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Death sets Arkansas mother on crusade for mentally ill

Subscriber onlyPARAGOULD -- Kelsey Cox placed the cigarette between her lips, drew in a deep breath, letting it soothe her as it always did, and blew the smoke into a cloud, her mother said. Continue reading...

Poverty, immobility, raising grandchildren leave almost 1 in 5 elderly Arkansans without enough to eat

Subscriber onlyJudy Joyner thought when she reached her golden years, she would be on a beach somewhere, soaking up the sun with her husband by her side. Continue reading...

Helping veterans get motivated, and moving, goal of fund founder

Subscriber onlyMark Leonard approached a veteran wearing an American flag T-shirt and paused on his way to set up more registration signs for his organization's biggest event of the year. Continue reading...

The game plan: Five ways to prepare your hunting season bounty, including teriyaki squirrel, venison Alfredo

Subscriber onlyThe following recipes are a conglomeration of family recipes and recipes reporter Ginny Monk created; none of them are too work-intensive. Continue reading...

HIGH PROFILE: Christopher Epperson is helping prevent suicides in Arkansas — and to him, it’s personal

Subscriber onlyIt starts to rain before Christopher Epperson is even halfway through his walk, streetlights highlighting the drops that cling to his glasses and his brown hair. Continue reading...

The pests are coming: As temperatures fall, insects and rodents will try to find warmth inside your home

Subscriber onlyDuane Gantz steps over the stuffed animals and toy baby stroller that were abandoned on the floor of a child's room, approaches the window and crouches to spray a white powder in the crease between the window and the sill. Continue reading...

Parents, friends hold out hope for missing teen

Subscriber onlyPolice showed Laurie Jernigan the muddy, pink Nike tennis shoe, taken from a young woman's severed leg found in the Arkansas River. Continue reading...

After whirlwind year, former Miss America from Arkansas savors every day, plans for more crowning achievements

Subscriber onlyTears glistened in Cara Mund's bright blue eyes as Savvy Shields lowered a silver crown onto her head, officially transferring the title of Miss America to the woman from North Dakota. Continue reading...

The second responders: After death of a loved one, once police have left, Aftermath steps in to clean up

Subscriber onlyJeremy Lemon was aching for a change. He was working long, monotonous hours as an automotive service consultant and wanted something that gave him the room to help people. Continue reading...

Illness, 4 walls closing in on Arkansas woman; rare disease complicates insurance

Subscriber onlySEARCY -- Becky Malin is starving to death. Continue reading...

Mast cell disease difficult to treat

Patient-to-patient variations complicate insurance claims

Subscriber onlyMany patients with mast cell disease, a rare disorder that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S., report difficulty getting health insurance, which can affect their treatment and sometimes lead to death. Continue reading...

In NLR, Aldean brings it

Subscriber onlyJason Aldean told Friday night's crowd of more than 10,000 at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena that he was ready to get back to performing, although the shooting earlier this month in Las Vegas would never leave his mind. Continue reading...

CONCERT REVIEW: Jason Aldean back and ready to perform

Subscriber onlyJason Aldean told Friday night’s crowd of more than 10,000 that he was ready to get back to performing, although the shooting earlier this month in Las Vegas would never leave his mind. Continue reading...

VIDEO: Arkansas inmate, woman linked through poetry plan wedding, dream of day he will be released

Subscriber onlyWayne Young and Claudia Cerna hope to get married before the end of the year. Their wedding ceremony will take place in prison, where Young will spend at least the next two years, serving a 15-year sentence for possession of methamphetamines and cocaine, forgery and theft by receiving. Continue reading...

Keys to the city: Public pianos offer downtown Little Rock a midday musical interlude

Subscriber onlyEverything about these pianos whispers of whimsy -- the colorful patterns painted on their wood, the mystery of when they will be available and the people who stop, taking an interlude in their days to play them. Continue reading...

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