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  • Trump struggles to win Obamacare repeal
    U.S. President Donald Trump made a final push on Thursday to win over skeptical members of his own Republican Party to begin dismantling Obamacare. Fred Katayama reports.
  • ISIS claims responsibility for London attack, suspect British-born
    The terror suspect, who killed three people and injured 40 more in London, was a "soldier of the Islamic State." The Islamic State claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack, its A’maq news agency reported. PM Theresa May said the attacker May
  • 7 arrested in anti-terror raids after deadly London terror attack
    At least seven people have been arrested in anti-terror raids following the terror attack in London, which left three people dead and 40 more injured. Police initially said five people were killed in the attack, Britain's counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley said seven people were arrested at six different addresses in London and Birmingham. While Rowley confirmed the identity No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack and the police believe the terrorist acted alone.
  • UK media mistakenly names jailed man as London terrorist
    Several news organizations misidentified Abu Izzadeen as the London terror suspect on Wednesday, only to find out he is still in jail. The UK's Channel 4 and The Independent claimed Izzadeen, a radical Mulsim cleric, was responsible for the attacks in Westminster. But an ABC producer debunked those claims as Izzadeen is still in jail. Izzadeen, who was formerly known as Trevor Brooks, was jailed for two years in January 2016 for breaching the Terrorism Act by leaving UK illegally. In 2008, Izzadeen was sentenced for four and a half years for inciting terrorism.
  • Team USA Wins World Baseball Classic
    Marcus Stroman tossed six hitless innings, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the U.S. routed Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries. Stroman won the tournament MVP. (March 23)
  • US Probing Offshore Bank Activity of Manafort
    U.S. Treasury Department agents have obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of an anti-corruption probe into his work, The AP has learned. (March 23)
  • WH: Intel Chair to Brief Trump on 'Monitoring'
    The White House says the chairman of the House intelligence committee will brief President Donald Trump on the possible monitoring of Trump associates. (March 22)
  • White House Condemns London Attack
    The White House says US President Donald Trump has been briefed on a gun and knife incident at Britain's Parliament in London. (March 22)
  • 'I witnessed people flying off. It was horrible'
    Here's how the attack in Westminster unfolded through the eyes of the people that saw it.
  • London police confirm casualties in Westminster attack
    London's Metropolitan Police make a statement on the attack outside parliament, confirming there were several casualties. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
  • London terror attack leaves at least one dead, several injured
    A woman has died on Westminster Bridge in central London in what police are treating as a terrorist incident, after a car mowed down at least five people. A few blocks away, a police officer was stabbed outside the Houses of Parliament. His assailant was shot by law enforcement, Commons Leader David Lidington told the BBC. The House of Commons session was suspended Two people have allegedly been arrested.
  • One Dead, Dozen Injured in London Attack
    A doctor says a woman has died and about a dozen hurt after a car hit pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, near the British Parliament. Police say they are also treating a gun and knife incident "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise." (March 22)
Wildcats drop conference game to Brookland (03/23/17)
Trumann (2-6) led early but a six run second inning by Brookland was to much to overcome as he Wildcats lost 14-5 this past Monday in Trumann. The Bearcats took a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning only to see Trumann plate two runs in the bottom half of the first inning. ...
Lady Warriors beat Newport to win title at Blast (03/23/17)
EPC (4-4) scored runs in all four innings on their way to an 8-4 win over Newport to take the championship trophy in the White Division this past Saturday in the Bearcat Blast at Southside Softball Complex. Newport got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. ...
Lady Indians beat Hoxie in tournament play (03/23/17)
Marked Tree' Naysha Moore scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Lady Indians a 4-3 win over the Lady Mustang this past Saturday in second round play of the Bearcat Blast being played in Jonesboro. Marked Tree lost their opening round game 16-0 to Brookland this past Friday night...
Craig tosses perfect game in Bearcat Blast opener (03/23/17)
Hannah Criag faced the minimum nine batters during the Lady Wildcats' 15-0 opening round win over Forrest City during tournament action this past weekend at the Southside Softball Complex in Jonesboro. Craig struck out the side in the top of the first inning as the Lady Wildcats scored one run in the bottom half of the inning. ...
Smith tosses shutout against Marked Tree (03/23/17)
Nolan Smith allowed only one hit to Marked Tree in a complete game effort as Bay pounded out 13 hits on their way to an 8-0 win last Thursday in Bay. Smith retired Marked Tree in order in the top of the first inning as Kentarius Allen struck out as Aaron Hutchens and Gavin Lowry both grounded out. ...
Trumann city council to amend no smoking ordinance (03/18/17)
The Trumann City Council had their monthly meeting this past Tuesday at the courthouse of the justice complex. The biggest issue of the night was the second reading of the no smoking ordinance on select city-owned properties. After Mayor Barbara Lewallen read the ordinance, alderman Charles Goza asked that a smoking area be established at these locations. ...
Marked Tree council approves using portion of sales tax for cleanup (03/18/17)
The Marked Tree City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that would use a portion of the city's current one cent sales to clean up dilapidated houses. Last month, the council had discussed the possibility. The language on the ballot for the one cent sales tax that was approved by voters stated that 12.5 percent of the tax would be used "for the purpose of funding and promoting industrial development and industrial development projects to stimulate the local economy." The ordinance states that a portion of that 12.5 percent will be used for cleaning up the community by tearing down vacant, dilapidated houses to make the property "available to build new housing therefore increasing or maintaining the population for a valuable workforce" as well as to make the community "more attractive for industry prospects.". ...
Tyronza losing police chief (03/18/17)
Tyronza Police Chief Tony Turner announced to the city council Tuesday night that he had turned in his resignation effective March 31. According to Mayor Charles Glover, Turner had gotten a good opportunity he is pursuing. Turner said he would still be in town and would be available in his free time to help out. "I've come to the point in my life where it was time to make a decision," Turner told the council. "Most of it was a family decision."...
Quorum Court worried about condition of courthouse (03/18/17)
The Poinsett County Quorum Court held their monthly meeting this past Monday at the Annex Building in Harrisburg. The condition of the county courthouse was the main issue discussed. After a brief discussion about the tour of the county detention center, the focus turned quickly to the county courthouse. ...
Awards presented at Marked Tree Chamber banquet (03/17/17)
Several awards were given out during the Marked Tree Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet. Among them, Police Chief Michael Matlock was named Police Officer of the Year. "I've done my best to be a bridge builder," Matlock said. "I try to bring people together and be a voice for those who can't speak."...
Waymire gives update about Trumann High School (03/17/17)
Trumann High School Principal Michelle Waymire was on hand to speak to the Trumann Lions Club about some things that are going on at the high school last Wednesday at the club's weekly meeting. Assistant Principal Reilee Jones was also at the meeting...
Lady Yellowjackets win first ever state basketball title (03/17/17)
The Bay Lady Yellowjackets (33-9) made school history last Thursday evening in Hot Springs winning the first ever girls' basketball state title for the school. The Lady 'Jackets downed Wonderview (38-5) 40-35. Wonderview got back to back from Faith Byers on an inside basket and a steal and lay-up to take an early 4-0 lead. ...
Indians fall to Earle in 2A state championship game (03/17/17)
Marked Tree (28-12) made it further than anybody thought they would this basketball season. The Indians squared off against Earle (30-5) in the state title match last Thursday in Hot Springs. The teams split their regular season games but Earle won the biggest as they defeated Marked Tree 81-62 for their second title in a row...
Linda Fraser (03/16/17)
WYNNE - Mrs. Linda Diane Fraser departed this life Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Wynne at the age of 66. Mrs. Fraser was born September 17, 1950 in Jonesboro, Ark. to Frank W. Young and Pearl M. Tiger Young. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith...
Lou Harlan (03/16/17)
TRUMANN - Mrs. Mary Louise "Lou" Harlan departed this life Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Jonesboro, Ark. at the age of 91. She was born Thursday, September 17, 1925 in Lunsford, Ark. and had lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. Mrs. Harlan was a retired school teacher from the Trumann School District and a very active member of First Baptist Church for 65 years. ...
Vernon Wilson (03/16/17)
TRUMANN - Mr. Vernon Autry Wilson of Trumann departed this life on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 76. Mr. Wilson was born Sunday, June 9, 1940 in Senath, Mo. and lived most of his life in Trumann. ...
Ed Richardson (03/16/17)
TRUMANN - Mr. Edward Lee "Ed" Richardson of Trumann departed this life on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark. at the age of 77. He was born Friday, December 29, 1939 in Landis, Ark., and had lived in Trumann since 1970. He was a retired elementary principal for the Trumann School District and a member of the First Baptist Church in Trumann. He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, and his parents, Ezra Coy and Delphia Massey Richardson...
Ron Heard (03/16/17)
TAMPA, FLA - Mr. Ron Heard departed this life on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Florida Hospital of Tampa at the age of 68. He was born Tuesday, December 21, 1948 in Jonesboro and lived in Tampa, Fla. since 1975 and was formerly of Trumann. Mr. Heard graduated Central High School in 1966 and Arkansas State University in 1971. ...
Daniel Hellums (03/16/17)
TRUMANN - Mr. Daniel Franklin Hellums of Trumann departed this life Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 48. He was born Sunday, February 9, 1969 in Osecola, Ark., and lived most of his lifetime in Trumann, Ark. He was a tree trimmer and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Hellums was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Sweenie Hellums...
Randy Isbell (03/16/17)
CARTERSVILLE, GA. - Mr. Randy Isbell departed this life Monday, March 6, 2017 in Cartersville, Ga. at the age of 60. Mr. Isbell was born July 5, 1956 in Turrell, Ark. Mr. Isbell was a retired factory worker, Cass High School Booster Club President, competed in the Jack Daniels Invitational World Cook-Off in 2015 and was the creator of Steel Kookin BBQ Sauce and Catering. He also won nunerous awards for the BBQ sauce and pulled pork. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard...
Bobbye Lunsford (03/16/17)
CARAWAY - Mrs. Bobbye Jean Lunsford departed this life Monday March 6, 2017 in Caraway at the age of 76. Mrs. Lunsford was born December 31, 1940 in Osceola, Ark. Mrs. Lunsford was retired from Viskase Corp. and was a member of the Keiser Full Gospel...
Monroe Love (03/16/17)
EARLE - Mr. Monroe Love departed this life Friday, March 3, 2017 in Memphis, Tenn. at the age of 58. Mr. Love was born January 19, 1959 in Marked Tree, Ark. He was a factory worker and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Love is survived by two daughters, Cherelle Love of Marked Tree and Christy Ramey of Port Hueneme, Cal.; one sister, Letha (Steve) Atwater of Brookville, Md.; five brothers, Malcolm Love of Marked Tree, Clarence (Sharon) Love of Oceanside, Cal., robert (Toni) Love of Detroit, Mich., Willie Hendrix of Marked Tree and R.C. ...
Lady Indians open softball season with win (03/10/17)
Harley Daniels struck out 13 batters as Marked Tree (1-0) withstood a seventh-inning rally from Palestine-Wheatly to post a 6-3 win their season opener in Marked Tree. The Lady Patriots took advantage of a walk, hit batter and an error to plate a run in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. ...
Aea sports roundup (03/10/17)
The Harrisburg Lady Hornets (1-1-1) topped Riverside 19-6 in high school softball action this past Tuesday in Lake City. Ansley Wixson led Harrisburg with five hits and three RBIs. Keely Curtis had four hits and two RBIs, Jessica Webb had three hits and three RBIS, Melanie Jackson had two hits and a RBI, Starr Carter had two hits, Jehlian Wright had two RBIs as Sidney McMullin and Caitlyn Adams each had a RBI...
Bay Lady Yellowjackets headed to state finals; boys ousted (03/10/17)
The 1A state basketball tournament brought highs and lows for Bay basketball last week. The high was the Bay Lady Yellowjackets (32-9) punching their ticket for the girls' finals becoming the first girls team from Bay to make the finals. The low was the Yellowjackets (26-14) falling to Marvell 74-51 in the second round dashing all hopes of a three-peat state championship...
National Headlines
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):...
  • Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States....
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  • White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails....
  • South Korean divers remove dangling ramp from sunken ferry
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean efforts to bring a sunken, 6,800-ton ferry back to land cleared an obstacle on Friday after divers cut off a vehicle ramp that had been dangling from the ship and hindering efforts to raise it....
  • Iraqi-American composer musically translates wartime letters
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Rahim AlHaj cried every time he read the letters of eight Iraqis sharing personal, harrowing tales of love, loss and hope in wartime since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Rather than retreat, the Iraqi-American composer and musician immersed himself in the stories and emerged with a collection of songs to illustrate them....
  • Utah getting toughest drunken driving limit in the US
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism....
  • Analysis: Trump the dealmaker struggles to seal the deal
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  • Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate
    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America....
  • London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52
    LONDON (AP) -- Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism - but was not currently on a terrorism watch list....