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85% of schools in Arkansas tell kids to say no to sex

With teen births high, youths called ‘uneducated’ bunnies

Subscriber onlyA high school senior stands in front of a crowd of eighth-graders, sporting a pregnancy belt that rounds out her stomach; a weight strapped on her back represents the burden of household chores. Continue reading...

Obtaining 'Real IDs' in Arkansas proves complex; for new licenses, devil’s in details

Subscriber onlyTo fly on an airliner or enter a federal building three years from now, U.S. residents will have two options: gather their birth certificates, Social Security cards and proof of residence to show at the door or get a Real ID. Continue reading...

'Preppers' lay in supplies to be ready -- just in case

Subscriber onlyRobert Steadward is always on edge. At restaurants he angles his chair toward the door so he can watch who goes in and out, he hoards firearms in case a government collapse causes the need for protection, and he has an escape plan if natural disaster makes Fort Smith unlivable. Continue reading...

Arkansas 'preppers' lay in supplies to be ready — just in case

Subscriber onlyRobert Steadward is always on edge. At restaurants he angles his chair toward the door so he can watch who goes in and out, he hoards firearms in case a government collapse causes the need for protection, and he has an escape plan if a natural disaster makes Fort Smith unlivable. Continue reading...

Man's sentence 5 years in Arkansas girl's shooting death

Subscriber onlyIt wasn't until she heard her son tell a White County judge that his life wasn't worth living anymore that Brenda Wezowicz broke down. Continue reading...

Heart and soul: Tragedy strikes Arkansas family

Husband’s, daddy’s love an ever-fixed mark

Subscriber onlyMatthew Wezowicz knew he was in love that night -- not the hormone-driven love of teenagers, but the until-death-do-us-part kind of love. He was 17. Continue reading...

6 children killed in Arkansas this year in gun accidents

Subscriber onlyWhen Karma Wezowicz, 7, died in March, she became one of six victims of unintentional child shootings in Arkansas this year. Continue reading...

Arkansas man pleads guilty in 7-year-old girl's death

Gun accidentally went off, killing friend’s daughter, 7, he says

Subscriber onlyA Beebe man accused of manslaughter in the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old girl pleaded guilty Thursday in White County Circuit Court. Continue reading...

FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY: Unsolved killing of 31-year-old mother in North Little Rock weighs on investigators

Subscriber onlyMost of the homicide cases handled by the North Little Rock Police Department investigations unit contain some sort of pattern that eventually shapes into a reason and sometimes leads to a suspect. Continue reading...

In ranking, Arkansas 1 of 6 worst for kids

It’s down a notch; group cites poverty

Subscriber onlyA national children's advocacy group has ranked Arkansas one of the six worst states in the country for children, in part because of a high poverty rate that experts say has lingered since the 2008 recession. Continue reading...

2017 tally finds 55% of Little Rock-area homeless live out in the rough

Subscriber onlyA man who called himself Jack McGee proudly extended his arms to show that there were no bruises or needle pricks from drug use hiding among the tattoos decorating his skin. Continue reading...

Arkansas woman guilty of negligent homicide in 1-year-old's death

Subscriber onlyA Sherwood woman was found guilty of negligent homicide Wednesday and given one day of jail credit with a yearlong suspended sentence in the death of her foster grandson in February 2016. Continue reading...

Arkansas parents struggle to get help for dyslexic kids

’13 law not always followed by schools

Subscriber onlyJanetta Pugh started noticing signs of dyslexia in her oldest daughter when the girl was a toddler. Continue reading...

Hope Watermelon Festival offers family fun

Subscriber only Whitley Richards, 14, triumphantly held the broken pieces of a watermelon quarter above her head, red juice dripping from her chin, and a judge declared her the winner of the watermelon-eating contest. Continue reading...

Library plans talks on war-themed art

Veterans invited to apply for groups

Subscriber onlyThe Central Arkansas Library System will begin a two-year program this fall so veterans can discuss war-related pieces of literature, films and art. Continue reading...