LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved full casino licenses for a Hot Springs horse-racing track and a greyhound track in western Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas race tracks could be one step closer to being officially licensed for casino gambling at an upcoming state racing commission meeting.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — It was a caper Scarface might have sanctioned ... until they dropped him and got collared.
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Omaha Beach beats Game Winner in Rebel 2nd division
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Omaha Beach edged 1-2 favorite Game Winner on Saturday in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn after Long Range Toddy staged a neck upset in the...
Students hold a mock trial in new diversion program
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Teen Court, the latest diversion program introduced to the juvenile court system, held its first mock trial on a recent February night in preparation for the actual...
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Leaders in Hot Springs are taking suggestions for the redevelopment of the former Majestic Hotel site, which was ravaged by fire five years ago.
National Park College works with SAU to offer 4-year degrees
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A community college in Hot Springs is teaming up with a university in south Arkansas to offer bachelor's degrees to students beginning this fall.
Death penalty waived in Hot Springs triple slaying
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Court documents show that prosecutors have waived the death penalty as a sentencing option for a Hot Springs man accused of fatally shooting three people in 2017.
National Park College to prioritize student, community needs
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Being a community college all comes back to what the students and community need, National Park College President John Hogan said recently.
Hogan, speaking to Oaklawn Rotary Club's regular weekly meeting at The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa, updated Rotarians on Phase One of the college's master plan, which is well under way.
Subsidy permits CCMC to offer dental care to the uninsured
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic hosted an open house recently to celebrate its newly updated oral hygiene program thanks to a $10,000 grant from Delta Dental and the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation.
Pocket Community Theatre rebounds after multiple burglaries
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — After a string of burglaries threatened to freeze the Christmas production at the Pocket Community Theatre, volunteers and donors stepped up to ensure the show went on, and now the newly elected board president hopes to keep the momentum going for the rest of 2019.
Hand-sewn stuffed animals console traumatized kids
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — For children at the site of tragedies and traumas, not much is certain, but many in the Hot Springs area will have a plush friend to help them through the tough times thanks to the ER Toys program via the Women's Welcome Club of Hot Springs.
Arkansas sheriff’s marine patrol struggles with funding
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Maintaining boats and equipment donated to the Garland County Sheriff's Department's marine patrol is becoming more cost prohibitive with each passing summer since the nonprofit that purchased them dissolved in early 2014, Sheriff Mike McCormick told the Garland County Quorum Court in October.
Arkansas students build donation box with 3D printer
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Two Lakeside Middle School students used a 3D printer to create a house-shaped donation box to help raise funds for the Our Promise Cancer Resources House.
Students Brionna Mattingly, 13, and Reese Vines, 13, spent about two and a half weeks working on the project in their EAST class at Lakeside Middle School. After four different trial runs, they finally finished it and handed it over to the Debutante Coterie.
Arkansas commission gives preliminary OK to 2 casino rules
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has given tentative approval to two new regulations dealing with casino gambling after voters agreed to legalize them last month.
The commission must develop rules for the licensing and operation of up to four new casinos, which can be located at existing racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis, and at new sites in Jefferson and Pope counties.
Northwoods Trails in Arkansas has strong opening
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — About a month after its grand opening, the Northwoods Trails have seen constant activity that's not expected to slow down anytime soon, according to the trail coordinator.
Traci Berry, trail coordinator for the Northwoods, said the steady visitation prompted the need for increased parking to accommodate trail users.
Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs to expand in 2019
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Expansion plans by the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs include groundbreaking on a 7,000-square-foot free-standing exhibition hall within a few months.
The Sentinel-Record reported Sunday that groundbreaking ceremonies are expected in March. Museum Executive Director Diane LaFollette says the complex should open on Labor Day weekend.
Arkansas man sentenced to life for killing 3-month-old son
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing his 3-month-old son.
The Sentinel-Record reports 38-year-old James Antonio-Carlos Page pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder for the 2015 death of Zayden Page.
Death penalty sought for Arkansas woman in double slaying
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors in Arkansas plan to seek the death penalty for a Hot Springs woman charged in the stabbing deaths of her mother and her daughter.
The Sentinel-Record first reported the court documents showing Garland County prosecutors will ask for the death penalty for 46-year-old Melissa Ann Galey if she is convicted on capital murder charges in the case.
Authorities say Hot Springs woman kills elderly woman, child
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Police in Hot Springs say an Arkansas woman fatally stabbed her elderly mother and her young daughter before she tried to set the older woman's house on fire.
Oaklawn announces $100 million expansion, on-site hotel
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' only thoroughbred racetrack has announced plans for a $100 million expansion that will include an on-site hotel, event center and a larger gambling area.
Oaklawn Racing and Gaming says the project is one of the largest hospitality investments in Arkansas history. Monday's announcement comes less than two weeks after voters legalized casino gambling at four sites in the state, including Oaklawn.
The Latest: Arkansas voters legalize casinos in 4 counties
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the 2018 election in Arkansas (all times local):
Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four counties, including at a horse track and dog track that already offer video poker and other electronic gambling.
Arkansas casino campaign raises more than $2.7 million
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A campaign to legalize casinos in Arkansas has raised more than $2.7 million this month from two American Indian tribes in Oklahoma and the parent owner of a dog track in West Memphis.
National Park College opens new Makerspace for community
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The faculty of National Park College's Innovative Technologies Center welcomed the community to the college's new Makerspace recently in a creative way.
Mountain Valley firm sold for $78.5 million
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The chief financial officer of Mountain Valley Spring Co. says he expects operations to continue as normal after the Hot Springs-based company was sold to a Florida firm.
It was announced this week that DS Services Corp. purchased Mountain Valley Spring from Great Range Capital for $78.5 million. Mountain Valley Chief Financial Officer Charles Brown says the acquisition will allow the company, known for its water sold in green glass bottles, to continuing growing.
Hot Springs students raise chickens at campus coop
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The sounds of clucking and crowing can be heard from the front entrance of Hot Springs Junior Academy thanks to the success of a new project by EAST students.
The EAST program has set a new standard for tying in student-led technology and creativity with agriculture, and with that, a fully operational chicken coop was built near the school's garden at the front of the building, according to a news release.
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Lawmakers say Hot Springs leasing program can work across US
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The testimony from a recent House Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing shows Hot Springs National Park's historic leasing program works and can be implemented elsewhere, two members of the committee said.
Ark. woman sentenced for deadly 2016 wreck involving train
MALVERN, Ark. (AP) — A 31-year-old Arkansas woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for driving her SUV onto railroad tracks where it was struck by a train, causing the death of her son and injuries to three other children.
Arkansas lawmaker pleads not guilty in unpaid taxes case
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker who was arrested after authorities said he didn't file an income tax return for 15 years has pleaded not guilty.
Republican state Rep. Mickey Gates on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of failing to file or pay an income tax return.
Gates was arrested in June after authorities said he owed Arkansas nearly $260,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. Circuit Judge Brad Karren scheduled Gates' next court appearance for Jan. 3.
Arkansas chief justice recuses from 2nd casino measure case
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' chief justice has now stepped aside from hearing both challenges to a proposed ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state.
Chief Justice Dan Kemp on Monday recused from the lawsuit trying to disqualifying the proposed constitutional amendment from the November ballot. The proposal would legalize casinos at a Hot Springs horse track and a West Memphis dog track. It would also legalize casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties.
Missouri company tied to Arkansas corruption seeks sale
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas mental health treatment company says it's working to purchase the Arkansas operations of a similar Missouri company tied to a political corruption investigation.
Hot Springs voters OK $2 million bond issue for museum
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Voters in Hot Springs have approved a $2 million bond issue to fund the construction of a new exhibition hall at the Mid-America Science Museum.
Congressional panel to visit a revitalized Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Members of a congressional panel are getting ready to visit the recently revitalized city of Hot Springs after a public-private partnership worked to boost its economy.
The House Natural Resources Committee on Sept. 17 will travel to the city that for decades was a premier resort destination because of its thermal springs, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Arkansas casino legalization proposal approved for ballot
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A casino legalization proposal that two Native American tribes have each contributed more than $1 million to support was approved Wednesday to appear on the Arkansas ballot in November.
Oaklawn racetrack prepares for warm weather in 2019 season
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Oaklawn's summertime construction projects include making preparations to race in warmer weather in 2019, when the live meet will stretch into early May, according to Jennifer Hoyt, media relations manager.
Because the live meet's dates have been shifted to start Jan. 25 and end May 4, Hoyt said Oaklawn has focused a lot of its attention on preparing the grandstand for warmer temperatures.
Parolee pleads not guilty in death of woman in Arkansas
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A Wisconsin parolee has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the death of an Arkansas woman, while prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty in the case.
Court records show 26-year-old Kevin Buerke, who now lives in Hot Springs, pleaded not guilty Friday in Garland County Circuit Court. He remains jailed without bond.
Man charged in missing Arkansas woman’s death
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A parolee has been charged in the slaying of an 80-year-old Arkansas woman whose burned body was found in a cemetery after she was reported missing last week.
Kevin Buerke, 26, was charged Thursday with capital murder in Betty Slaughter's death. Buerke could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted, the Sentinel-Record reported.
Police: Identity of burned body found in cemetery confirmed
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say that the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory has confirmed a burned body found at a local cemetery was an 80-year-old woman who was reported missing last week.
The Sentinel-Record reports that the burned remains of Betty Slaughter were found in the Lowe Cemetery in Royal on Saturday.
Thief uses stolen forklift in ATM heist from Arkansas bank
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Police in Hot Springs say a thief used a stolen forklift to rip an ATM from its foundation at a credit union in Hot Springs, then spirited the cash machine away in a stolen truck.
Police say the machine was taken to a wooded area Thursday morning near Hot Springs High School. Hot Springs police say someone then used an excavator to pry open the machine and remove cash.
Boat manufacturer to expand, relocate to different county
JONES MILLS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas boat manufacturer is planning to expand and relocate production to another central county.
The Sentinel-Record reports that Veranda Luxury Pontoons announced Monday it's leaving the Garland County Industrial Park to start production within nine months to a year at a 377,000-square-foot (35,024-square-meter) Hot Springs County plant.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas state lawmaker accused of not filing an income tax return for years has been given the OK to travel out of state.
Duck boats linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999
Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, have a long history of safety problems and have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people since 1999.
The deadly sinking in Missouri brought back painful memories of a similar accident nearly two decades ago in Arkansas.
Both duck boats had overhead roofs or canopies that the National Transportation Safety Board warned could greatly increase the risk of passengers becoming trapped in the boat and drowning.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — All four circuit court judges in Garland County have recused themselves from a felony case filed against a state lawmaker accused of not filing an income tax return for 15 years.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An engineering firm has been hired to examine dams and lakes for improvements in support of the Hot Springs city reservoir and Northwoods Urban Forest Park.
The Sentinel-Record reports the Hot Springs Board of Directors last week approving an estimated $1.2 million contract with Crist Engineers Inc., the city's water-system consultant.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker was arrested Thursday on six felony charges after authorities said he failed to file income tax returns for 15 years and owes nearly $260,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest to the state.
Hot Springs man charged with year-ago slaying
HOT SPRING, Ark. (AP) — A 21-year-old Hot Springs man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for a slaying more than a year ago.
Authorities had arrested Demetrius Tyree Perry in April 2017 for the killing of 32-year-old Charles David Hill but that second-degree murder charge was dropped two months later pending additional investigation.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Most Americans have heard of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado, is also nationally renowned.
But the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, New York, is often overlooked, according to David Witte, a military and Veterans Affairs representative for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-District 4, of Hot Springs.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is backing stronger ethics rules for Arkansas lawmakers following a recent court case that implicated a nephew.
Senate leaders have proposed stripping members of leadership posts if they are ever indicted, while a special panel would take up ethics complaints and consider sanctions, including expulsion. Hutchinson told members of the Arkansas Bar Association at a meeting in Hot Springs on Friday that the House should consider a similar set of rules.