Crime

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MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says a homicide investigation is underway after two people were found dead in a burning car in southern Arkansas. The car fire was reported Monday afternoon in a rural area of Columbia County. The Banner-News reports that police are investigating the deaths as homicides, but few details have been released, including a cause of death.

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A task force in northeast Arkansas has been formed to fight crime across the state. 

The Second Judicial District Organized Criminal Activity Task Force is now on the streets.  Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington formed the task force, which is made up of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  The task force is the first of its kind in the state.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says the collaboration in partners can help in faster prosecutions of repeat offenders.