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Arkansas House voting on bid to oust lawmaker in October

Sep. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House will meet next month to consider whether to remove a lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes. House officials announced Tuesday the chamber will meet Oct. 11 on the resolution calling for removal of Republican Rep. Mickey Gates. He was...

Texas man arrested in threat to kill stepson, classmates

Sep. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who was jailed for fighting with his 16-year-old stepson is accused of threatening to kill all the students at the Arkansas high school the teen attends, causing multiple lockdowns on campus. Police in Austin, Texas, arrested Patrick Pleasant last Thursday and charged him...

Arkansas Senate leader proposes new vaping tax, regulations

Sep. 16, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Senate president on Monday proposed a new tax and regulations on vaping products, and said he hopes the governor will call lawmakers back to the Capitol to take up the issue. Republican Sen. Jim Hendren proposed the legislation in response to concerns about a rise in...

Former Arkansas National Guard head running for state House

Sep. 16, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The former commander of the Arkansas National Guard says he's running for a seat in the state Legislature. Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Berry on Monday announced he's seeking the Republican nomination next year for the state House District 82 seat currently held by GOP Rep. Sarah Capp....

Walton Family Foundation names Caryl Stern as new director

Sep. 16, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A longtime advocate for civil and children's rights has been hired to head the nonprofit established by the family of Walmart's founder. The Walton Family Foundation on Monday announced that Caryl M. Stern will become its executive director in January 2020. Stern has more than 30...

Mercy neurosurgeons bringing back 24-hour care in Fort Smith

Sep. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Fort Smith region once again has 24-hour neurosurgery care after the early August arrival of Drs. Kenneth and Kate Czerniecka-Foxx from New York. In their first couple of weeks on the job, the husband-wife neurosurgeon team at Mercy Fort Smith have performed about 30 surgeries...

Jonesboro school using yoga to help students learn to read

Sep. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — As kindergarteners begin to learn how to read, it's important the pupils begin to learn about body and space relationships. Jonesboro Kindergarten Center Principal Becky Shannon said research shows students need activities like standing on one foot to help teach them not only balance...

Police say 1 dead, 1 injured in Little Rock shooting

Sep. 15, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in Little Rock say one person is dead and a second person is wounded following an early-morning shooting. Authorities say officers responding to reports of gunfire in a commercial area of the city about 2:30 a.m. Sunday found 29-year-old Emmanuel Cooper with multiple gunshot...

Man seeks out his mural before demolition of Arkansas school

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Jacksonville High School alumnus is hoping to get a look at a mural he painted there in 1978, but he may never get the chance because the school is currently being demolished. Troy Heron, who graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1979, said he has tried calling school...

Blackman, Central Arkansas beat Abilene Christian 31-30

Sep. 15, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Carlos Blackman scored two touchdowns, including a 3-yard run to give Central Arkansas its first lead with 1:30 to play, and the Bears beat Abilene Christian 31-30 on Saturday night. Blackman finished with eight carries for 16 yards and added a career-high 12 receptions for 82 yards and...