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After rains, 12 counties lift burn bans, but 6 remain wary

posted: 08/26/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Six Arkansas counties remain under burn bans because of dry conditions, but 12 county judges lifted their bans after heavy rains last weekend.

Group wants 'In God We Trust' taken off police cars

posted: 08/25/2015 4:10 a.m. Comments 21

A Wisconsin group has asked two Arkansas law enforcement agencies to remove decals saying "In God We Trust" from their police cars, saying the motto can offend non-Christians and subjects them to unwarranted prejudice.

Ill sheriff groomed wife to take his job

posted: 08/23/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

Weeks before former Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers died of cancer, he began preparing the person he wanted most to succeed him in the position -- his wife, Joan Vickers.

Drought takes hold in 45% of Arkansas

posted: 08/21/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Despite showers Thursday and more forecast for today, climatologists consider southern Arkansas, northeast Texas and northern Louisiana to be in a "flash drought" because of a prolonged dry spell, and conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly unless more rain falls.

Southside keeping 1st election ‘low-key’

posted: 08/10/2015 4:18 a.m. Discuss

Voters in Southside will select the town’s first mayor, aldermen and other positions Tuesday. But rather than revel in the historic election in the recently incorporated Independence County town, candidates are keeping the campaigns subdued.

Agency revives storm-shelter incentive

posted: 08/06/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is reinstating its storm-shelter rebate program after ending it in March over a lack of funding.

Burn-ban counties list grows

posted: 08/06/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Four more county judges have banned burning debris because of the potential for wildfires as temperatures continue to rise and vegetation dries out, bringing the number of counties with such restrictions to 11.

7 counties ban burning; little relief in forecast

posted: 08/05/2015 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

Seven Arkansas counties have issued burn bans because of the increased danger for wildfires, and Arkansas Forestry Commission officials expect that more counties will be in the same situation if the state doesn't receive rain soon.

Jonesboro street closed near fire-gutted edifice

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

City officials will determine if a building that burned late Thursday evening will have to be torn down before reopening a busy street through the heart of Jonesboro's downtown.

Jonesboro plans traffic circle

posted: 08/03/2015 4:40 a.m. Comments 2

At least twice a day, traffic backs up at the four-way intersection of Aggie and Airport roads in northeast Jonesboro when parents either drop their children off or pick them up at nearby schools.

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