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Softball fields put on hold in Springdale's new park lineup

Feb. 17, 2019 1:07 AM EST

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Members of the Planning Commission were all business recently, but they approved plans for the city's new playground. They voted 7-0 to accept the plans for Shaw Family Park in the northwest quadrant of the city. "But there are a few changes to adjust for cost," Mayor Doug Sprouse...

McCausland gets renovated City Hall from Iowa grant program

Feb. 17, 2019 1:07 AM EST

MCCAUSLAND, Iowa (AP) — A vacant, century-old bank building in McCausland could have been left to further deteriorate or meet the wrecking ball had it not been for a state grant program and a community's determination. Built in 1916, the former McCausland Savings Bank was the city's last remaining original...

Mountain Home Fire Department to receive first brush truck

Feb. 17, 2019 1:07 AM EST

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The city of Mountain Home now owns a brush truck, thanks in part due to the recently instituted Public Safety Tax and the Mountain Home Rural Fire Protection District. The truck is a brand new 2019 Ford F350 extended cab truck with custom outfitting by WildFire out of Alvarado,...

Des Moines plans to spend $60M on sidewalks over 20 years

Feb. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A path of flattened grass stretches across Thorin King's front yard on a busy stretch of East Euclid Avenue. With no sidewalks on either side of the street, the 45-year-old father of four said neighbors walk across his yard to reach Hy-Vee and other nearby businesses. That could...

Scottsbluff to begin second community solar project

Feb. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EST

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Nearly two years ago, the Nebraska Public Power District embarked on a 128-kilowatt solar array, located at its office in Scottsbluff. When the project went live, the created renewable energy was sent to the electric grid. The Scottsbluff project sold out within days of launch in...

Controversial algorithms help decide who stays in jail

Feb. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Eddie Armstrong had been sitting in the Dane County Jail for nearly two weeks when a judge set him free to await trial. His release was based in part on computer-generated scores that rated Armstrong's likelihood to return to court as fair and predicted he had a good chance of not...

Lawmakers to talk presumptive probation, campus free speech

Feb. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers plan to take up bills this week to end presumptive probation, promote "intellectual diversity" on college campuses and target an activities association policy for transgender student athletes. Here's a look at the agenda after lawmakers return Tuesday to the...

Key moments in actor Jussie Smollett's Chicago attack

Feb. 17, 2019 1:00 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 29 —Jussie Smollett tells Chicago police he was physically attacked by two men in downtown...

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

Feb. 17, 2019 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats has died, a colleague said Saturday night. He was 68. Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke. That's...

4 dead after Mississippi hostage standoff, shooting

Feb. 16, 2019 10:41 PM EST

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and a suspect is in custody after a domestic dispute in Mississippi led to a fatal hostage standoff. Clinton city spokesman Mark Jones says the incident began about 2:30 a.m. Saturday inside a Clinton home and lasted for about 12 hours. Jones says...