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754 fewer workers on state's rolls, report finds | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
The total number of full-time state employees dropped last fiscal year by 754 to 59,469 as their ranks dipped among agencies as well as at higher-education institutions, according to a report.
Shelters see rise in need for help | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
After the closure of one emergency shelter for men in October, homelessness service providers are seeing more people living on the streets now that colder weather is here.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Michael John Gray was re-elected to a second term as head of the state party Saturday, leaving the current leadership of both of the state's major parties intact after November's election.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
The University of Central Arkansas has suspended the Kappa Sigma fraternity for one year for hazing.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
Recordings of 911 calls immediately after a fatal shooting last month in Little Rock detail a man's impulse decision to leave one fatally injured man behind, and, against a medic's advice, drive another injured man to a hospital.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
A mission of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is "to conserve and enhance Arkansas's fish and wildlife."
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
State and federal officials on Friday toured the site on Trafalgar Road where an underground fire has burned for more than four months, but they haven't decided how best to extinguish it, one of them said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has established a scholarship made possible by the estate of a former history professor.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
A reception for outgoing Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson will be 3-5 p.m. Monday in the South Room of the Odom Community Center, 1100 Edgewood Drive.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
A juvenile was arrested Wednesday, accused of attempted aggravated robbery and fleeing the scene after a robbery attempt at the First Financial Bank branch on East Main Street in El Dorado.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
A Hot Springs insurance agent pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to defrauding area banks out of more than $3.5 million, Duane Kees, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said in a news release.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
Months before the state proposed rules limiting in-home Medicaid assistance for the elderly and disabled, consultants hired by a nursing home association were helping to craft the details.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
The committees that backed a voter-approved constitutional amendment to authorize four full-fledged casinos in Arkansas spent $9.7 million of the $9.8 million in contributions that they raised, according to their latest campaign-finance reports.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
The following divorces granted were recorded in the circuit clerks' offices from Dec. 6-12.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 16, 2018
A 16-year-old was shot and injured at a party Saturday night in Little Rock, authorities said.
Grammy-winning singer Wilson, 81, dies | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.
Paper mill fined over foul air | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
A south Arkansas paper mill must pay $600,000 in fines and spend $1.8 million on environmental projects and even more on facility upgrades to reduce air pollutants in a town full of residents complaining about their air quality, according to a consent decree filed Friday.
Hill, Westerman get new D.C. office digs | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
With more than 50 House members retiring and dozens of others evicted by voters, the scramble is on for prime office space on Capitol Hill.
Thieves hit state property program | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
A "treasure hunt" touted by state officials ended up drawing in online thieves, according to a report by legislative auditors.
Ex-jailer defends force on youths | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
As a weeklong civil-rights trial for two former youth lockup officers continued Friday, one of them told jurors that the force used on youths in a Batesville facility in 2012 and 2013 was both appropriate and necessary.
Centerton selects City Hall site | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
City officials said they recently decided to build a new City Hall on Municipal Drive between the fire and police stations because it's the most cost-effective option and will provide more space.
Trump pushes for health law replacement after lawsuit ruling; rules to stay for now | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
After a federal judge ruled that the Barack Obama-era health overhaul was "invalid," President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
A Little Rock man believed he was asking an underage girl for sex earlier this week when he set up a meeting with a Dallas County sheriff's deputy, according to a release from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
Arkansas will spend more money than most neighboring states this fiscal year to curb smoking rates and steer kids away from taking up the addictive, cancer-causing habit, according to a report released Friday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
The getaway driver for a gunman from Arkansas who killed four Washington state police officers in 2009 won't face aggravated-murder charges at his second trial, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, but he still may spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted upon retrial.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
The Pulaski County Special School District's application to the Arkansas Board of Education for permission to issue more than $20 million in construction bonds has hit a roadblock, at least temporarily.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
Dear Mahatma: You have written that the law can't be everywhere all the time. I beg to differ. I was caught in Baltimore two feet into an intersection by a traffic camera. Cost me $70. I didn't know they had such cameras. Now I do, and I don't try to sneak through intersections on my vis...
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
Morrilton city officials are considering building a "Little Dam Bridge" that would cross the Arkansas River and connect Petit Jean State Park to Morrilton, the mayor said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
Deputies found skeletal remains earlier this month near the vehicle of a Cleburne County man who has been missing for about four months, a sheriff's office spokesman said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
Harrison will spend an estimated $400,000 to drain a downtown lake to search for two people who disappeared during a Nov. 30 flash flood, said Mayor Dan Sherrell.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 15, 2018
The Arkansas Board of Education has authorized the Fort Smith School District to establish a personnel policies committee for its teachers after the School Board voted last month to discontinue negotiations with the Fort Smith Education Association.
Georgia-Pacific to pay $600,000, reduce emissions at Arkansas paper mill as part of EPA settlement | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Georgia-Pacific will pay $600,000 in fines and take steps to reduce hydrogen sulfide emissions at its paper mill in Crossett, per a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the agency announced Friday.
Hogs' LB arrested on various charges | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
University of Arkansas linebacker Demetrius "Dee" Walker has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest on felony drug and weapon charges by Fayetteville police.
Conway plant to close by '21, slash 344 jobs | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Thursday that it will close its Conway manufacturing facility by 2021, ending months of uncertainty about whether the company would choose the Arkansas plant, or a similar factory in Wisconsin, for closure.
Lab monkeys now in new home | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
More than two dozen monkeys that were test subjects in nicotine addiction research denounced by British primatologist Jane Goodall have been moved from an Arkansas lab to a Florida primate sanctuary.
Puzzled, allies say of Cotton position | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Conservative leaders who are often allied with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton blasted the Arkansas Republican on Thursday for attempting to derail bipartisan criminal-justice legislation.
Police investigate robbery at bank in downtown Little Rock | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Authorities are investigating a reported robbery at a downtown Little Rock bank.
Visionary Arkansans 2018 | Arkansas Times
Arkansas Times | December 14, 2018
Inspired men and women who are making great things happen. #viz18_nav {display:none;}div.storyHead {padding-left:0} Benito Lubazibwa Brandon Markin Jared Henderson Lorenzo Lewis Project REACH Steve Arrison Stacey McAdoo Chrissy Chatham Kim Lan...
Former Northwest Arkansas police chief arrested on evidence tampering, drug charges | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
State police arrested former Lincoln Police Chief Brian Key on Thursday in connection with drug-related offenses.
I-630 job to close lanes on weekend | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Work on an $87.4 million project to widen a section of Interstate 630 in west Little Rock will severely restrict traffic on the route this weekend.
Scientists to get $75,000 grants | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Five researchers at state universities are each getting $75,000 grants from the Arkansas Research Alliance under its program to support world-class researchers whose work strengthens the state's competitiveness, officials said Thursday.
Driver for cop killer from Arkansas won't face aggravated murder charge | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
SEATTLE — The man who was the getaway driver for a gunman from Arkansas who killed four Washington state police officers in 2009 will not face aggravated murder charges at his second trial, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, though he might still spend the rest of his life in prison if c...
'Meant to be' at Lucie's Place | Arkansas Times
Arkansas Times | December 14, 2018
Rev. Johnette Fitzjohn succeeds founder Penelope Poppers as executive director. Rev. Johnette Fitzjohn, a native of Liberia with decades of experience in pastoral ministry and social service work, is the new executive director of Lucie's Place, the Lit...
PHOTOS: Little Rock School District bus crashes into home | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
A Little Rock School District bus crashed into a residence on West 33rd Street Thursday afternoon.
Arkansas Times | December 14, 2018
After many years of faithful service, it seems as if the transmission in Black Phillip — our trusty 2006 Honda CRV — is in the process of giving up the ghost. After many years of faithful service, it seems as if the transmission in Black Phillip — our trusty 2006 Honda...
Arkansas Times | December 14, 2018
Also, Quapaw closer to running Pine Bluff casino and student newspaper stifled. DYS director to new role Betty Guhman, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Youth Services, announced she would leave her position to advocate at the legislature on...
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
A 28-year-old employee of a Dollar Tree in Little Rock was robbed at gunpoint on Thursday night when he tried to deposit the store's cash at a bank across the street from UAMS Medical Center, police said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Morrilton city officials are considering building a “Little Dam Bridge” that would cross the Arkansas River and connect Petit Jean State Park to Morrilton, the mayor said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
Two plaintiffs joined an existing lawsuit against the Arkansas and national sects of the Boy Scouts, stating that the organizations knowingly allowed their scout leader to sexually abuse them.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | December 14, 2018
A Crawford County Sheriff's deputy was fired Monday after he crashed his personal vehicle while intoxicated, authorities said.