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Northeast Arkansas high school student gets a perfect score on the ACT

JONESBORO, Ark. — It’s a great day for Arkansas! One of the state’s young minds is putting us on the map. Matt Sherman, 17, currently attends Jonesboro High School where he is a junior. And he just received a 36 on his ACT. That’s a perfect score! He also has a 4.22 GPA.


Paragould man faces rape charge

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A Paragould man faces a rape charge after the victim called Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline. According to a probable cause affidavit, the hotline received a referral on Jan. 15, 2019 saying a 14-year-old girl disclosed that she was sexually abused on multiple occasions.


Days of rain lead to flooding, school closings

A storm system dumped approximately six inches of rain on an already soaked Lawrence County on Sunday and Monday, leading to flooded roadways and school closings. Highways 115 and 117 at Jesup were closed at around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, and Highway 25 between Black Rock and Powhatan was closed Tuesda


Arkansas man said he 'thought it would be fun' to run from police after arrest

An Arkansas man has been arrested for multiple warrants after a police chase Tuesday morning. According to the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, detectives noticed a driver in a 2014 blue Ford truck trying to conceal his face as he passed the intersection of highways 38 and 31.


Arkansas senator proposes bill to cut school lunches to improve reading

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — One Arkansas lawmaker wants to get more students reading by putting money on the line—specifically, their lunch money. Rep. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) proposed a bill that would cut lunch funding in schools that struggle with reading, and he is working to get others to support the


Girl, 9, in critical condition after being hit by vehicle in central Arkansas

A 9-year-old girl was in critical condition on Wednesday after being hit by a vehicle the night before in Benton, authorities said. The girl was struck shortly after 7 p.m. near Alcoa Boulevard and Benton Parkway, the Benton Police Department said in a statement. The girl's 15-year-old sister was al


Bill filed to limit last meals for Arkansas prisoners

Legislation was filed Wednesday to limit the last meals of prisoners on the night of their execution to food that is already available within the prison. The sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers, is a familiar name on death-penalty legislation. Her daughter, Andi, was killed in 19


Two face multiple charges after public recognizes photos

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police have arrested two people, with the public’s help, accused of stealing several items from a home and attempting to sell some of the items on social media.


Arkansas National Guard returns for more sandbag delivery; Jackson Co. levee

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - After several visits, the Arkansas National Guard helicopters returned to Jackson County Wednesday to place more sandbags on the levee. Jackson County Judge Jeff Phillips said he was on a conference call Wednesday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas National G


ARDOT holds public hearing for Commerce Drive project

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Transportation held a public hearing Thursday to discuss a pair of projects in the Jonesboro area. The meeting was over the design of the Commerce Drive project.


An Arkansas “Trigger” Abortion Ban Will Go Into Effect If Roe V. Wade Is Overturned

One more state is poised to criminalize abortion if the Supreme Court ever overturns its ruling that's been in effect almost five decades. On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Arkansas passed a "trigger" abortion ban that will go into effect if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned — something


53-year-old inmate found dead at Arkansas jail

A Baxter County jail inmate was found dead early Wednesday, authorities said. Frank Salvadore Compton, a 53-year-old Harrison man, was found unresponsive by jailers during a cell check shortly before 3:20 a.m., a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John F. Montgomery states.


For sale-alcohol arrives in Randolph County

POCAHONTAS, Ark. – February 20, 2019 will forever be the day alcohol finally arrived for sale in Randolph County. Jordan’s Kwik Stop in east Pocahontas, formerly Watco Express, had beer trucks in their parking lot to the delight of many Wednesday morning. Social media had been abuzz since the day be


Large amount of pot, THC oil, and ecstasy confiscated during Texarkana, Arkansas arrest

Texarkana, AR - Police in Texarkana, Arkansas take a large amount of drugs off the streets following an arrest on Tuesday evening. Police say Dewayne Franklin, of Wheatfield, Connecticut, and Jermany Tiswell, of Marianna, Arkansas, were taken into custody after authorities discovered 10 pounds of ma


Woman arrested for failure to register-failure to comply

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County woman faces a failure to register-failure to comply with reporting requirements charge after police say she moved away from her address earlier this year.


Feb. 20: River reaches major flood stage; showers moving out

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Good morning, Region 8. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 20. Lingering showers are moving through our eastern counties this morning. Skies are cloudy and temperatures are in the mid-30s.


True crime subculture experiences atmospheric rise into mainstream, even in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — TV shows, documentaries and books have long told the real-life stories of good versus evil. But now more than ever, people are learning the ins and outs of true crime cases through their headphones and car stereos.


Two arrested in rape case

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - An Izard County man and a Lawrence County woman face felony charges after their arrest in connection with a rape case, Lawrence County authorities said Wednesday.


Mumps identified on University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has identified three confirmed cases and one suspect case of mumps on University of Arkansas at Fayetteville campus during the last few weeks.


New bill would get rid of daylight saving time in Arkansas

HARRISON, AR (KAIT) -A new bill in Arkansas could eliminate Daylight Savings Time altogether. According to a report from NBC affiliate KY3, House Bill 1368, filed by State Rep. Sarah Capp, would put the state on standard time permanently.