Arkansas woman charged with murder in ex-senator’s killing

U.S. 06/17/19, 15:25

An Arkansas woman was charged Monday with capital murder in the killing of a former state senator whose body was found outside her own home. A judge also found probable cause to charge 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell with abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence, Jonesboro television station KAIT ...

Police: Arkansas woman arrested in ex-lawmaker’s death

U.S. 06/14/19, 21:02

Authorities on Friday night said they've arrested an Arkansas woman in connection with the killing of a former state senator who was found dead outside her own home.Arkansas State Police said they and Randolph County sheriff's deputies arrested 48-year-old Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell in connection with the death of former state ...

Ethics case dropped against judge over execution protest

U.S. 06/12/19, 13:31

An Arkansas disciplinary panel dismissed an ethics case against a judge who faced the possibility of removal from the bench for participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using an execution drug, the commission's counsel said Wednesday.The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission dismissed ...

Arkansas ex-lawmaker’s family saddened, angered by her death

U.S. 06/11/19, 12:47

The family of a former Arkansas lawmaker whose body was found at her home last week say they're saddened and angered by her death, and are confident authorities are using all their resources to solve her killing.Dozens of Arkansas lawmakers and others gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to ...

Pine Bluff officials: Flood won’t sink Arkansas city’s hopes

U.S. 06/04/19, 18:47

An economically struggling Arkansas city in the midst of a revitalization plan continued flooding Tuesday as the Arkansas River crested its banks, but local officials said even after the waters recede, the community's resilience will bolster recovery. Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington said federal and state aid will be crucial to ...

Flood risk abates for Arkansas city as water advance slows

U.S. 06/02/19, 10:26

Officials from an Arkansas community where a levee breached say the risk of widespread flooding has abated because the Arkansas River crested without inundating the city.Dardanelle Mayor Jimmy Witt said in a Facebook post Saturday night that he thinks the city of about 4,700 people "will be ok" after the ...

Update: Arkansas city of 4,500 in danger of flooding

U.S. 06/01/19, 12:45

The Latest on flooding in the United States (all times local):12:45 p.m.City officials in Dardanelle, Arkansas, are trying a "last ditch effort" to save the south side of the town from encroaching Arkansas River floodwater that is pouring through a breached levee.In this aerial image provided by Yell County Sheriff's ...

North Little Rock urges evacuations over flooding fears

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:54

Officials are knocking on doors in a North Little Rock, Arkansas, neighborhood and telling residents they should probably leave for higher ground due to the threat of flooding from the Arkansas River. Officials say in a Facebook post Saturday that they believe the river will back up storm drainage areas and ...

Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

U.S. 05/31/19, 08:34

A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas. Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had anticipated the breach and urged residents in the nearby ...

Update: 2 bodies found in flooded car near St. Louis

U.S. 05/24/19, 16:48

The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Authorities in suburban St. Louis are investigating after the bodies of two people, a man and a woman, were pulled from a car submerged in floodwater. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the bodies were discovered around 4 a.m. ...

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 ...

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. ...

Daisy Bates, Johnny Cash statues headed to US Capitol

Entertainment 04/11/19, 16:00

Statues of civil rights leader Daisy Bates and country singer Johnny Cash — two of Arkansas' most celebrated icons — are headed to Washington, D.C., to represent the state in a U.S. Capitol display.Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed into law a bill that will swap out the state's current ...

Truck carrying chemical explodes in Arkansas, killing driver

U.S. 03/27/19, 13:30

A commercial truck hauling a chemical commonly used as fertilizer exploded Wednesday on a highway in Arkansas, killing the driver and creating a massive crater in the road, authorities said.The explosion happened west of the city of Camden, or about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Little Rock. According to ...

Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag fails again

U.S. 03/20/19, 13:56

An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state's flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor.The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas' flag, but to remove language that ...

Southern storms, apparent tornadoes cause damages; none hurt

U.S. 03/09/19, 20:50

Two apparent tornadoes touched down Saturday in central Arkansas, destroying shops as severe storms raking the South damaged some buildings and tore away roofs in northeast Mississippi.There were no reports of any deaths or injuries from the widespread storms, which came nearly a week after a large tornado killed 23 ...

Video: Officer fires at driver through windshield 15 times

U.S. 03/08/19, 15:26

The Little Rock Police Department has released footage from a deadly officer-involved shooting that shows the officer on the hood of a car firing at least 15 times into the windshield. Mayor Frank Scott said Thursday that the department, along with an outside marketing group, compiled dashcam footage, video from nearby ...

Underground fire at Arkansas dump raises health concerns

U.S. 03/03/19, 14:13

More than seven months after residents first noticed a fire at an illegal dumping site in northwest Arkansas, it's still smoldering, sending noxious smoke throughout the town and seeping into homes, with costs to extinguish the fire estimated at tens of millions of dollars. Chris Nelson, 40, lives with his wife ...

1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

U.S. 12/03/18, 10:07

A charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee crashed early Monday in central Arkansas, killing one child and injuring at least 45 other people, authorities said. Arkansas State Police said the bus overturned along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock, while traveling ...

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