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FORT SMITH, Ark. — A state initiative to reduce recidivism in the Fort Smith region has yielded positive results in its first year, one official said. Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope Arkansas, said inmates returning to the Fort Smith area who are in the program have experienced success in areas like drug recovery, parole and employment. He said areas like these are positive indicators that may eventually point toward lower recidivism rates. By Max Bryan.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Adam Ball grew up with his father's stories about police work and dreams of becoming a detective, but it was not until he became a cadet with the Little Rock Police Department's Telephone Reporting Unit that Ball said he learned what being an officer can really entail. "It's humbling," Ball said. "I've always had a lot of respect for police work ... but I have a lot more respect now." By Clara Turnage.


IN CUSTODY DEATH — Police in Little Rock say three officers were trying to get medical help for a man who died after being held down by the officers.

BURNED BODY-CEMETERY — 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.

AMERICAN IDOL-LOUISIANA — If singing is your thing, prepare for the spotlight. ABC's "American Idol" will host open call auditions Sept. 9 at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium.



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas debuts under first-year coach Chad Morris when it hosts FCS opponent Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. By Kurt Voigt.


JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir has a new title and a raise. ASU announced Friday that Mohajir has signed a contract extension that names him vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics through June 2023. SENT: 130 words.




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