River nears crest in west Arkansas, but more rainfall looms

U.S. 05/29/19, 06:59

Thunderstorms are expected to bring unwanted rain to areas along the Arkansas River, which is predicted to crest Wednesday well above record levels in western Arkansas.Forecasters nudged down by 1.5 feet the predicted crest near Fort Smith, the state's second-largest city. But they say the river levels will still exceed ...

Intense rainfall in central US causing southern flooding

U.S. 05/28/19, 18:37

Historic flooding is hitting communities along the Arkansas River despite little rain in the region, thanks to downpours in areas farther north and efforts by officials to control the powerful surge of water. Intense rain in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma strained aging dams and levees, and a reservoir in Oklahoma that ...

Update: Officials reopen 2 Arkansas bridges

U.S. 05/28/19, 14:32

The Latest on severe flooding in Oklahoma and Arkansas (all times local):2:30 p.m.Arkansas officials have reopened two bridges over the swollen Arkansas River after the rising water didn't reach anticipated levels, but they warn that flooding threats remain.Homes are flooded near the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday, May ...

More showers raise flooding fears in Oklahoma, Arkansas

U.S. 05/27/19, 10:24

Soaked areas of Oklahoma and Arkansas are forecast to receive more rain, increasing flooding concerns along the already swollen Arkansas River.Tulsa County officials say some residents west of Tulsa have already evacuated their homes due to flooding. Downstream in Fort Smith, Arkansas, officials say flooding has closed roads and flooded ...

Historic flooding predicted along Arkansas River

U.S. 05/26/19, 17:23

Residents in parts of Arkansas were preparing for what meteorologists on Sunday predicted will be the worst flooding in recorded history along parts of the Arkansas River over the coming week.The National Weather Service said in the statement that levee "over topping" is likely with "significant impacts to life and ...

Update: Braggs, Oklahoma completely surrounded by water

U.S. 05/25/19, 16:33

The Latest on major flooding Oklahoma and Arkansas from severe weather across the central U.S. (all times local):4:30 p.m.Officials say a small town in eastern Oklahoma is completely surrounded by water and without power from major flooding on the Arkansas River.Becky Foreman packs up her car to leave ahead of ...

Arkansas newspaper gambles on free iPads as the future

U.S. 05/25/19, 08:23

Over a lunch of hamburger steaks, mashed potatoes and green beans, Walter Hussman delivered his pitch to the dozen or so attendees of the Hope, Arkansas, Rotary Club meeting. He promised that if they keep paying their current rate of $36 a month for subscription to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, ...

Update: Runaway barges being secured on Arkansas River

U.S. 05/23/19, 06:09

The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local):6 a.m.Authorities say a pair of barges that broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma and threatened to crash into a dam are now stuck on rocks.A wall is collapsed in Jefferson City, Missouri on ...

Another day of tornadoes in Midwest, but St. Louis spared

U.S. 05/21/19, 20:14

Dangerous storms in the Midwest produced dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day Tuesday, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging buildings in a wild animal park in Missouri but mostly sparing St. Louis, the biggest city in its path. Two deaths, both in Missouri, were blamed on the severe weather ...

Bella Vista warned of unsafe air near underground dump fire

Enviroment 05/21/19, 18:18

A property owner's association is warning residents about the unhealthy air near an underground fire that's been burning for 10 months at a former unlicensed dump in northwestern Arkansas.Crews began fighting the fire Saturday at the Trafalgar Road site in Bella Vista, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) northwest of Little ...

Setbacks motivated Maria Fassi to return, win NCAA title

Sports 05/21/19, 17:31

Nothing drives Maria Fassi of Mexico like failure.Fassi was the Annika Award last year as the best player in women's golf as a junior at Arkansas, only to play some of her worst golf in the NCAA championships. She returned for her senior season, motivated to atone for the way ...

Update: Strong winds in Arkansas down trees, cut power

U.S. 05/18/19, 16:23

The Latest on severe weather in the Southern Plains (all times local):4:00 p.m.Arkansas officials say suspected tornadoes have damaged homes, downed trees and cut power to some areas in the western part of the state.Letter carrier James Hurtado resets a small U.S. flag into a tree stump while delivering the ...

Severe storms tear roof from Arkansas apartment complex

U.S. 05/09/19, 08:25

Several people were injured when a possible tornado tore the roof off an Arkansas apartment building, part of a powerful line of thunderstorms that was dumping more rain Thursday on already drenched areas throughout the nation's midsection. The severe weather moved eastward Thursday after forcing people from their homes in Kansas, ...

More heavy rainfall adds to Midwestern flooding problems

U.S. 05/07/19, 07:07

Another round of rain has led to more flash flood watches across the Midwest.The National Weather Service issued the watches Tuesday for parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. And communities along the Mississippi River remained under flood warnings as high water levels made their way downstream, closing ...

Man’s pickup explodes at Burger King drive-thru in Arkansas

U.S. 04/29/19, 12:33

A man who was driving his pickup truck through a central Arkansas Burger King drive-thru has suffered severe burns after the vehicle exploded at the window.Ron Daniel told KARK that he had just picked up a propane tank and decided to stop for a couple burgers Friday when he heard ...

An early adopter, Arkansas rethinks lawmaker term limits

Politics 04/28/19, 09:27

Nearly three decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to cap how long someone can serve in the Legislature, lawmakers may find out just how far voters are willing to go to limit their time in office thanks to competing measures on next year's ballot. In the legislative session ...

US Marshals Museum crowdfunding to raise $2 million

U.S. 04/26/19, 17:20

A foundation for an upcoming museum dedicated to the U.S. Marshals Service has started a crowdsourced fundraising campaign to raise $2 million of the final $15 million the museum needs to complete its exhibits.The United States Marshals Museum has said that while the building will still be completed by the ...

Arkansas sues 3 drug distributors over opioid crisis

U.S. 04/25/19, 13:29

Arkansas' attorney general on Thursday sued three drug distributors for their alleged role in the opioid crisis, claiming the companies failed to monitor and report suspicious shipments of opioids into the state. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed the lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Cardinal Health, McKesson Corporation and AmerisourceBergen. ...

Dozens of turtles rescued from Arkansas sewage plant

U.S. 04/24/19, 13:41

An east Arkansas animal shelter has rescued dozens of turtles from a wastewater treatment facility after they became trapped in sewage pond filters.Wesley Burt with the West Memphis Animal Shelter says the treatment plant notified the shelter last Wednesday and by the end of next day, about 75 turtles had ...

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

U.S. 04/20/19, 11:29

A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of the drug expired. Arkansas recently ...

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