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TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a teenager from northeast Arkansas who was missing since Saturday has been found in Nebraska.

Trumann police say the 16-year-old girl was found early Thursday morning in O'Neill, Nebraska. The city is more than 12 hours away from Trumann.

Officers found the teenager with a male from Dover, Tennessee, who police say she met on social media and who officers had been attempting to locate for four days.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal regulators said Monday they will let Arkansas enforce a portion of its own haze-reduction program, prompting criticism from environmentalists who say the plan is too weak.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved Arkansas' proposal for reducing nitrogen oxide, which with sulfur dioxide contributes to haze. Additional parts of the state's haze-reduction plan are still under review.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Foods Inc. has invested in a food-tech startup that's developing methods to produce meat directly from animal cells.

The Arkansas-based company announced Monday that its venture capital arm, Tyson Ventures, now has a minority stake in Memphis Meats. The terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but Memphis Meats says it expects to use the funds to accelerate product development.

Tyson says the investment reflects the company's commitment to find new, innovative ways of meeting a growing global demand for protein.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri is collecting and investigating opioid prescription data through a statewide drug monitoring program to identify doctors and clinics that overprescribe painkillers.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The lead FBI investigator in the corruption case of a former Arkansas state senator says he acted improperly when he had a computer used to collect evidence wiped clean.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that secretly recorded conversations between former state Sen. Jon Woods and former state Rep. Micah Neal were the focus of a Thursday hearing in U.S. District Court.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas advocacy group found that two state-run juvenile facilities are in dire conditions, with pools of standing water in hallways, unheated dorms, mold-infested shower stalls and supply shortages.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would allow up to three casinos in the state to raise money for highways.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Thursday cited ambiguities in the proposed constitutional amendment submitted earlier this month by Driving Arkansas Forward, a group formed to campaign for the measure. The proposal calls for 65 percent of casino tax revenue to go toward highway funding.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas System is monitoring the financial status of its academic medical center after recently laying off more than 250 employees to reduce a deficit.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri bill would make it legal for organizations to provide drug users with free needles.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Safe Syringe Access bill is moving to the House of Representatives after being passed by the Committee on Urban Issues this week.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife has made her first court appearance since she was extradited from California to face charges in his shooting death.

News outlets say Judge Lee Coffee read charges against Sherra Wright during her Thursday arraignment in Memphis - first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Two lawyers who appeared with her said they needed more time to finalize their hiring. Coffee set a Feb. 26 hearing date.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Tennessee judge who oversaw a controversial trial about Islam is vying to replace U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

Bob Corlew announced his bid in a YouTube video this week, saying President Trump needs folks that work with, not against, him.

As a chancery court judge, the Mt. Juliet Republican oversaw a 2010 bench trial that was supposed to be about whether county officials violated open meetings law by approving a mosque's site plan.

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The penalties for injuring or killing law enforcement animals would increase under legislation named after a dog that was stabbed last month.

The Kansas City Star reports that Gov. Eric Greitens met the Cass County Sheriff's Department K-9 named Champ on Wednesday. Champ was stabbed in the neck Dec. 11 while helping Harrisonville police search for a 17-year-old suspected of stealing from a Wal-Mart store. Champ returned to duty Jan. 8.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators say a New Jersey company has recalled more than 3,400 pounds of beef meatballs that may be tainted with a bacteria known to cause listeriosis.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced the recall involving Rich Products Corporation of Vineland, New Jersey. The ready-to-eat frozen meatballs were produced Dec. 17.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Chief Justice Zel Fischer is calling to expand drug treatment courts to help fight opioid misuse.

Fischer in prepared remarks for the annual State of the Judiciary Wednesday said he expects treatment courts will be on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

But Fischer says admission into the programs has dropped an average of 23 percent since a 27-percent funding cut this fiscal year. He added that there are 15 counties now without any access to treatment courts.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group has proposed a ballot measure that would allow the Arkansas Legislature to scale back the state's immunity from lawsuits. If successful, the effort would reverse a ruling from the state's highest court that critics say gives state agencies blanket protections from any legal challenges.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' congressional delegation has asked U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to block plans for a power line across the state, arguing that recent setbacks make it unlikely for the project to continue.

Delegation members sent a letter to Perry on Tuesday urging the Energy Department to either "pause or terminate" the $2.5 billion Clean Line Energy project. The project is expected to bring several hundred miles of wind power lines through Arkansas, which landowners say would lower property values.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) - A former Little Rock police officer has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge for his role in a shooting that left a shoplifting suspect injured.

Fifty-six-year-old Ralph Breshears surrendered to authorities Tuesday and later posted bond at the Pulaski County jail and was released.

Court documents show Breshears in July was taking a shoplifting suspect into custody when the suspect broke free and fled to a nearby fast-food restaurant. The man forced a woman from her vehicle and was attempting to drive away when Breshears shot him.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases on LGBT rights.

One case transferred Tuesday involves a transgender teen who wasn't allowed to use the boy's locker rooms and restrooms in his Blue Springs school. An appellate court upheld the dismissal of his case.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal audit estimates Tennessee's Medicaid program overpaid managed care organizations by $2.7 million over seven years for patients who were already dead.

A December audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general says TennCare should recover the money and return a $1.8 million federal share.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have approved banning an herbicide that farmers say has drifted onto crops where it wasn't applied and caused damage, but the prohibition still faces a legal challenge from a maker of the weed killer.

The Legislative Council on Friday without discussion approved the Plant Board's plan to ban dicamba from April 16 through Oct. 31. A subcommittee earlier this week recommended the council, the Legislature's main governing body when lawmakers aren't in session, approve the proposal.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, says the city gave its "best shot" in trying to lure the second headquarters for Amazon.

The online retailer released Thursday a list of 20 cities that still are in the running for its second home, which is predicted to create 50,000 new jobs and construction spending of more than $5 billion.

Memphis offered $60 million in cash incentives but did not make the cut. Nashville is still in the running.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require college students to pass a civics test before they're issued a diploma.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman introduced the bill to ensure Missouri's college graduates understand U.S. civics, citizens' rights and how the federal government functions.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge disqualified from handling execution cases after participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration says his lawsuit against the state's highest court should be allowed to move forward.

Attorneys for Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen asked a federal court Tuesday to deny motions by state Supreme Court justices to dismiss his lawsuit challenging his disqualification.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - A city in northwest Arkansas is looking to potentially repair the former home of Sen. J. William Fulbright.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Springdale's City Council took a look Tuesday at a historical preservation firm's proposed $600,000 renovation for the Rabbit Foot Lodge. The lodge was home to Fulbright and his family from 1934 to 1946.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Snowy weather and bitterly cold temperatures have prompted the closure of schools and businesses throughout much of Arkansas, while multiple vehicle wrecks have shut down parts of Interstate 40.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for much of the state Tuesday. The National Weather Service says the wind chill in parts of northern Arkansas is well below zero, while central and southern Arkansas is experiencing wind chills in the single digits or teens.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Much of Arkansas will be under a winter storm warning or advisory later Monday as a blast of Arctic air could dump up to 4 inches of snow in parts of the state and send temperatures plummeting.

The National Weather Service issued the warning for Monday evening through Tuesday when bands of snow will develop behind the front.

About half the state could see snowfall totals between 2 and 3 inches, with up to 4 inches to the south.

Forecasters also included northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana in the warning.

North Little Rock police have released video from a deadly encounter with a teenager, with its police chief saying he hopes to knock down "misinformation" that the 17-year-old wasn't armed and quell threats made against the agency.

The five-minute video from a patrol car's dashboard camera released Wednesday shows Charles Smith pulling out a gun and firing at officers. Police returned fire, killing Smith early Sunday.

ARMOREL, Ark. (AP) — Eighth-grade science students have used a 3-D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a duck found without a foot shortly after he hatched.

The students in northeastern Arkansas created the leg at Armorel High School's environmental and spatial technology lab for an 8-month-old Indian runner duck named Peg.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Fish farmers in Arkansas now have federal permits that allow them to kill a limited number of double-crested cormorants as the birds flee the ice and snow of the Great Lakes area.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently resumed issuing such permits to operators and employees of fish farms in several states, including Arkansas. It set the total kill limit in the state at about 6,600 birds through April.

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A prosecutor says the Craighead County town of Cash does not violate the state's speed trap law.

Craighead County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Grant Deprow informed the town's mayor of the determination last month in a letter, which The Jonesboro Sun obtained this week .

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