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News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

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PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A Paragould hospital is opening a new women's clinic to fill the gap in coverage for prenatal and post-delivery care. The new clinic at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center will open on Monday. Doctor Paul Becton, whose private practice in the hospital's office building, is facing felony charges. He's accused of taking nude photos of a patient during an exam.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A shoe company is laying off nearly 60 workers in Hot Springs. Munro & Company says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round in July. More than 80 people lost jobs when the company closed its Mount Ida facility last year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas unemployment rate has slipped below seven percent for the first time since January of 2009. State officials say all of the major job sectors gained in March when the overall jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police are investigating the death of a former Little Rock police officer. Todd Payne died at a hospital Friday morning after police say he got into a fight over another man's hot dog cart. The cart owner told police Payne set the cart on fire and had tried to vandalize it before.

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