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Authorities find bodies of Arkansas man, son

DANVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas officials say search crews have discovered the bodies of a man and his infant son who were reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.

Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey says the body of 10-month-old Harper Floyd was discovered by search crews around 1:30 p.m. The body of the father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd, was discovered about an hour later.

Gilkey said the bodies of both have been transported to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsies.

Search teams had concentrated their work around Blue Mountain Lake in the Ouachita Mountains. The area is about 80 miles west of Little Rock.


Storm victims in 3 counties eligible for aid

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says residents in three Arkansas counties who were affected by the severe storms and flooding that began in late June can apply for state aid.

Beebe's office announced Tuesday that $300,000 was being released from the Governor's Disaster Fund to provide assistance to storm victims.

Eligible homeowners and renters who lost their primary homes in Monroe, St. Francis or Woodruff counties will be able to apply for disaster assistance from July 31 through Aug. 13.

Applications can be made online at or by calling the Arkansas Disaster Assistance Hotline at 1-888-683-2336.

Cities in Cross, Jackson, Monroe, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff counties will also be able to request supplemental disaster relief under the State's Public Assistance Program.


DHS official retiring after 36-year career

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Department of Human Services official Joni Jones will retire at the end of August, ending a career with the agency that spanned nearly 40 years.

DHS Director John Selig on Tuesday named DCO Assistant Director Delia Anderson as the division's new director.

Jones- currently the agency's Division of County Operations director- began her career at DHS in the Research and Statistics Unit in 1978, when workers used cardboard punch cards to store information.

She also served as chief budget officer for Medicaid from 1986 to 1995, oversaw the implementation of welfare reform and led Arkansas as it moved from paper coupons to electronic food stamp benefits.

In 2001, Jones was named director of county operations, which is responsible for all 86 DHS county offices, commodity distribution and applications for Medicaid and other public assistance.


Arkansas authorities seek stolen rescue truck

MANSFIELD, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in western Arkansas are looking for a search-and-rescue truck stolen from the Northwest Scott County Volunteer Fire Department over the weekend.

The Southwest Times Record ( ) reports the truck was purchased with a federal grant and is valued at $120,000. It's the only rescue vehicle in the area with the Jaws of Life, which are used to help get people out of cars after accidents.

Fire Chief Donnie Adkins says the truck was last seen driving through Witcherville north toward Fort Smith early Saturday morning. It has a lime green stripe on the side and the department's logo, an alien holding a fire hose, on the hood.

The truck only had about 85 miles to go before it needed fuel, so he's hoping surveillance footage from gas stations might help find it.


Bull Shoals chief wants retrial in Harrison court

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) - The attorney for the Bull Shoals police chief accused of using excessive force against a domestic violence suspect last year wants his retrial moved from Fayetteville back to Harrison.

A federal jury in Harrison earlier this month found Daniel Sutterfield not guilty on charges of conspiracy and filing a false report, but deadlocked on a charge that he used excessive force.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks declared a mistrial and a retrial was set for Aug. 18 in Fayetteville. But The Baxter Bulletin ( ) reports defense attorney Bruce Eddy is asking to have the retrial back in Harrison.

Eddy argues Sutterfield lives in Bull Shoals and so does Nicholas Dore, the suspect Sutterfield is accused of kicking and using a stun gun on. He says most witnesses also live in the area covered by the court in Harrison.


LGBT rights group hires ex-pastor in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A national group that pushes equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has hired a former clergyman to lead its efforts in Mississippi.

Rob Hill grew up in Mississippi, and spent 12 years as a United Methodist pastor. He said Tuesday that he started work July 14 for Human Rights Campaign and its "Project One America."

HRC announced in April that it will spend $8.5 million for the project in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being fired from jobs or evicted from housing based on sexual orientation. Hill says he wants to seek such legal protections for Mississippi residents.

The 39-year-old Hill is gay. He worked nine years as pastor of Jackson's Broadmeadow United Methodist Church, leaving in June.

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