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Emily Walkenhorst

General Assignment Reporter

Recent Stories by Emily Walkenhorst

Agency revising scrap-tire rules

posted: 08/27/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission has started the process to change the state’s solid-waste regulations to allow the Department of Environmental Quality to spend up to $1 million to clean up 1 million scrap tires at a dump in north Arkansas.

Wastewater rule change floated

posted: 08/27/2016 2:07 a.m. Discuss

A bill that eased some requirements for rural wastewater treatment plants to receive permits has been incorporated into a proposed Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality regulation change.

Arkansas hog farm's foes sue to get their scientist on site for pollution research

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Opponents of a large hog farm near the Buffalo National River have filed a federal lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the hog farm, asking a judge to allow a scientist consulting for the opponents to be present during research at the farm.

Arkansas mayor stripped of spending city funds after council learns of $22,500 check, invoice

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker can no longer authorize expenditures for the city, the City Council decided this week.

Arkansas police name 1 bridge-jump suspect; a 2nd missing

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Helena-West Helena police revealed Tuesday the identity of a woman believed to have jumped from the U.S. 49 bridge on Friday and said another person disappeared from the bridge early Tuesday morning.

For some in Pulaski County, water bill a blessing

posted: 08/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Like many of her neighbors, Mary Williams started paying a water bill this year after Central Arkansas Water connected a waterline to her rural home in southeast Pulaski County.

Push on to restore shortleaf pine in forests in state

posted: 08/21/2016 2:47 a.m. Comment 1

Shortleaf pine numbers are shrinking in the southeastern United States, but Arkansas and other states are working to restore the durable and long-living trees in the region's forests.

Investigation urged on Monticello check

posted: 08/20/2016 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas State Police should investigate a check endorsed by Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker that coincided with an invoice that appears be falsified, Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen said this week.

Environment notebook

posted: 08/14/2016 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Agency again orders removal of old tires The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has amended its consent administrative order with the West River Valley Regional Solid Waste Management District, setting a deadline of June 1, 2017, for removing the hundreds of thousands of excess scrap tires at the district's recycling facility in Johnson County.

Teens taught crisis-handling skills

posted: 08/12/2016 3:18 a.m. Discuss

After a few minutes of being helped into a bomb suit by emergency management professionals, 17-year-old Jackson Stepp was dressed head to ankle in nearly 110 pounds of Kevlar, plastic and other materials.

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