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Lottery forced to tap reserve

Came up short for spring scholarships, higher-ed chief says

Subscriber onlyThe state Department of Higher Education has spent nearly $113 million on lottery-financed Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarships in the fiscal year that will end June 30 — a $20 million dip from the previous fiscal year — after the 2013 Legislature overhauled the program and cut the scholarships for some future recipients. Continue reading...

2nd nursing-home suit sits on Maggio docket

Plaintiff calls for judge to step aside

Subscriber onlyCircuit Judge Michael Maggio began presiding over a negligence lawsuit involving a second nursing home owned by Fort Smith businessman Michael Morton just weeks after Morton financed several political action committees that later donated to Maggio’s since-halted run for an appeals-court seat. Continue reading...

Man dead after blaze, foot chase

Subscriber onlyA former Little Rock police officer died early Friday after a struggle in a yard belonging to a hot-dog vendor and blogger with whom the former officer had a “history,” police said. Continue reading...

Kimbrell applying for Bryant school job

Subscriber onlyArkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell has applied to be the next superintendent of the Bryant School District. Continue reading...

Officials get a peek at plan for new jail

Subscriber onlyCrawford County could move into a new jail in January 2017 if voters approve two sales taxes next month, a jail architect told county officials Friday. Continue reading...

SUV crash on I-40 fatal to Memphian

Subscriber onlyA Memphis man was killed and two others were injured early Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Crittenden County, Arkansas State Police reported. Continue reading...

2 hurt near Searcy in crash of Cessna

Subscriber onlyTwo people were injured Friday afternoon when a small plane crashed in a field about 2 miles south of Searcy, the White County sheriff’s office reported. Continue reading...

Mega Millions

The winning numbers drawn Friday night in Mega Millions: 18-25-38-45-63 Mega Ball: 9 Estimated jackpot: $38 million Megaplier: 02 Continue reading...

Other days

Subscriber only100 YEARS AGO April 19, 1914 COTTER — Mrs. John Hawkins, wife of a constable at Galena, Mo., a small town north of here, on the White river division, made an arrest yesterday in the absence of her husband and held the prisoner until the arrival of a deputy sheriff. Continue reading...

Gynecologist released from jail

Subscriber onlyPARAGOULD — A Paragould gynecologist charged with photographing a woman during an examination without her consent was released from the Greene County jail after paying a $50,000 bond, 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said Friday. Continue reading...

NW Arkansas today

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “We have a number of people who have been on that waiting list for more than 10 years. As parents age, taking care of an adult child gets to be more and more difficult. There becomes a point where these parents can’t do it alone anymore.” Keith Vire, chief executive officer for the Arkansas Support Network, on Medicaid waivers that help people with disabilities get needed services Continue reading...

The state/region in brief

Subscriber onlyYouth pastor given 9 years on sex crime MARION — A Crittenden County jury convicted a former Marion youth pastor of second-degree sexual assault of a minor Thursday, 2nd Judicial Circuit Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said. Continue reading...

Scholarships approved for 193 more

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday voted to use $2 million in the state’s “rainy-day” funds to offer nearly two-thirds more Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships to eligible students. Continue reading...

Justices set to hear case on committal

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments by accused murderer Rickey Dale Newman that he should be mentally evaluated before being committed to the state hospital for treatment. Continue reading...

Panel says 3,000 seek disability aid

Services help them leave institutions

Subscriber onlyMore than 3,000 Arkansans with disabilities are waiting for services to help them live outside of state institutions, a group of healthcare officials were told during the Arkansas Health Disparities Conference on Friday. Continue reading...

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