots of others have no problem lowering their faces above recently-set-down dishes of food as they click through the sensory checklist: view, smell, taste, emote.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Keo a time capsule from cotton era

posted: 06/27/2017 1:47 a.m.

KEO -- One purpose of history is to provide figurative time travel back to pasts that have vanished or faded, even if their heydays weren't all that long ago.

LISTEN UP: Melodrama shows Lorde still outsider

posted: 06/27/2017 1:47 a.m.

B+ Lorde Melodrama

GLOW to return, minus original cast

posted: 06/27/2017 1:46 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (aka GLOW) have endured kicks to the head, knees to the groin, body slams, insults, rivalries, ridicule and spangly neon unitards. Now, they face what may be their toughest challenge yet: a new Netflix series based on them.

Super Quiz: Compound words

posted: 06/27/2017 1:44 a.m.

1. Dwelling + ship

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/27/2017 1:43 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I recently bought a car. Do I have to take it to the dealer for service? They seem a lot more expensive.

Tell Me About It: Put big, firm 'No' on texts, calls from friend's hubby

posted: 06/27/2017 1:43 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I recently reconnected with a very good friend from college. She has worked hard to bring our whole gang of college friends together and it has been fun ... except, her husband has started to annoy me. He messages me every single day wanting to know how my day went, whether I had dinner and lunch. He finds some flimsy excuse, like wanting my professional opinion on something.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/27/2017 1:42 a.m.

Happy birthday. Consciousness is among the greatest mysteries of the material world. You'll wrestle philosophies and science, coming up with your own way of viewing your existence -- a way that leaves open windows of possibility. Love will lead to business, and business will lead to love. August, November and May are financial highs.

On Christianity

posted: 06/27/2017 1:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My nephew was only 3 months old when he died recently. Is he an angel now, like some people say? I hope so, because that would really comfort us. It's been very hard.

Art Hobson: And all that jazz

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

Today, let's stroll down my own lane of memories of America's greatest invention.

THE FLIP SIDE: Finalist wins by a whisker, basks in fish story fame

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

A big round of applause today for Joy Long of Fayetteville, winner of the 2017 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette fish story contest.

Man found dead in White River in Fayetteville

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Police are investigating the death of a man found in the White River on Sunday night.

Gentry man sentenced to 30 years in prison

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Gentry man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for possessing child pornography.

Bella Vista moves closer to district court

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- The City Council took additional steps to establish a district court branch during its meeting Monday.

Agency hopes to expand quail initiative

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hopes more money is on its way to bolster the agency's quail initiative.

NWA Fishing Report

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

BEAVER LAKE Catfish can be caught with limb lines, trotlines, jug lines or rod and reel on any kind of catfish bait.

Collins hopes Millsap stays

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

ATLANTA -- John Collins has used Hawks star Paul Millsap's versatile game as a model for the player he hopes to become with Atlanta.

Records

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

Deborah Dubois, 22, of 12849 Patton Road in Farmington was arrested Sunday in connection with aggravated assault on a correctional facility officer. Dubois was being held Monday in the Washington County Detention Center with a $1,500 bond.

Section of Eighth Street in Bentonville to close for weeks

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Southeast Eighth Street will be closed between Southeast J and Southeast P streets for utility upgrades, which include new water and sewage lines.

Rogers man accused of robbing, beating grandmother

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Rogers man who claimed he needed money to pay back drug debts robbed and pistol-whipped his grandmother last month, according to court documents.

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

Loose dogs on trails mar an outstanding gift

Others say: NATO can help in refugee crisis

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has now formally enlisted in the fight against Islamic State. It can begin by helping to stem the flow of refugees trying to reach Europe from North Africa.

The Freeze off and running

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

ATLANTA -- When Atlanta Braves grounds crew member Nigel Talton was asked during the offseason whether he wanted to race fans as part of an in-game promotion, he had no idea it was the start of something special.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

Today 4:30 p.m. Fayetteville City Council -- Room 326, City Hall, 113 W. Mountain St.

Accused Fayetteville killer wants statements tossed

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A man charged along with several others with killing his wife at their home is asking a judge to suppress statements he made to police.

Siloam Springs hosts second library park workshop

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Residents got a look at what improvements around the library park may look like, as landscape architects and the city hosted a second workshop on the park plan Thursday.

Singer Ks 12, Gators go 1 up on SEC rival

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

Briefly

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

Marsh wins fishing tournament

Fayetteville Planning Commissioners table Housing Authority plan

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Planning Commission on Monday tabled for two weeks the development plan to expand Morgan Manor that would have about 100 residents living in public housing at Willow Heights move there.

Springdale woman leads police on high-speed chase

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- A woman with a 15-year-old passenger led police on a high-speed car chase through downtown late Saturday night, police said.

NWA editorial: The price is right

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

If you happen to go gift shopping in the Bentonville area, have some cash burning a hole in your pocket and just can't find the gift that seems right, here's a list of potential purchases:

DEAR ABBY: Widower finds companionship, but isn't ready for romance

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My wife died of cancer four years ago. She was my best friend, and the pain of losing her was more than I could cope with. I was in a fog for about two years, just going through the motions. Eventually the fear of spending the next 20 to 30 years alone drove me to try internet dating. I met some nice women and some very strange ones, but nothing came of it.

American chestnut restoration efforts show progress

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

The first of multiple unsuccessful efforts to restore the American chestnut tree began in the 1920s, barely two decades after an invasive fungus decimated the tree.

Good fishing makes great stories

posted: 06/27/2017 1 a.m.

Editor's note: Joy Long of Fayetteville is the winner of the 2017 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette fish story contest. Her story, along with other entries from the contest, are published below.

Monday, June 26

Letters to the Editor

posted: 06/26/2017 8:04 p.m.

Loose dogs on trails

Body found in White River

posted: 06/26/2017 1:19 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Police are investigating the death of a man found in the White River on Sunday night, according to a news release.

Little Rock shooting victim wounded in hand

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

A shooting in Little Rock injured a 35-year-old man Sunday, according to a police spokesman.

Doubts linger on health care vote this week

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Sunday said he doesn't think Senate Republicans are "that far off" on a health care overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare," signaling that last-minute changes will help the bill win enough support for passage.

Corps forms plan to plug levee holes in Arkansas

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Nine sections of the earthen levee along the Black River near Pocahontas, including a 300-yard stretch, remain gouged by last month's flooding, but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are expected to begin repairing them early next year.

Death of Arkansas college student linked to natural causes

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Respiratory disease caused the death of a University of Arkansas at Fort Smith student whose body was found in an on-campus apartment on March 1, according to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory’s chief medical examiner.

Trump aide says Obama at fault in Russia threat

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The White House blamed President Barack Obama's administration Sunday for failing to tackle Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, sticking with a new strategy to fault President Donald Trump's predecessor for an issue currently facing the president.

Arkansas man draws life term in home invasion, rape case

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS — A Garland County Circuit Court jury took seven minutes Wednesday to convict a Hot Springs man of rape in a 2013 home invasion case and later sentenced him to life in prison after a one-day trial.

Central Arkansas police officer cleared in shooting during low-speed chase

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Sherwood police officer who shot a man during a low-speed chase in December has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the case, the Pulaski County prosecutor's office said.

OLD NEWS: 'Girl' flier is proudly claimed as Arkansan

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Residence in Arkansas comes with an unwritten guarantee: Live here for any amount of time -- nativity not required -- and in return, should you go forth to accomplish something on the national stage, anything, we claim you as one of our own for the rest of your life.

Arkansas colleges look for returns; ex-students who didn't earn degrees get nudge to finish

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

The University of Arkansas System has started the state's first large-scale effort in several years to re-enroll adult learners who have earned some college credits but no degree.

Council faces levy decision in Sherwood; option studied for funding street, drainage upgrades

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Sherwood City Council members are faced with at least two different proposals for a city sales-tax increase to support bonds to pay for street and drainage improvements.

Oil-tanker blast kills 153 people in Pakistan

posted: 06/26/2017 2:49 a.m.

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan -- An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 153 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, a hospital official said.

Israelis keeping prayers divided

posted: 06/26/2017 2:48 a.m.

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli government froze a plan Sunday to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.

Police block pride march in Istanbul

posted: 06/26/2017 2:47 a.m.

ISTANBUL — Turkish police stopped activists from gathering in large numbers for a gay-pride event in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups defied the ban imposed by the governor.

Scandal shadows cadet graduation

posted: 06/26/2017 2:47 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department told graduating cadets on Saturday to “be strong. Be ethically correct. Do the right thing,” after a scandal in the youth program involving allegations of stolen police cars and underage sex.

Air bag maker claims bankruptcy

posted: 06/26/2017 2:46 a.m.

DETROIT -- Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp., facing lawsuits and recall costs, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States.

Gay pride parades tinged by protests

posted: 06/26/2017 2:43 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Thousands of people lined the streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones.

Tulsa opts for quick fix to city's streetlight grid

posted: 06/26/2017 2:42 a.m.

TULSA. -- For years, residents in this cash-strapped city watched helplessly as thieves gutted 33 miles of streetlight wiring, plunging long stretches of roadway into darkness. The thousands of dollars criminals pocketed at off-the-books salvage yards wreaked millions of dollars in damage.

Democrats to offer plan for economy

posted: 06/26/2017 2:42 a.m.

Democrats have been losing elections by not offering voters a bold economic agenda, and the party plans to change that by releasing a platform within a month that won't be "baby steps," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said.

$200M program aimed for cities to effect policies

posted: 06/26/2017 2:41 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Michael Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics.

Trump to devote week to energy

posted: 06/26/2017 2:40 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to promote surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas during a week of events to highlight the country’s growing energy production.

U.K.'s risky-high-rise total hits 60

posted: 06/26/2017 2:39 a.m.

LONDON -- The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London's Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

Turkey refuses call to pull out troops

posted: 06/26/2017 2:38 a.m.

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's president on Sunday rejected a demand by major Arab states to remove Turkish troops from Qatar, among a sweeping list of ultimatums that the United States has described as "difficult to meet."

The nation in brief

updated: 06/26/2017 2:37 a.m.

Ohio websites hacked, show ISIS praise

The world in brief

updated: 06/26/2017 5:03 a.m.

China landslide death toll lowered to 10

Names and faces

updated: 06/26/2017 2:35 a.m.

Britain's famed Glastonbury music festival on Saturday embraced an unlikely headline act: Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In the news

updated: 06/26/2017 2:35 a.m.

Steve Mnuchin, the U.S. treasury secretary, and actress Louise Linton tied the knot in a Washington, D.C., ceremony officiated by Vice President Mike Pence and attended by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

County aims to keep mentally ill out of jail

posted: 06/26/2017 2:30 a.m.

FORT SMITH -- Sebastian County officials are preparing an application, seeking to be approved to set up a crisis stabilization unit where mentally ill people who come into contact with police can be sent to keep them from ending up in jail or prison.

Crashes kill 2 men on state roadways

posted: 06/26/2017 2:29 a.m.

Two people were killed in traffic crashes in Arkansas on Saturday, according to law enforcement officials.

Environmental notebook

posted: 06/26/2017 2:26 a.m.

State readies plan to follow haze rule

Education notebook

posted: 06/26/2017 2:26 a.m.

State math event announces victors

Other days

updated: 06/26/2017 2:25 a.m.

100 years ago June 26, 1917

OPINION - Guest writer: Protect the kids

posted: 06/26/2017 2:21 a.m.

I have had the honor and privilege to practice pediatrics for the past 34 years in Little Rock at a pediatric clinic, which is proud to see all patients--those with private insurance, Medicaid and those who are uninsured.

OPINION: Why we fight more

posted: 06/26/2017 2:21 a.m.

There are three major reasons why our politics have become so nasty and even violent--one political, one cultural, and one technological.

Letters

posted: 06/26/2017 2:20 a.m.

Can't afford the cuts

SEC, SEC: Florida, LSU face off

posted: 06/26/2017 2:18 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- The matchup for the College World Series finals certainly bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

Spieth, 23, has a blast in playoff

posted: 06/26/2017 2:16 a.m.

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Two-time major champion Jordan Spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Travelers Championship.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP: VIDEO: Topping it off

posted: 06/26/2017 2:14 a.m.

ROGERS -- The field chased So Yeon Ryu on Sunday at Pinnacle Country Club, but no one came close to catching the South Korean.

Sonoma finally good for Harvick

posted: 06/26/2017 2:12 a.m.

SONONA, Calif. -- Kevin Harvick led a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Ford while proving that veteran experience still counts for something in NASCAR.

Watt ready to ease Harrison's burden

posted: 06/26/2017 2:11 a.m.

PITTSBURGH -- James Harrison is one of those rare athletes who has seemingly defeated Father Time.

Texas League: Waldrop's HR powers Traves

posted: 06/26/2017 2:10 a.m.

Kyle Waldrop hit a three-run home run and Nelson Ward had three hits and scored two runs as the Arkansas Travelers defeated the Springfield Cardinals 7-0 on Sunday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

Dodgers continue hot streak, win 10th in a row

posted: 06/26/2017 2:09 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers found a new way to extend their winning streak to 10 games, scoring five runs on four wild pitches to go along with two more home runs from rookie Cody Bellinger in rallying past Colorado 12-6 on Sunday.

Northwest Arkansas Championship: Jutanugarn sisters all in this season

posted: 06/26/2017 2:06 a.m.

ROGERS -- Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn are known for their success on the golf course and for good reason.

Off the wire

posted: 06/26/2017 2:05 a.m.

Brewers claim Vogt

Second Thoughts: But doesn't he own the golf course?

posted: 06/26/2017 2:03 a.m.

A 30-second video showing President Donald Trump driving a golf cart onto a green at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.H., has sparked quite a debate.

Airbnb plans premium tier to rival hotels

posted: 06/26/2017 2:01 a.m.

Airbnb is close to launching a new service that will match guests with quality-inspected home and apartment rentals.

It's prime time for Whole Foods

posted: 06/26/2017 2 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Seeing Whole Foods products first in Amazon searches? Breezing through the grocer's stores with an app that scans affordable fruits and seafood?

St. Louis program promotes earnings potential in sewing

posted: 06/26/2017 1:59 a.m.

ST. LOUIS -- An effort to rebrand sewing as entrepreneurship continues to gain traction, as many insist that skilled workers who perform job duties without a keyboard are making a comeback.

Tech reaches humble work boot

posted: 06/26/2017 1:58 a.m.

PITTSBURGH -- At first glance, there's nothing remarkable about SolePower's latest work boot prototype.

ON COMPUTERS: With Ask My Buddy app, a friend is within the sound of user's voice

posted: 06/26/2017 1:58 a.m.

Ask My Buddy is a free app for sending an alert to everyone you know, without reaching for your phone or computer. It works just by voice on a Windows 10 computer, a Google Home device or the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Plenty more like these are coming out soon.

Uncertain times confront grocers

posted: 06/26/2017 1:57 a.m.

Within 10 years, grocery shoppers are expected to see more prepared meals, personalized recommendations and perhaps even an in-house restaurant. What they probably won't see is a random stockpile of food and a long line at the register.

Amazon to start Prime Wardrobe

posted: 06/26/2017 1:56 a.m.

SEATTLE -- For many people, buying clothing online is not worth the hassle of getting a pair of pants or a shirt that does not fit. Many retailers have sought to eliminate that risk by offering free returns on clothing, but now Amazon is going even further.

Drug tests slow macular degeneration

posted: 06/26/2017 1:55 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults -- and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision.

Newest Uber board member has extensive experience guiding startups

posted: 06/26/2017 1:55 a.m.

Uber Technologies Inc.'s new board member, David Trujillo, spearheaded TPG's investments in four startups now valued at more than $5 billion each. After a misstep by his boss, he's taking a seat at one of the biggest -- and most precarious -- of them, whose fate increasingly lies in the hands of its investors.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/26/2017 1:54 a.m.

Google to stop reading Gmail to sell ads

Bankruptcy watch

posted: 06/26/2017 1:54 a.m.

ALMA Matthew Charles Rhodes, 2805 Damask Lane, June 15, 2017, Chapter 7.

Born on the battlefield

posted: 06/26/2017 1:52 a.m.

The high school senior was one of the 22 pedestrians injured May 18 by a man who drove his car through tourists in New York's Times Square, killing a teenager.

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE!: The little old man was small-minded

posted: 06/26/2017 1:50 a.m.

I love when I learn things from readers.

Game On

posted: 06/26/2017 1:49 a.m.

Title: Perception

OPPORTUNITIES: Independence Day races, runs, walks cover state

posted: 06/26/2017 1:48 a.m.

Why is today's column talking about the Fourth of July? There's another Monday yet to come before Independence Day. Technically, this column is a week early.

Slim Pickings

posted: 06/26/2017 1:47 a.m.

WHAT: Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles

MASTER CLASS: Sometimes you need to say 'whoa' to subgenres

posted: 06/26/2017 1:45 a.m.

Certain trendy, "edgy," subcategory fitness methods have popped up in the past decade to rock the foundation of traditional programming, a foundation developed through years of empirical research.

Movement clarifies diamonds

posted: 06/26/2017 1:44 a.m.

Q: Will a diamond look the same in a billion years? What happens to these giant carbon molecules over very long periods of time?

Super Quiz: Boat types

posted: 06/26/2017 1:44 a.m.

1. A small, light boat; pointed at both ends; propelled with a paddle

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/26/2017 1:43 a.m.

DEAR READERS: Today's Sound Off concerns recorded messages that may lead you to believe you're talking to a real person.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/26/2017 1:43 a.m.

Happy birthday. The next 10 weeks will build up your confidence. September is your chance at a prize you've wanted since you were a child.

On Christianity

posted: 06/26/2017 1:41 a.m.

DEAR REV.GRAHAM: I've always believed in God, but why do I also need to believe in Jesus? Isn't believing in God enough? I guess I don't understand where Jesus fits into the picture.

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

Lindsey’s service to the region deserving of kudos

Warming in the classroom

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

There is a bubbling controversy about how to teach “man-made global warming” in the classroom. Is it a scientific certainty about which there can be no dispute? Or is it a theory about which people with differing viewpoints can have a legitimate debate?

VIDEO: Strong finish boosts Lewis

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

A loud cheer greeted fan favorite Stacy Lewis as she walked up the elevated No. 18 green Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Country Club.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Duenez’s homer leads Naturals past Tulsa

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

TULSA, Okla. — Samir Duenez hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to a 2-1 win over the Tulsa Drillers on Sunday.

Democratic leader looking for recruits

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — The new leader of the Democrats in the state House wants converts, but he won’t turn away allies if that’s what it takes to be effective.

Youth to take aim during Daisy BB gun championship

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

ROGERS — Competitors from across the nation are on their way to the 52nd annual Daisy BB Gun National Championship Match.

DEAR ABBY: Hospice volunteer's woeful tales wear her family down

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My mother has been a hospice volunteer for six months. I think that's great. The problem is, all she ever talks about anymore is the families and patients she helps. I'm tired of coming home from school or work and hearing about her latest patient's family drama or the details about how they died. My grandmother, who also lives with us, is burned out from it, too.

High court likely to settle juvenile law

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — A Little Rock judge’s ruling a new Arkansas juvenile sentencing law is unconstitutional means the Arkansas Supreme Court will likely have to sort things out, Washington County Prosecutor Matt Durrett said Friday.

Restaurant inspections

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Onward and upward

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

ROGERS — So Yeon Ryu dealt with a final-round collapse at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2013 and had to endure a controversial finish in a major win earlier this year.

Possible heir contests county’s claim to $822,000

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — Carl John Smith’s $822,000 estate was put into an account destined for county coffers after he died July 20, 2010, and investigators couldn’t find any living relative.

Ex-Florida State star Rolle ready to begin med school residency

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Myron Rolle has accomplished many things on and off the field. His biggest ones, though, might still be coming up.

COMMENTARY: SEC excellence extends far beyond gridiron

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

Southeastern Conference alone doesn’t define the SEC acronym.

Greg Harton: When the water is deep …

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

If Northwest Arkansas’ unemployment rate is so low the experts question whether there’s even statistical room for it to go lower, why does the region have such a big — and in many cases growing — population of people in poverty?

Marriage licenses

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY

Vote centers to debut in the fall

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

FORT SMITH — Voters in Sebastian County will be able to cast ballots at any polling place in the county beginning with the Sept. 19 school election after the Quorum Court approved the establishment of vote centers.

Ice Cube’s BIG3 hoops league tips off with close games, familiar faces

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

NEW YORK — DeShawn Stevenson nailed the shot, ran toward the sideline and slapped hands with Ice Cube.

Abortion care?

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

REMEMBER when the debate was about Pregnancy Related Services? And the debate was fierce, with folks like Ted Kennedy in Washington pounding his desk, demanding more of it. At first, many of us wondered why. What was all the fuss about? How could anybody be against pregnancy related services? Why, that has to be something like free prenatal vitamins and maybe a government-sponsored foot rub for the lady. Of course, as slow as we are, we did eventually catch up to euphemism in this debate. Pregnancy related services meant pregnancy ending services, aka abortion on demand.

Public meetings

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

TODAY 5:30 p.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission — Room 219, City Hall, 113 W. Mountain St.

Escapee captured after 32 years on run

posted: 06/26/2017 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE — An Arkansas prison escapee who had been on the run for more than three decades has been recaptured.

Sunday, June 25

Plans to move Willow Heights residents upsetting

posted: 06/25/2017 5:20 a.m.

I am upset about the plans for Willow Heights and I just found out that the Housing Authority agreed to sell the property for $1.2 million, which is the final outrage. Has nobody toured South Fayetteville lately and seen the many expensive green houses going up? Doesn't anyone know how expensive lots have become that are this close to downtown. The site is beautifully placed and is historic. Over a million might have sounded like a good deal five years ago in that area but it is now quite a steal at five times that.

Brits find 34 high-rises fire perils

updated: 06/25/2017 4:33 a.m.

Britain's fire safety crisis expanded Saturday as authorities said 34 high-rise apartment blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them "not safe for people to sleep in overnight."

Little Rock drive-by shooting wounds 2 people; 1 victim in very serious condition, police say

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Little Rock police were investigating after two people were injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday.

FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY: Unsolved killing of 31-year-old mother in North Little Rock weighs on investigators

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Most of the homicide cases handled by the North Little Rock Police Department investigations unit contain some sort of pattern that eventually shapes into a reason and sometimes leads to a suspect.

Bielema prepares for latest unknown

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks football Coach Bret Bielema preaches to his players about the importance of living beyond one's comfort zone.

Director of golf at Alotian Club outside Little Rock collapses, dies; Jon Zieske, 48, 'loved life'

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Jon Zieske was a talented golfer. He competed for years in mini-tours, lower-tier tournaments in which professional golfers fight to progress to the sport's next level, and then the next, and then ultimately the PGA Tour.

Divide opens within GOP on health bill

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Concerns from moderate GOP senators that their party's health care bill cuts too deeply into Medicaid and would leave the nation's most vulnerable people with no health insurance are shaping up to be a significant obstacle to the measure's passage.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: Investors group buys downtown Little Rock building, envisions commercial use

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Capital Group Investors bought a 25,600-square-foot building on West Markham Street in downtown Little Rock for $700,000 last month.

Arkansas Sportsman: Arkansas angler finally catches Big Al, nets $15,000

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

After six years, somebody finally caught Big Al.

Little Rock district forms Plan B to pay for school projects

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

After last month's voter defeat of a 12.4-mill school tax extension, the Little Rock School District is taking a different and more scaled-back approach to paying for a new high school and for upgrades at other campuses.

In Syria, war tide crushing children; Arkansans send hope from afar

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Like many American children, these youngsters ride a bus to and from school. The children are preschoolers, so sometimes their backpacks are almost as big as they are.

Arkansan drowns in Oklahoma lake

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

A 22-year-old Arkansas resident drowned after going underwater in a swimming area of an Oklahoma lake.

PAPER TRAILS: Signing off with a fond look back

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

It's bittersweet, typing my final Paper Trails, a column I've written for nearly 14 years. There is sadness but also much gratitude. I'm thankful this paper's former executive editor, Griffin Smith, saw something in this former reporter and gave me this opportunity.

Wal-Mart closing dazes Arkansas town

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

WALDRON -- The sign outside Waldron Drug offers a helping hand to the stunned residents of this small Arkansas town facing the unsettling news that the local Wal-Mart store is closing next month.

HIGH PROFILE: Easter Seals Arkansas CEO Elaine Eubank

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

If Elaine Eubank’s life had a theme, it might be “Life is unexpected.” As she says, “In my life, things don’t always work out the way I’d planned them, and that’s usually a good thing.”

Critical Mass: The charms of Chihuly: Glass, sculptural works of Dale Chihuly take over Crystal Bridges

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Beauty is its own brief. It doesn't need to explain itself. All it need do is sate some sensual appetite to earn its right to be here. It doesn't need to mean anything beyond what it makes apparent. It bends the light in a pleasing way? It stirs some inchoate longing? Let it be, child, let it be.

Record-breaking 61 provides Ryu 5-shot cushion at Northwest Arkansas Championship

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

ROGERS -- So Yeon Ryu reached the ninth green Saturday with the 36-hole Northwest Arkansas Championship record all but sealed, even with a 10-foot birdie attempt in her sights.

2 men reported killed during Arkansas storm

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

A second person has been reported killed after strong storms moved through the state Friday, authorities said.

OPINION : JOHN BRUMMETT: A message that connects

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

The state Democratic Party's executive committee invited me Saturday to talk about state politics for 2018. I'd never delivered a pre-emptive eulogy before.

OPINION: REX NELSON: 'Legislative crack'

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

There was no discussion, no debate. It was done quickly, like swallowing medicine with a bitter aftertaste.

Arkansan on U.S. list for vote-system study

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump, who accused his opponents of rigging the 2016 elections, wants a former Arkansas legislator to help analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the federal voting system.

OPINION: MIKE MASTERSON: It happened again

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Can so many adults really that inattentive and irresponsible?

OPINION- Column One: PAUL GREENBERG: Take me out to the ballgame

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Organ music belongs in great cathedrals. And what better or older American cathedral than a minor-league ballpark like the one in North Little Rock, Ark., with its little retro bandbox of a ballfield? That's where the Arkansas Travelers take on all comers in the AA Texas League to musical accompaniment provided by 29-year-old Trey Trimble, who takes the crowd back to an older, more innocent time.

Little Rock dental office treats veterans, skips bite

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

Darrel Briley had been dealing with tooth pain on and off for several years when he saw a TV ad for Aspen Dental.

Like it is: McFadden deserves spot on Top 50 list

posted: 06/25/2017 4:30 a.m.

It was interesting to read and difficult to argue with the magazine's best 50 college football players since Athlon Sports began in 1967.

For India slum dwellers, ruin can arrive anytime

posted: 06/25/2017 4:26 a.m.

Hareram Raut greeted his visitors with an apology: "Sorry there is no place to sit."

First lady settling in at White House, a homebody so far

posted: 06/25/2017 4:20 a.m.

Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly.

Serbia crowd rallies for gay candidate

updated: 06/25/2017 4:19 a.m.

Several dozen Serbian gays and transgender people marched Saturday in Belgrade, hailing the expected election of a first openly gay prime minister as historic for the Balkan country.

When in Rome, stay out of the fountains

posted: 06/25/2017 4:17 a.m.

On a sweltering Monday afternoon, a beautiful day for a swim, Mario Messina noticed some holidaymakers teetering dangerously close to the turquoise waters and sounded five short blasts of his whistle.

CIA chief cites leaker 'worship' as more secrets out

updated: 06/25/2017 4:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he thinks disclosure of America's secret intelligence is on the rise, fueled partly by the "worship" of leakers like Edward Snowden.

NFL's Sanders among Koch cheerers as donors network

updated: 06/25/2017 4:12 a.m.

Former National Football League star Deion Sanders defended Charles and David Koch -- conservative industrialists often vilified by Democrats -- as a donor gathering led by the billionaire brothers got under way Saturday in Colorado.

Mayors vow lead role on climate

updated: 06/25/2017 4:09 a.m.

With President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.

Toll in Pakistan attacks rises

updated: 06/25/2017 4:06 a.m.

The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 67 people on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan to 85, with several others in critical condition, officials said.

Yemen establishes panel to study torture claims

updated: 06/25/2017 4:05 a.m.

Yemen's internationally recognized government ordered Saturday the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human-rights violations, after reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.

15 people found dead in landslide

updated: 06/25/2017 4:02 a.m.

Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 100 more people remained missing.

Arabs say Qatar regime change not goal

updated: 06/25/2017 4 a.m.

A top United Arab Emirates official said Saturday that the Arab countries isolating Qatar do not seek to force out the country's leadership over allegations it supports extremist ideology, but they are willing to cut ties altogether if it does not agree to their demands.

Syria frees 672 prisoners on eve of holiday

updated: 06/25/2017 3:59 a.m.

The Syrian government on Saturday released hundreds of detainees, including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad, on the eve of a major Muslim holiday.

African leader's yachts, car fleet evidence in trial

posted: 06/25/2017 3:55 a.m.

Even before the corruption trial of Equatorial Guinea's vice president began, there was no shortage of publicity about the lavish lifestyle of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge genocide trial nears end

posted: 06/25/2017 3:54 a.m.

The genocide trial of two senior Khmer Rouge leaders concluded its hearings Friday with an angry scolding by the lawyer for one defendant and a humble bow to the victims by the other.

Venezuelan forces at air base repel protesters with tear gas

posted: 06/25/2017 3:54 a.m.

Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas, in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela's capital.

Snowpack-measuring goes high-tech

posted: 06/25/2017 3:50 a.m.

Every year for almost half a century, California snow surveyor Pat Armstrong has trekked the rugged Sierra Nevada with three simple tools: a snow core tube, a scale and a notebook.

Washington news in brief

updated: 06/25/2017 3:47 a.m.

Boozman applauds Trump press aide

Texas juries find it hard to impose the death penalty

posted: 06/25/2017 3:46 a.m.

The crimes were heinous, but Dallas County jurors couldn't condemn the convicted killers.

Jordan to abolish rapist-shield clause after victim stabbed for family ‘shame’

posted: 06/25/2017 3:44 a.m.

A pregnant 15-year-old who had been raped by a brotherin-law decided to marry her attacker, hoping this would shield her from other male relatives who might kill her in the name of “family honor.”

India's Modi seeks closer Trump ties with D.C. visit

updated: 06/25/2017 3:43 a.m.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet for the first time with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, part of a two-day "no-frills" visit to the capital that will include little of the pomp of the prime minister's earlier trips during former President Barack Obama's administration.

The World in Brief

updated: 06/25/2017 3:40 a.m.

Philippines military sets 8-hour truce

The nation in brief

updated: 06/25/2017 3:39 a.m.

Concert honors London-slain musician

Names and faces

posted: 06/25/2017 3:37 a.m.

A magazine writer has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the creators of the new Tupac Shakur biopic, saying that portions of the film are based on his articles about the late rapper.

TV news shows

posted: 06/25/2017 3:36 a.m.

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows:

In the news

updated: 06/25/2017 3:35 a.m.

Sue Beler, a spokesman for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, confirmed that a sniper from the branch killed an Islamic State fighter in Iraq from a distance of 3,540 meters, almost 2.2 miles, topping the Guinness World Record of 2,474 meters, about 1.5 miles, made by a British sniper in 2009 in Afghanistan.

Verdict in shale lawsuit cuts plaintiffs in 2 others

posted: 06/25/2017 3:22 a.m.

Two class-action lawsuits against Southwestern Energy Co. and three of its subsidiaries can now represent only about 4,400 people after a recent jury verdict in favor of the company in a third class-action lawsuit.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship: VIDEO: Golf: Ryu running away; Lewis tied for second

posted: 06/25/2017 3 a.m.

ROGERS -- So Yeon Ryu was firmly in contention after Friday's opening round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, but she spent much of her post-round interview answering questions about Sung Hyun Park.

Tigers hang 2 L's on Beavers (56-6)

posted: 06/25/2017 2:54 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Nothing LSU encounters in the College World Series championship series will be any more daunting than the task the Tigers had to complete to get there.

Commentary: Magic taking Lonzo under his wing

posted: 06/25/2017 2:49 a.m.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The first son born into a basketball family, Lonzo Ball was bred for stardom. What he knew about Magic Johnson, a superstar who last played in the NBA a year before he was born, came from the stories his father, LaVar, told and what he could glean from the grainy footage of games that replayed on cable television.

Spieth birdies 18th to keep 1-stroke Travelers lead

posted: 06/25/2017 2:49 a.m.

CROMWELL, Conn. — Jordan Spieth continues to play just a little better than anyone else at the Travelers Championship.

The Recruiting Guy: Lightly recruited, Swanson earned his number

posted: 06/25/2017 2:46 a.m.

Former Arkansas and All-SEC center Travis Swanson was one of four NFL linemen helping Bret Bielema for the Trench Hog camp.

Lane shift to slow traffic on U.S. 70

posted: 06/25/2017 2:46 a.m.

Work on U.S. 70 in Saline County will require shifting traffic to newly built lanes this week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Vargas earns 11th victory as Royals top Blue Jays

posted: 06/25/2017 2:44 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Vargas missed most of last season after having elbow surgery in 2015. This year he is a candidate to be the AL All-Star Game starter.

MLB Notes

posted: 06/25/2017 2:43 a.m.

Perez injures thumb in door

Inmate in PB flees work-release job

posted: 06/25/2017 2:41 a.m.

Authorities were searching Saturday for an inmate who escaped from an Arkansas Department of Correction work release program in Pine Bluff.

Cardinals beat Travelers in 12th

posted: 06/25/2017 2:41 a.m.

Oscar Mercado hit a walk-off single with two outs in the 12th inning, as the Springfield Cardinals beat the Arkansas Travelers 4-3 on Saturday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

NW Arkansas Championship report: Inkster gets to play golf on birthday

posted: 06/25/2017 2:40 a.m.

ROGERS -- World Golf Hall of Famer Juli Inkster celebrated her birthday at Pinnacle Country Club for the second consecutive year.

VIDEO: Golfers get selective for 12-week stretch

posted: 06/25/2017 2:39 a.m.

ROGERS -- The Northwest Arkansas Championship comes in the middle of a long stretch of 12 consecutive weeks of LPGA tournaments.

Our Town: Little Rock notebook

posted: 06/25/2017 2:38 a.m.

Water-bill survey praises LR's value

NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350: Ganassi pair will start out front

posted: 06/25/2017 2:38 a.m.

SONOMA, Calif. -- Chip Ganassi likes winners, and his drivers have him in prime position to celebrate another victory.

Burglaries

posted: 06/25/2017 2:36 a.m.

The 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.

High school football report: Plumlee pleased by 'tradition'

posted: 06/25/2017 2:36 a.m.

J.D. Plumlee felt he was ready to be a head coach.

Faedo fine again; Florida tops TCU

posted: 06/25/2017 2:35 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 shutout innings in a second consecutive strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 victory Saturday night.

Pet of the Week

posted: 06/25/2017 2:32 a.m.

Twix is our pet of the week. Around 5 years old, Twix is the perfect mix of zen and playful. She's perfectly fine with downtime and being loved on, but she's also happy to play in the yard and fetch. This friendly girl is a border collie/Akita mix. She's good with other dogs, walks great on a leash and would be a loyal, sweet companion.

Dress rehearsal

posted: 06/25/2017 2:32 a.m.

For a dress rehearsal, Tuesday's jaunt on the Caddo River was a rousing success.

Other days

updated: 06/25/2017 2:32 a.m.

100 years ago

Off the wire

posted: 06/25/2017 2:31 a.m.

Federer advances

Outdoors Calendar

posted: 06/25/2017 2:31 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Information on events also may be emailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com.

Powerball

posted: 06/25/2017 2:30 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday night in Powerball are: 10-22-32-36-58

Second Thoughts: Few beers don't stop Series save

posted: 06/25/2017 2:30 a.m.

For the past 12 years, one of the worst-kept secrets in Chicago sports was that Mark Buehrle had enjoyed a few cold ones before recording a save in the 2005 World Series.

Nonprofit helps marshal light a fire under recruits

posted: 06/25/2017 2:24 a.m.

Joe Gray, the Little Rock Fire Department's chief fire marshal, believes in paying it forward.

BEST IN SPORTS: An evening of stars

posted: 06/25/2017 2:23 a.m.

It wasn't just the Miss Arkansas pageant that drew a host of visitors to Markham Street in downtown Little Rock on June 17. About 1,500 people gathered in the Statehouse Convention Center's Wally Allen Ballroom for the 2016-2017 All Arkansas Preps awards banquet, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: She waited 4 decades to write their happy ending

posted: 06/25/2017 2:21 a.m.

Brenda Scisson was one of the first female sports reporters in the state in 1972.

Rogers family's business brewing

posted: 06/25/2017 2:21 a.m.

ROGERS -- When customers roll up to 7 Brew Coffee they're to be greeted with a smile, polite banter and quick, courteous service.

Goals, reality often clash for truck drivers

posted: 06/25/2017 2:20 a.m.

When Corey Marler had to close his sheet metal construction company after an injury, the Rogers resident applied to a temp agency to pay his bills. It took months to get through their processes to start making money. Once he did, he could only find a job working nights at a signage factory in 95-degree heat for $11 an hour.

Dear Abby: Hands off until a date stimulates your mind

posted: 06/25/2017 2:20 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I'm a single 38-year-old woman. I haven't been in a relationship in more than 10 years because of school, work and kids. Lately, since I graduated, I have been on a string of blind dates. Men seem to want to hold my hand, touch my hair, stroke my arm, etc., right away. When I say I don't like it, they say they are "just being affectionate" because they like me.

A better life is driver-school lure for many

posted: 06/25/2017 2:19 a.m.

James Main is a veteran of the National Guard and Operation Desert Storm. He worked in a turkey plant before getting gangrene in a hand from a piece of turkey bone. He has been a rural mailman, worked at a carpet and tile store, opened and closed his own brokerage company and delivered heating and air-conditioner parts. Recently, he decided truck driving was the path forward.

PART OF THE SOLUTION(S): Eating to feed others

posted: 06/25/2017 2:19 a.m.

It was quite the lively crowd. So much so that former governor and co-chairman Mike Beebe had trouble shushing everyone to get the program started. Could it have been all the Arkansas legislators in the house?

LEADING LAWYERS: Spa City awash in legalese with 119th meeting of Bar

posted: 06/25/2017 2:18 a.m.

No joke -- almost 300 lawyers filled the lobby of the Arlington Hotel on June 15 for the traditional Friday, Eldridge and Clark reception at the 119th meeting of the Arkansas Bar Association.

Woman shapes career as men's shirt-maker

posted: 06/25/2017 2:18 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA -- Nancy Gold was a woman in a men's clothing world -- custom shirts. Talk about a bad fit, but not because of any lack of skills.

Sales of 4-engine jumbo jets fading out at Boeing, Airbus

posted: 06/25/2017 2:17 a.m.

Boeing sees the future, and it doesn't include jumbo passenger jets. Not its own iconic 747. Not the Airbus A380.

Alfa Romeo boss: Won't trim prices

posted: 06/25/2017 2:16 a.m.

Alfa Romeo's global brand chief says he won't cut prices to meet lofty U.S. sales goals because he insists Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV isn't setting such targets in the first place.

SAILORS' DELIGHT: Chamber rolls out red carpet for crew of USS Little Rock

posted: 06/25/2017 2:16 a.m.

A four-day visit to the river city by the crew of the pre-commissioned USS Little Rock culminated with a catered barbecue dinner hosted by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau the night of June 13 at historic Curran Hall. The crew, stationed near Jacksonville, Fla., includes one Arkansan -- Robert Dyer of Mountainburg.

Beer brewers' hopes of tax overhaul wait on bigger fish to fry

posted: 06/25/2017 2:15 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- The beer industry, from the smallest craft brewers to the giant Anheuser-Bush InBev, is behind a long-awaited rewrite of the federal tax code on beer. More than half the members of the U.S. House have signed on as co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill to do that, and nearly half the U.S. Senate has put its name on that body's version.

MALE CALL: Uniqueness reason enough to add knit ties to wardrobe

posted: 06/25/2017 2:15 a.m.

Q. I sure wish you would write a column on knit ties. You have recommended them at least twice in the last year. Unless they have made an unannounced comeback, I neither see them worn nor even for sale. One may find them online, but not in great numbers. Admit it: They aren't stylish. Defend thyself. You publish your opinions on fashion, and I largely agree with your calls, but on knit ties, I just don't see it.

Is father-daughter dance out of step with today's world?

posted: 06/25/2017 2:15 a.m.

The annual father-daughter dance at Benito Martinez Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, is a highlight on the school calendar. Candy-color tablecloths camouflage cafeteria tables, and strobe lights transform the gymnasium into a dance floor. The girls, from kindergarten through fifth-grade, don dresses and pose for pictures with their dates. Many of the 300 guests stay for the grand finale: a slow dance to Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses."

Centenarian began painting at 98

posted: 06/25/2017 2:14 a.m.

Watching Dorris Woods intricately paint flowers and a cascade of cobblestone steps, it's not obvious that she only recently learned to paint. An assortment of her finished oil paintings sitting nearby -- depicting beautiful oceans, waterfalls and flowers -- look similar to those completed by her distinguished teacher, Sally Seago, although Seago has been painting for 60 years and Woods for only two.

Congolese fashionable despite poverty

posted: 06/25/2017 2:13 a.m.

"One of the first things I noticed is how completely beautiful everyone is on the street," said Shayla Harris, a documentary filmmaker and journalist, about her recent trip to Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

PATENTS AWARDED

posted: 06/25/2017 2:13 a.m.

U.S. patents issued to Arkansans

Katie Rhea Willis - Clayton Wade Borengasser

posted: 06/25/2017 2:13 a.m.

The bride is the daughter of Kimberley and Dr. Roy Graves of Little Rock and Danny Wayne Willis of Beaumont, Texas. Grandparents of the bride are Shirley and Leo Willis, the late Billie Jean Lomax and the late Walter DeVillers Lomax II, all also of Beaumont.

BUILDING PERMITS

posted: 06/25/2017 2:12 a.m.

Building permits for the Little Rock metro area, projects valued at $75,000 or more.

Katherine Elizabeth Watkins - Robert Hunter Mayo

posted: 06/25/2017 2:12 a.m.

Katherine Elizabeth Watkins became the bride of Robert Hunter Mayo at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in St. James United Methodist Church. The Rev. Greg Schick officiated.

OIL AND GAS REPORT

posted: 06/25/2017 2:11 a.m.

The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission last week issued 0 drilling permits, 0 well completions, and 5 well recompletions. By county, they were:

CAPITOL CONNECTIONS: Two directors become one, throw out romance rulebook

posted: 06/25/2017 2:10 a.m.

She wore a short, off-white dress with lace; he wore a black tuxedo. Their cake was a replica of the state Capitol, where they wed. But the nuptials and after-party were anything but ordinary.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

posted: 06/25/2017 2:10 a.m.

Pulaski County real estate transactions of $150,000 or more; deeds recorded May 22-May 26:

BUSINESS AWARDS

posted: 06/25/2017 2:08 a.m.

The Eugene C. Figg Jr. Medal for Signature Bridges was presented by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department for the Broadway Bridge, designed by Garver and sub-consultant HNTB.

BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 06/25/2017 2:07 a.m.

David K. Walser has joined Frost, PLLC Certified Public Accountants as director of private wealth services.

SOUNDING THE ALARM: Center director an advocate for social justice, anti-hate

posted: 06/25/2017 2:07 a.m.

A reception for Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, was held June 21 in the library of the Clinton School for Public Service.

Hairdresser travels, cuts hair for homeless people

posted: 06/25/2017 2:06 a.m.

When Joshua Coombes got off the bus at Union Station in Washington in February, he didn't set off for the usual tourist attractions along the National Mall. Instead, the London-based hairdresser headed for the marble fountain where homeless people gather outside. Most travelers walk by without a second glance. So what Coombes did next may well have surprised them: He chatted with them, pulled out his scissors and gave them haircuts, free of charge.

Conquering Washington

posted: 06/25/2017 2:05 a.m.

Despite predictions to the contrary, gun rights in America appear not only to have survived the Obama administration, but to have thrived.

Wedding dress websites put brides and bargains together

posted: 06/25/2017 2:05 a.m.

Let's face it, your wedding dress is taking up coveted closet space and, decades from now, your daughter is not likely to wear what's sure to be an out-of-style gown.

OPINION : Education by subscription

posted: 06/25/2017 2:02 a.m.

Arkansas was among the last states in the nation to create a public school system. While many early Arkansas leaders spoke of the need for one, the state was unwilling to spend the money.

Guantanamo: a belligerent occupation

posted: 06/25/2017 2:01 a.m.

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba--The $4,085 check is delivered each year in April, addressed to the Treasurer General of the Republic of Cuba. That position ceased to exist decades ago. The Cuban government last cashed it in 1959.

Tower blocks unfit for public housing

posted: 06/25/2017 2:01 a.m.

The recent Grenfell Tower fire in London, in which at least 79 people are presumed dead, may have been preventable with better oversight and renovation technology. But there is a strong reason why it wasn't prevented: High-rise buildings aren't suitable for public housing (often called social housing in Britain and Europe), and wherever they are used in this way, they are a source of danger.

Flying high with emotional support

posted: 06/25/2017 2 a.m.

In recent years, passengers are increasingly flying with emotional support animals. Usually dogs.

BEST-SELLERS

posted: 06/25/2017 1:59 a.m.

1. CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham. A search for stolen rare manuscripts leads to a Florida island.

Secretary Mattis, please don't leave

posted: 06/25/2017 1:58 a.m.

Earlier this month Defense Secretary James Mattis looked the commander-in-chief, just inches from his own face, in the eye. He praised our servicemen and women, which isn't unusual, but he was ill at ease having chosen to subtly dissent.

The folly of ADA regulations

posted: 06/25/2017 1:58 a.m.

The Americans with Disabilities Act produced tangible benefits. Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, the ADA banned employment discrimination against the disabled and eliminated unnecessary physical barriers to commercial and government buildings. But in the quarter-century since it was enacted, the law has also had countless unintended consequences--mutating definitions of what constitutes a physical or mental disability, senseless mandates, astronomical compliance costs for business owners and, perhaps most damaging of all, waves of abusive litigation.

Pop notes: Dead abides in album, film releases

posted: 06/25/2017 1:57 a.m.

Dismissing the Grateful Dead is easy for some people.

OPINION : What we won't do about the police

posted: 06/25/2017 1:55 a.m.

It's dangerous to be a cop.

Spin Cycle: Not even for charity is a birthday for sale

posted: 06/25/2017 1:55 a.m.

Leave it to Facebook to remind you that you're turning yet another year older.

The TV Column: Prequel introduces pre-Mirren Jane Tennison

posted: 06/25/2017 1:54 a.m.

Some TV prequels are a waste of time. Remember Bonanza prequel Ponderosa? How about Young Hercules starring a young Ryan Gosling? This one, however, is well worth our attention.

TV on DVD: Kiss Me, Kate's musical fun featured live on PBS Blu-ray

posted: 06/25/2017 1:53 a.m.

What is it? Kiss Me, Kate, 2 hours, 27 minutes on one Blu-ray disc from Shout! Factory

LET'S TALK: Quite contrary: Developing allergies another sign of aging

posted: 06/25/2017 1:51 a.m.

Another thing to add to my recurring, unofficial Joys of Aging manual.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Anime films to roll in state; Johnny Mathis in Memphis

posted: 06/25/2017 1:50 a.m.

Three Arkansas movie theaters -- the UA Breckenridge 12 in Little Rock, the AMC Classic Fort Smith and the Malco Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville -- will screen director Hayao Miyazaki's animated film My Neighbor Totoro, from Japanese anime producer Studio Ghibli, dubbed into English, at 12:55 p.m. today and with English-language subtitles at 7 p.m. Monday.

Playtime in Paris

posted: 06/25/2017 1:48 a.m.

"Where are the fan dancers?" I wondered aloud as I descended into a cave-like nightclub-cum-cabaret on the Left Bank. My friends and I sat down across from one another at a long table that spanned the rock-walled room. It was after midnight, and save for one other tipsy group, we had the place to ourselves.

Travel in Europe: Windsor offers royal life, minus London's bustle

posted: 06/25/2017 1:48 a.m.

British royalty has been calling Windsor Castle home since the days of William the Conqueror -- almost a thousand years ago -- and it's still a favored castle of the current Queen Elizabeth. And while commoners can't stay at her digs, the town of Windsor is a cozy spot for a peaceful and charming last night in England before flying out of London.

Letters

posted: 06/25/2017 1:48 a.m.

Construction lagging

WWII life on exhibit in NOLA

posted: 06/25/2017 1:47 a.m.

A rusted fragment of the battleship USS Arizona sunk at Pearl Harbor, a woman's munitions plant uniform and ration books all tell the complex story of life on the homefront in a new exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

On the cover

posted: 06/25/2017 1:46 a.m.

Actor Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0) serves as narrator for the PBS documentary series Big Pacific. It airs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through July 19 on AETN. The series explores the geography, natural phenomena and behaviors of some rare and dazzling creatures found in and on the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

Tell Me About It: Dad of ailing son seeks help

posted: 06/25/2017 1:45 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: My wondrous 24-year-old son has just been diagnosed with a brain cyst. We haven't seen the neurologist yet. I'm freaking out. Cysts are usually benign, but his is causing him problems -- that's what led him to the doc in the first place -- and sometimes they are associated with tumors. There's probably brain surgery coming.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/25/2017 1:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. You get fantastic results as a leader who asks people to do their best. You're not looking for perfection, just for honesty and solid efforts. You'll be overjoyed with the spoils in August. Make a tidy arrangement in November; more rewards come in February. Diversify your interests and change up your crew in 2018.

Senate bill could end Arkansas Works, restrict Medicaid growth

posted: 06/25/2017 1:10 a.m.

Tens of thousands of Northwest Arkansans and many more across the state could lose their health insurance under the Senate version of a Republican health care bill.

Pride parade provides hope

posted: 06/25/2017 1:09 a.m.

An estimated 8,000 people danced, drove down and lined Dickson Street for the 11th annual NWA Pride Parade on Saturday.

Senate health bill would bar Marshall Islanders from insurance marketplace

posted: 06/25/2017 1:09 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas' Pacific Islanders would lose access to government assistance for health coverage under a Senate Republican bill revealed Thursday, an immigration attorney said.

Benton County Search And Rescue seeks more volunteers

posted: 06/25/2017 1:08 a.m.

A young James Mason sat studying with friends one weekend afternoon in 1971 at the College of the Ozarks when emergency alarms went off. Firefighters quickly came to the aid of a student who had fallen from a lookout point nearby.

Benton County officials ponder pot policy

posted: 06/25/2017 1:07 a.m.

Benton County officials have started work on employment policies to reflect the state's recently approved medical marijuana amendment and resulting legislation.

Goodman, Mo., council deals with tornado fallout

posted: 06/25/2017 1:06 a.m.

Josh Wagner and Aaron Patterson want to build a new house for a friend, whose house was blown away in a tornado in April.

Public input session set for proposed for Springdale projects

posted: 06/25/2017 1:05 a.m.

The city will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed construction of a Criminal Justice Complex and the renovation of the City Administration Building.

Chuan Fa America offers self-defense training for visually impaired students

posted: 06/25/2017 1:04 a.m.

An area martial arts school recently gave basic, self-defense lessons to a group of students who could be vulnerable during an altercation.

Garfield seeks bids for road work

posted: 06/25/2017 1:03 a.m.

The city is seeking bids to apply double chip and seal on a portion of Tall Oaks Lane.

Lane closings for interstate, greenway work on tap in Lowell, Rogers area

posted: 06/25/2017 1:03 a.m.

Crews placing bridge beams over Interstate 49 in Benton County will require closing northbound lanes for multiple 15-minute periods through Friday, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials.

Bella Vista's Highlands course closing July 10

posted: 06/25/2017 1:03 a.m.

A second 18-hole golf course will be closed during the summer after a recent Property Owners Association board decision.

Gravette, Decatur Boys & Girls Club programs a success

posted: 06/25/2017 1:02 a.m.

The after-school programs and summer programs at the Gravette Boys & Girls Club have been a success, officials say.

JBU, Siloam Springs train for emergency response

posted: 06/25/2017 1:01 a.m.

John Brown University's Nursing Department partnered with Simmons Foods, the Siloam Springs Fire Department, the Siloam Springs Police Department and Siloam Springs Regional Hospital to stage an emergency response training exercise June 14 at the Simmons Prepared Foods plant for 60 JBU and NorthWest Arkansas Community College nursing students.

Education notebook: State math event announces victors

posted: 06/25/2017 1:01 a.m.

State math event

Club news

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

BC Dems

Frogs beat Gators, force another final

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. — Evan Skoug hit a bases-clearing double, four TCU pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Horned Frogs beat Florida to force a second Bracket 2 final at the College World Series.

Kings prospect raised by two mothers

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

CHICAGO — Moments after Jaret Anderson-Dolan was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, he hugged his mothers Fran and Nancy. They cried a few tears as Anderson-Dolan made his way to the floor of the United Center for handshakes and congratulations from his new team.

In harm’s way

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

In May, Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to protecting religious minorities in the Middle East. Just over a month later, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are poised to send nearly 200 Iraqis back to a country where they could face extreme harassment and religious persecution.

McKinstry’s run pushes Drillers past Naturals

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

TULSA, Okla. — Zach McKinstry scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, leading the Tulsa Drillers to a 3-2 win over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Saturday.

Separate wrecks kill 4 people across state

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Four people were killed in vehicle accidents on Arkansas roads since Wednesday, according to Arkansas State Police preliminary reports.

Faulkner Center adds another layer to arts in Northwest Arkansas

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center, which officially opened in September 2015, started off with a 2016-17 season that was a bit on the cautious side with only three productions. Managing Director Nicole Cotton says that, with one season under her belt, she's expanding the options for the 2017-18 season.

COMMENTARY: Basketball: Hometown boy from 'The Woodz' realizes NBA dream

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

I was discussing Marcus Monk and his contributions to the Razorbacks a few years ago when a friend responded with something I hear periodically about athletes.

Records

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Arrests

AT OUR BEST: Network lauds community members

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Arkansas Support Network lauded clients, advocates, volunteers and staff members at its annual honors luncheon June 7 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville. The group serves individuals with disabilities with offerings that include the Community Parent Resource Center, community living services and vocational foundations such as supported employment, social and work skills development and enrichment opportunities in creativity, recreation and literacy.

Owners of millions of small Indian shops worry over new sales-tax rules

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

NEW DELHI -- The daily bustle of tourists and shoppers has died down in an upscale market in central New Delhi, but a toy shop owner is still busy poring over new Indian tax rules that take effect next month.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Monday

Environmental notebook

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

State readies plan to follow haze rule

ON THE AGENDA

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Monday 1:30-3 p.m. — Arkansas adult education classes, Goodwill Career Center, 1001 S. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs. Classes include: employability, customer service, clerical, bank teller and industrial. Information: (479) 373-6120.

INCORPORATIONS

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Benton County Mangold Architecture & Construction Inc., James G. Mangold, 211 N. Second St., Rogers

Business news in brief

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Springdale gets second Dunkin' Donuts

Study for a fee

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Regular readers of this column know that Arkansas was among the last states in the nation to create a public school system. While many early Arkansas leaders spoke of the need for a good educational system, the state was unwilling to spend the money. It took the upheaval of the Civil War and Reconstruction to jolt the state into establishing a public school system, but implementing the new law was uneven, and as late as the 1920s many schools in the state did not offer classes beyond the eighth grade. Fortunately, some educators helped fill the void by opening subscription schools where students could study for a fee. Isaac A. Clarke of Carroll County was one of the most successful of these educators.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship notes

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Ashok helps Rookie of the Year chances

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Plans to move Willow Heights residents upsetting

Mounts a 'city boy' cowboy from Pine Bluff

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Rodeos aren't just for country folks.

Local notes

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Blood Centerseeks donors

NWA editorial: No sanctuary

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Immigration in the United States is an issue with no easy answers. Reasonable people motivated by good intentions reside on all sides of the debate.

Tim Helder

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

I'm probably one of the few sheriffs who has ever spent time in their own jail," says Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder.

NW BUSINESS PEOPLE

posted: 06/25/2017 1 a.m.

Michael Howard was named chief nursing officer for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Howard was director of pediatric emergency services at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio for more than nine years. He received a bachelor of nursing from Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, Pa., in 1996 and master’s degrees in management, health administration and nursing from the University of Phoenix.

Saturday, June 24

Contractor: Fort Smith ready to restart recycling next week

posted: 06/24/2017 7:54 a.m.

FORT SMITH -- The city's Sanitation Department will begin sending recyclable material to recycling company 3rd Rock Recycling LLC beginning Monday, the city announced Friday.

Storm moving through Arkansas topples tree onto car, kills man

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

One person was killed by a tree that fell during a storm Friday in Arkansas, authorities said.

Plea guilty to fatally shooting Arkansas sheriff's deputy, lover's kin; 'I can't be forgiven,' killer says

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

A man who shot and killed a Yell County sheriff's lieutenant, an elderly woman in a wheelchair and a teenager pleaded guilty Friday, avoiding a possible death penalty but ensuring that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

PHOTOS: 3 vehicles crashed, pursuit went through Little Rock before I-630 arrest

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

An 18-year-old Little Rock man was arrested Friday morning after he led authorities on a chase through Pulaski County, crashed two stolen vehicles and hit a police cruiser on Interstate 630, officials said.

Former Arkansas TV host held in Texas on sex charge

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

A former Univision Arkansas host was arrested in Texas on Wednesday in the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old, according to court and online records.

Historic home demolished in Little Rock; razing spurs interest in creation of Hillcrest protected zone

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

The razing of a 110-year-old home in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock has renewed efforts to establish a local-ordinance historic district for the area and prevent the loss of similar homes that proponents say help give the neighborhood its funky character.

5 GOP senators now go against health bill

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

Republicans' efforts to pass an expansive bill to scuttle much of former President Barack Obama's health care law met added resistance Friday when U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada declared that he could not support it as written.

Disabled Little Rock man released from sex-offender list

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Pulaski County circuit judge has released a 38-year-old brain-damaged Little Rock man from an 18-year-old court order requiring him to register as a sex offender, ruling that Andrew Baxter Low is not a danger to the community.

Doctor fired by Arkansas hospital entitled to bail in sex case

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO -- A brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children sought to impregnate women to create more victims and had been suspected of molesting youngsters for two decades, Northern California prosecutors said Monday.

Arkansas Plant Board approves dicamba ban

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

The state Plant Board voted 9-5 Friday to stop the sales and use of dicamba, a herbicide suspected of damaging thousands of acres of soybeans, vegetables, fruits and trees this growing season.

Barrages of gunfire hit homes, cars, stores in Little Rock

updated: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m.

Little Rock police are investigating several instances of gunfire that have damaged homes, vehicles and businesses this week.

DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Overview of west Little Rock road widening project

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

Dear Mahatma: Can you give us some sort of timeline on the widening of Kanis Road from Bowman Road to Gamble Road? An answer would be greatly appreciated. — Little Rocker.

Trump suggests reining Comey tape bluff's aim

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump suggested Friday in an interview that the tweet he sent saying that James Comey had better hope he didn't have tapes of their conversations was intended to influence the fired FBI director's testimony before Congress. The president emphasized that he committed "no obstruction" of the inquiries into whether his campaign colluded with Russia.

OPINION: REX NELSON: The gathering place

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

It's nearing the lunch hour in downtown Dumas, and a stream of customers is coming into Meador Pharmacy to pick up sandwiches from the soda fountain. The drugstore soda fountain has almost become a thing of the past, but at Meador all of the classics are on the menu--ham, ham and cheese, grilled cheese, tuna, chicken salad, pimento cheese and even peanut butter and jelly. It's hot outside, reminding me of the line from the Bobbie Gentry classic "Ode to Billie Joe": "Another sleepy, dusty Delta day."

Trump signs VA law to help weed out staff

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump signed legislation Friday that will make it easier to suspend, demote or fire incompetent Veterans Affairs employees.

Schizophrenic homeless man accused of killing pregnant Little Rock woman ruled fit for trial

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

A 35-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia is fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday, almost five years after the man was accused of killing a pregnant Little Rock woman and her unborn child.

UA grad to probe collision for Navy

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Little Rock native and graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will lead the U.S. Navy's investigation into the June 17 collision of a Philippine-flagged container ship with the USS Fitzgerald, which resulted in the deaths of seven sailors.

OPINION : MIKE MASTERSON: Readers respond

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

I sure struck a major nerve the other day with my column about how much lower prescription prices run in Canada than here in the U.S.

VIDEO: Winning ways follow Lassiter

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

Hayden Lassiter went undefeated in 2016 as the starting quarterback of the Warren Lumberjacks.

Arkansas panel advises limit to pot lobbyists' pay

posted: 06/24/2017 4:30 a.m.

Medical marijuana lobbyists should not be paid with a share in a dispensary or cultivation facility that depends on a state application's success, according to an advisory opinion approved Friday by the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

London fire traced to freezer

posted: 06/24/2017 3:43 a.m.

London police said Friday that a deadly fire last week that killed at least 79 people began in a refrigerator freezer -- the first official confirmation of the cause of the blaze.

Assault on city funded by ISIS, Philippines says

posted: 06/24/2017 3:41 a.m.

The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong assault on a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday.

N. Korea says it's the 'biggest victim' in student's death

updated: 06/24/2017 3:39 a.m.

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

Invasive Asian carp found closer to Lake Michigan

posted: 06/24/2017 3:37 a.m.

A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan -- well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said Friday.

High court expected to reveal ruling on travel ban

updated: 06/24/2017 3:32 a.m.

The country is waiting for the Supreme Court to make its decision public about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.

Gay-pride marches run into rift over race

posted: 06/24/2017 3:12 a.m.

Gay-pride marches in New York City, San Francisco and in between this weekend will have plenty of participants -- and protests directed at them from other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that speak out against what they see as increasingly corporate celebrations that prioritize the experiences of gay white men and ignore issues facing black and brown LGBT people.

Mistrial 2nd for ex-Ohio officer

updated: 06/24/2017 3:06 a.m.

A second mistrial was declared Friday in the case of a white University of Cincinnati officer who killed an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop. It's the latest racially charged police shooting case to show the reluctance of U.S. jurors to convict officers.

Military seeks transgender-enlistee hold

updated: 06/24/2017 2:59 a.m.

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday.

Nuke-site cleanup's end in sight, UA says

updated: 06/24/2017 2:52 a.m.

Cleanup crews trucked away 15,850 pounds of low-level radiological waste earlier this month from a nuclear reactor test site in rural Washington County, said project manager Dean Wheeler.

Focus on Family gets Pence pep talk

posted: 06/24/2017 2:48 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence’s visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family came at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.

Arab nations give Qatar demands

posted: 06/24/2017 2:47 a.m.

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries that recently cut diplomatic ties with Qatar issued a harsh list of demands Friday, insisting that the wealthy but tiny Persian Gulf nation shut down the news broadcaster Al-Jazeera, abandon ties with Islamist organizations and provide detailed information about its funding for political dissidents.

EU to help Libya stem flow of migrants

posted: 06/24/2017 2:46 a.m.

BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders pledged Friday to boost their support for conflict-ravaged Libya as the number of people fleeing Africa on crowded, unsafe boats for better lives in Europe continues to rise.

Jonesboro woman gets life in slaying

posted: 06/24/2017 2:44 a.m.

JONESBORO -- A Craighead County Circuit Court jury found a Jonesboro woman guilty of first-degree murder Friday for fatally shooting a man in his home, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said.

Separate wrecks kill 4 people across state

posted: 06/24/2017 2:44 a.m.

Four people were killed in vehicle accidents on Arkansas roads since Wednesday, according to Arkansas State Police preliminary reports.

I-49 work to close bike trail in Rogers

posted: 06/24/2017 2:42 a.m.

Work to widen Interstate 49 in Rogers will require the overnight closure of a section of a pedestrian/bicycle trail for four days beginning Sunday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/24/2017 2:42 a.m.

Mechanic Caleb Fletcher was working on a Piper Arrow at the North Little Rock airport.

Springdale man pleads innocent in fatal stabs

posted: 06/24/2017 2:41 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Springdale man pleaded innocent in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder related to a stabbing last month.

Pelosi's Democratic critics face uphill fight

updated: 06/24/2017 2:41 a.m.

A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California to step down after a dispiriting loss in a House election in Georgia. They just don't know how to make it happen.

Taliban chief calls troop buildup futile

posted: 06/24/2017 2:40 a.m.

The leader of the Afghan Taliban said Friday that a planned U.S. troop buildup will not end the protracted war in the country, and vowed to fight on until a full withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

100 people feared buried by China landslide

posted: 06/24/2017 2:39 a.m.

More than 100 people were feared buried after a landslide caused by torrential rain destroyed a mountain village in a southwest China's Sichuan province, state media reported today.

The world in brief

posted: 06/24/2017 2:37 a.m.

Four attacks in Pakistan claim 40 lives

The nation in brief

updated: 06/24/2017 2:36 a.m.

Senators prod military on Yemen torture

Names and faces

updated: 06/24/2017 2:33 a.m.

Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a festival in the United Kingdom.

In the news

posted: 06/24/2017 2:32 a.m.

Barack Obama, the former president, arrived with his family on the island of Bali for a vacation in Indonesia, where he lived for several years as a child, and plans to visit Yogyakarta, an ancient city on the island of Java where his mother, Ann Dunham, did anthropological research.

NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP: Reid's ace can't match Park's 63

posted: 06/24/2017 2:30 a.m.

LPGA Tour rookie Sung Hyun Park of China raced to the top of the leaderboard Friday in the opening round of the Northwest Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

Arkansas 18 work set in Jonesboro

posted: 06/24/2017 2:28 a.m.

Resurfacing portions of Southwest and Highland drives, also called Arkansas 18, in Jonesboro will require lane closures for the next four weeks beginning Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation said.

Other days

updated: 06/24/2017 2:27 a.m.

100 years ago June 24, 1917

Daily Record

posted: 06/24/2017 2:27 a.m.

Births

NBA set for next makeover

posted: 06/24/2017 2:26 a.m.

As draft night approached, some of the heavy hitters in the NBA -- Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston, the Clippers among them -- were jockeying, making calls and looking for deals to try to position themselves to make a run at Golden State.

Mega Millions

posted: 06/24/2017 2:26 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 12-20-53-66-74

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Lange baffles Beavers

posted: 06/24/2017 2:25 a.m.

With a wave of his cap to the LSU fans, Alex Lange disappeared into the dugout after what very well could have been his last outing as a collegian.

Hog calls: Marriage eases Lewis' winless angst

posted: 06/24/2017 2:23 a.m.

Some will say that Stacy Lewis isn't what she used to be.

Jackson snubs Celtics, happy as a Sun

posted: 06/24/2017 2:22 a.m.

Josh Jackson skipped a pre-draft workout with Boston at the last second, a move that didn't sit too well with the Celtics.

Ball a piece of Lakers' rebuilding plan

posted: 06/24/2017 2:21 a.m.

Magic Johnson pointed a long index finger at the wall of the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex, where the 16-time NBA champions' nine retired numbers hang over the practice court.

NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP: Bowyer seeking 'Cars 3' double

posted: 06/24/2017 2:19 a.m.

Lightning McQueen went to NASCAR's victory lane last week when Kyle Larson drove the "Cars 3" vehicle to victory.

AMERICAN LEAGUE: Rays romp as Orioles tie record for runs allowed

posted: 06/24/2017 2:18 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Shane Peterson drove in four runs apiece to back the pitching of Chris Archer and lead the surging Tampa Bay Rays to a 15-5 victory over the struggling Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

NBA Draft team-by-team selections

posted: 06/24/2017 2:18 a.m.

Team-by-team breakdown of the players each team ended up with in Thursday’s NBA Draft (includes proposed trades):

TEXAS LEAGUE: Travelers' rally cooled by Baker

posted: 06/24/2017 2:17 a.m.

Gabriel Lino hit a two-run double in the seventh inning, leading the Springfield Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Arkansas Travelers on Friday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Frogs beat Gators, force another final

posted: 06/24/2017 2:14 a.m.

Evan Skoug hit a bases-clearing double, four TCU pitchers combined on a five-hitter, and the Horned Frogs beat Florida to force a second Bracket 2 final at the College World Series.

VIDEO: Tubert adjusting to LPGA Tour life

posted: 06/24/2017 2:12 a.m.

Emily Tubert is getting used to her life on the LPGA Tour, including all of the mundane activities pros deal with on a daily basis.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP: VIDEO: Afternoon wind buffets Ko to 70

posted: 06/24/2017 2:12 a.m.

Lydia Ko signed her scorecard, signed a few autographs, then headed to the practice putting green as the Friday evening sun was setting on Pinnacle Country Club.

Letters

posted: 06/24/2017 2:12 a.m.

Thinking can be hard

We say grace

posted: 06/24/2017 2:10 a.m.

OMRO, Wis. -- One by one, the Weiss family rounded up the nine grandchildren, who had been running circles around the barns. They gathered under a towering maple tree, around a table laden with barbecue meatballs and French silk pie, and grabbed one another's hands.

Spieth retains lead in Travelers; Day misses cut again

posted: 06/24/2017 2:10 a.m.

Jordan Spieth played well enough in the second round of the Travelers Championship to stay in the lead. Rory McIlroy played just well enough to stay in the tournament.

Religion News Briefs

posted: 06/24/2017 2:09 a.m.

Witnesses gather in LR for 3 days

Seminarians' chants become hit album

posted: 06/24/2017 2:08 a.m.

DENTON, Neb. -- At the sound of a tap, dozens of young men clad in black cassocks and white surplices rise from kneeling positions to watch two of their brother priests begin a chant.

On Religion: Muslim/Christian controversy expands to Senate

posted: 06/24/2017 2:08 a.m.

Try to imagine the media storm if the following drama ever took place under the hot glare of television lights in a U.S. Senate hearing.

Religion Calendar

posted: 06/24/2017 2:07 a.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Parade of forwards leads draft

posted: 06/24/2017 2:07 a.m.

Cody Glass played in a youth hockey tournament in Las Vegas when he was 10. His Junior Steelers team finished a disappointing second.

Second Thoughts: Pistons' pick gets icy stares for film taste

posted: 06/24/2017 2:02 a.m.

Luke Kennard is about to be a millionaire NBA player, but he can't let go of his love for the Disney movie Frozen.

Off the wire

posted: 06/24/2017 2 a.m.

TENNIS

State Sports Briefs

posted: 06/24/2017 1:57 a.m.

BASEBALL

Retailer consults women drivers

posted: 06/24/2017 1:55 a.m.

Carol Nixon joined more than 100 of her fellow women Wal-Mart Stores Inc. truck drivers in Bentonville earlier this month for the company's first Women in Trucking conference.

New-home sales rebound in May

posted: 06/24/2017 1:55 a.m.

Sales of new homes rebounded in May, helped by strong sales gains in the South and West.

History and high style

posted: 06/24/2017 1:54 a.m.

Louisa Bargeron loved the 10-foot ceilings, the fireplace with the original tile and the claw-foot tub in her one-bedroom co-op at the venerable Ontario in Washington. The hodgepodge kitchen, the cracked ancient bathroom tile and her collection of mismatched furniture -- not so much.

Ex-Madoff investors enlist his testimony to keep pre-'92 gains

posted: 06/24/2017 1:54 a.m.

Dozens of Bernard Madoff's early investors are getting help from an unlikely source in a fight to keep their profits: the con man himself.

Treasure Hunt

posted: 06/24/2017 1:53 a.m.

DEAR HELAINE AND JOE: This statue is 50 inches tall to the top of her hand. I got her at an estate sale in Laurel, Md., about 25 years ago. I have found no signature. She is well made and stands proudly in our living room. It would not hurt my feelings if she turned out to have been made under the tutelage of Harriet Frishmuth. Any information would be appreciated.

Electric transit buses draw startups, money

posted: 06/24/2017 1:53 a.m.

Tesla's Elon Musk transformed electric cars into objects of desire. Can Proterra do the same for the electric city bus?

Tools & toys

posted: 06/24/2017 1:53 a.m.

ZeroKink Hose

Texas responses to mall ebb key on new uses for land, adding entertainment

posted: 06/24/2017 1:51 a.m.

Scott Beck, the chief executive of a local real estate company, remembers riding his bike as a child to Valley View Center, a shopping mall in North Dallas. Cars filled the vast parking lot, and anchor stores Bloomingdale's, J.C. Penney and Sears teemed with customers.

Personal Space

posted: 06/24/2017 1:51 a.m.

Rex DeLoney

Farmers awarded $218M in GMO suit

posted: 06/24/2017 1:51 a.m.

A Kansas federal jury awarded nearly $218 million on Friday to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety.

Market report: S&P's energy sector advances 0.8%

posted: 06/24/2017 1:50 a.m.

NEW YORK -- U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Friday after energy companies clawed back some of their sharp losses from earlier in the week.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 06/24/2017 1:49 a.m.

Q Please give me some do's and don'ts regarding exposed roots of a tree. I love the canopy of this maple I planted from a seed from upstate Virginia a dozen or so years ago. May I safely establish a steel edging border and fill it with bark mulch? Would it be safe to sever exposed roots a dozen feet or less from the tree? What would the minimum distance be for cuts? The farthest exposed roots must be 20 feet from the tree.

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Won’t be long until everyone gets slimed by pods

posted: 06/24/2017 1:49 a.m.

Dear Otus, You can’t imagine my delight at our good fortune. My husband, Cletis, and I have been members of the Saline County Pod Spotters Association (SCPSA) for 14 years, but Sunday was the first time we’ve actually seen a rogue pod. I took a photo for you of a glop I scooped off with a bowl.

CAR TALK

posted: 06/24/2017 1:48 a.m.

DEAR CAR TALK: I have a 2016 Honda Civic. I was delighted to find that my gas mileage was recording at an impressive 41.4 mpg through the spring and summer months.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/24/2017 1:48 a.m.

China penalizes trading firm $101M

How to organize the pantry

posted: 06/24/2017 1:48 a.m.

Have you ever met someone who had the most perfectly arranged pantry? If so, it was likely as if you had walked into a wonderland: truffle oil, olive oil, peanut oil and canola oil on one shelf; almond flour, quinoa and rice in separate containers.

5 ways to handle a tight spot

posted: 06/24/2017 1:47 a.m.

Small spaces demand a more imaginative approach to storage and decorating. Designers Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella of Residents Understood in Washington had lots of creative ideas for Louisa Bargeron's 835-square-foot co-op. We asked them for some pointers based on the space problems they faced.

News in brief

posted: 06/24/2017 1:47 a.m.

Aid fund passes goal for wounded lobbyist

Cucumber sex ed: Flowers do the job

posted: 06/24/2017 1:46 a.m.

If you are going to venture at all beyond the ordinary in growing cucumbers -- and you must if you want to eat the best-tasting ones -- then you should think about how they reproduce.

Use of natural materials makes a home inviting

posted: 06/24/2017 1:45 a.m.

Interior spaces that are too fussy make me uncomfortable. I think when you really live in a home, there needs to be a bit of disorder. A messy stack of books next to your reading chair in the living room floor. A cat asleep on the duvet at the bottom of your bed. A piece of furniture with a story to tell, such as a chest with chipping paint or an ottoman upholstered in a worn old rug.

Super Quiz: Quotations

posted: 06/24/2017 1:45 a.m.

1. "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and _________."

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/24/2017 1:44 a.m.

DEAR READERS: We are right in the middle of mosquito season. What can you do? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) has some good hints:

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/24/2017 1:43 a.m.

Happy birthday. The mission drives you. At times you'll be hyper-productive, singlehandedly accomplishing more than whole teams do. Respect your need to hibernate and rejuvenate because it's how you'll stay healthy. Lifestyle upgrades are cemented in November.

On Christianity

posted: 06/24/2017 1:42 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Some of the young people in our church are going on a summer missions project in a few weeks. They are going to help a small church in Central America with a construction project, but to be honest, what good can they do? I haven't said anything, but I'm not sure if projects like this are worth the effort.

NWA editorial: The 'disinvited'

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

It is an unfortunate irony that the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas is in a bit of turmoil.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship notebook

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Tubert matures during time on tour

Sons find parents dead in sunroom in Fort Smith

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

FORT SMITH -- Police were investigating Friday what they suspect was a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife.

Hindsville woman guilty of abuse, theft

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Hindsville woman pleaded guilty Friday in Washington County Circuit Court to injecting a mentally handicapped man in her care with methamphetamine and stealing his truck and money.

Doug Thompson: Hunting some witches more than others

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

"In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyber attacks on our nation for the purpose of influencing our election. That is a fact, plain and simple."

Highfill approves money for fire station work

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The City Council heard department reports and approved spending money to finish the fire station and to trim and remove trees from the city park.

South Korean rookie goes low, takes charge

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Sung Hyun Park has a few nicknames in her native South Korea.

DEAR ABBY: Family communication gap is sparked by dad's disapproval

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: We are from the Middle East. My younger brother married an American woman and moved to Arizona, where her family lives. Because our dad didn't approve, my brother made the plans behind our back and told Dad in an email. He also didn't mention that they were moving until a week before the wedding.

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Those who cast ballots for Trump were ‘conned’

Personal Space

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Jenna Ruhe

Records

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Darrius Green, 25, of 2315 E. Kantz Cove in Fayetteville was arrested Thursday in connection with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm. Green was being held Friday at the Washington County Detention Center with no bond set.

Madison County man marks 73 years of rodeo in Springdale

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Frank Fitch has seen a lot of rodeos -- most of them from the same seat.

Knaus robbed, race notes taken

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Seven-time NASCAR championship-winning crew chief Chad Knaus was oddly calm Friday, even though his race notes for star driver Jimmie Johnson this weekend had been stolen from his rental car in San Francisco.

Sawyer guides Tulsa past NWA

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Wynston Sawyer homered and singled twice, scoring two runs as the Tulsa Drillers beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 8-2 on Friday.

State drops nine schools from its probation list

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

The number of schools classified earlier this month as being on probation for violating state education standards in the 2016-17 school year dropped by nine Thursday, leaving a total of 11.

Others say: Dem Party consuming itself

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

President Trump's chaotic first five months in office have driven his popularity ratings down, leading some Democrats to see Americans as coming around to their way of thinking. But this is a delusion, because their party remains in a deep funk. The same CBS News polling last week that showed Trump's approval at a new low--36 percent--showed congressional Democrats were even less popular--30 percent. After Republican Karen Handel's victory in a House special election on Tuesday in the Atlanta suburbs, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, declared, "Our brand is worse than Trump."

THURSDAY’S LATE GAME: VIDEO: Perry, Christon key West victory

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Ending a seven-game losing streak was a high priority for the West All-Stars. Czar Perry and Exavion Christon made sure it happened.

Faith Matters: Lutherans support LGBTQ+

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

June is Gay Pride month, and I'm taking a moment to proclaim loudly and proudly how thankful I am for the increasing number of Christian faith communities who celebrate LGBTQ+ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer] lives, and who partner with them to deepen our shared Christian walk of discipleship.

Baptist church celebrates 160 years on Spring Creek

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

"I tell them every Sunday, 'God is great, and we still need him as much as we ever did,'" said Jimmy Tollison, pastor of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Springdale.

Others say: No place for Americans

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

It's easier for American tourists to travel to North Korea than to Cuba. It's also more dangerous, as the death this week of college student Otto Warmbier after 17 months of North Korean captivity shows.

Local Notes

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY

Oklahoma duo forms nice 1-2 punch

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

The Oklahoma duo of Cody Heflin and Thompson Berryhill were the best of the team ropers Friday night at the 73rd annual Rodeo of the Ozarks at Parsons Stadium.

Former Northwest Arkansas Univision host arrested in Texas

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Former Univision Arkansas host Victor Hugo Alvarez-Real, 35, of 1012 N. Kansas St. in Springdale has been arrested in Texas in connection with the rape of a child, according to court and online records.

THURSDAY’S LATE GAME: TCU holds off Louisville rally

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Sean Wymer struck out national player of the year Brendan McKay in two key situations while pitching 41/3 innings of shutout relief, and TCU was on the right side of two close plays in a 4-3 vikctory over Louisville in a College World Series elimination game Thursday night.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Monday 5:30 p.m. Fayetteville Planning Commission -- Room 219, City Hall, 113 W. Mountain St.

Greenway Equipment donates $250,000 to Campaign Arkansas at UA

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Greenway Equipment of Weiner is contributing $250,000 to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to benefit students in the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

TheatreSquared launches public phase of campaign, breaks ground in Fayetteville

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Artistic Director Bob Ford teared up when he began thanking some of the partners who made the early stages of TheatreSquared possible. He wasn't acting.

Royals get past Blue Jays, reach .500 for first time since April

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April.

Eureka Springs sets July 4th fireworks

posted: 06/24/2017 1 a.m.

For the first time since 2006, Eureka Springs will have a fireworks show to celebrate America's independence.

Friday, June 23

Greenway Equipment donates $250,000 to Campaign Arkansas

posted: 06/23/2017 9 a.m.

Greenway Equipment Inc. of Weiner is contributing $250,000 to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville to benefit students in the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Siloam Springs, Hot Springs order medical-marijuana moratoriums; temporary bans raise legal questions

posted: 06/23/2017 7:47 a.m.

Two Arkansas cities have imposed months-long bans on medical-marijuana facilities, a test of local control as prospective growers and sellers prepare to vie for state licenses beginning June 30.

Maria's serves up the specials in two NWA locations

posted: 06/23/2017 6 a.m.

In a world (and area) full of different types of Mexican restaurants, Hugo Ortega knows he has been extremely lucky when it comes to the success that his restaurant, Maria's Mexican Restaurant, has had over almost two decades.

North Korea, Cuba aren't the places for Americans

posted: 06/23/2017 5:27 a.m.

I'm amazed at the number of Americans who want open trade and travel with Cuba. Cuba is a dictatorship, one party/state that doesn't value or protect basic human rights. Yet Americans want to vacation, trade soy beans and rice to Cuba, which will increase business and American farmers' profits into the hundreds of millions. This will financially bolster a communist regime.

Arkansas State Police investigating after human remains found

posted: 06/23/2017 4:36 a.m.

Law enforcement officials on Thursday found human remains in Paragould and have summoned the Arkansas State Police to assist in the investigation, Greene County Coroner Dick Pace said.

Boxer Jermain Taylor a no-show at hearing, judge rules for gunshot victim

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

Representatives for Jermain Taylor informed the judge that Taylor was in Florida, with no money and no intention of making his afternoon hearing in Little Rock.

Senate GOP uncloaks redo of health care

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

Senate Republicans set forth their plan for redoing the 2010 health care law Thursday with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions.

Arkansas sheriff: Boy, 2, dies of gunshot wound; shooting believed accidental

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

Yell County authorities said Thursday that they believe the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old boy at his home near Danville earlier this week was accidental.

ASU stadium expansion revealed

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas State University revealed plans Thursday to renovate the north end zone of Centennial Bank Stadium with new team facilities and premium outdoor seating options for a yet-to-be-determined cost.

Life-term ban ruled improper by Arkansas judge; law for minors falls short, he says

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

An Arkansas law enacted earlier this year to ban life-without-parole sentences for minors was struck down as unconstitutional Thursday by a Pulaski County judge who said it did not go far enough in removing mandatory sentences.

4 arrested in after 10 pounds of methamphetamine found in vehicle in North Little Rock, police say

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

North Little Rock police arrested four people on drug trafficking charges after finding 10 pounds of methamphetamine in a vehicle Thursday morning, according to reports.

Arkansas native Malik Monk picked by Charlotte Hornets in NBA draft

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Malik Monk was overwhelmed at the idea of being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, a team owned by former NBA star Michael Jordan.

Arkansas man sentenced in meth case; he gets 35 years for 50-pound stash intercepted in 2016

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

An Alma man has been sentenced in federal court to 35 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the Fort Smith area.

Former Arkansas sheriff's deputy gets probation in meth frame-up

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

A former sheriff's deputy in southeast Arkansas has pleaded guilty to charges related to a plot to plant methamphetamine on an unsuspecting person.

Suit says city in Arkansas misused sanitation fees, took recyclables to landfill

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

- A city sanitation customer is suing the Fort Smith because she says it has improperly used sanitation fees by dumping recyclable material into the city landfill instead of recycling it.

Harasser of Arkansas campers sentenced in woman's death

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Hot Springs man who caused a vehicle to roll over and kill a woman as she slept in a tent last year was sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to multiple charges in Garland County Circuit Court.

Trump derides meddling 'hoax'

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Thursday called Russia's meddling in the 2016 election "all a big Dem HOAX" and accused former President Barack Obama and his administration of not doing enough last year to "stop" Russian interference.

State drops 9 schools from its probation list

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

The number of schools classified earlier this month as being on probation for violating state education standards in the 2016-17 school year dropped by nine Thursday, leaving a total of 11.

State reduces Medicaid rolls 10,124 in May

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

More than 10,100 people were removed from Arkansas' Medicaid program last month as a result of an effort to identify recipients who are receiving benefits in more than one state, Arkansas officials said Thursday.

21 Arkansas guardsmen bound for Balkans

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

Families and friends dressed in red, white and blue filled the 39th Brigade headquarters in North Little Rock to see off 21 Arkansas National Guardsmen for a nine-month mission Thursday morning.

Eureka Springs sets July 4th fireworks; display to be city’s first in 11 years

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

For the first time since 2006, Eureka Springs will have a fireworks show to celebrate America’s independence.

Route picked for Mayflower railroad overpass

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

The Arkansas 89 railroad overpass project in Mayflower reached a milestone this week with the identification of a preferred alignment through the Faulkner County town of 2,200.

Arkansas Supreme Court justices upbraid Court of Appeals

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

Justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court again criticized the Court of Appeals, writing in a footnote of an opinion released Thursday that the lower court failed to supply proper documentation with a case.

The Recruiting Guy: 'Lot of love' put Hogs in running for LB Charlton

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

Hard work by Arkansas Razorbacks inside linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves has the Hogs in the running for highly recruited linebacker Randy Charlton.

Arkansas Plant Board sets Engenia-vote redo

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

As complaints about crop damage continue to mount, the state Plant Board will meet today to decide how, or whether, to correct a mistake made Tuesday during a vote on an emergency proposal to ban the sale and use of Engenia, a dicamba herbicide.

ON FILM: Movies like 'Transformers: The Last Knight' have an audience, but many of us aren’t in it

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

My friend saw 47 Meters Down and Rough Night over the weekend. He, quite reasonably, asked me what I thought of them. (He didn't like either one.)

OPINION: DANA D. KELLEY: Statehood cartography

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m.

June is statehood celebration month for Arkansas, which was admitted to the union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

Tropical Depression Cindy spawns suspected tornado

updated: 06/23/2017 3:42 a.m.

A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Ala., flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, and the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide -- two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast.

Verdict tossed, 36-year inmate free man again

updated: 06/23/2017 3:40 a.m.

Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word "justice" Thursday before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.

Lawyer's error not grounds for new trial, justices rule

updated: 06/23/2017 3:38 a.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Boston man seeking to overturn his murder conviction because his lawyer failed to object when the trial judge closed the courtroom during jury selection.

Pelosi defends herself as leader

updated: 06/23/2017 3:36 a.m.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

In Flint stabbing, suspect’s life probed

posted: 06/23/2017 3:34 a.m.

The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said Thursday.

Friend of ex-S. Korea leader gets 3-year term

posted: 06/23/2017 3:29 a.m.

A South Korean court today sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university.

Small island hopes built on sand

updated: 06/23/2017 3:27 a.m.

To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate change pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

One of 9 people hospitalized in London mosque attack dies

updated: 06/23/2017 3:22 a.m.

Makram Ali moved to the United Kingdom from Bangladesh when he was 10. He and his wife raised four daughters and two sons. He loved strolling in parks with his two grandchildren. His family was about to take a vacation in Canada.

Texan indicted in mosque blaze

posted: 06/23/2017 3:21 a.m.

A man has been indicted on a hate crime charge in connection with a January fire that destroyed a Texas mosque, authorities announced on Thursday.

Attacker in Paris pledged to ISIS

updated: 06/23/2017 3:21 a.m.

The Frenchman killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a Paris police convoy in a failed attack had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group and asked his family to remember him as a martyr, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Thursday.

May talks exit plans at summit

updated: 06/23/2017 3:16 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday that EU citizens will not be immediately kicked out of Britain when it leaves the union, and says their fate will be a top priority in British exit negotiations -- prompting praise from other EU leaders.

U.S. reassures on Kurds, Turks say

updated: 06/23/2017 3:13 a.m.

Turkish officials said Thursday that U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has written to his Turkish counterpart, reassuring him that arms provided to Syrian Kurdish fighters would be taken back once Islamic State militants are ousted from their main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa.

The world in brief

posted: 06/23/2017 3:06 a.m.

Odd air cited for Portugal fire’s lethality

The nation in brief

updated: 06/23/2017 3:04 a.m.

Thousands attend Warmbier funeral

Names and faces

updated: 06/23/2017 3 a.m.

Actor George Clooney's "perfect" tequila -- so smooth it doesn't burn the throat, require lime and salt or, apparently, induce a hangover -- was meant to be consumed only by the actor and his friends. It was never meant to become a brand or a company, just a private treat, after they developed it over two years with a distiller in Mexico.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/23/2017 3 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Kim Christ Deputy Managing Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 501-378-3495 during business hours Monday through Friday.

In the news

updated: 06/23/2017 2:59 a.m.

Carmino Giannone, 26, of Norristown, Pa., called it an "honest mistake" when he repossessed a minivan that had a sleeping 7-year-old in the rear seat, prompting screams from the child's mother and bystanders when he drove off and resulting in Philadelphia police stopping him 10 blocks away.

JPs approve plan for voting centers

posted: 06/23/2017 2:38 a.m.

Voters in Sebastian County will be able to cast ballots at any polling place in the county beginning with the Sept. 19 school election after the the Quorum Court approved the establishment of vote centers.

Lanes to close on U.S. 67/167 in Pulaski, Lonoke counties

posted: 06/23/2017 2:36 a.m.

Continuing work on U.S. 67/167 in Pulaski and Lonoke counties will require another round of overnight lane closures beginning Sunday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Kensett man dies in street, police say

posted: 06/23/2017 2:27 a.m.

White County sheriff's investigators were interviewing a "person of interest" Wednesday in the early morning death of a Kensett man.

76ers, Lakers get wants, lead 1-and-done parade

posted: 06/23/2017 2:25 a.m.

NEW YORK -- Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and the future of the NBA arrived Thursday night.

Work to shut lane on U.S. 70 stretch

posted: 06/23/2017 2:24 a.m.

Work on U.S. 70 in Garland County will require an eastbound lane closure for five days beginning today, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Arkansas 112 lanes to close for project

posted: 06/23/2017 2:23 a.m.

Work on the U.S. 412 northern bypass project will require a lane closure on Arkansas 112 in Springdale for five days beginning Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

I-49 lanes to close for widening work

posted: 06/23/2017 2:23 a.m.

Construction on Interstate 49 in Bentonville will require additional overnight lane closures beginning today and lasting into next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship: Suddenly, parity par for course

posted: 06/23/2017 2:21 a.m.

ROGERS -- Four different players had already won at least twice when the LPGA Tour made its 2016 stop at Pinnacle Country Club for the Northwest Arkansas Championship.

Commentary: Football 'arms race' shifting to staffs

posted: 06/23/2017 2:19 a.m.

A few of the names might be familiar, although their duties and titles have remained vague to most people.

Bulls, Wolves make Butler deal

posted: 06/23/2017 2:19 a.m.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The long-anticipated reunion between Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau is on.

Gomez drives in 5 runs as Rangers rout Blue Jays

posted: 06/23/2017 2:18 a.m.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Thursday for a split of their four-game series.

Source: Jeter doesn't have enough to buy Marlins yet

posted: 06/23/2017 2:16 a.m.

The Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred met in New York City on Thursday to discuss the Marlins sale, and the sides emerged with the understanding that Jeter is short of the money he needs to buy the team but will keep working at it, according to an MLB source.

Cards use home runs to rally past Travelers

posted: 06/23/2017 2:15 a.m.

Dakota Hudson allowed two runs over eight innings as the Springfield Cardinals defeated the Arkansas Travelers 4-2 on Thursday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

TCU holds off Louisville rally

posted: 06/23/2017 2:15 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Sean Wymer struck out national player of the year Brendan McKay in two key situations while pitching 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief, and TCU was on the right side of two close plays in a 4-3 vikctory over Louisville in a College World Series elimination game Thursday night.

All-Star football: Blackhawk Holly enjoys experience

posted: 06/23/2017 2:13 a.m.

CONWAY -- Zaine Holley will wear the Pea Ridge Blackhawks' black and red helmet for the final time tonight.

Daily Record

posted: 06/23/2017 2:12 a.m.

Births

VIDEO: East continues its winning streak

posted: 06/23/2017 2:12 a.m.

CONWAY -- The East continues to dominate the West as it picked up its sixth consecutive victory in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Girls All-Star basketball game Thursday at the University of Central Arkansas' Farris Center, going on a 27-17 run in the final period for a 68-58 win.

Getting it straight

posted: 06/23/2017 2:11 a.m.

The team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, comprised of two brothers and a friend, created the songs in Motown: The Musical. A review in Thursday's paper incorrectly described the team's makeup and should have identified as actors the performers who portrayed Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Four Tops.

LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship report: Miyazato talks life after Tour

posted: 06/23/2017 2:11 a.m.

ROGERS -- Citing a struggle to stay motivated, Japan's Ai Miyazato decided in May to step away from the LPGA Tour at the end of this season. The 2012 LPGA Northwest Arkansas champion said plans to retire came some time before that.

Education notebook

posted: 06/23/2017 2:11 a.m.

Beebe principal will take NLR job

ARKANSAS STATE FOOTBALL: ASU gets Kazada, former Briles aide

posted: 06/23/2017 2:10 a.m.

Arkansas State University announced Thursday morning the hiring of its new strength and conditioning coach, Kaz Kazadi, who had spent the previous nine seasons in the same role at Baylor.

Other days

updated: 06/23/2017 2:10 a.m.

100 years ago

State sports briefs

posted: 06/23/2017 2:09 a.m.

FOOTBALL

Arkansas Supreme Court

posted: 06/23/2017 2:09 a.m.

The 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.

Off the wire

posted: 06/23/2017 2:08 a.m.

Carr agrees to extension

Second Thoughts: Rizzo wrong, Padres right to keep peace

posted: 06/23/2017 2:06 a.m.

San Diego Padres fans have plenty to be upset about.

OPINION — Editorial: Who are these people?

posted: 06/23/2017 2:05 a.m.

Who are these people, these Christians, these humans who believe in something higher than themselves? Who are they to leave the peace and comfort of their perfectly good homes here in the United States, where law and police protect them, to go to God-forsaken places overseas to help others in climates not fit for anything but snakes and camels?

Tyson sending its beef to China

posted: 06/23/2017 2:03 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. has sent a shipment of beef to China, making it one of the first meat companies in the nation to send U.S. beef to the country in roughly 13 years. Analysts estimated that the recent U.S. beef trade agreement with China would go into effect as early as late July or early August, but initial signs from U.S.-based meatpackers have shown swifter results.

OPINION — Editorial: Perils of aerial chess

posted: 06/23/2017 2:03 a.m.

Five feet isn't a whole lot of space, but Russia apparently thinks it's just enough to send the U.S. a message. On Monday, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet sidled up alongside a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the Baltic Sea, coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft. The Russian jet lingered for a few minutes, then veered away.

Ease up, food importers tell China

posted: 06/23/2017 2:02 a.m.

BEIJING -- Food exporters including the United States and European Union are stepping up pressure on China to scale back plans for intensive inspections of imports that they say would hamper access to its fast-growing market.

Ohio pipeline builder damaging wetlands, has farmers bristling

posted: 06/23/2017 2:01 a.m.

Energy Transfer Partners, the company that built the Dakota Access pipeline, is building a $4.2 billion natural gas line in Ohio that has caused seven industrial spills, polluted fragile Ohio wetlands and angered local farmers.

Qatar Airways after piece of airline

posted: 06/23/2017 2:01 a.m.

DALLAS -- State-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy 10 percent of American Airlines, a move that would trigger an antitrust review by the U.S. government and carry political and trade-policy implications.

Market report: Oil price recovery steadies stocks

posted: 06/23/2017 2 a.m.

NEW YORK -- U.S. stock indexes held steady Thursday after the slide in oil prices slowed.

Big banks clear Fed's stress test

posted: 06/23/2017 1:59 a.m.

The nation's largest banks breezed through the first phase of their annual stress tests Thursday, demonstrating that they have enough capital to withstand the type of financial shock that nearly ruined the industry and the world economy in 2008.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/23/2017 1:59 a.m.

Buffett firm bails out distressed lender

Letters

posted: 06/23/2017 1:58 a.m.

Overcame adversities

News in brief

posted: 06/23/2017 1:58 a.m.

Wal-Mart invites firms to Open Call

Review: Transformers: The Last Knight

posted: 06/23/2017 1:56 a.m.

Michael Bay clearly takes pride in making movies critics don't like.

Previews

posted: 06/23/2017 1:54 a.m.

Transformers: The Last Knight

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 06/23/2017 1:53 a.m.

Baby Driver, R A talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) -- who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game -- decides after meeting the woman of his dreams (Lily James) to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break, until he's coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey). With Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez, Paul Williams, Flea; directed by Edgar Wright. Opens Wednesday

Commentary: Hollywood dystopia or a lens into future?

posted: 06/23/2017 1:51 a.m.

Since the plagues of the Old Testament, we have contemplated the Apocalypse, the world rising in vengeance as men, women and children scurry across the brutal landscape of a lost paradise. Skies rain hail, locusts swarm, rivers turn to blood, darkness falls.

Cars 3 smokes Wonder Woman

posted: 06/23/2017 1:50 a.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Racing to the top, Walt Disney Co.'s Cars 3 unseated Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman after a two-week box-office reign.

Home Movies

posted: 06/23/2017 1:50 a.m.

Life, directed by Daniel Espinosa

Pixar tunes up its Cars franchise, keeps it going

posted: 06/23/2017 1:48 a.m.

In Hollywood, as it is everywhere, no one escapes from the ravages of time. Not the beautiful people who walk the red carpets. Not the power players who pull the strings in the executive suites.

Super Quiz: Cities in song titles

posted: 06/23/2017 1:47 a.m.

1. "Autumn in _________"

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/23/2017 1:46 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: How do you kill dust mites? I just moved into my first house, and I don't want any dust mites in my house.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/23/2017 1:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. You'll thrive in many kinds of relationships this year. You'll have an easy give-and-take with some. For others it's a give and give, and this will teach you and grow your heart. You'll be repaid in July. Travel attracts new business in October.

On Christianity

posted: 06/23/2017 1:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I never got along very well with my parents, and when I rebelled and left home I thought I was finally free. Well, I've done everything I ever wanted to do, but now I'm miserable and almost broke. I ought to go home, but I can't bring myself to do it. I don't know why I'm writing, but I guess you could pray for me.

Willow Heights plan in Fayetteville moves along, neighbors seek other options

posted: 06/23/2017 1:10 a.m.

Members of the public expressed their feelings about moving residents out of public housing at Willow Heights and into a Section 8 program at Morgan Manor but the process likely will go on as planned.

Benton County seeks help for Wagon Wheel Road bridge

posted: 06/23/2017 1:09 a.m.

Seeking help in replacing the outdated and overloaded Wagon Wheel Road Bridge, Benton County's justice of the peace on Thursday authorized the county to apply for federal transportation grant money.

Bentonville School District introduces new logo

posted: 06/23/2017 1:08 a.m.

The School District has adopted a new logo meant to represent integrity, opportunity and excellence.

Benton County Sheriff's Office opens Prairie Creek substation

posted: 06/23/2017 1:07 a.m.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office opened a fourth substation Thursday, which will give deputies a closer base and a heightened community presence, officials said.

Fayetteville man arrested in connection with aggravated burglary

posted: 06/23/2017 1:06 a.m.

Patrick Banks Jr., 21, of 223 W. Village Lake Drive was arrested Thursday in connection with aggravated residential burglary, terroristic threatening, engaging in violent criminal activity and false imprisonment.

Farmington approve floodplain update plan

posted: 06/23/2017 1:05 a.m.

A study to update the city's floodplain will look at three streams in the city to provide accurate information for flood insurance maps.

Clifford, Parker join UAMS Northwest Advisory Board

posted: 06/23/2017 1:04 a.m.

Ed Clifford and Karen Parker will join the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Regional Campus Advisory Board to support efforts to expand academic medicine in the region. Their three-year terms begin July 1.

VIDEO: Northwest Arkansas' Boys & Girls Clubs receive $650,000

posted: 06/23/2017 1:03 a.m.

About two dozen children from area Boys & Girls Clubs licked sticky fingers and wiped messy faces after enjoying the fruit pizzas they made at Brightwater on Thursday morning.

Paving to close 112 lanes, I-49 lane closings set

posted: 06/23/2017 1:02 a.m.

Paving work associated with building the U.S. 412 Northern Bypass requires a lane closing on Arkansas 112, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials.

School Board hears about gifted, talented program

posted: 06/23/2017 1:01 a.m.

The School District plans to expand its program for gifted and talented students next year, according to program coordinator Valerie King.

Face it to fix it

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Some legislators in the 2017 legislative session turned a blind eye to the continuing racial disparities in the Arkansas criminal justice system. Overwhelming evidence was found in a three-year study completed in 2015 by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law that racial disparities in the punishments for homicide could not be explained by non-racial factors such as education, economics or facts of the crime. Rather, race was the critical, statistically significant factor in blacks receiving harsher punishments than whites for homicides.

FYI

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

TODAY (6/23)

Walters Leads Naturals past Drillers

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

TULSA, Okla. — Zach Walters hit an RBI single in the seventh inning, leading the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to a 5-2 win over the Tulsa Drillers on Thursday.

STACY LEWIS INVITATIONAL: Campos, Rivera take home titles

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Zoe Antoinette Campos defeated Michaela Morard on the first playoff hole to win the third annual KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational on Thursday.

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Baby Driver, R A talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) -- who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game -- decides after meeting the woman of his dreams (Lily James) to ditch his shady lifestyle and make a clean break, until he's coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey). With Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez, Paul Williams, Flea; directed by Edgar Wright. Opens Wednesday

Gary Smith: Prepping for The Big Day

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

If I've learned anything over the years, it's that no matter how hard people try, no one is beating time and Mother Nature. And if I ever start to doubt that, the events of the last week reinforced my earlier belief.

VIDEO: More Than Music

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

"Dancing in the Street"

Records

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Arrests

Public Meetings

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Monday

Golf: Gold medal win rekindles Park's love for golf

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

LAS COLINAS, Texas -- Inbee Park could not contain her emotion any longer.

Crawley brothers excel at Rodeo of the Ozarks

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Sterling Crawley had a good ride in the saddle bronc riding event Thursday night in the 73rd annual Rodeo of the Ozarks, but his older brother, Jacobs, was better.

Multiple Musical Tastes

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Highberry is coming home to The Farm. Back in 2010, Highberry started out as a Fourth of July party at the home of Jon Walker, CEO of Deadhead Productions, north of Eureka Springs. Since then, Highberry has taken place at either the Byrd Sanctuary or at Mulberry Mountain. In the years since, the event has grown into a mature music festival complete with multiple stages, art classes, vendors and enough camping space to accommodate thousands.

Sharing Memories

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Tom Hoehn calls his artwork -- and even showing it for the first time -- "selfish."

VIDEO: 'Life Skills Through Stage Skills'

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Trike Theatre's artistic director Kassie Misiewicz says that the Bentonville-based children's theater's summer Youth Theatre Production Camp is operating a little differently this year.

The Game Is Afoot

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

With "Sherlock Holmes School of Mystery," Fayetteville-based children's theater Arts Live will add yet another original script to its ever-growing list of original work. Penned by Executive Director Mark Landon Smith, the play takes place in a school for would-be detectives and is, says director Jules Taylor, a mix of comedy and mystery.

Guadron finishes career in style

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

CONWAY -- Erick Guadron capped an exceptional career by scoring the winning goal in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star boys soccer game Wednesday night.

Opening Up, Branching Out

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Abram Shook's new album "Love At Low Speed," released June 16, allowed the musician to explore one creative departure after another. The album is his first use of string arrangements; it's the first time Shook pursued a cohesive thread -- lyrically and technically -- throughout the album; and the stories on "Low Speed" are contemplative self-reflections rather than the outward observations that make up the songs on his two previous projects.

Music For Miles

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

We don't have to tell you that Northwest Arkansas is home for, and host of, some amazing creative talent. Our corner of the state also attracts some impressive names when it comes to nationally and internationally touring musical celebrities. But with our perfect position between some of the Midwest's biggest cities, even more famous names and concerts on a spectacular level are constantly landing just outside our borders. For those of you willing to drive just a couple hours up the road -- or even a few hours across state lines -- for a good show, this monthly calendar of major concerts happening in the region can help you decide which shows are worth your time and your gas.

Tesla in talks to set up China car factory

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

HONG KONG -- Tesla Motors is in discussions to establish a factory in Shanghai, its first in China, a move that could bolster its efforts in one of its major markets even as it further lifts China's position as a builder of electric cars.

DEAR ABBY: Serial father keeps chummy relationships with his exes

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I recently met a 28-year-old father of three I'm interested in. He seems wonderful. He's a hard worker, takes care of his responsibilities and is an amazing father to his children. They're all still very little, but they're great kids.

NWA editorial: Sometimes, a loss is a loss

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

It can hardly be a surprise that the people running the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art don't want its Bentonville campus to become the historic house subdivision of Northwest Arkansas.

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

GOP eyes far-reaching, brutal health care changes

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship notebook

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

ROGERS — Knowing this is her last year on the LPGA Tour, Ai Miyazato is ready to enjoy her time at this week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.

Har-Ber teammates keep cool for West

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

CONWAY -- High school teammates Emily Doss and Klaire Trainor said they never panicked with the West All-Stars trailed the East All-Stars 2-0 in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star volleyball game at the Farris Center on Wednesday night.

LIVE! in NWA

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Today

Foxconn dangles $10B to create jobs in U.S.

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

Terry Gou is intent on building Foxconn Technology Group's international footprint.

VIDEO: Hitting The High Notes

posted: 06/23/2017 1 a.m.

"What they expect to get is some time on stage -- that's our big claim to fame."

Thursday, June 22

Letters to the Editor

posted: 06/22/2017 9:32 p.m.

GOP eyes far-reaching, brutal health care changes

Arkansas to open 2017-18 season with Samford

posted: 06/22/2017 10:15 a.m.

Arkansas' next basketball game will be against Samford.

Tropical storm's remnants to bring heavy rain to Arkansas

posted: 06/22/2017 9:38 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for eastern and southern Arkansas as Tropical Storm Cindy heads toward the state.

Protesters rally at senators' Little Rock offices, ask they oppose rejection of Medicaid cuts

posted: 06/22/2017 9:01 a.m.

A group of demonstrators held a rally and delivered postcards, signed by about 1,000 Arkansans, to the Little Rock offices of U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman on Wednesday, asking them to oppose efforts to cut Medicaid and other government health care assistance.

Arkansas judge sides with airport in banning tenant; man's behavior became 'real safety issue,' director says

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

A man described by his detractors as the bully of the North Little Rock Municipal Airport was banned for five years from the city-owned facility by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Wednesday.

THESE TEACHERS, STUDENT UNBOWED: Martial arts dream comes true: Arkansas man breaks board, his disability’s limits

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

Jason Sasser was 13 when he saw a woman break two concrete bricks with her bare feet on television.

Restaurant Transitions: Midtown Billiards reopening set; The Main Cheese closes; La Hacienda to return soon

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

Work to rebuild the bar, billiards and burger joint Midtown Billiards, 1316 Main St., Little Rock, gutted by a Sept. 19 fire, has gone more slowly than expected, says general manager David Shipps, but all will be in readiness for the June 30 grand reopening, 3 p.m-5 a.m. Tickets -- $20 for happy hour, $25 for late-night, available online at centralarkansastickets.com/events/grande-re-opening -- guarantee membership in the private club; the late-night ticket includes the cover charge for the opening-night band and a free commemorative Midtown Sharpie. Hours will once again be 3 p.m.-5 a.m. daily. The phone number remains (501) 372-9990.

Hot-van fatality earns sanctions for Arkansas child care center

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has placed on probation the license of a West Memphis child care center where a disabled 5-year-old boy died June 12 after workers left him in a hot van for eight hours.

Jury acquits North Little Rock parolee in killing of Arkansas teen

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

A North Little Rock parolee accused of killing a 19-year-old Sherwood man during a holdup was acquitted on Wednesday after a three-day trial.

Arkansas legislators approve bathroom-bill study

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

Legislation to restrict how transgender people use public restrooms quietly stalled toward the end of this year's regular legislative session, only to reappear Wednesday.

Troopers pursue, nab I-630 speeder; Little Rock man faces fleeing, traffic, drug charges

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas State Police on Wednesday arrested a man who led authorities on a 2½-mile chase in Little Rock, the agency reported.

Russia got in, Congress hears

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

A portrait of Russia's cyberattacks on the U.S. emerged Wednesday as current and former U.S. officials told Congress that Russia stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the 2016 presidential campaign to undermine the U.S. political process.

Rescuers find teen's body in central Arkansas swimming hole

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

The body of a teenager was pulled Tuesday evening from a central Arkansas swimming hole, authorities said.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: The Veg in Little Rock is full of surprises

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

Wait a minute. Pulled BBQ Sandwich? BBQ Nachos? Lobster Roll? Buffalo Wings? Philly Cheesesteak? Isn't this place supposed to be vegan?

Arkansas election panel endorses rules under ID law

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday approved rules necessary to implement a new voter-identification law, clearing the way for ballots to be cast under the legislation as soon as September.

MUSIC REVIEW: 'Motown' as musical catches the energy

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

The sounds of Motown music remain strong as the years go by, and Motown: The Musical makes a strong case for Berry Gordy's power and influence in the creation of all those hits. The musical, which opened a five-performance run at Robinson Center Music Hall on Wednesday night, was a well-crafted, engaging show of singing, dancing and telling the tale of how those hits came to be.

Mayor talks up tax rise in North Little Rock

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

Mayor Joe Smith told about 50 people at a town-hall-style meeting Wednesday evening that North Little Rock cannot be a progressive city without finding new revenue to help pay for the services it provides and to improve city streets and the police and fire departments.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Time of the season

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

I live by my own self-styled holiday cycle that has nothing to do with what the government or calendar says.

Special Event: 5,000 tae kwon do enthusiasts kick off convention in Little Rock

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

The culmination of one year quickly sparks the beginning of another for the American Taekwondo Association as it holds its annual World Expo in Little Rock this weekend.

Health care bill outline emerges

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

Senate leaders on Wednesday were putting the final touches on proposed legislation that would reshape a big piece of the U.S. health care system by rolling back Medicaid while providing a softer landing, compared with legislation passed by the House, to Americans who stand to lose coverage gained under former President Barack Obama's law.

Acxiom sports five new patents

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

When Scott Howe took over as chief executive of Acxiom Corp. in 2011, the company only had three patents to show for its four decades in existence.

Westerman pushes bill to grease wheels on cutting in forests

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m.

If U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman's legislation passes, it'll be easier to cut down trees in the nation's forests and harder for critics and federal courts to slow the process.

Uber co-founder, CEO quits after turmoil

posted: 06/22/2017 3:55 a.m.

DETROIT -- Travis Kalanick, the chief executive officer of ride-hailing giant Uber, resigned Wednesday under pressure from investors.

Queen tells agenda, scaled down by May

posted: 06/22/2017 3:52 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May ditched some of her unpopular campaign pledges and suggested she was willing to soften her approach to leaving the European Union as Queen Elizabeth II delivered the government's legislative agenda to Parliament on Wednesday.

Police ID Brussels attacker

posted: 06/22/2017 3:51 a.m.

A potentially deadly terrorist bombing at a central Brussels train station was averted after a nail-packed device in a bag failed to fully detonate, a Belgian prosecutor said Wednesday, a day after the attack at the crowded rail hub.

Mosul blasts crumble 840-year-old minaret

posted: 06/22/2017 3:50 a.m.

The Islamic State extremist group destroyed Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said.

Boy, 10, first fatality from Cindy

updated: 06/22/2017 3:47 a.m.

A boy on an Alabama beach was struck and killed by a log that was washed ashore by a storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy, which spun bands of severe weather ashore from the Florida panhandle to east Texas as it churned ever closer to the Gulf Coast.

5,000 mourn teen; police see road-rage case, not hate crime

posted: 06/22/2017 3:45 a.m.

About 5,000 mourners attended Wednesday's funeral of a Muslim girl whose beating death, blamed by police on a motorist's road rage, has some people in her community fearing for their safety.

Tampa rebel statue to stay, get add-on

posted: 06/22/2017 3:44 a.m.

Officials decided Wednesday not to move a Confederate memorial from in front of a Florida courthouse. Instead, a mural will be put behind it to display, in the words of one county leader, “the love and diversity” in the community.

Shooter's aims had no focus. FBI says

updated: 06/22/2017 3:43 a.m.

The gunman who shot a top House Republican and four other people on a Virginia baseball field didn't have any concrete plans to inflict violence on the Republicans he loathed, FBI officials said Wednesday.

Trump holds Iowa rally, touts GOP's election wins

updated: 06/22/2017 3:41 a.m.

Struggling to advance his agenda in Washington, President Donald Trump traveled to the Midwest on Wednesday to see his supporters and to celebrate a Republican congressional victory in an election viewed as an early referendum on his presidency.

Fatal police shot yields acquittal

updated: 06/22/2017 3:39 a.m.

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday acquitted a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man last year that ignited riots on the city's north side.

Egypt helps ease fuel crisis in Gaza

posted: 06/22/2017 3:37 a.m.

Egypt on Wednesday trucked 1 million liters of cheap diesel fuel to the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant — a rare shipment that temporarily eased a crippling electricity crisis in the Hamas-ruled enclave but also appeared to undercut Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Kushner begins Mideast peace bid

updated: 06/22/2017 3:36 a.m.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, made his first solo visit to the region Wednesday, holding separate meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in an attempt to restart long-dormant peace talks.

Saudi next-to-rule skips a generation

updated: 06/22/2017 3:34 a.m.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince Wednesday, placing him first in line to the throne and laying the groundwork for a new generation of royals to take the reins.

Australia to resume airstrikes in Syria

posted: 06/22/2017 3:33 a.m.

Australian warplanes will soon resume airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after operations were suspended as a precaution because a U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week, the defense chief said Wednesday.

Philippine militants free hostages, flee village

posted: 06/22/2017 3:32 a.m.

Muslim rebels fled after freeing dozens of hostages from a school in a southern Philippine village on Wednesday and were being pursued by army troops, as a daylong crisis eased in in the volatile region, officials said.

U.S. pushes China to rein in firms dealing with N. Korea

posted: 06/22/2017 3:31 a.m.

The U.S. said Wednesday that China has a responsibility to exert much greater pressure on North Korea to prevent escalating tensions with a government that ignores the law and "provokes and provokes and provokes."

The world in brief

posted: 06/22/2017 3:30 a.m.

Signing legalizes medical pot in Mexico

The nation in brief

posted: 06/22/2017 3:29 a.m.

Michigan stabbing seen as terrorist act

Names and faces

updated: 06/22/2017 3:28 a.m.

Daniel Day-Lewis, a widely respected actor and a three-time Oscar winner, announced that he's retiring from acting. The 60-year-old actor said Tuesday that he has shot his last film and performed in his last play.

In the news

updated: 06/22/2017 3:26 a.m.

Felipe Talamante, 48, faces charges, accused of trafficking dozens of pounds of cocaine out of a house being used as an unlicensed child day care center and just a few blocks from an elementary school in a neighborhood north of downtown Los Angeles, City Attorney Mike Feuer said.

Legislator urges caution on tax code, exemptions

posted: 06/22/2017 3:24 a.m.

State lawmakers need to be careful in their discussions about overhauling Arkansas' tax code because talk about axing certain exceptions -- such as Texarkana's state income-tax exemption -- could have negative economic repercussions, Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, told fellow lawmakers Wednesday.

Separate crashes kill 2 Arkansans

posted: 06/22/2017 3:09 a.m.

Two Arkansas men died after vehicle crashes Tuesday.

Mayor won't seek 3rd Benton term

posted: 06/22/2017 3:07 a.m.

Benton Mayor David Mattingly will not seek re-election next fall, according to a news release from his office Wednesday.

Bridge lanes closed over Beaver Dam

posted: 06/22/2017 3:06 a.m.

A routine inspection of Arkansas 187 over Beaver Dam in Carroll County will require lane closures today, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Daily Record

posted: 06/22/2017 3:04 a.m.

Marriage Licenses

Other days

updated: 06/22/2017 3:02 a.m.

100 years ago

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2017 3:02 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Kim Christ Deputy Managing Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 501-378-3495 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Arkansas Court of Appeals

posted: 06/22/2017 3:01 a.m.

The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions Wednesday. 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.

Powerball

posted: 06/22/2017 3:01 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night in Powerball are: 14-46-61-65-68

Getting it straight

posted: 06/22/2017 3:01 a.m.

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Kim Christ Deputy Managing Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 501-378-3495 during business hours Monday through Friday.

OPINION — Editorial: The rainy day is here

posted: 06/22/2017 2:59 a.m.

Ignoring any ideologues-by-the-numbers who have made a fetish of racial integration instead of just doing what's best for Arkansas' already hard-pressed college students, this state's governor and educational patron-in-chief, The Hon. Asa Hutchinson, dipped into his emergency fund to the tune of $150,000 in order to help students who certainly deserve helping--those at three historically black colleges in this state: Arkansas Baptist, Philander Smith, and Shorter College.

OPINION — Editorial: Others say: Stop zombie children

posted: 06/22/2017 2:58 a.m.

A Denver dad says smartphones turned his two youngest sons into zombies. So he turned himself into a crusader.

Letters

posted: 06/22/2017 2:53 a.m.

Just a few questions

NBA draft arrives after days of deals

posted: 06/22/2017 2:48 a.m.

Markelle Fultz is ready for the NBA draft. He's already learned about life at the trade deadline.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Poche's latest win keeps LSU going

posted: 06/22/2017 2:44 a.m.

Jared Poche returned to LSU for his senior season for moments like this. His freshman teammate, Jake Slaughter, just started making his memories.

Like it is: NBA set for conga line of one-and-dones

posted: 06/22/2017 2:40 a.m.

This NBA Draft doesn't hold a lot of personal interest, and it won't be watched, but looking at the projections leaves no doubt why the NBA and college basketball are watered down.

Two in-state linemen commit to Hogs

posted: 06/22/2017 2:39 a.m.

Arkansas Razorbacks football Coach Bret Bielema added two in-state prospects to the commitment list Wednesday when defensive lineman Isaiah Nichols and offensive lineman Noah Gatlin pledged to the Hogs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Marlins rally in 8th to halt Scherzer's no-hitter

posted: 06/22/2017 2:37 a.m.

MIAMI -- When Max Scherzer's bid for the third no-hitter of his big league career ended with an infield single in the eighth inning, he picked up the ball and flung it toward his dugout.

This date in baseball

posted: 06/22/2017 2:34 a.m.

1925 The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 24-6 with Kiki Cuyler and Pie Traynor each hitting a grand slam and Max Carey getting two hits in the first and eighth innings.

TEXAS LEAGUE: Sputtering offense gets jolt of health

posted: 06/22/2017 2:32 a.m.

In his first game back from the disabled list, Arkansas Travelers third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean provided the game-winning hit for a slumping offense.

Texas League team moving to Amarillo

posted: 06/22/2017 2:31 a.m.

Colorado Springs’ Class AAA minor league baseball team is moving to San Antonio for the 2019 season, part of a series of moves by the Elmore Sports Group that will cost Helena, Mont., its Pioneer League franchise. With the Pacific Coast League team headed to San Antonio, the city’s current Class AA Texas League team will shift to Amarillo. Colorado Springs will get the short-season rookie franchise from Helena.

Arkansas Sportsman: Bait-fish proposal divides camps

posted: 06/22/2017 2:31 a.m.

Scott Rook of Little Rock, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler and an accomplished Arkansas River fishing expert, hates Asian carp, and he wants them out of Arkansas waters.

Fishing Hot Spots

posted: 06/22/2017 2:30 a.m.

FISHING HOT SPOTS

State fishing report

posted: 06/22/2017 2:29 a.m.

CENTRAL;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

Outdoors calendar

posted: 06/22/2017 2:29 a.m.

NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Information on events also may be emailed to bhendricks@arkansasonline.com.

Three-point king takes parting shots

posted: 06/22/2017 2:26 a.m.

Brandon Fenner connected on a state-record 418 three-pointers during his career at Charleston High School. Expect the 6-4 sharpshooter to add a few more long-range shots to his resume at tonight's Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star boys basketball game.

Girls Soccer: UA signee in middle of scoring

posted: 06/22/2017 2:24 a.m.

Caroline Campbell played a part in all three of her team's goals Wednesday afternoon, leading the East to a 3-1 victory over the West in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star girls soccer game on a cloudy, windy day at Estes Stadium.

Second Thoughts: Fowler takes positives out of misfire

posted: 06/22/2017 2:19 a.m.

In pursuit of his first major championship, Phil Mickelson never saw the glass as anything but half-full.

Off the wire

posted: 06/22/2017 2:18 a.m.

FOOTBALL

State sports briefs

posted: 06/22/2017 2:17 a.m.

BASEBALL

Makers of food size up Amazon

posted: 06/22/2017 2:11 a.m.

Among the many questions being asked about Amazon's intended purchase of Whole Foods is one from small and medium-size food manufacturers: How might this deal affect me?

Magnificent flying machines

posted: 06/22/2017 2:09 a.m.

There are flying cars and Concorde's would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the moon -- for a mere $544,000 per pound -- and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, big and small at the Paris Air Show this week.

Existing-home sales up 1.1%, but prices rise on short supply

posted: 06/22/2017 2:07 a.m.

Americans shopping for a house are facing an intensifying set of pressures: Fewer and fewer homes are being listed for sale, while prices are climbing at a pace that most incomes can't match.

Missouri AG sues 3 firms over opioids

posted: 06/22/2017 2:06 a.m.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday sued three large pharmaceutical companies, saying their "campaign of fraud and deception" led to an opioid crisis in the state.

Market report: Tech gains offset by energy losses

updated: 06/22/2017 2:04 a.m.

Energy stocks dove again on Wednesday as oil dropped to its lowest price since last summer, extending their dismal start to the year. Gains for health care and technology stocks helped hem in losses for broader market indexes.

Business news in brief

updated: 06/22/2017 2:03 a.m.

Michigan dumps its oil-spill analyzer

News in brief

updated: 06/22/2017 2:02 a.m.

Port authority board re-elects 3 officers

WEEKEND TEN

posted: 06/22/2017 1:58 a.m.

1 ROUGH

Weekend Calendar

posted: 06/22/2017 1:54 a.m.

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

Fast Forward

posted: 06/22/2017 1:53 a.m.

Crackle: The nation's birthday celebrations get going a little early this year. One of the pre- Independence Day festivities is 4th of July Weekend in the Park at Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena with family activities, watermelon and ice cream, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 1. Call (479) 394-2863 or visit queenwilhelmina.com. Heber Springs hosts a Fireworks Extravaganza with music and children's activities starting at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 1. Admission is free but parking is $10. Call (501) 362-2444 or visit heber-springs.com. For more, visit arkansas.com.

The TV Column: 'Talent' contests, drama, horror set for summer

posted: 06/22/2017 1:53 a.m.

For your summertime viewing pleasure, TV is rolling out three alternative (formerly called "reality") shows and three scripted programs over the next couple of days. Let's take them in order.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 06/22/2017 1:52 a.m.

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Music Scene: Star of soap, singer of 1982 smash hit plays Hot Springs

posted: 06/22/2017 1:50 a.m.

Rick Springfield will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs. Season tickets (plus tax) are $69.99; adult one-day tickets are $54.99; and tickets for children under 48 inches tall and attendees 55 and over are $36.99. Reserved seats are an additional $10 or $8. Parking is $10.

Music: Ben Lee takes in Capitol View

posted: 06/22/2017 1:50 a.m.

"I have to call you back," says Ben Lee from California before quickly hanging up.

Selected restaurants

posted: 06/22/2017 1:47 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up.

Tell Me About It: Stop struggling to make only-child's life as busy as his pals'

posted: 06/22/2017 1:46 a.m.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have one child, 7, and I had him late. He is much younger than the children of my good friends in the area. Somehow all of his friends from school have siblings.

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/22/2017 1:45 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: Even though school is out for the summer, I want my grandchildren to continue to learn. We love reading stories to each other at bedtime and throughout the day, but we really have fun practicing math.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/22/2017 1:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. Peace comes with the summer solstice. You will trust in the benevolence of the universe, and your trust will be well-placed. Next month brings a creative wave. A political change (perhaps along the lines of neighborhood or family politics) will favor you in September. You'll make money in August and March.

On Christianity

posted: 06/22/2017 1:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM.: I'm very discouraged, because the doctor says my arthritis is only going to get worse. I'm already in pain most of the time, and I hate the thought of taking stronger and stronger drugs. Can you give me any words of encouragement?

Super Quiz: Death sites

posted: 06/22/2017 1:43 a.m.

1. Napoleon Bonaparte

Tyson unveils animal-welfare steps

posted: 06/22/2017 1:18 a.m.

Tyson Foods is using a camera monitoring system at its poultry plants and has employed specialists to keep watch on all its meat operations in an effort to improve animal welfare.

Legislators question Northwest Arkansas Community College's plan for new building

posted: 06/22/2017 1:16 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Community College's plan to open a new building likely will be delayed by a semester after legislators raised questions about the project last week, according to a college official.

Springdale rodeo seeks best stock for cowboys

posted: 06/22/2017 1:15 a.m.

Rodeo cowboys say Scott Burruss supplies some of the best bulls in rodeo. Burruss credits God with providing them to him.

Fort Smith lawsuit claims records violation

posted: 06/22/2017 1:14 a.m.

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Fort Smith accusing its board of directors of violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by doing business privately through email from May 21 through May 31.

Career success doesn't require degrees, Springdale teachers and officials say

posted: 06/22/2017 1:13 a.m.

A college degree isn't the only path to a successful and fulfilling career, business leaders, economists and educators across Northwest Arkansas say.

VIDEO: Florida mobile classroom makes stop in Springdale for art and literacy project

posted: 06/22/2017 1:12 a.m.

Kathy Lopez, 7, wrote on her piece of cloth she's from Austin and dreams of being a famous singer and dancer.

Benton County planners review winery plans

posted: 06/22/2017 1:11 a.m.

County officials heard plans Wednesday for a winery and restaurant on property on Larue Road, near Beaver Lake.

Bella Vista kids taught to juggle failure into success

posted: 06/22/2017 1:10 a.m.

The lights grew dim as a pair of performers prepared themselves and their props to put on a show full of color and dexterity.

Gentry calls for Internet companies to collect sales taxes

posted: 06/22/2017 1:09 a.m.

The City Council passed a resolution recently urging state and federal lawmakers to adopt laws requiring local and state sales and use taxes be collected and paid by companies doing business on the Internet.

Decatur passes fireworks ordinance, looks at speed limits

posted: 06/22/2017 1:08 a.m.

With the July 4th holiday only weeks away, the City Council passed an ordinance allowing the sale and limited use of fireworks in the city.

Bella Vista City Council members consider court specifics

posted: 06/22/2017 1:07 a.m.

The City Council discussed steps to establish a district court during a recent work session.

Springdale man pleads not guilty on murder charge

posted: 06/22/2017 1:06 a.m.

A Springdale man pleaded not guilty in Washington County Circuit Court on Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder related to a fatal stabbing last month.

School officials approve Siloam Springs resource officer agreement

posted: 06/22/2017 1:05 a.m.

The School Board approved an agreement with the city for the school resource officer program during a recent meeting.

JBU announces Carmack scholarship

posted: 06/22/2017 1:04 a.m.

John Brown University recently announced a new scholarship in honor of John V. Carmack, professor emeritus.

School Board hears about Discovery Program in Siloam Springs

posted: 06/22/2017 1:03 a.m.

The School District plans to expand its program for gifted and talented students next year, according to program coordinator Valerie King.

Pea Ridge Farmers Market set to open

posted: 06/22/2017 1:02 a.m.

The Pea Ridge Farmers Market's season will open today.

Beaver Dam bridge inspection set near Rogers

posted: 06/22/2017 1:01 a.m.

A routine bridge inspection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department bridge inspection team on Arkansas 187, Beaver Dam, requires a lane closing, according to officials.

BENEFITS WITH FRIENDS: Center kicks off with Kiss

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale will kick off its 51st year with "Opening Night" and a production of Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Coleman Ray Clark. The "Opening Night" benefit at 6:30 p.m. July 14 will include a sneak peak of the upcoming season and help support the community arts center's mission, said Kathleen Trotter, executive director. The benefit will include drinks and hors d'oeuvres before the 7:30 p.m. performance, and champagne and desserts during intermission.

Caughel leads Travs to shutout of NWA

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Lindsey Caughel allowed just five hits over six innings, leading the Arkansas Travelers over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Golf: Sinz stays atop leaderboard; Daly II opens with eagle

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

With a convoy of college coaches evaluating her every shot, Elina Sinz maintained her composure and her lead after the second day of the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational on Wednesday.

Harrison to Springdale

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

The members of the John Henry Shaddox Memorial Wagon Train -- nearly 100 people riding in eight wagons and on horseback -- made it across the Ozarks for the 40th time. The wagons and riders left Friday morning from Harrison and arrived Wednesday in Springdale, in time to join the 73rd annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Parade.

Woody Bassett: A shot at life

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

The game of golf mirrors the game of life in unmistakable ways. Try as we may, life can't be scripted and neither can golf.

The Rockwood Files: Just plain wrong

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

When it comes to what I eat, there's one rule I almost never break -- no food in my food. Simply put, it means I don't mix things. Gravy and mashed potatoes are about the only two substances I allow to co-mingle on a dinner plate.

UA senior learns from former Hogs

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Alana Uriell will be following a long line of former Razorback greats when she steps onto the course at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship this week.

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Fight the Russians: Don’t vote by computer

Giving back

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Teachers

Perez launches grand slam to lift Royals to victory

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez borrowed a Miguel Cabrera bat from Kansas City Royals teammate Drew Butera for the first time Wednesday.

Oklahoma is sued over new DWI law

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Four attorneys filed a lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s new drunken-driving law, saying it is unconstitutional because it denies due process to those faced with losing their licenses after a drunken driving arrest.

Reggie Perry garners 5-star status

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Arkansas' basketball program has a new consensus five-star commit for 2018.

People and Places

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Local Girl Scouts

My Roots Are Showing: Lightning bugs, manicured lawns, glowing orbs

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

TUESDAY’S LATE SOFTBALL: Sweep by East doesn't surprise Gordon

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

With her MVP trophy in hand, Katlyn Gordon said she had no doubt her East All-Star team would sweep the Arkansas High School Coaches Association's All-Star softball doubleheader Tuesday night.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Today

School news

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

PHI KAPPA PHI

NWA editorial: Thursday's thumbs

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

The thumbs are happy today, friends.

DEAR ABBY: Girlfriend deserves to know about man's abusive past

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: My brother is in a long-term relationship. Throughout my teenage years, he raped me every chance he got. The emotional and physical abuse has left my life broken. Should I tell his girlfriend about it? I did confront him about it, but he just denied it. Wouldn't she want to know? -- SURVIVOR IN FLORIDA

War of the words

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Records

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

Arrests

Rodeo: College teammates take the lead in steer wrestling

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

College teammates from Oklahoma are atop the leaderboard in steer wrestling at the Rodeo of the Ozarks.

TUESDAY’S LATE BASEBALL: MVP Wallace brushes off strikeout

posted: 06/22/2017 1 a.m.

After striking out in his first plate appearance Tuesday night, Paxton Wallace enjoyed a much more productive evening at Bear Stadium.

Wednesday, June 21

Beaver Dam bridge inspection set: Beaver Dam bridge inspection set

posted: 06/21/2017 5:44 p.m.

Arkansas 187 over Beaver Dam will be reduced to one lane for inspection.

How volunteers changed the future of trout in Arkansas rivers

posted: 06/21/2017 10:22 a.m.

A new wild trout population is taking hold on some Ozark tailwaters. Bonneville cutthroat trout provide hope that natural reproduction might be next.

Tropical Storm Cindy strengthens in Gulf; warning area grows

posted: 06/21/2017 8:19 a.m.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Cindy formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, hovering south of Louisiana as it churned tides and spun bands of heavy, potentially flooding rain onto the central and eastern Gulf Coast.

Ex-deputy gets six-year probation on possession, assault

posted: 06/21/2017 8:04 a.m.

A former Carroll County deputy was sentenced to six years' probation after he pleaded guilty last week to charges of aggravated assault, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tricking girls online nets term of 2 years for Arkansas photographer

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

In imposing a two-year prison term for stalking girls on the Internet from 2005 through 2014, a federal judge on Tuesday called photographer Christian Trey Ashcraft "despicable."

Arkansas driver accused of slamming on brakes, causing fatal motorcycle crash pleads innocent

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

A Pettigrew man has pleaded innocent in Crawford County Circuit Court to a second-degree murder charge accusing him of slamming on his brakes and causing a tailgating motorcyclist to crash.

Witness in fatal North Little Rock shooting recalls victim's last moments

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

With a gun pointed at his head, 19-year-old Jevon Tyrell Shearer carefully inched a pistol out of his pants, then fired a single shot, a survivor of the February 2016 shooting that killed the Sherwood man testified on Tuesday.

Arkansas inmate working outside prison escapes; man believed to then steal pickup, authorities say

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

An inmate escaped while working outside an Arkansas prison Tuesday morning and is believed to have fled in a pickup stolen from a gas station, officials said. The pickup was hauling a tractor.

Little Rock woman accused of stabbing 2 with broken champagne bottle after argument in club

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

A woman was arrested Monday in the May 5 stabbing of two women with a broken champagne bottle.

New Arkansas abortion laws challenged; injunctions sought to stop measures from going into effect

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

Four laws passed this year by Arkansas legislators "could effectively end abortion care in the state for many women," abortion-rights advocates said in filing a federal lawsuit Tuesday to challenge the new legislation.

Pay panel floats 2% raises for all Arkansas elected officials

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

The commission that sets the salaries of elected state officials on Tuesday proposed granting 2 percent pay increases to all of them.

Panel to study licensing rules for child care; 5-year-old’s death in hot van spurs plan for July meeting

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

A legislative committee will review existing rules and regulations for child care licensing after the death of a child at a facility overseen by a state lawmaker.

Malik Monk tops shooting guard list in NBA draft

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

The top shooting guards in Thursday night's NBA draft certainly offer plenty of high-scoring punch. They also come with some question marks.

Republican Handel wins in Georgia's pricey race

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

Republicans avoided an upset Tuesday night in the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, where the fight for the vacant seat became the most expensive House race in U.S. history ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

No formal charges yet in Arkansas officer's slaying

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

An 18-year-old accused in the June 12 fatal shooting of a Newport police officer has yet to be formally charged, and a Jackson County circuit judge set an Aug. 3 hearing for the teen's next court appearance.

OPINION: REX NELSON: Gambling on Pine Bluff

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

Tom Reilley sits in the ornate lobby of the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock and dreams of a day when there will be something similar in Pine Bluff. I know what you're thinking: "Pine Bluff? Really? Get real."

Rates to hold steady on state health plans

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

The health plans for teachers and state employees will use reserves built up in previous years to keep the rates and benefits the same in 2018 as they are this year, a state board decided Tuesday.

U.S. fells 2nd aircraft this week over Syria

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

A U.S. F-15E fighter aircraft shot down an Iranian-made drone over southern Syria on Tuesday, the U.S. military said, marking the second time this week that the U.S. military has shot a pro-Syrian government aircraft out of the sky.

2 bald eagles die this month at Little Rock Zoo

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

Two bald eagles that arrived at the Little Rock Zoo decades ago have died of age-related complications, officials said Tuesday.

OPINION: BRUMMETT ONLINE: Tough talk, or just talk?

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

The Arkansas agriculture community, which wants to sell rice to Cuba, is distraught.

Meals in mugs: Find comfort in the little things with fast and easy dishes made in the microwave

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

Lurking deep within cupboards across the country is a versatile piece of cookware that has long been a staple at yard sales and thrift stores -- the coffee mug. The concept isn't new, but over the last few years it has blossomed into a movement of sorts.

Little Rock-area bus rides rise 4.2% after shift of routes

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

Changes to Rock Region Metro bus routes instituted last November appear to have increased ridership, leaving officials with the Pulaski County transit agency hopeful that the changes halted a long-term decline in ridership.

ARKANSAS 42, No. 22 ALABAMA 6: A QUARTER CENTURY OF HOGS IN THE SEC: No. 16 » Alabama saw 'Red'

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

Two words can best describe the Arkansas Razorbacks' conference debut for Coach Houston Nutt in 1998: Code Red.

Arkansas Plant Board OKs dicamba use with limits

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

The state Plant Board on Tuesday afternoon rejected -- for now -- a proposed ban on the sale and use of the dicamba herbicide this growing season but instead passed further restrictions on its use.

Like it is: Obliteration of Tide always sweet for Hogs

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m.

In 1998, when Houston Nutt was in his first season as head football coach at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Alabama had begun its decade of darkness but was still the measuring stick.

Heat swings into danger zone in southwest U.S.

posted: 06/21/2017 4 a.m.

The day before the first day of summer brought some of the worst heat the Southwest U.S. has seen in years, forcing flights to be canceled, straining the power grid and making life miserable for workers toiling in temperatures that reached 120 degrees or higher in some desert cities.

Tax redo to be hatched in private

updated: 06/21/2017 3:58 a.m.

The White House plans to negotiate privately on an overhaul of the tax system with Republican leaders in Congress, possibly giving rank-and-file members little if any say over the finished product, a top aide to President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

Senate pushes toward health care vote

updated: 06/21/2017 3:57 a.m.

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they've yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they'll need.

Medicaid overhaul threatens opioid fight

posted: 06/21/2017 3:56 a.m.

The Republican campaign to roll back the 2010 health care law is colliding with America’s opioid epidemic. Medicaid cuts would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.

Russian fighter jet flies feet from U.S. aircraft

posted: 06/21/2017 3:55 a.m.

A Russian fighter jet came "within several feet" of an Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea and lingered by the side of the U.S. plane for several minutes on Monday, U.S. military officials said.

Ukraine president meets Trump, top security advisers

updated: 06/21/2017 3:53 a.m.

President Donald Trump met with his Ukrainian counterpart Tuesday amid intensifying questions over whether Trump's administration will step in to protect partners in the face of Russian aggression.

U.S. weighs banning citizens' travel to N. Korea after student's death

updated: 06/21/2017 3:51 a.m.

President Donald Trump's administration is considering banning travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as anger grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

'Shocked,' states family of London attack suspect

updated: 06/21/2017 3:49 a.m.

The family of the man suspected of ramming a van into Muslim worshippers offered public condolences Tuesday in statements that sought outreach but gave little hint of possible motives behind the latest terrorist strike in London.

Russia gay activists win Europe ruling

updated: 06/21/2017 3:48 a.m.

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that Russia's law banning dissemination of so-called gay propaganda to minors violates the right to freedom of expression.

The world in brief

updated: 06/21/2017 3:43 a.m.

Paris police hold 4 of attacker's kin

The nation in brief

updated: 06/21/2017 3:41 a.m.

Tropical storm raises fears of heavy rain

Names and faces

updated: 06/21/2017 3:40 a.m.

Is Sean Spicer's tenure as White House press secretary coming to an end? Spicer would not explicitly confirm or deny reports that he is preparing to transition into a behind-the-scenes role while searching for a replacement to field reporters' questions in the briefing room.

In the news

updated: 06/21/2017 3:38 a.m.

Dwaine Perry, chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation in New Jersey, said he's pleased that a federal judge, citing freedom of religion, struck down a court order barring the tribe from erecting tepees on tribal property because they violated a township's zoning rules.

Mind-state defense out in 2 deaths at Conway

posted: 06/21/2017 3:33 a.m.

The attorney for a teenage girl charged in the shooting deaths of a Conway couple almost two years ago said Tuesday he does not plan to pursue a defense based on his client's mental state.

Zoning shift advances plan for charter school

posted: 06/21/2017 3:32 a.m.

Plans to convert the long-vacant Mitchell Elementary into a Walton Family Foundation-backed charter school moved forward after Little Rock’s Board of Directors approved a zoning change Tuesday.

Traffic crashes claim two men, Tech coed

posted: 06/21/2017 3:30 a.m.

Two men died in accidents Monday, and a Russellville woman was killed last week in a crash, according to preliminary Arkansas State Police reports.

I-49 lanes to close for work on bridge

posted: 06/21/2017 3:24 a.m.

A series of overnight lane closures on Interstate 49 in Benton County to allow the placement of bridge beams has been extended through Saturday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Nuke-site cleanup subject of meeting

posted: 06/21/2017 3:23 a.m.

Leaders of a cleanup project at a nuclear reactor test site will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Strickler Fire Department building.

Governor's aide changes post

posted: 06/21/2017 3:18 a.m.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's former legislative affairs director, Rett Hatcher, will start work today as the deputy director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, system Director George Hopkins said Tuesday.

Soil testing to close shoulders on I-40

posted: 06/21/2017 3:14 a.m.

Soil testing along Interstate 40 near Maumelle will require shoulder closures for five days beginning Thursday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

LR directors OK $5.25M loan

posted: 06/21/2017 3:13 a.m.

Little Rock will take a short-term loan to buy 60 new police vehicles and a new computer-aided emergency dispatch program after the Board of Directors gave unanimous approval Tuesday night.

Daily Record

posted: 06/21/2017 3:10 a.m.

Births

Mega Millions

posted: 06/21/2017 3:10 a.m.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in Mega Millions: 2-15-41-49-63

Other days

updated: 06/21/2017 3:10 a.m.

100 years ago

Letters

posted: 06/21/2017 3:03 a.m.

Queries for senators

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Florida rolls on at CWS

posted: 06/21/2017 2:54 a.m.

Florida entered the College World Series last year with eight players taken in the first 10 rounds of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft and was an overwhelming favorite to win its first national title in baseball. But the Gators scored three runs in 18 innings and became the first SEC team since 2007 to go two games and out.

Commentary: Harbaugh raises stakes with Obamas

posted: 06/21/2017 2:41 a.m.

Nick Saban, pick up the phone!

NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cardinals unload 7 in 11th to rout Phillies 8-1

posted: 06/21/2017 2:40 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Pham wasn't going to let another cutter get by him.

Notes

posted: 06/21/2017 2:39 a.m.

CUBS

TEXAS LEAGUE: Reset finds Travs in familiar rut

posted: 06/21/2017 2:37 a.m.

The Texas League standings reset when the season's second half began Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, but the Arkansas Travelers carried over their first-half struggles in a 3-1 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

25 for 25: Your say

posted: 06/21/2017 2:37 a.m.

Fifteen panelists for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette voted on the top 25 most memorable football games for the Arkansas Razorbacks since they moved to the SEC for the 1992 season.

Expansion draft, awards to collide

posted: 06/21/2017 2:30 a.m.

It's 116 degrees in the ice hockey capital of the world.

Pro career began early for prospect, 19

posted: 06/21/2017 2:27 a.m.

Isaiah Hartenstein's NBA odyssey will start at the draft.

Golovkin-Alvarez match is real deal

posted: 06/21/2017 2:26 a.m.

Think about this as the real fight.

Notes

posted: 06/21/2017 2:24 a.m.

LAKERS

Second Thoughts: Sapp says he'll donate his brain

posted: 06/21/2017 2:22 a.m.

Warren Sapp, a 44-year-old football Hall of Famer who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, has decided to donate his brain for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that can stem from serious or repeated hits to the head.

Off the wire

posted: 06/21/2017 2:21 a.m.

TENNIS

Getting it straight

posted: 06/21/2017 2:19 a.m.

The Arkansas Travelers last made the Texas League playoffs in 2015. A story in Monday's editions listed the incorrect year.

State sports briefs

posted: 06/21/2017 2:18 a.m.

BASEBALL

Tyson joining meal-kit upsurge

posted: 06/21/2017 2:15 a.m.

Tyson Foods Inc. is rolling out a new line of meal kits for purchase online and at grocery stores to meet a growing demand for partially prepared meals that require limited preparation.

Drones shouldering in at air show

posted: 06/21/2017 2:14 a.m.

Drones are no longer aviation's next big thing. They are a big thing right now, as evidenced by the drones of all shapes and sizes showcased at the Paris Air Show.

Uber rolls out tipping for drivers

posted: 06/21/2017 2:13 a.m.

As part of a campaign to turn around its image, Uber Technologies Inc. started allowing customers to tip their drivers using the Uber app. The company rolled out the option Tuesday in Houston, Minneapolis and Seattle, with plans to expand to every U.S. city by the end of next month.

Commerce-job pick hails from Gravette

posted: 06/21/2017 2:12 a.m.

President Donald Trump plans to give a key Commerce Department post to a Northwest Arkansas native.

Takata bankruptcy seen skimping air bag victims

posted: 06/21/2017 2:11 a.m.

A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its faulty air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and lawyers suing the company.

FedEx earnings beat expectations

posted: 06/21/2017 2:06 a.m.

Shares of FedEx Corp. rose about 1 percent in late trading Tuesday after the company's latest quarterly profit beat Wall Street expectations on higher rates and an increase in deliveries.

Ford sees $1B savings in shift

posted: 06/21/2017 2:05 a.m.

Ford is canceling plans to build the Focus small car in Mexico, saving $1 billion by ending North American production and importing the model mostly from China after next year.

Market report: Oil-price sag saps stocks' surge

posted: 06/21/2017 2:03 a.m.

U.S. stock indexes retreated from their record heights Tuesday after a slump in the price of oil weighed on energy companies.

Business news in brief

posted: 06/21/2017 2:02 a.m.

Delta tests face scanners in Minnesota

News in brief

posted: 06/21/2017 2 a.m.

350 TeleTech jobs set for Morrilton

FRONT BURNER: Loving the parts without sum success

posted: 06/21/2017 1:56 a.m.

Food editor Kelly Brant's criteria for judging whether her husband and she will like a new dish is pretty simple: do they like all of its ingredients?

Reading Nook

posted: 06/21/2017 1:56 a.m.

The Bloody Mary is perhaps the most famous of brunch cocktails, especially for those looking to cure their hangover by imbibing. But despite its popularity, its origin story is as murky as the drink. Several theories abound, but most historians credit bartender Fernand "Pete" Petiot at Harry's New York Bar in 1920s Paris as its creator.

Cooking for two: Play it lean, spicy with creamy radish sandwich

posted: 06/21/2017 1:55 a.m.

French breakfast radishes, a springtime favorite commonly eaten with butter and sea salt, make a simple, satisfying sandwich when layered with cream cheese, arugula and sun-dried tomato. Have one for a light lunch or pre-dinner bite.

Scotch bonnet peppers put bite in jerk chicken

posted: 06/21/2017 1:54 a.m.

Scotch bonnet peppers are the chiles of choice in Caribbean cooking, lending a fiery bite to sauces and marinades. Pureed with sugar, green onion and warm spices, the yellow-red pepper pods are an essential ingredient in jerk chicken, one of the best-known Jamaican dishes to have been exported from the island.

7day menu planner

posted: 06/21/2017 1:54 a.m.

SUNDAY: Prepare Oven-Roasted Lemon Herb Spatchcock Chicken (see recipe). Accompany the juicy chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and Brussels sprouts garnished with crumbled bacon. Add dinner rolls. For dessert, coconut macaroons and orange sherbet are a perfect combination.

Uncorked: Rose a light sippy for sissys? Hardly!

posted: 06/21/2017 1:52 a.m.

If you read my column regularly you know I am a dedicated rose wine enthusiast. One of my greatest joys as a wine educator is to watch someone who thinks of rose as strictly sweet discover the palate-pleasing range of styles this wine has to offer.

Idea Alley: 'Izzy's' ice box pie is a lemony winner

posted: 06/21/2017 1:52 a.m.

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooking with diabetes: Wheat berries add substance to salad

posted: 06/21/2017 1:51 a.m.

Wheat berries are great little nuggets -- a whole grain, containing the germ, endosperm and bran. They have a nice dose of fiber and protein, as well as the B vitamins and several minerals.

Old-time Brown Betty works with blueberries

posted: 06/21/2017 1:50 a.m.

So who, or what, the heck is Brown Betty?

Screen grab

posted: 06/21/2017 1:50 a.m.

The battle began almost as soon as our daughters got home from school.

Creature Feature

posted: 06/21/2017 1:49 a.m.

We go to the lake a lot during the summer. Now we have a new dog, a mixed-breed from a local rescue group. Osgood is midsize, about 36 pounds. We hope he's a swimmer, but we don't know yet. We want to take him out on the boat. Does he need a life jacket? Any tips on getting him used to water would be appreciated.

SHARON RANDALL: Out on a limb with a curious little boy

posted: 06/21/2017 1:49 a.m.

We were sitting in his oak tree, Henry and I, dreaming about birds, clouds and life.

Parenting: Who's in charge here? Parents, not the children

posted: 06/21/2017 1:49 a.m.

Many of today's parents suffer (and suffer they do, albeit a good number seem to feel their suffering is a sign of conscientious parenting) from what I call "upside-down, inside-out and backwards parent-view disorder."

EX-ETIQUETTE

posted: 06/21/2017 1:48 a.m.

Q My husband and his ex share the kids equally. She will not cooperate and tries to upset our family at every turn. I get along great with the kids, and for the past three years I have taken them out to buy Father's Day presents for their dad. This year, without asking me, his ex bought my husband a present from the kids -- a Giants baseball hat -- he's a Giants' fan. He loved it, but I forbid him to wear it because I know who really bought it. It wasn't the kids. Am I being petty? What's good ex-etiquette?

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 06/21/2017 1:47 a.m.

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: In preparing their wills, do people usually leave money only to their children, or do they leave it to their grandchildren, as well as their children? I'm asking because I'd like to know what to expect from my parents and my wife's parents.

Ways to nurture child's curiosity

posted: 06/21/2017 1:47 a.m.

To me, curiosity is necessary. It is a trait I admire in others, and one I nurture in myself. My desire to learn has become more pronounced with age, and it's a characteristic I am desperate for my three children to have. I want them to be the ones constantly asking questions, seeking more knowledge.

Advice, resources for parents

posted: 06/21/2017 1:46 a.m.

Worried about your children and their screens? Here are some tips:

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/21/2017 1:45 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: I like to buy the 19-ounce size can of soup. It usually has four or five cubes of meat, about 1/2 can of vegetables, and the rest is broth. I usually buy a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, cook it, then freeze in small containers and add as needed to the soup. Works great!

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/21/2017 1:45 a.m.

Happy birthday. To be automatically liked in a new circle is an exciting perk to this solar return. Some of it has to do with a fresh attitude and an uncanny ability to connect quickly with what matters to others. In a lot of ways you'll be lighter and brighter this year. There's a breakthrough with a project close to your heart in December.

On Christianity

posted: 06/21/2017 1:44 a.m.

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: One of my uncles says God is like a stern judge, just waiting to punish us when we do wrong. But another uncle says he's wrong, because God is like a kindly father who loves us and forgives us, no matter what we do. Who is right?

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 06/21/2017 1:44 a.m.

1. Provide the next phrase: "The old gray mare ..."

Bank to build close to Bentonville square

posted: 06/21/2017 1:08 a.m.

First Security Bank is gearing up to construct a three-story building that will include its business, leased space and a residential unit less than a block from the downtown square.

Recycling closer for Fort Smith

posted: 06/21/2017 1:08 a.m.

City directors voted Tuesday to hire two firms in a move to restore full recycling services to the city for the first time in nearly three years.

Fayetteville City Council makes room in code for medical marijuana facilities

posted: 06/21/2017 1:08 a.m.

An amendment the City Council passed Tuesday allows shopping in an industrial district so a potential medical marijuana growth facility and dispensary could operate within the city.

Rogers moving forward on elementary school project

posted: 06/21/2017 1:07 a.m.

Three firms were hired Tuesday to work on the School District's 16th elementary school, expected to open in August 2019.

Benton County eyes health care changes

posted: 06/21/2017 1:06 a.m.

Benton County employees and their families may pay a higher price for health care if officials approve changes aimed at cutting costs.

Farmington council amends fireworks ordinance

posted: 06/21/2017 1:05 a.m.

Farmington residents will have an additional day to shoot fireworks this year. The Farmington City Council amended its fireworks ordinance last week to take into account when the July 4 holiday falls during the middle of the week.

UAFS student, 25, died of airway disease

posted: 06/21/2017 1:05 a.m.

Respiratory disease caused the death of a University of Arkansas at Fort Smith student, whose body was found in an on-campus apartment on March 1, according to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory's chief medical examiner.

It's time for chrome in Lincoln

posted: 06/21/2017 1:04 a.m.

Lincoln's Chicken Rod Nationals Car Show continues to be a success year after year and the sixth annual show will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Square.

Pea Ridge Freedom Fest on Sunday

posted: 06/21/2017 1:03 a.m.

The 11th annual Pea Ridge Freedom Fest is set to begin at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Joyous Bells will play at 5:40 p.m. before the event.

Nightly closings set for I-49 work

posted: 06/21/2017 1:02 a.m.

Crews placing bridge beams over Interstate 49 will require closing all north lanes for multiple 15-minute periods in Benton County.

Museum won't take burned out Clinton house

posted: 06/21/2017 1:01 a.m.

A burned-out house that was once home to Bill Clinton won't be reconstructed on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Roomies keep TCU in CWS

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Roommates Brian Howard and Ryan Merrill are going to have plenty to talk about around their apartment whenever they and the rest of the TCU Horned Frogs return to Fort Worth.

Records

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Arrests

Brenda Blagg: Ballot battle rebuffed

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

By just three votes, the Arkansas Bar Association last week backed off a 2018 ballot war.

DEAR ABBY: Gal pals can't see positives in woman's open marriage

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

DEAR ABBY: I've been in an extramarital relationship for 10 years. My husband knows, and so do my close friends.

Hog Calls: Sometimes players grow up too fast

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Years ago a pizza chain declared it was a place that "a kid could be a kid."

Rodeo of the Ozarks now a pre-July 4th event

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Change that breaks from long-standing tradition is often difficult, like what happened last year when the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks took place before the Fourth of July holiday for the first time.

Public Meetings

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Today

More Venezuelans seek asylum in U.S.

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States is accelerating as the oil-rich economy crashes and bloody, anti-government protests roil the nation.

GOLF: Daly II's first hole-in-one highlights Day 1

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

John Daly II sank his first hole-in-one to highlight the first day of the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational on Tuesday.

NWA editorial: Leading the way

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Is the road to improved transportation in Arkansas paved with higher taxation?

NWA LETTERS

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Are political party meetings open to public?

Guest writer: Advice for the Democrats

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

I'm Latino, progressive and I have deep roots in the working class -- my father was a bracero, a guest farmworker and cook, and my mom worked as a nursing home laundry attendant. This month, I became the first Democrat elected to Congress since Donald Trump became president. Like every other member of Congress, my top priority will be my district. And like every other freshman, I'll have to learn the ropes. But as the newest Democrat on the Hill, I plan to do my part to help steer my party in a winning direction.

Ko Ready To Go

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Even the most die-hard Arkansas fan would have to agree Lydia Ko wore the Hog hat pretty well.

Sale sharp as Red Sox dispatch Kansas City

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Chris Sale shut down the Kansas City Royals while pitching into the ninth inning, and a rag-tag bunch of Boston Red Sox filling in for injured starters pounded their way to an 8-3 victory Tuesday night that moved them into first place in the AL East.

Others say: An on-air delivery

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Television news personality Megyn Kelly's much publicized interview program Sunday night on NBC was clearly a publicity stunt to maximize the network's ratings. Her interview subject, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, clearly had his own agenda to broaden his audience of badly misinformed Americans who choose to believe nonsense over facts.

Griffin leads NWA past Travelers, 3-1

posted: 06/21/2017 1 a.m.

Foster Griffin allowed just one run over 62/3 innings, leading the Northwest Arkansas Naturals over the Arkansas Travelers in a 3-1 win on Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 20

Nate Thompson contract for 2 years, slight pay raise over predecessor

posted: 06/20/2017 12:21 p.m.

Arkansas signed new baseball assistant Nate Thompson to a two-year contract that employs him through the 2019 season.

Ex-workers in hot-van death at Arkansas day care freed on bond

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

Four former day care workers charged in the death of a 5-year-old disabled boy who was left inside a sweltering van for hours last week were released from jail Monday on $20,000 bonds.

Police: Victim of shooting outside Little Rock movie theater fired, too

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

The man who was injured in a shooting outside a Little Rock theater fired back after hearing shots ring out, a Little Rock police spokesman said Monday.

Melvin Pickens: Little Rock's 'Broom Man' dies; sold them 60 years

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

For more than 60 years, Melvin Pickens walked the streets of Little Rock’s Heights area where he sold brooms slung over his shoulders, sipped coffee with barbers and worked even after he had to rely on a walker and a caregiver for help.

Man drowns trying to save 3 children from Arkansas River

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

VAN BUREN -- An 18-year-old man drowned Saturday while trying to save three children from the swift Arkansas River current in which they were swimming.

Developer of Main Street building in downtown Little Rock seeks to add apartments to project

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

Plans to redevelop the Boyle Building on Main Street in downtown Little Rock, stalled for three years, now envision the second skyscraper built in the city including a 96-unit apartment complex rather than just simply a hotel.

Arguments heard in suit seeking central Arkansas police chief's ouster

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

After hearing arguments Monday over whether to temporarily remove Jacksonville Police Chief Geoffrey Herweg from his job, a Pulaski County judge said she will announce a decision at a later date.

Sanction on Arkansas town ticketing fought; speed-trap rules hazy, lawyer says

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

CONWAY -- The state's speed-trap law is unclear about who has the authority to investigate and hand down sanctions, the city attorney for Damascus said in a newly filed court document.

Arkansas colleges' remedial freshmen now 35%

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

Thirty-five percent of the 21,666 students entering a public college or university in Arkansas for the first time in fall 2016 took at least one remedial course, according to the state Department of Higher Education.

Russia idles Syria hotline after jet hit

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

MOSCOW -- Russia on Monday condemned the U.S. military's downing of a Syrian warplane, suspending the use of a military hotline that Washington and Moscow have used to avoid collisions in Syrian airspace and threatening to target aircraft flown by the United States and its allies over Syria.

American freed from N. Korea dies at 22

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

CINCINNATI -- Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, his family said.

Ex-owner wants to restore burned home near Fayetteville where Clinton once lived

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Fayetteville physician wants to buy a burned-out house Bill Clinton once lived in and rebuild it.

OPINION: JOHN BRUMMETT: Either it is, or ...

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

The special Georgia congressional election today in the suburban district immediately north of Atlanta turns out to be legitimately enormous.

Man faces trial for 2016 North Little Rock shootings that killed teen

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

Almost 16 months after three men were found shot -- one fatally -- within a block of each other in North Little Rock, the two survivors face off in Pulaski County Circuit Court today.

Arkansas swimmer drowns in lake

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

A 23-year-old man drowned Saturday at a swimming area on a lake in north-central Arkansas, authorities said.

Energy firm didn't skim profits from shale in Arkansas, jury finds

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

A jury has decided in favor of Southwestern Energy Co. and three of its subsidiaries in a federal lawsuit over whether the companies improperly skimmed payments to landowners who signed leases with the company for natural gas drilling in the Fayetteville Shale.

Medicaid revisions draw flak; groups comment on Arkansas plan

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

Proposed changes to the Arkansas Works Medicaid program will drive up insurance premiums, leave low-income Arkansans without coverage and increase the amount of unreimbursed care provided by hospitals and other health care providers, health industry and advocacy groups contend.

A QUARTER CENTURY OF HOGS IN THE SEC: Hogs' victory over LSU in 'Miracle on Markham II'

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

Everybody loves a good Hail Mary for a victory.

Britons call for solidarity after attack near mosque

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

LONDON -- British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people.

Man dies 10 days after Pulaski County jail distress

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m.

A 36-year-old man died Monda