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AG unveils program on dangers of opioids

Subscriber onlyArkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge introduced a program at Southside High School on Tuesday aimed at helping students understand the dangers of opioids and how to prevent abuse. Continue reading...

2 unions to initiate recall bid

Funds for police, firemen at issue

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- Local police and firefighter unions are leading efforts to recall three city directors for what they say is a failure to support Fort Smith's public safety employees. Continue reading...

Detroit files charges; new police exec quits

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A former Detroit police captain hired for a newly created position in the Fort Smith Police Department resigned after a week on the job and has been charged with a felony in Detroit. Continue reading...

Detroit files charges; new Arkansas police exec quits

Subscriber onlyA former Detroit police captain hired for a newly created position in the Fort Smith Police Department resigned after a week on the job and has been charged with a felony in Detroit. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas high school teacher, coach pleads innocent to video-recording girls in bathroom

Subscriber onlyA former Booneville High School teacher and coach has pleaded innocent to 11 counts of video voyeurism accusing him of secretly video recording girls changing clothes in a high school bathroom. Continue reading...

Fort Smith rejects email-suit deal

City attorney says messages didn’t break Freedom of Information Act

Subscriber only City directors effectively rejected a settlement in a lawsuit Tuesday, taking no action on the claim that the city and some directors violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Fort Smith lets email-suit deal lie; messages didn’t break information act, city attorney says

Subscriber only City directors effectively rejected a settlement in a lawsuit Tuesday, taking no action on the claim that the city and some directors violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Former Arkansas teacher, coach accused of video-recording girls changing clothes in bathroom

Subscriber onlyA former Arkansas teacher and coach faces arraignment Oct. 6 on 11 counts of video voyeurism that accuse him of video recording girls changing clothes in a high school bathroom. Continue reading...

Civil-service split persists for board in Fort Smith

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Fort Smith Board of Directors has been divided for months over inaction by the Civil Service Commission regarding a request by the police chief to change rules so people outside the department could apply for supervisory positions. Continue reading...

Rift on civil service keeps Fort Smith board divided

Subscriber onlyThe Fort Smith Board of Directors has been divided for months over inaction by the Civil Service Commission regarding a request by the police chief to change rules so that people outside the department could apply for supervisory positions. Continue reading...

Arkansas school district's ex-treasurer accused of stealing $180,000

Subscriber onlyA Coal Hill woman is scheduled to go on trial in January on five counts of theft after being accused of stealing nearly $180,000 over four years from the Westside School District in Johnson County. Continue reading...

Arkansan who shot man, beat him with firewood gets 40-year term after pleading guilty to murder

Subscriber onlyA Knoxville man was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for shooting a man and beating him in the head with pieces of firewood. Continue reading...

Arkansas woman gets 60 years for performing sex acts on infant, providing girl for lover to molest

Subscriber onlyA Fort Smith woman was sentenced Wednesday to 60 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to performing sex acts on a 3-month-old boy and providing an 11-month-old girl for her lover to molest. Continue reading...

Suit says city email a meeting

Fort Smith sued again by lawyer

Subscriber onlyAn attorney has filed a second lawsuit against city directors claiming that they violated the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by discussing city business by email. Continue reading...

State's $25,931 went to senator, affidavit says

Entry of fictitious bids’ noted; just ‘ the same story,’ Files says

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, put to his own uses more than $25,000 in state General Improvement Fund money he had obtained for a softball sports complex he was involved in developing, according to an affidavit filed Monday in U.S. District Court regarding a federal search warrant. Continue reading...

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