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Whirlpool settles with Fort Smith residents

posted: 04/17/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A federal court judge has granted a request to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by owners of property devalued by groundwater contamination by Whirlpool after the two sides reached a settlement agreement.

Fort Smith felon gets 40-year term

posted: 04/17/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A man was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison Thursday after a Sebastian County Circuit Court jury convicted him of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the kidnapping, robbery and rape of a Van Buren woman last summer.

Marshals museum nears half of goal

posted: 04/15/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Funds raised for the U.S. Marshals Service's national museum in Fort Smith are nearing the halfway mark of what is needed, board members learned Tuesday.

Group moving ahead on homeless campus

posted: 04/13/2015 2:44 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- Greg Garrett has his makeshift camp near the Arkansas River just a few yards from a building that a group of local agencies is on the verge of developing into a campus to provide social services for area homeless people.

Justices tell Greenwood annexation issue moot

posted: 04/10/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed as moot the appeal by Greenwood of a Sebastian County Circuit Court ruling voiding annexation ordinances on the November general election ballot.

Ex-caretaker held in Arkansas death

posted: 04/09/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

An Oklahoma man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder in the death of a mentally disabled man in his care in Arkansas, after authorities said he concocted an elaborate plot to deceive the police.

Ex-death-row inmate deemed unfit; retrial put off

posted: 04/09/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Former death-row inmate Rickey Dale Newman is not mentally competent to be retried on a capital-murder charge and has been committed to the State Hospital for treatment, a circuit judge has ruled.

Fort Smith sets sewer-rate jump

posted: 04/08/2015 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Fort Smith city directors voted Tuesday to increase sewer rates by 60 percent on May 1 to begin raising the money to pay for nearly $500 million in system improvements ordered by the federal government.

If tax resets, alderman requests new fire hub

posted: 04/08/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

A Greenwood alderman said he would like a new fire station on the city's west side built with money from a renewed 0.75 percent sales tax the council wants to put before voters in November.

Fort Smith locked in to sewer outlays

updated: 04/06/2015 8:18 p.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- A federal judge in Fort Smith signed a consent decree Monday under which Fort Smith agrees to make nearly $500 million in improvements to its sewer system to eliminate violations of the federal Clean Water Act and avoid paying thousands of dollars in daily fines.

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