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Kenneth Heard

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Corps forms plan to plug levee holes in Arkansas

posted: 06/26/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Nine sections of the earthen levee along the Black River near Pocahontas, including a 300-yard stretch, remain gouged by last month's flooding, but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials are expected to begin repairing them early next year.

Hot-van fatality earns sanctions for Arkansas child care center

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Department of Human Services has placed on probation the license of a West Memphis child care center where a disabled 5-year-old boy died June 12 after workers left him in a hot van for eight hours.

No formal charges yet in Arkansas officer's slaying

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

An 18-year-old accused in the June 12 fatal shooting of a Newport police officer has yet to be formally charged, and a Jackson County circuit judge set an Aug. 3 hearing for the teen's next court appearance.

Ex-workers in hot-van death at Arkansas day care freed on bond

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Four former day care workers charged in the death of a 5-year-old disabled boy who was left inside a sweltering van for hours last week were released from jail Monday on $20,000 bonds.

4 Arkansas child care workers face charges in death of boy left in van

updated: 06/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

The death of a 5-year-old West Memphis boy left inside a sweltering day care van for eight hours could have been avoided had workers followed simple protocols, West Memphis Police Chief Donald Oakes said Friday.

Suit says statute's repeal illegal

posted: 06/17/2017 1 a.m. Comment 1

A federal lawsuit challenges the Helena-West Helena City Council's repeal of an ordinance favored by more than 60 percent of voters in November that would have reduced the number of elected aldermen.

U.S. lets state get disaster standing

posted: 06/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump designated 31 Arkansas counties hit by April and May storms and flooding as disaster areas Thursday, which allows residents and governmental entities to apply for federal assistance for repairs and cleanup.

Suit says statute's repeal is illegal

posted: 06/16/2017 2:42 a.m. Discuss

A federal lawsuit challenges the Helena-West Helena City Council's repeal of an ordinance favored by more than 60 percent of voters in November that would have reduced the number of elected aldermen.

Bail denied for Arkansas teen accused of fatally shooting officer; 'he didn't do this,' grandmother says

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

Tyler Jermiale Calamese admitted to authorities that he fired a shot that killed Newport police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, a state police investigator testified Wednesday morning during Calamese's bond hearing.

Higher millage OK'd in Blytheville district

posted: 06/15/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Blytheville School District patrons approved a 7.11-mill increase during a special election Tuesday that will help the district to retain teachers by increasing their salaries and to build a new gymnasium and improve its athletic department.

Teen held in killing of Arkansas police officer; death of well-liked lawman stuns city

posted: 06/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Lt. Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department spent the final hours of his life Monday doing the type of work that had earned him a reputation as a steadfast officer, co-workers and friends said.

Arkansas man held in carwash killing; suspect, victim had argued online, police say

posted: 06/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A Blytheville man faces charges in the fatal shooting of a man with whom he had been feuding on social media, police said.

Gunman sought in shot fatal to Newport officer

posted: 06/13/2017 3:03 a.m. Discuss

A Newport Police Department lieutenant was fatally wounded Monday evening while assisting another officer on a traffic stop in a park in the Jackson County city and police from several jurisdictions scoured neighborhoods searching for the gunman, officials said.

Arkansas sees early signs of Army worms; pests can 'eat a whole yard in a night,' landscaper says

posted: 06/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

They're coming, marching across croplands, pastures, golf courses and residential yards with a voracious appetite.

Arkansas man who poured gasoline on girlfriend, set her on fire gets 15 years in prison

posted: 06/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

A Mississippi County Circuit Court jury found a man who police said killed a Blytheville woman by pouring gasoline on her and setting her on fire in 2016 guilty of first-degree murder, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said.

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