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Families of the missing, police gather at Arkansas event again to lament, wonder

Subscriber onlyWhen she was a teenager, Amy Whitcomb learned that the man who raised her isn't her biological father, who disappeared before Whitcomb was old enough to remember him. Continue reading...

Arkansas schools turn focus to homeless kids

Speakers see dental care-absence link

Subscriber onlySchool officials who work with homeless children say Arkansas’ plan for complying with federal education guidelines will help identify needs and keep more students in school. Continue reading...

Study links sick Arkansas tenants to run-down apartments

Landlords’ indifference found to play role

Subscriber onlyAiden sat on his mother's lap munching on a french fry, his raspy breathing punctuating her conversation. Continue reading...

'Habitable' not in rules for state landlords

Subscriber onlyDespite more than 40 years of effort, Arkansas remains the only state where landlords aren't legally required to make their properties "habitable" for renters. Continue reading...

Dad marches in Little Rock because son hides under bed in fear of federal agents

Subscriber onlyHector Hernandez's son hides under his bed at night because he's afraid federal agents will take his father away. Continue reading...

Arkansas is 41 on ranking for at-risk kids

Subscriber onlyIn fewer than three years, Mary McQueen went from self-medicating, numbing herself with alcohol, to spending her spare time playing princess with her daughter. Continue reading...

Little Rock residents question need for homeless shelter plan

Subscriber onlyAttendees at a summit Monday organized by Vincent Tolliver, who has said he will run for Little Rock mayor, questioned the practicality of his plan to build a downtown homeless shelter with wraparound services. Continue reading...

Residents question plan for downtown Little Rock homeless shelter

Subscriber onlyAttendees at a summit Monday organized by Vincent Tolliver, who has said he will run for Little Rock mayor, questioned the practicality of his plan to build a downtown homeless shelter with wrap-around services. Continue reading...

Ex-state official Dalton dies of cancer

He was city manager, DHS director

Subscriber onlyTom Dalton, the former Arkansas Department of Human Services director who worked to implement ARKids First in the 1990s, died of cancer last week in Hot Springs. He was 78. Continue reading...

Police beat: Little Rock man shot during holdup; gas station in Hillcrest neighborhood robbed

Subscriber onlyJacksonville man pulls gun, is jailed Continue reading...

Ex-Little Rock, state official Dalton dies of cancer

He was city manager, DHS director

Subscriber onlyTom Dalton, the former Arkansas Department of Human Services director who worked to implement ARKids First in the 1990s, died of cancer Tuesday in Hot Springs. He was 78. Continue reading...

Groups team on indigent evictions in Little Rock; options needed when camp shut

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Homeless Coalition decided Wednesday to join a group of service providers who meet with Little Rock officials and try to intervene when the homeless are evicted from makeshift camps. Continue reading...

Surviving with support: Several agencies can help Arkansas caregivers deal with sick loved ones

Subscriber onlyEvery night, each lamp was tucked into bed -- their bulbs carefully removed, shades set aside and blankets covering their electric casings. Continue reading...

Days after Ebby Steppach disappeared, police shrugged off pipe odor, caller says

Subscriber onlyDays after Ebby Steppach disappeared in October 2015, her friend's mother told police she smelled something decomposing in a storm drain near the spot where the teen's car was found. Continue reading...

Ebby Steppach's family, friends smile, cry, say goodbye; hunt for Little Rock teen aided others, they say

Subscriber onlyBefore Ebby Steppach's memorial service, her mother was browsing through the teen's old notebooks and found one entry that said "goals." Continue reading...

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