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Five counties get disaster label

Governor by air sees flooding

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson declared state disaster areas in five counties Friday because of flooding, including Faulkner County, after he flew over the swollen Arkansas River between Morrilton and Toad Suck. Continue reading...

Slow swell arrives at PB homes

Residents turn to sandbags, prayer in face of floodwaters

Subscriber onlyDozens of Pine Bluff residents who live along the Arkansas River spent Friday defending their homes from rising water, with some sandbagging them and others praying that the flood will spare them. Continue reading...

Hutchinson signs Lockheed bond bills

‘We are in the ballgame’ for military-vehicle contract, he says

Subscriber onlyArkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed into law legislation authorizing the state to issue an $87.1 million bond to help Lockheed Martin win a federal contract and expand its workforce by nearly 600 employees. Continue reading...

Clinton arrives for award; foundation gets $500,000

Subscriber onlyTo commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fundraiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund. Continue reading...

Judge decides jail best for Taylor

On lawyers’ concerns, boxer to get State Hospital review

Subscriber onlyJermain Taylor was jailed indefinitely Friday by court order after his attorneys told Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson the latest allegations of violence had caused them to question the boxer's mental health. Continue reading...

Business health hub: No file transfers

Subscriber onlyArkansas businesses using the federal small-business health insurance exchange for their workers will have to sign up again if they want to use an exchange being set up by a state board, according to an email to board members. Continue reading...

Sharp rebuts workers' claims

Ex-budget chief: No harassment

Subscriber onlyThe state's former budget administrator said he didn't have sex with or sexually harass any employees, rarely had drinks with co-workers other than a manager with whom he played golf, and wasn't aware of accusations against him in his personnel file. Continue reading...

Judge upholds marriage-license lawsuit

Subscriber onlyA week after assuming jurisdiction over a lawsuit seeking to force state officials to recognize Arkansas marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Friday rejected a challenge to the suit by state lawyers seeking to have it dismissed. Continue reading...

Medicaid overtime ban clears state panel

Subscriber onlyA rule prohibiting home health aides from receiving Medicaid reimbursement for more than 40 hours of work per week cleared a legislative committee Friday despite complaints from lawmakers and advocacy groups that the restriction has placed a hardship on some families. Continue reading...

Wife ruled fit for trial in '14 slaying of ranger

But insanity still defense, lawyer says

Subscriber onlyA Pulaski County circuit judge Friday pronounced a 56-year-old Roland woman accused of killing her husband, the chief ranger for the state Parks and Tourism Department, fit to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge. Continue reading...

Night din, doughnuts irk at park

Subscriber onlyDear Mahatma: I live near Murray Park, where there are many incidents of people doing doughnuts. It's also common to have loud motorcyclists speeding on Rebsamen Park Road. Why are police officers regularly stationed along Rebsamen in the day when there is little evidence of law enforcement late at night when the real problems occur? -- Proud City Taxpayer Continue reading...

Teen's robbery case transferred

Runaway from San Diego tells judge he learned lesson

Subscriber onlyA California teenager who ended up in Little Rock while running away from home admitted Friday to participating in a March armed robbery of a Sonic restaurant with his cousin. Continue reading...

NLR lane closures on I-40 scheduled

Subscriber onlyErecting structural steel for the ramp carrying traffic from Interstate 430 north to Interstate 40 west at the I-430/I-40 interchange in North Little Rock will require overnight lane closures on I-40 beginning Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said. Continue reading...

Inspection to cut I-440 ramp width

Subscriber onlyA routine bridge inspection will reduce the width on a ramp for traffic from Interstate 440 west to Interstate 30 east in Little Rock on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said. Continue reading...

One held in robbery of Fort Smith store

Shots fired in Family Dollar holdup

Subscriber onlyThe robber of a Fort Smith store fired two shots at a customer who didn't immediately lie on the floor because he was Hispanic and didn't understand English, according to Fort Smith police. Continue reading...

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