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Stone County Jail inmate found dead

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A Stone County Jail inmate was found dead in his cell Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Josh Henry, 32, of Mountain View had been incarcerated since Dec. 4 of this year, according to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office. Henry was incarcerated on felony charges which stemmed...

Cleburne County, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force announce largest round-up in county after meth investigation

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UPDATE, 7:45 p.m., June 17, 2019: A list of those arrested has been released. Click here for more from White River Now. Authorities with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force announced the distribution of arrest warrants for 40...

WATCH: Spring River sinkhole repaired, according to state commissioner

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A sinkhole that opened in the Spring River near Hardy last month has been closed, according to Commissioner of State Lands (COSL) John Thurston. The Commissioner of State Lands office, alongside the Attorney General’s office, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Geological Survey, ArDOT, the...

Feds sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

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The Associated Press reports the Justice Department is suing Walmart, alleging the company unlawfully dispensed controlled substances through its pharmacies, helping to fuel the opioid crisis in America. The civil complaint being filed Tuesday points to the role Walmart’s pharmacies may have played in the...

Arkansas State Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Shirley

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Arkansas State Police have shared in a press release information regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday night in Van Buren county. William Beck, 41, of Shirley died Sunday evening during a reported exchange of gunfire with Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies. Authorities with the Van...

Gary B.: Area leaders recognized in Arkansas Business list of ‘Most Influential’

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In a special supplement to Arkansas Business magazine’s Nov. 4 edition, some area leaders were recognized among Arkansas’ 250 Most Influential Leaders. Citizens Bank, under CEO Phillip N. Baldwin, was the winner of the American Bankers Association Community & Economic Development Award. Citizens Bank was...

Dem-Gaz: Arkansas VA won’t prescribe or pay for medical marijuana despite state legalization

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Even though Arkansas voters have approved the sale of medical marijuana, doctors at the state VA will not be able to prescribe nor will the VA pay for the drug for veterans. Click here for the article from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

More than 4,000 Arkansas health workers get virus vaccine

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says more than 4,000 Arkansas health care workers have been vaccinated with the state’s initial allotment of the vaccine to combat the coronavirus pandemic. During his weekly radio address, Hutchinson said he expects the number of people...

State Capitol Week in Review from Sen. James Sturch

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Last year 426 Arkansas residents died from a drug overdose, according to death certificates filed with the state Health Department. That is an increase in fatal drug overdoses from 2017, when 417 people in Arkansas died from drugs. The data is from the most recent...

Hispanic population fastest growing segment of Independence County, according to WRPDD stats

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The fastest growing segment of Independence County’s population is Hispanic, according to stats from the White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD). The Hispanic population now stands at 5.8% of the county’s numbers. There are 37,592 residents of Independence County. Ninety-one point nine percent are...

Body of Jonesboro man found in flood waters near Elgin

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Authorities found the body of an elderly man in the flood waters of the Black River over the weekend. The man, Loyd Cockrell, 76, had been traveling to Batesville on State Highway 37 Friday to make a delivery. Cockrell's last reported location was near Elgin, according to...