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Wary watch levees, exits along rain-gorged rivers

posted: 05/29/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

The rising Red River prompted scores of Garland residents to evacuate the small Miller County town Thursday, and officials kept a close watch on levees along the river.

2 locks shut to barges as water bulge enters state, rolls downriver

posted: 05/28/2015 3:57 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials closed two locks and dams on the Arkansas River on Wednesday as water released upstream from Oklahoma flowed into the already-flooded waterway.

After 2 twisters, river up

updated: 05/27/2015 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Storms that produced two tornadoes in Yell County on Monday dumped more rain overnight in the western half of the state and caused the Arkansas River to rise above flood stage again Tuesday.

Intense storms lash, soak state, spawn tornado

posted: 05/26/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Severe storms that originated in north Texas and southern Oklahoma pushed into Arkansas on Monday afternoon with heavy rains and winds clocking in at up to 80 mph.

2-seat county angling for one

posted: 05/26/2015 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Mississippi County established its dual courthouse system nearly 100 years ago, when it took the tax collector three days to travel the county by horseback. Courthouses were built in Osceola and in Blytheville to make access to government services easier for county residents.

Small-town libraries struggle to stay open when funding is short

posted: 05/25/2015 3:25 a.m. Comments 6

In 1991, when the Lawrence County Library System wanted to add two branch locations, Lynn wasn't originally considered.

Firms, farms prepare for floods

updated: 05/23/2015 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Emergency officials in southwest Arkansas are preparing for 4 to 8 inches of rainfall during the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend and are warning vacationers to be aware of the potential for flash flooding.

Jonesboro officer not charged

posted: 05/23/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A Jonesboro police officer who fatally shot a machete-wielding man in April will not be charged with a crime, a Craighead County grand jury determined Friday.

River ebbing, but rapid flow still a hazard

posted: 05/16/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The flooded Arkansas River continued receding in Little Rock and Pine Bluff on Friday, but the rapidly flowing currents in the capital city hindered workers searching for a huge piece of equipment that fell into the river near downtown.

Fish swim in yards as river crests near PB

posted: 05/15/2015 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Water lapped against homes in Pine Bluff on Thursday, and farther downstream, fish swam in the flooded front yards of residences in Pendleton where the Arkansas River had yet to crest as its water rushed toward the Mississippi River.

Swollen river crests in LR, surges for PB

posted: 05/14/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

The flooded Arkansas River crested at Little Rock on Wednesday afternoon, swamping the city's River Trail and a nature center's wetlands, and Pine Bluff residents prepared for the rising water to come.

River high, fast; 3 locks closed, barges held up

posted: 05/13/2015 4:15 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Rising waters forced the closure early Tuesday of three locks and dams on the Arkansas River, holding up barge traffic and flooding low-lying areas.

Voters reject millage increase in 3 districts

posted: 05/13/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Voters in three special elections Tuesday in Arkansas school districts defeated property tax increases that would have funded construction projects in each district.

EF2 tornado rips mobile home, kills 2

posted: 05/12/2015 3:48 a.m. Video | Gallery Discuss

An unstable storm system that brewed over the weekend with warm, moist air spawned at least one tornado that killed two people in southwest Arkansas on Sunday evening and dumped up to 8 inches of rain over much of the state, washing out roads and flooding creeks and rivers.

Tuition increase gets OK at ASU

posted: 05/09/2015 3:44 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO -- Trustees for the Arkansas State University System approved raising tuition at all its institutions by 4 percent Friday, after system President Charles Welch's impassioned speech urging them to do so.

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