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The nearly 12-foot long, 78-year-old, oil on canvas mural inside the Piggott Post Office is being featured on a new stamp issued by the United States Postal Service.

“Air Mail” by artist Daniel Rhodes is one of a series of murals commissioned by the government in the 1930’s and1940’s to add beauty to the lobbies of post offices and provide some work for artists during the Great Depression.

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Brushing and flossing may lower the risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

The observational study conducted by the Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences at Hiroshima University in Japan and presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Chicago last October looked at the tooth-brushing behavior of 682 people.  After adjusting for other factors, researchers found that those who did not follow the suggested brushing time of at least two minutes at least twice a day had three times the risk of heart problems when compared with people who brushed for longer.

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Tooth injuries can happen to anyone, and often do.  Whether it's sports gone wrong, a fall in a hospital or at home or just chewing on hard food, teeth can become chipped or partially to completely dislodged.  Dr. Amir Mehrabi, an endodontist in Little Rock, spoke with Arkansas Public Media about the causes and cures of tooth injury.

Jars of local honey from Crooked Creek Bee Co. will disappear from Arkansas stores following a decision from the state's largest commercial beekeeper to end its retail operations amid concerns over the weedkiller dicamba.

Owner Richard Coy described his customers as disappointed but understanding about the decision, which he announced on Facebook on New Year's Day.  His honey was sold in some 80 grocery and natural food stores around the state.

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The holidays can create an extra burden for people struggling after the death of  a loved one, a divorce or other stressors throughout the year.  Dr. Brittney Schrick, a family life specialist for the University of Arkansas's Cooperative Extension Service, spoke with Arkansas Public Media about some tips for coping when the 'happiest time' of the year feels lke anything but.

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A neurosurgeon with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is helping with a study on a high-frequency device similar to a pacemaker that can help ease amputation pain.

The study is part of clinical trials at up to 25 sites nationally.  Dr. Erika Petersen, a neurosurgeon and researcher, will lead the local study for UAMS.  Amputees will undergo surgery to be implanted with the device, which they can then activate for pain relief on an as-needed basis.

Champion Duck Callers Flock to Stuttgart

Nov 24, 2018
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Champion duck callers gathered in Stuttgart this weekend to compete for the title of best in the world.  It was the 83rd year of the World Duck Calling Championships in the Arkansas town with a population of under 10,000.

Many practice all year for the 90 second duck call.  In the field, hunters adopt a softer and less aggressive call to lure the ducks to their hunting grounds.  But on the stage, the calls must be louder and executed in perfect detail.

The sixth annual Delta Health Disparities Conference at Arkansas State University on Friday focused on the non-medical factors that contribute to health disparities in Arkansas.

Health disparities occur when one population group experiences a higher proportion of illness, disability or early death when compared with another population group.

The horrors of war and the sacrifice of those who served were remembered when Arkansas State University held its Armistice Centennial Celebration on Sunday.

The event included the playing of traditional taps, and ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse read the names of 38 soldiers from Craighead County who died in World War I. 

Governor Hutchinson Wins Second Term

Nov 6, 2018

Asa Hutchinson has been re-elected as Governor of Arkansas. Unofficial totals following Tuesday's elections have the Republican incumbent with 63 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger Jared Henderson's 35 percent. Independent Mark West has a bit under three percent.

In a victory speech at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock, Hutchinson said his re-election is a mandate from the voters for lower taxes, improved education and investment in the state's infrastructure.

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