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Panhandling protected speech, Arkansas Municipal League attorneys say

Subscriber onlyThe way to regulate panhandling in towns and cities is not to try to regulate panhandling, Arkansas Municipal League attorneys told members Thursday during the group's winter conference at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Continue reading...

Fort Smith man pleads not guilty to terrorist-act charge

Subscriber onlyA man shot by police while being arrested last week pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court to a charge accusing him of shooting into a home occupied by two people. Continue reading...

Teen shot by Arkansas police due in court

Suspect in Fort Smith gunfire case set for arraignment

Subscriber onlyA 19-year-old man who was shot by police during his arrest last week goes before a judge today to answer to a terroristic act charge that had prompted the police to arrest him. Continue reading...

For part in death, Arkansas man's sentence 18 years

1 of 5 charged in ’15 heist, killing

Subscriber onlyA Scott County man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2015 robbery and the murder of a rural Booneville man. Continue reading...

Fort Smith officials’ emails found illegal

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH — A Sebastian County circuit judge ruled Thursday that emails exchanged among city officials last year constituted informal meetings in violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Man shot by Arkansas police lands in lockup; 8 officers on administrative leave

Subscriber onlyA 19-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds after police opened fire as he attempted to run over officers while evading arrest at a convenience store, according to police. Continue reading...

Judge rules Fort Smith directors' email violated law

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- A Sebastian County circuit judge ruled Thursday email exchanged among city officials last year constituted informal meetings in violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Arkansas mayor blocks council's vote to limit his powers

Subscriber onlyMANSFIELD -- A veto by Mayor Larry Austin has blocked for now an attempt by the City Council to shift his mayoral duties to the recorder/treasurer. Continue reading...

Family home, 2 properties owned by Arkansas senator auctioned

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- State Sen. Jake Files lost the family home Thursday when it and two other properties were auctioned off to satisfy $2.1 million in loan defaults. Continue reading...

Last of 4 charged in Arkansas gang slaying gets 30 years in prison

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The last of four members of the Slangaz 96 gang who were charged in the death of a rival gang member was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Continue reading...

Arkansas man held in child's death accused of causing house explosion to cover it up

Subscriber onlyA Paris man has been charged with murder in the death of a 2-year-old boy and is accused of covering up the death by causing an explosion and fire, Logan County Circuit Court documents say. Continue reading...

Forecasters: Most of Arkansas will experience colder weather over several days; arctic blast coming

Subscriber onlyMost of Arkansas is going to experience colder weather over the next several days with an arctic blast expected around Sunday. Continue reading...

City in Arkansas set to celebrate its 200 years

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- After gifts are opened and Christmas dinner is eaten Monday, officials are inviting everyone for cake and cocoa to wish the city a happy 200th birthday. Continue reading...

Man, 27, charged in death of toddler

Paris explosion, fire, killed boy, 2

Subscriber onlyA 27-year-old Logan County man has been arrested on charges of first-degree murder and arson in Thursday's explosion and fire that resulted in the death of a 2-year-old boy in Paris, according to the Arkansas State Police. Continue reading...

Toddler killed in gas-leak explosion, fire at Arkansas home

Subscriber onlyA toddler died early Thursday in an explosion and fire that damaged a home in the south part of the city and left the child's family homeless. Continue reading...