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The talent behind Schoolhouse Rock | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
An Arkansas-born composer whose way with a melody and lyrics taught a generation of Saturday morning cartoon-watching children math, grammar and social studies died Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pa.
Belief in equal education falls in LR, survey shows | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
The results of a recent University of Arkansas at Little Rock survey on race, ethnicity and education show that a majority of black respondents who live in Little Rock -- 58 percent -- don't believe all children have an equal chance to get a good education in the city.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
The diagnosis of another northeast Arkansas food-service worker with hepatitis A prompted the state Department of Health on Tuesday to issue its second alert on the virus in less than a week.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
Speaking to an assembly of attorneys -- of the GOP variety -- the questions for three Arkansas Supreme Court candidates Tuesday steered toward a particular point: the workload for those who appear before the court.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
Proposed pay raises for Pulaski County's five elected officials sailed through the Quorum Court on Tuesday night with little discussion, but with three dissenters.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field will make a voluntary annual payment of $77,901 to the Pulaski Drainage No. 2 Improvement District for the benefit it derives from the levee the district maintains.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
Two more flu-related deaths were reported in Arkansas in the past week, raising the state's death toll from the current season to 219, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
Authorities in Madison County were searching Tuesday for a man suspected of threatening to kill a neighbor and pointing a shotgun at him.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
After he cast a no vote, a Pulaski County Quorum Court member left the Tuesday night meeting to protest spending $100,000 toward replacing Verizon Arena's scoreboard.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 25, 2018
Two counties and two towns will get nearly $200,000 today to help with cleanup from tornado damage that occurred earlier this month, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office.
Man gets 30 years in killing of LR girl | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Deshaun Malik Rushing was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for the slaying of a 2-year-old Little Rock girl in a drive-by shooting that shocked Little Rock with a deadly reminder of its gang culture.
Stephens Award winners feted | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Eight high school seniors and seven teachers from Little Rock-area public and private high schools have been named recipients of the 2018 Stephens Award.
Former JBU student found fit to stand trial | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
BENTONVILLE -- A former John Brown University student is fit to stand trial in his criminal case involving the use of explosives.
Mosaic Templars site set for revamp, agencies' use | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
The Mosaic Templars State Temple in Little Rock will be renovated at a projected cost of about $500,000 and become home to the offices for the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency later this year, state officials said Monday.
Stalking suspect accused of knocking on doors, windows at central Arkansas home | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A central Arkansas man is accused of stalking a woman at her home Monday night, police said.
North Little Rock man arrested in connection with 'active marijuana grow' operation, cops say; 13 plants seized | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A North Little Rock man is accused of operating a marijuana growing operation after a search of his home Sunday netted 13 plants.
Facebook profile lands Arkansas sex offender in jail, cops say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A registered sex offender was arrested on a felony warrant Friday for allegedly not disclosing to police a Facebook account he had been using for more than a year, authorities said.
Washington County justice of the peace decides against re-election bid | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE -- A Republican justice of the peace doesn't plan to serve another term on the Washington County Quorum Court -- but his name will remain on the primary election ballot.
Ex-Arkansas senator's wife paid $70,000 a year after firm given state grant, jury hears; successor paid $35,000 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Then-Sen. Jon Woods’ fiancee got a $70,000-a-year salary from a company that received a $400,000 state grant four months earlier. Her replacement’s salary was exactly half that amount, according to court testimony and personnel documents presented in court today.
Former candidate for mayor in Arkansas arrested on indecent exposure charge, police say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE — Former mayoral candidate Ronald Baucom, 61, was arrested Monday in connection with indecent exposure, public intoxication and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
Airport in LR gets go-ahead to fund levee | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
The state's largest airport can make payments to a local levee district with some restrictions, according to guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Downtown Little Rock's Arkansas Repertory Theatre suspends operations | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre in downtown Little Rock has suspended its operations effective immediately, it announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Arkansas native behind 'Schoolhouse Rock' songs dies at 94 | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
MOUNT BETHEL, Pa. — A musician whose songs helped teach children on ABC's "Schoolhouse Rock" has died.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Another northeast Arkansas food service worker, this time in Lawrence County, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas panel has recommended a 3 percent raise for the state's top elected officials and judges.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Nearly $2,400 was reported stolen from one Little Rock fast-food restaurant Monday, while another drive-through in the city saw an attempted break-in on Friday, police say.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE -- A company that received $400,000 in state grant money later hired the fiancee of the state senator who approved most of the money.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
BENTONVILLE -- Two former employees of Cave Springs requested their federal lawsuit against the city and some city officials be dropped.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Two graduates of Fayetteville High School have been named Goldwater scholars, a nationally competitive honor for college undergraduates studying science, mathematics or engineering.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
At least one person has died in a collision on Interstate 40 near the Carlisle exit in Lonoke County, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A man was pistol-whipped and robbed of cash in his west Little Rock apartment Monday night, he told police.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Authorities are continuing to investigate after two men were found shot Saturday night at an apartment complex in Hot Springs, police said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Police have arrested a man accused of taking police gear from a Hot Springs store and later using the items to steal from a Bed Bath & Beyond.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Jimmy Lee Rayburn, 33, of 505 Cherokee Drive in Gentry was arrested Sunday in connection with theft by receiving and possession of firearms by certain persons. Rayburn was being held Monday in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Fifteen residents, including some small-business owners, pleaded Monday evening with the North Little Rock City Council to reconsider an electric rate restructuring proposal that most said they feared would increase their bills, hurt elderly residents and chase customers away.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Authorities found unknown pills, USB cables and bottles of vaping liquid in a patient's room at the Arkansas State Hospital the morning he left the facility with a staff member last month, police and court records show.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A recent landmark decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court about the state's immunity from lawsuits shouldn't affect how the state funds education -- at least not for now, Bureau of Legislative Research attorneys said Monday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A Little Rock man who trolled the Internet in search of someone who would let him have sex with a child was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
FORT SMITH -- Police say a handyman at the Fort Smith Museum of History stole Judge Isaac C. Parker's gold-and-diamond lizard-shaped pin from a display case and sold it at a rare-coin dealer shop four blocks away for $68.50.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
At least two people died in separate accidents on Arkansas roads Sunday. A third person has died from an accident earlier in the month.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
Births The following is a list of those births reported to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by area hospitals. It may not be a complete list since parents may ask the hospital not to publicly release the news of a birth.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A carjacker threatened a woman with a glass shard before taking her vehicle Monday afternoon at her North Little Rock home, she told police.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A former Garland County sheriff's investigator pleaded guilty Monday to stealing money from the Arkansas Narcotics Officers Association while serving as its treasurer and was sentenced to two years' probation, the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reported on Tuesday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
TRUMANN — Police assembled outside a northeast Arkansas Walmart where a man was later killed after an employee texted her mother saying she expected problems with her ex-husband.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A Little Rock man told police Monday that a pair of African masks and an elephant tusk passed down in his family for centuries were stolen from his apartment.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 24, 2018
A north Arkansas woman was arrested on a first-degree murder charge after a 29-year-old man was fatally stabbed early Sunday, authorities said.
Little Rock man pleads guilty in 2-year-old girl's shooting death | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 23, 2018
A Little Rock man accepted a 30-year prison sentence Monday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 2-year-old girl just before Thanksgiving 2016.
Text messages of ex-state lawmaker, ex-college president, consultant presented at corruption trial | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 23, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE — Text messages among the three people accused in a kickback scheme show they coordinated efforts from February to October of 2014 to solicit more state grants from other lawmakers who were not a part of the plot, according to testimony Monday morning.
Mayor: Stop dumping on PB | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 23, 2018
PINE BLUFF -- Mayor Shirley Washington wants people to stop dumping on her city.
Owner plans studio with intimate feel | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | April 23, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE -- Benjamin Meade remembers looking through the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 1972 album Will the Circle be Unbroken and seeing everyone sitting in a room with a microphone hanging from the ceiling.