'Mayor of Arkansas'

The self-proclaimed "mayor of Arkansas" touted the importance of tourism in the state Monday in Hot Springs.

Garbage truck overturns

Emergency agencies work the scene of an overturned Garland County garbage semi truck Monday in the 2200 block of Cedarglade Road.

Paving work to close lanes of Highway 128

The northbound and southbound lanes on Highway 128 will alternately be closed this week beginning at Highway 70 and ending a quarter mile north as crews perform intermittent paving operations as part of the construction work to widen Highway 70, Arkansas Department of Transportation officials said in a release.

Bishop plans to skip rally

LITTLE ROCK -- A Roman Catholic bishop who has led prayers at Arkansas anti-abortion rallies says he will not take part this year because its featured speaker is a public official who actively pushed for the state's aggressive execution schedule last year.

Afghan forces end deadly Taliban siege at Kabul hotel

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including 14 foreigners. Some of the 150 guests fled the gunbattle and fire sparked by the assault by shimmying down bedsheets from the upper floors.

HSU, OBU women set to Battle

ARKADELPHIA -- After Southern Arkansas snapped Henderson State's program-record seven straight wins against Great American Conference opponents, the Reddies look to take the short trip across Highway 7 tonight to take down Ouachita Baptist in the Battle of the Ravine at Bill Vining Arena.

Opposes fire district

Dear editor: The Lake Hamilton Volunteer Fire Association is trying to sneak in an election that may drastically increase our taxes! With no public meetings or announcements to members, a special election has been scheduled for Feb. 13 (early voting Feb. 6-9 and 12) to convert the voluntary association into a required fire district.

Single mom sees a future with two different men

DEAR ABBY: I am a 37-year-old divorced mom of two. I have recently gotten into relationships with two completely different men. One of them, "Steve," has the life I have always wanted, and he says he loves me more than life itself. The other, "Rick," I love more than life itself, but sometimes I have the feeling he doesn't love me as much as I do him.