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This article was published November 6, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

The Associated Press

Tombstone of state's first

congressman crumbling

FAYETTEVILLE -- Organizers hope that a public campaign will raise enough money to replace the crumbling tombstone of Arkansas' first congressman.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the 10-foot-tall obelisk that marks Archibald Yell's grave at the Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery is deteriorating and crumbling into a fine, white powder.

During the past year, the cemetery association has raised about $13,000 of the $22,050 they need to construct and install a replica of Yell's tombstone. Association members say they are launching a public campaign to raise the remaining money.

Yell was Arkansas' first congressman in 1836 and second governor in 1840. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture says Yell County and Yellville in Marion County were named after him.

Yell died in 1847 at the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.

Man fatally shot after wounding police officer

BATESVILLE -- The Arkansas State Police says a 44-year-old man has been fatally shot after seriously wounding a police officer in Batesville.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Marvin Stair died Friday night after he allegedly shot and seriously wounded the officer, identified by State Police as 31-year-old Michael Dickinson.

Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill says the shooting occurred about 7:40 p.m. after Dickinson responded to reports about a domestic disturbance. State Police say the officer was immediately fired at by Stair and was struck multiple times.

Dickinson returned fire and called for assistance. State police say that as more officers arrived, Stair appeared in the doorway and pointed a rifle at them. Officers opened fire and Stair died at the scene.

Cockrill says Dickinson is hospitalized but his injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

State Desk on 11/06/2017

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