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AP-Arkansas stories for Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 501-225-3668.

For use Sunday, Aug. 19, and thereafter.


EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. — Newspapers were mysteriously disappearing from doorsteps in Eureka Springs. Virginia Litchford, 76, knew well she and her daughter, Joy Salazar, had delivered those papers. But by sunrise they were gone. Finally Salazar found a suspect — foxes. To test her hypothesis, Salazar slathered Vicks VapoRub on the outside of the plastic newspaper bags. It worked to keep cats off her furniture, she said, so she thought it might deter foxes, too. By Bill Bowden, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 481 words.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Enterprising neighbors may need to go through some hoops if they want to keep charging Fayetteville High School students to park on their property. As a result of the chronic shortage in student parking, several properties are being used for off-site parking, with some converted into gravel parking lots, according to the notification the Planning Department sent to more than 50 homes. Two lots directly across from the school have about a dozen spots each. By Ashton Eley, The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 670 words.

For use Monday, Aug. 20, and thereafter.


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Southern Bancorp Inc., the Ross Foundation and Murphy Oil Corp. are spending millions on Promise scholarships that sponsors and an administrator say have increased the college-going rate of high school graduates in Arkadelphia and El Dorado. The scholarships offer to pay college tuition and fees for most high school graduates from certain geographic areas. Sponsors and administrators of all the Promise programs have said they will bring a more educated workforce to their regions, a plus for existing businesses and for economic development efforts to bring in new businesses. By Sarah Campbell-Miller, Arkansas Business. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1405 words.


HARRISBURG, Ark. — For the past few years, Karon Henick, 62, and her husband, Keith, of Harrisburg, have foraged and preserved food, fresh off their land. Henick suffered a head injury about six years ago and has had trouble with memory ever since. Henick refused to accept the old age explanation these doctors gave her and became frustrated with their inability to find out what was actually wrong. She eventually found a holistic doctor in Clinton. By Matthew Wells, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 468 words.

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