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Inmates who rappelled out of Arkansas jail back in custody

Dec. 28, 2021 08:52 AM EST

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Authorities said they're investigating the Christmas Eve escape of two inmates who used a water hose to rappel down the side of a western Arkansas jail. Jeremiah Slavens, 39, of Fort Smith, and Dustin Smith, 36, of Muldrow, Okla., escaped Friday from the...

Police: Body of man killed in Arkansas found in Missouri

Nov. 30, 2021 15:22 PM EST

SELIGMAN, Mo. (AP) — Police say the body of a man killed in northwestern Arkansas was found last week in southwestern Missouri, and two suspects in the case were later arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Officers called to an apartment unit in Springdale, Arkansas, on Nov. 23...

Grand jury indicts Arkansas man in $100 million fraud case

Nov. 03, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

LAVACA, Ark. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a western Arkansas man on health care fraud charges, alleging he made false billings of more than $100 million for drug and COVID-19 testing at laboratories he owns or manages. Billy Joe Taylor, 42, of Lavaca, near...

Longtime AP Oklahoma Capitol correspondent Ron Jenkins dies

Nov. 01, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Longtime Associated Press Oklahoma Capitol correspondent Ron Jenkins has died at age 77. Jenkins died Oct. 5 at his home in Choctaw, Oklahoma, of complications related to dementia, according to a statement from Asa Smith Funeral Service in Harrah,...