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Pine Bluff conveys history as transportation hub

It's true that Pine Bluff has seen better days, as witnessed by blocks of Main Street closed to vehicles because of danger from crumbling buildings.

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Summer festival slate just starting to heat up

Natural as well as man-made marvels are celebrated in Arkansas during a potpourri of June festivals, timed to attract crowds before the oppressive heat of full-fledged summer keeps us tethered to our air conditioners.

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State's jewels

Seven Arkansas sites shine on 100th birthday of National Park Service

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year, Arkansas can plausibly claim to have the oldest U.S. national park. That's true once you buy into the notion that a national park by any other name is still a national park.

Seven is lucky number

To mark the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, the agency's seven units in Arkansas are promoting the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge.

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Museum recalls old times on lower White River

The canoe on special exhibit at Lower White River Museum State Park is more than just a means of conveyance, although it has traveled the length of the storied Arkansas waterway.

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International Migratory Bird Day lands Saturday

Saturday will be a high-flying occasion at Lake Ouachita State Park, as International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated with a program of hiking, boating and nature-focused talks.

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Quilt Trail cuts colorful path through Pocahontas

A number of Arkansas towns have downtown walls decorated with murals. But Pocahontas stands out with its Randolph County Quilt Trail, displaying reproductions of more than 50 quilts on buildings in its 17-square-block National Historic District.

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Cabot festival celebrates succulent strawberries

Strawberry farmers around Cabot are happy to boast about their wares. The website of Holland Bottom Farm proclaims: "We grow the biggest and sweetest strawberries in the South."

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot.

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Saline County museum created from bauxite

Financial times were tough in 1893, and many of Dr. Dewell Gann's patients didn't have the money to pay their medical bills.