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Tornadoes in Arkansas end five-month breather

posted: 03/26/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A tornado snapped trees between Lowell and War Eagle in Benton County on Wednesday evening, and the National Weather Service confirmed that an earlier tornado briefly touched down on Bull Shoals Lake on Tuesday, ending a long lull in volatile weather in Arkansas.

Currents again halt rescuers outside PB

posted: 03/25/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

Authorities briefly searched the Arkansas River on Tuesday for a man who they believe jumped from the U.S. 79 bridge near Pine Bluff on Monday morning, but treacherous currents again forced the suspension of the search.

Rescuers suspend search for PB man in Arkansas River

posted: 03/24/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Authorities suspended a search for a man they believe jumped from an Arkansas River bridge in Jefferson County on Monday, saying the current was too rapid.

Residents keep eye on rivers

posted: 03/21/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Floodwaters are receding in all but the Ouachita and White rivers in southern Arkansas, but National Weather Service meteorologists are now keeping watch on the Mississippi River as melting snow and water from the north keeps it inching higher.

Jury awards bomb victim, wife $122.5M

posted: 03/20/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

A jury in a civil trial has ordered a former Russellville doctor who is serving a life sentence in prison for severely injuring the chairman of the Arkansas State Medical Board in a 2009 bombing to pay $122.5 million.

Sheriff's office evidence, cash missing, audit shows

posted: 03/20/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas Legislative Joint Auditing Committee finding that more than $12,000 and three weapons are missing from a Lawrence County sheriff's office evidence room has spurred an Arkansas State Police investigation.

Judge rejects bid for animals' return

posted: 03/20/2015 2:06 a.m. Comments 2

A Randolph County district judge refused this week to immediately release 57 animals to a woman charged with animal cruelty and set her trial for April 22.

Murder suspect resists extradition

posted: 03/17/2015 3:02 a.m. Discuss

A Delaware man charged in the 1967 slaying of a Newport man will fight extradition to Arkansas, forcing Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce to seek a governor's warrant to return him to the state.

Lawrence County officials say regional jail idea just the ticket

posted: 03/16/2015 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Lawrence County officials are working with Gov. Asa Hutchinson in developing a regional jail in Walnut Ridge that would house state and county prisoners.

Tornado season off to all-time slow start

updated: 03/14/2015 11:54 p.m. Discuss

The National Weather Service had not issued a tornado warning or watch anywhere in the United States this year as of Friday, making it the longest beginning of a year without the threat of tornadic activity on record, officials with the weather service's Climate Prediction Center said.

Rain beating back drought

posted: 03/13/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Precipitation is well above normal for much of the state this month -- ending a four-month period of below normal totals -- and more rain is expected to soak Arkansas today and Saturday.

After 47 years, suspect arrested in shooting death near Newport

posted: 03/11/2015 4:07 a.m. Comments 2

Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas was 3 years old when James Ricks of North Little Rock was shot to death in a rural area near Newport in 1967. Now, 47 years later, Lucas has announced the arrest of a person in the slaying of Ricks, who was 27 when family members reported him missing.

In state, snowmelt expected to fill rivers, set off flooding

updated: 03/06/2015 9:48 p.m. Comment 1

Ice on Arkansas roadways continued melting Friday as temperatures climbed above freezing in most of the state, but officials feared flooding as the runoff is added to the heavy rains that fell Wednesday as the storm system moved in.

Sleet piles up; travel hits crawl

posted: 03/06/2015 3:48 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A late-season storm dropped up to 11 inches of snow in northeast Arkansas, and pelted central and southern parts of the state with hours of sleet and snow overnight Wednesday, closing scores of schools and businesses, knocking out power to some and rendering many roads impassable.

State covered in snow, ice; temperatures dive

posted: 03/05/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

A cold front came slower into Arkansas than expected Wednesday, bringing rain followed by heavy snow, sleet and gusty winds. At least one Arkansan died in a traffic accident.


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