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A report shows that recent floods in a southwest Arkansas county caused more than $14 million in damages.

The county's emergency coordinator says that around half of the land in Little River County was flooded by nearby bodies of water, including the Red River, following severe weather in May and June.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that the report was prepared by county officials and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The study shows more than 20 county roads were closed due to flooding.

Arkansas prison officials are investigating an inmate who allegedly attacked a female correctional officer at the Varner Supermax prison.

Officials say the incident occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday when the inmate allegedly attacked the officer with a metal rod. Other officers heard her cry out for help and found her on the floor, suffering from what appeared to be two puncture wounds.

The officer was treated and released at a hospital. The officer was not identified but has worked for the Arkansas Department of Correction since April 2013.

A federal appeals court has rejected a request for a new hearing by an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for his role in killing an Arkansas family.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a federal judge's ruling against Danny Lee of Yukon, Oklahoma.

Three same-sex couples have sued Arkansas health officials for not allowing both spouses to be named on their children's birth certificates.

The three lesbian couples sued the Department of Health on Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court and said they were told they would have to obtain a court order to name both parents on their children's birth certificates. The couples asked to have both parents listed on the birth certificates following last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

The Arkansas Parole Board has approved shorter deadlines to hold revocation hearings for parole violators along with a stronger focus to place certain parole violators into alternative sentencing programs instead of prison beds.

The board approved the policy changes Monday, including the shorter deadlines passed by the Legislature this year.

The new deadlines will go into effect July 22 and require parole officers to submit reports within three days of a parole violation and require the board to issue any warrant within two days of reviewing the report.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received initial approval for its pre-licensure nursing program from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

The school announced that enrollment in the program will be open for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year and prospective students who have completed the required prerequisite general education courses can submit applications.

School officials say the addition of the nursing program is among the recent academic improvements it has made within the past year on campus.

About 200 people gathered in the Hoxie High School gym to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the school district's integration.

Several of the black students who helped integrate the district also returned to the school for Saturday's event.

Known as the Hoxie 21, the students went to their new schools on July 11, 1955. The integration was peaceful at first, but two weeks later, white supremacists from out of town protested the move.

The struggle to integrate continued in 1957 as federal troops were called to help integrate Little Rock Central High School.

Newly-crowned Miss Arkansas Loren McDaniel says she'll promote a platform focusing on ending domestic violence and bullying as she travels the state.

McDaniel also says she plans to use the $20,000 in scholarship money she won to attend graduate school for a master's degree in fine arts and acting. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in May and was a theater major.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received initial approval for its pre-licensure nursing program from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

The school announced that enrollment in the program will be open for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year and prospective students who have completed the required prerequisite general education courses can submit applications.

School officials say the addition of the nursing program is among the recent academic improvements it has made within the past year on campus.

Three northwest Arkansas counties are asking state officials to be added to the first stage of replacing the state's decade-old voting equipment in time for the 2016 election.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Washington County Election Commission sent a letter Friday to officials stating that current equipment is "malfunctioning at an increasing rate."

The letter also requests that Benton and Crawford counties be part of the replacement program. Officials in the three counties want a new system in place before the March 1, 2016 primary election.

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