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Beloved Van Buren Police Officer Laid to Rest

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KNWA) - Van Buren police said farewell to one of their finest on Monday. A funeral was held for Michael Don Stewart. Stewart became a reserve officer at the Van Buren Police Department in 1996. He became a part-time officer in 2009, and went full-time in 2011. He achieved the rank o


Mercy Hospital Again to Offer Neurosurgery

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith has hired two neurosurgeons and is spending $10 million to revive its neurosurgery program. The money will be spent on equipment and on remodeling space on the hospital’s campus for a 16,000-SF Neuroscience Center, said Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith.


Winter weather advisories in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service says a storm system could produce snow and ice in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Tuesday through Wednesday morning for parts of western Texas, much of Oklahoma and into northwestern


Man wanted in Arkansas arrested after weekend shooting in Kansas

SHAWNEE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating a wanted suspect on charges following a weekend shooting. Just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a disturbance in the 2300 block of SE Bellview in Topeka, according to Lt. John Trimble.


Arkansas governor signs bill raising minimum teacher pay

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into a law a measure that will raise the minimum for teacher salaries in the state by $4,000 over the next four years.


Three jail detainee deaths from 2018 still under investigation

The deaths of the three Sebastian County Adult Detention Center detainees who last year were found unresponsive in their cells are still under investigation. Adrian Goodwin, John David Davenport and Lewis Shores were all found unresponsive while in the Detention Center and later died. The three deta


Arkansas man dies after SUV runs off state highway, overturns, hits tree

A southern Arkansas man died Sunday morning when the SUV he was driving overturned several times north of El Dorado, authorities said. An Arkansas State Police report said 41-year-old Curtis Jerome Wade was driving a Chevrolet Suburban north on Arkansas 7 shortly before 4 a.m. when the vehicle cross


Deputy recognizes suspect with face tattoos after passing him at McDonald’s

FORT SMITH, Ark. - A man was arrested after a deputy recognized him as a suspect wanted in connection with a drug investigation. Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. R.D. Crouch was walking into a McDonald’s restaurant Wednesday when he passed Carl Ashworth, who was leaving, KFSM reported.


Taxes and spending: Arkansas leads country in sales tax toll while state starves services to cater to rich and special interests

A reader sends a link to a stunning top 10 compilation by salestaxhandbook.com: A ranking of local sales tax burdens shows Arkansas cities occupy 12 of the top 17 places on the list, with Gould leading the nation with a combined sales tax rate of 11.5 percent.


ATF Offer Reward For Information After Guns Were Stolen from Arkansas Hardware Store

PRAIRIE GROVE, Ar. - Two organizations are each offering a $5000 reward for information after a Prairie Grove, Ar. store was burglarized and multiple firearms were stolen, a press release from the ATF said.


CBID to vote on downtown project updates in Fort Smith

Steps for construction on several downtown projects will be voted upon at the Central Business Improvement District meeting Tuesday. District panelists will vote on the installation of panels on the buildings at 908 Garrison Ave. and 63 S. Sixth St. and the alteration of the facade of the building a


U.S. Marshal's top hat tells story of 'Operation Flagship'

Among the 1,000 or so items in the U.S. Marshals Museum collection is a top hat that helped fool about 100 fugitives back in 1985. Louie McKinney, the former acting director of the U.S. Marshals Service in 2001, donated the black felt top hat to the museum’s collection last year after serving as the


Fort Smith insuring more assets, spending less through Arkansas Municipal League program

The Board of Directors last week discussed insurance policies for the upcoming year to cover the city’s vehicles, equipment and property. Fort Smith is a participant in the Arkansas Municipal League insurance program, which is “substantially cheaper” than private insurance policies, Finance Director


Arkansas Crime Watch: Stuttgart shootings, Lonoke fake cop, I-530 tire thrower

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Thousands Could Lose Arkansas Works Medicaid Program

ARKANSAS, Ark.--(KNWA) - Thousands of Arkansas works recipients did not meet work requirements in January, which could leave them without health benefits in the future. The Arkansas Department of Human Services recently announced that just under 9,000 Arkansas Works recipients had not complied to wo


Arkansas State Trooper Involved in Car Accident, According to Police

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KNWA) - An Arkansas State Trooper was hit near Mayflower while parked on the end of Interstate 40 on Saturday, February, 16, according to police. Arkansas State Police (ASP) said the trooper was rear-ended by a vehicle, which caused injuries to the trooper and the people inside the


Ungerank to return to Miss Arkansas Pageant

A Mountain Home High School alumnus will be returning to the Miss Arkansas Pageant this summer. Alexis Ungerank was recently crowned Miss Northwest Arkansas to earn a spot in the event at Little Rock.


Suspect sought following Arkansas officer-involved shooting

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Authorities in Arkansas are looking for an armed suspect who exchanged gunfire with a police officer in Little Rock. Lt. Michael Ford of the Little Rock Police Department says the shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday when a patrol officer tried to check on a man who was w


Arkansas Senate passes plan to replace U.S. Capitol statues

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to replace the state's two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates.


Residents in northeast Arkansas brace for more rain days after high water damaged levee

The Arkansas National Guard and crews in Jackson County worked on Monday to fortify a damaged levee that held back a rising White River following heavy rains last week before more storms move through the region.