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Recovery to begin for sunken barge in Miss. River

HICKMAN, Ark. (AP) - Salvage operations for a barge that overturned and sank last week in the Mississippi River in northeast Arkansas are expected to begin.

Spokesman Richard Wheatley for Kinder Morgan says recovery of the submerged vessel will begin Tuesday and should end Friday, depending on the weather. Wheatley says steel coils that fell into the water need to be removed before the boat is raised.

Two men identified as Juan Nieves and Nicolas Perez disappeared after the barge capsized while the steel coil was being unloaded at a terminal at Hickman near Blytheville. They worked for Houston-based Kinder Morgan through staffing agencies and are still missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search for both men two days after they went missing.


Teen arrested for threat at Rogers High School

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - Police in Rogers say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a threatening message written on a boy's bathroom stall at Heritage High School.

Police said in a news release that the boy was arrested Monday on a felony charge of communicating a false alarm.

The threat was found Friday. Details of the message were not released - but police say it was non-specific and did not mention any particular students.


Cotton: $1.3M raised in first 3 months of '14

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor this fall.

Cotton's campaign on Monday said it'll report raising more than $4.8 million since announcing last year he would challenge Pryor. The campaign did not say how much money Cotton would report having on hand for his bid.

The Arkansas Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the nation, with outside groups spending millions on television ads in the state. Pryor was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008 without a Republican opponent.

Pryor's fundraising numbers were not available Monday. Tuesday is the deadline to file fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission.


Okla. couple sentenced in Ark. kidnapping death

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - An Oklahoma couple has been sentenced to 60 years in prison in Arkansas for a kidnapping that ended with a man dead in 2011.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge says 49-year-old Leslie Larcade and 38-year-old Chrystal Larcade were each sentenced Monday to 360 months in prison without parole in federal court in Texarkana.

The Larcades were charged with kidnapping resulting in death and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the death of 45-year-old Shannon Deval Watkins. Watkins' body was found in August 2011 at Texarkana Speedway with trash bag on his head, a noose around his neck and he'd been stabbed.

The Larcades pleaded guilty in November to the conspiracy charge as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors allege that the Larcades kidnapped Watkins from Oklahoma to collect a $1,000 bounty.


Atkins man wins $1 million in lottery game

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Atkins man has won $1 million on an Arkansas Lottery scratch-off ticket.

Arkansas Lottery officials announced Monday that James Osborn bought the winning ticket at a convenience store in Russellville. Osborn won $1 million off a $20 "Platinum Payout" scratch-off game.

The lottery says Osborn plans to add the prize money to his retirement savings.


Ark. AG McDaniel to join panel on copper theft

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is meeting with fellow leaders from surrounding states to discuss the growing problem of copper theft.

McDaniel is scheduled to meet with Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and representatives from the Louisiana Attorney General's Office on Monday afternoon in Memphis, Tenn.

Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun is also expected to attend, along with other representatives from agriculture and law enforcement communities.

The meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Donnelly J. Hill State Office Building in Memphis.


Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland - a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit.

Temperatures in the 70s and 80s in recent days gave way to highs in the 40s in much of the lower Midwest on Monday, with even colder temperatures on the way. The National Weather Service issued freeze warnings for parts of six states - Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

The weather service projected low temperatures Monday night and again Tuesday night in the mid- to upper-20s in parts of Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. That could damage peach and apple crops, even grapes for wineries.

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