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  • Arizona Official In Human Smuggling Case Seeks To Keep Seat

    An Arizona elected official accused of paying women from a poor Pacific island nation to give their babies up for adoption in the United States made an appeal Wednesday to keep his job. Lawyers for Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen told the county Board of Supervisors that he did not neglect his duties in office despite spending three weeks in jail before he was able to post bond. Peterson didn’t attend the hearing. The supervisors voted unanimously in October to […]

  • Arkansas Surgical Hospital Receives 2019 Press Ganey Guardian Of Excellence Award For Patient Experience

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The nationally recognized award honors top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above in performance in Patient Experience. Presented annually, the award names clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year. The 2019 award recipients were honored at the Press Ganey National Client Conference in Orlando, Florida, on November 18. According to Carrie Helm, the […]

  • Judge Denies UA Students’ Appeal To Vaccination Policy

    (AP) — A judge has denied two University of Arkansas students’ request to block a public health decree that has barred them from attending classes during a mumps outbreak because they don’t have the proper vaccinations. The Arkansas Department of Health issued a public health directive Nov. 22 that said students who do not have the proper measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations must be vaccinated immediately or be excluded from classes for at least 26 days. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports […]

  • Jersey City’s Mayor Says Gunmen Targeted Jewish Market

    NEW JERSEY (AP) — The mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, says the gunmen in a furious firefight that left six people dead clearly targeted a Jewish market. A day after the bloodshed, there are growing suspicions it was an anti-Semitic attack. Two of the victims have been identified by members of the Orthodox Jewish community as Mindel Ferencz, who with her husband owned the grocery, and 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn who happened to be shopping […]

  • Springdale Woman Gets 40 Years In Prison In Plot To Kill Judge

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A northwestern Arkansas woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill a judge and another man in exchange for thousands of dollars in electronics and art. Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green sentenced Dorris Jenkins, 38, on Monday (Dec. 9) after the Springdale woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit capital murder, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Jenkins also faces a 10-year prison sentence for pleading guilty to […]

  • Multiple Killed In New Jersey Shooting, Including An Officer

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (KFSM) — A police officer and multiple others have been killed in a shooting in Jersey City that authorities say is not believed to have been a terrorist attack. Mayor Steven Fulop says one officer was pronounced dead at a hospital and multiple other people were found dead at the scene. He says a second officer was struck in the shoulder by gunfire, and two others were injured by shrapnel. A statement from the Archdiocese of Newark […]

  • Police: Conway Officer On Leave Accidentally Shoots Man, 18

    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A Conway police officer who is on military leave inadvertently shot an 18-year-old man when his gun accidentally discharged, authorities said. The officer was preparing to clean a gun when it discharged Friday, striking the teenager, Conway Police Department spokeswoman LaTresha Woodruff said. Authorities said the teen’s injuries aren’t life-threatening. The officer’s name has not been released. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told the Log Cabin Democrat that the 18-year-old was struck once by gunfire. An investigative […]

  • Ex-Lawmaker’s Family Confident In Case Despite Recusals

    ARKANSAS (AP) — The family of a former Arkansas lawmaker found dead outside her home are confident in how the case against her accused killer is being handled, even though the prosecutor and judge have been replaced in recent weeks. The prosecutor handling the case against Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell asked to be recused from the case last week. O’Donnell is charged with capital murder in the death of Linda Collins, who was found dead outside her northeast Arkansas home in […]

  • Investigators Find No Evidence Assessor Neglected Duties

    (AP) — Investigators have found no evidence an Arizona official neglected his duties after he was charged with running an adoption-fraud scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands. The Arizona Capitol Times reported Thursday that the investigators have said it is up to county supervisors to determine if Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen’s refusal to cooperate in the investigation and his alleged misuse of county resources constitute neglect. Petersen is accused of smuggling and paying pregnant women from the small […]

  • Arkansas Couple Facing Charges After Hiding Corpse In Home

    (AP) — A Texarkana, Arkansas, couple is facing charges after police discovered a skeletonized corpse that might have been inside one of their homes for the past two years. Tony Ken Hooker, 63, and Debbie Sue Himes, 55, have each been charged with abuse of a corpse after what is believed to be the body of Himes’ sister, Christy Himes, was found Oct. 2. Texarkana police discovered the remains in connection with the arrest of Hooker on allegations of sexual […]

  • Arkansas Birth Rate Lowest In Nearly Two Decades

    (AP) — According to health officials, people in Arkansas are having fewer babies. KATV reports the Arkansas Department of Health says the state last year had its lowest birth rate in at least 19 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports birth rates in the U.S. have hit a record low and Arkansas is seeing a similar trend. Dr. William Greenfield, with the Arkansas Department of Health, tells the Little Rock television station he’s not worried because it […]

  • 2 Arkansas Air Ambulance Bases Close After Lawsuit Is Tossed

    (AP) — Two Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Arkansas have closed after a federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of the company’s lawsuit seeking higher rates for medical flights. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported the company could not maintain the bases in Morrilton and Paragould, since the reimbursements for a trip do not come close to covering the actual cost of a flight. The federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of the lawsuit on grounds that the company didn’t have standing […]

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