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Kenneth Heard

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States develop site for area-based wildfire risks

posted: 07/31/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Forestry Commission has joined 12 other southern states in developing a website that provides information about wildfire risk based upon the terrain, vegetation and landscape characteristics.

Survey places more of state at quake risk

posted: 07/21/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

A much wider area of Arkansas is at risk for increased earthquake activity than originally believed, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey seismic hazards map that highlights where temblors are likely to occur over the next 50 years.

Statewide mandate advised for upgrade of 911 systems

posted: 07/17/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Updates to emergency communication centers to allow for 911 texting will likely limit information-sharing among jurisdictions unless Arkansas requires statewide compliance, the chairman of the state's Emergency Telecommunications Service Board said Wednesday.

Crews restoring power in state

posted: 07/16/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Utility crews expected to restore all power by late Tuesday after thunderstorms packing high winds, hail and lightning ripped through the state Monday.

Northern air flow keeping state cool

posted: 07/13/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

A repetitive weather pattern -- plenty of rain and a stubborn air mass parked over Canada -- is keeping Arkansas temperatures lower than average this summer.

William Carl Garner: Built, championed Greers Ferry Lake

posted: 07/09/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

William Carl Garner could pick blueberries better than a man half his age.

THIS WAY TO $100: Secret benefactor has town hunting

posted: 07/07/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

OSCEOLA -- The word "purdy" is worth $100 in Osceola.

Robert Earl Barros: Skillful veterinarian was exacting in work

posted: 07/02/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Even though veterinarian Robert Earl Barros once skillfully helped with the delivery of a calf on a farm near Little Rock, he didn't want anyone to know he had done it.

Disaster aid sought for floods

posted: 07/01/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Woodruff County officials asked for a state disaster declaration Monday after record-breaking rains flooded homes and damaged roads in eastern Arkansas over the weekend.

Delayed mosquito season hits Arkansas

posted: 06/30/2014 3:09 a.m. Comments 2

The combination of warmer weather and almost daily rains across most of the state is providing the perfect conditions for breeding mosquitoes.

Piggott mayor of 12 years dies

posted: 06/27/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Piggott Mayor Gerald Morris, who was finishing his 12th year as the Clay County town's mayor, died Thursday in a Jonesboro hospital.

Virginia Turner Smith: Generous, caring, treated all special

posted: 06/26/2014 4:19 a.m. Discuss

Years ago, when two Little Rock bankers flying to Shreveport made an emergency landing at the tiny Stephens airstrip in southwest Ouachita County, they thought they were stranded after learning there was no rental car service for miles.

Crittenden County OKs 1% tax to fund hospital

posted: 06/25/2014 4:52 a.m. Discuss

Crittenden County voters overwhelmingly approved a 1 percent sales tax Tuesday that will breathe life back into the financially troubled Crittenden Regional Hospital.

Tax to revive hospital vital, officials say

posted: 06/23/2014 3:30 a.m. Comments 5

WEST MEMPHIS -- A June 6 fire and subsequent water damage will keep the Crittenden Regional Hospital closed for at least two more weeks than originally planned.

Hot weather to stay for next several days

posted: 06/17/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Temperatures associated with mid-June in Arkansas are now replacing the unseasonably cool spring climate that much of the state has seen, and forecasters say warmer weather is ahead for the next several days.

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