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    County plans to track kids’ offense rates

    Pulaski County youth advocates will track whether children stay out of trouble after getting entangled in the juvenile justice system — a change they say will offer insight on how to help at-risk kids and spend public dollars more wisely. Most juvenile courts across Arkansas lack a standard way to measure youthful repeat offenders, which makes it difficult to ascertain the success of court-prescribed services, such as juvenile probation, mediation, teen court and other alternative programs. But for Pulaski County, that changed Monday when people involved with the county’s juvenile justice system agreed to define youth recidivism and to begin formally tracking it. Now, in order to be considered a…

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    Jones lifts Arkansas past Providence 84-72 in NIT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Mason Jones had 18 points and Reggie Chaney posted 14 points and seven blocks as Arkansas defeated Providence 84-72 in the NIT first round on Tuesday night. Jones made 4 of 6 3-pointers. Isaiah Joe had 12 points for Arkansas (18-15). Gabe Osabuohien added 11 points and eight rebounds. Maliek White had 19 points for the Friars (18-16). Nate Watson added 15 points. Alpha Diallo had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six steals. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This…

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    Arkansas’ Gafford declares for NBA draft, won’t play in NIT

    Arkansas' Gafford declares for NBA draft, won't play in NIT

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford has declared for the NBA draft and will not play in the NIT, where the Razorbacks faced Providence on Tuesday night. Coach Mike Anderson said Monday he supports Gafford’s decision and believes he will be a first-round draft pick. Gafford, a 6-foot-11 first-team all-SEC pick, could have left last year but returned to Arkansas. His decision to skip the NIT follows a trend set by football players who sit out bowl games that aren’t part of the playoffs so they don’t risk an injury that could affect their draft position. Gafford was the only player in the SEC to rank among the…

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    Arkansas Senate approves Down syndrome abortion ban

    Arkansas Senate approves Down syndrome abortion ban

    The Arkansas Senate has approved a measure prohibiting doctors from performing abortions because of a Down syndrome diagnosis, the latest restriction on the procedure that’s advancing in the majority-Republican Legislature. The Senate on Wednesday approved by a 29-2 vote the bill, which prohibits doctors from performing abortions if they know the procedure is being sought solely because of the diagnosis. The measure now heads to the House. North Dakota has a similar law in effect prohibiting abortion for genetic anomaly, including Down syndrome. Kentucky’s governor this week signed a measure into law banning abortion because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus. The proposal is among several abortion restrictions moving through the…

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    Springtime heralds the arrival of Arkansas festivals. Here’s a look at 10 set for the coming weeks:

    Springtime heralds the arrival of Arkansas festivals. Here's a look at 10 set for the coming weeks:

    Arkansas festivals blossom in the spring, with a few actually focusing on floral blooms. But other themes of these fun-filled events vary widely, from gumbo and railroading to old-time radio and herds of elk. Here’s a sampler of this year’s vernal potpourri. The communities staging the festivals take pride in sharing their particular allures, and visitors from around the state are welcome to join in the jollity. Admission to festival grounds is free in most cases. • Kite Festival, Eureka Springs, Saturday. It’s normally an insult to shout, “Go fly a kite!” On Saturday, however, it’ll be a cheerful call-out to let spring breezes carry kites aloft at Turpentine Creek…

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    Tax measure narrowly gets Arkansas Senate’s OK

    Tax measure narrowly gets Arkansas Senate's OK

    The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved legislation that would provide about $97 million a year in income tax cuts targeted largely for low- and moderate-income Arkansans, paid for by tax increases on tobacco products. The Senate voted 18-14 to approve Senate Bill 571 by Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs. Eighteen votes were required for the bill’s approval in the 35-member Senate. The legislation would achieve the income tax cut by creating a refundable state earned income tax credit; increasing the standard deduction; and eliminating a bracket in the tax table for people with incomes up to $22,200 a year. The bill also would levy a special…

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    Arkansas Senate approves tobacco tax increases for tax cuts

    Arkansas Senate approves tobacco tax increases for tax cuts

    Andrew Demillo, Associated Press Updated 3:53 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate narrowly approved a $100 million plan Wednesday to raise taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes to pay for a package of tax cuts for low- and middle-income residents, sending it to the House where it faces an uncertain future The Senate on approved by a 18-14 vote the proposal backed by Republican Senate President Jim Hendren and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The bill calls for increasing taxes on cigarettes and making e-cigarette products subject to the same taxes as tobacco products. It uses the revenue to pay for an income tax…

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    No. 9 Texas completes another comeback to beat No. 11 Arkansas, 7-6

    No. 9 Texas completes another comeback to beat No. 11 Arkansas, 7-6

    The baseball gods believe in karma. From horns down to photoshopped images suggesting that Texas Longhorns baseball is nothing more than Roger Clemens and his sons playing on the Forty Acres, the Arkansas Razorbacks paid the price on Wednesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in a 7-6 comeback victory for the Horns that featured five unanswered runs by the home team to end a five-game losing streak. Perhaps the echoes of six national championships for Texas reverberated through the generous confines in Austin and spurred head coach David Pierce’s team to the win. Perhaps the aggressive grunts of the visiting swine simply echoed into the void that approximates the number of…

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    Arkansas governor signs a ‘truth in labeling’ bill

    Arkansas governor signs a 'truth in labeling' bill

    Updated 2:03 pm CDT, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Food manufacturers will soon have to comply with “truth in labeling” legislation that aims to protect Arkansas’ meat and rice producers from outlets who, the bill’s sponsor says, mislead consumers into thinking their products are something they are not. The measure signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson Monday bans companies from classifying lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat, and prevents manufacturers from marketing “cauliflower rice” if the product contains no rice. Arkansas is the nation’s top rice-producing state. “This law only affects people who want to deceive the public about how their food originated,” bill sponsor Rep.…

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    Counting On’s Josh and Anna Duggar put their Arkansas home on the market

    Counting On's Josh and Anna Duggar put their Arkansas home on the market

    Counting On couple Josh and Anna Duggar are putting their Arkansas home on the market. Josh, Anna and their five kids are now ready to move on from the 3000 square foot Siloam Springs property they’ve called home since 2015, according to Radar. The Duggars, who are known for the TLC reality shows about their substantial family, is expecting to turn quite the profit, as they originally snagged their spot for a mere $55k. Moving on: Josh and Anna Duggar have put their Arkansas home on the market. The couple are seen in 2015 above Home, sweet home: The Counting On couple and their five kids have called the 3000 square…

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    Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag fails again

    Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag fails again

    By Andrew Demillo | AP March 20 at 6:23 PM LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state’s flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor. The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas’ flag, but to remove language that describes a blue star above Arkansas’ name on the flag as representing the Confederate States of America. Instead, that star would represent the United States of America and a blue star currently representing the U.S. would represent Native American nations. The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs…

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    The Latest: Arkansas governor certain flag bill will return

    The Latest: Arkansas governor certain flag bill will return

    By Associated Press March 20 at 4:01 PM LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Latest on efforts to remove the Confederate link from Arkansas’ state flag (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Arkansas’ governor says he’s certain a proposal to remove the Confederate link from the state’s flag will come back up in future legislative sessions. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he continues to support a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state’s flag that currently represents the Confederacy. The bill failed before a House committee for a second time Wednesday morning. Hutchinson said he hopes that someday Arkansas will have a flag with symbolism that unites…