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Lawmaker proposes bill to strip Confederate designation from Arkansas flag star

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — (KTHV) – 2023 will be 100 years since the last update the Arkansas state flag, but one Arkansas native wants to see something new. Graphic designer Jordan King has lived in Arkansas his entire life. He said he is proud of where he is from and how Arkansas is starting to attract n


Arkansas high school put on lockdown following 'credible threat,' officials say; no weapon found

Students and staff at a northeast Arkansas high school were behind bolt-locked doors Friday, following a nearly hour-long lockdown after students reported a “credible threat” to a teacher, officials at Hoxie Public Schools said.


Winter weather advisory covers large part of northern Arkansas

A winter weather advisory is in effect for more than a dozen counties in northern Arkansas for freezing rain that may cause slick conditions, the National Weather Service said.


Arkansas gas station clerk shoots, injures armed robber, police say

A central Arkansas store clerk shot and injured a would-be robber who brandished a gun and demanded cash Thursday evening in Jacksonville, authorities said. The robbery attempt happened just before 11:30 p.m. at an Express Mart at 1530 W. Main St., the Jacksonville Police Department said Friday.


Arkansas House gives final OK to $97M tax cut plan

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate, handing the governor a victory on a key agenda item after initially facing resistance from some fellow Republicans over inaction on highway funding.


Arkansas Mom Shot in Face with Crossbow While Protecting Family, Drives Herself to Hospital

After being shot in the face with a crossbow, a 40-year-old Arkansas mother drove herself to the hospital on Monday with the arrow still lodged in the left side of her face. Police confirm in a statement Janet Partain arrived at the hospital severely injured but aware and alert.


Good News Matters: Arkansas's oldest probation officer

BENTON, Ark.- Dorris Cook is the oldest probation officer in the state, and also one of the most loved. "It gives me something to do, and I enjoy doing it and working with people," says Cook.


Web Extra: Lost Arkansas black history uncovered

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Every February, we celebrate Black History Month. But this year particularly means a little more for Crystal Shurley, a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), who is shedding light on the long-overlooked contributions of the black communities in Ark


Student detained after possible weapon seen

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - Hoxie High School is on lockdown at the moment, after police say someone saw another student with a possible weapon. Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith said that no shots were fired, but they do have a student detained while they are investigating.


Icy roads possible in parts of Northwest Arkansas

The threat of wintry weather has prompted closings and cancellations in Northwest Arkansas. The National Weather Service in Tulsa issued a wintry weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Meteorologists predict a mixture of light freezing rain and freezing drizzle, with pockets of light sleet.


Local police helps fellow officer after stroke

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 Police Department has banded together to help a fellow officer after he suffered from a stroke earlier this month. It was a scary situation for Pocahontas officer KC Starr, when he suffered a stroke on Feb. 1.


Nearly 8,900 don't meet Arkansas Medicaid work requirement

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas officials say nearly 8,900 people didn't meet a work requirement for the state's Medicaid expansion in January and are at risk of losing coverage if they don't comply within two months.


Attorney, faith-based leaders ask Arkansas Racing Commission to slow casino-rules process

A Little Rock attorney and two faith-based leaders petitioned the state Racing Commission in a joint effort Friday to slow down the process of adopting rules governing casino operations in the state.


Cherokee Village says goodbye to iconic welcome sign

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) - A stone-wrapped sign that has welcomed visitors to Cherokee Village for half a century is bidding farewell. The city announced Tuesday the iconic sign situated on Highway 61 will be removed to make way for a Casey’s General Store.


Farmers learn about new agricultural advances at expo

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - An event hosted by Lawrence and Randolph counties educated farmers from across portions of Arkansas about various agricultural topics. The Agri Appreciation Expo was held in Pocahontas Friday at Black River Technical College.


Shooter scare at Hoxie turns out to be false alarm

HOXIE, Ark. – A false alarm of an active shooter at Hoxie schools put parents in a frenzy Friday. One person was arrested after multiple agencies converged on the school Friday, Feb. 15.


Settlement offers begin in Walnut Ridge railroad worker abuse case

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The first settlement offer has been made – and rejected – in the Walnut Ridge railroad worker abuse case. Attorney Mark Rees, representing plaintiff Adam Finley, confirmed to NEA Report on Sunday an offer had been made and rejected. Rees did not confirm the specific amount on th


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


Batesville girls run away from Highland to advance to 4A3 title game

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Batesville Lady Pioneers beat Highland 64-35 to advance to the 4A3 championship game.


Sloan recognized at LMHF Winter Gala

Clay Sloan (left) was honored Saturday night as the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation 2018 Special Advocate. Lila Floyd, vice chair of the hospital and nursing home's board of governors, made the presentation.