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Man charged in fatal shooting to appear in court

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - A Bald Knob man accused of assaulting his wife and fatally shooting his father-in-law is expected to appear in court this week.

The Daily Citizen reports 50-year-old Robert Draft is charged with first-degree murder and felony battery. He's expected to tell the court Wednesday whether he has hired an attorney or will need a court-appointed lawyer.

Police responded to Draft's home after receiving a domestic disturbance report in May.

Investigators say Draft assaulted his wife Kathie. She escaped their home and fled to her parent's home, which is on the same street.

Police later found 72-year-old Douglas Cloyes dead in his front yard.

Draft was arrested later in May in Detroit and extradited to White County.

He's being held at a jail with no bond.


2 men charged in western Arkansas shooting death

RUDY, Ark. (AP) - Two men have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old in western Arkansas.

The Southwest Times Record reports 27-year-old Jonathan Bridgewater and 19-year-old Nicholas Barrows are accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Jamison Lee Plum in June. The men are half-brothers from Rudy.

Barrows also faces a charge of criminal use of a prohibited weapon. Police say they found pipe bombs at his home during a search.

Authorities say Plum's body was found last month in a shallow grave on property owned by the suspects' grandmother. Both men lived on the property in separate homes.

Online court records didn't list an attorney for the men.


Businesses have 3 weeks left to apply for loans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas small businesses have three weeks left to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought that began last July.

The agency announced Monday that small, nonfarm businesses in 27 counties have until Aug. 11 to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

The loans are to offset economic losses due to reduced revenues to farmers and ranchers caused by the drought that began July 16, 2013.

The agency says loan eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers who have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster.


Antique show rolls into southern Arkansas

EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - An antique dealers group in Arkansas is hoping to make the southern part of the state a top destination for enthusiasts of the vintage goods.

The El Dorado News-Times reports the Union County Antique Dealers Association will host a sale that starts Friday and ends Saturday. It will be at the El Dorado Conference Center.

The event is part of an initiative to make El Dorado and southern Arkansas the go-to destination for antique dealers and seekers.

Antique dealers from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will be selling items that include furniture, rugs, glassware and pottery.

The president of the Union County Antique Dealers Association says about 500 to 600 people attended the show last year.


Arkansas courthouse, 74, gets grant for elevator

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Independence County has received a $150,000 state grant to install an elevator in its 74-year-old courthouse.

The Batesville Daily Guard reports the elevator will be installed in County Judge Robert Griffin's office.

The courthouse is equipped with a chair lift that county officials say is inadequate. Griffin says the building is likely not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Officials estimate the cost of the elevator at $200,000. Griffin says the county will have to use money from the general fund or a low-interest loan to pay the difference.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program provided the grant. The program has awarded more than $2 million in grants for projects in 33 counties.


Ark. university awarded $1.5M for cancer research

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Researchers at the University of Arkansas have been awarded $1.5 million from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop new molecules and biopharmaceuticals that improve a patient's immune response against tumors.

The goal of the five-year grant is to help clinicians attack hidden metastatic tumors and prevent cancer recurrence. Metastasis is the development of secondary malignancy away from the primary site of cancer.

David Zaharoff, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and the principal investigator for the project, says metastasis - not a patient's primary tumor - kills about 90 percent of cancer patients.

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