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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Green Forest Grapples With Lack of Available Housing

At Tuesday's Green Forest City Council meeting, Mayor Charlie Reece spoke to the problem of affordable and available housing, particularly the lack of it. Tyson Foods is planning to expand again, and plan to hire another 150-200. The expansion will not be available until the city completes the new wastewater treatment plant that won't be finished until late next year at the soonest. Mayor Reece..........

In other business, a public hearing was held by Raymond James Investment Bankers to see if there was any objections to the issuance of bonds to finance the construction of the new plant. There was none. 

Police Chief John Bailey reported to council a new police unit has arrived and is in service; new policemen have been hired to replace some that left for higher paying jobs and one retirement. The city plans to hire one more School Resource officer bringing the number to four, one on each campus.

The Fire Department was given permission to order three new sets of turnout gear for a cost of $8,148. 13 extrication suits were also approved for $11,135. A pumper truck and the small tanker both are experiencing problems and are being repaired or due to be repaired. The Fire Department also reported terrible static on the radio system with Central Dispatch and they have frequent problems understanding tones and dispatches. 

The new copper roof on the Gazebo is complete and folks like it. 

Coming up on tomorrow's news, a report from Architect Josh Siebert on the new City Hall and it's completion date, along with other information from the Council meeting.

Third Flu Death in State Reported to ADH

A third flu death has been reported this season in Arkansas. 

An Arkansas Health Department report states that the victim was in the 65+ age group.

The CDC has reported the second pediatric death nationwide this season. 

Since September 30, over 700 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers. This week, 28 counties reported influenza cases. The majority of reports came from Pulaski, Sebastian, Independence, White, Benton, Craighead, Franklin, Faulkner, Scott, Chicot, Saline, Lincoln, and Washington.

Medical Marijuana Commission Gets Criticism for Lack of Transparency

More than two years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, the commission created to approve licenses for cultivators and growers has had to respond to public criticisms of lack of transparency and sluggish movement.

Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, who chairs the Medical Marijuana Commission, said Tuesday that she believed the frequent public meetings were examples of the commission's transparency. Commissioners also largely attributed slow marijuana growth to cultivators.

The commission will hear from cultivators at the end of the month.

Since 2016, the commission has been dogged with accusations of corruption and collusion. Last month, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that commissioner Dr. Carlos Roman appeared to hand an unredacted successful cultivator application to a cultivator whose application was rejected.

The commission did not respond to public questions about Roman's actions.

New Highway Funding Plan Priority for Lawmakers in January

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he believes it's possible to find consensus for raising additional money for the state's highways, but is stopping short of endorsing a specific plan yet to do so.

Hutchinson on Tuesday said a new highway funding plan is a priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol in January for next year's legislative session. Hutchinson is a Republican who was re-elected last week.

Recent efforts to raise more money for Arkansas highways have stalled. Lawmakers last year rejected an effort to raise $200 million for the state highways, and the state Highway Commission in February dropped plans to try and put a road funding plan on this year's ballot.

Hutchinson spoke Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation.

Woman Shot by Hunter Identified

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday (Nov. 13) that the shooting victim Sunday was Jane Rust from Sparkman, Arkansas. The hunter has been identified by the sheriff's office as Dale Williams.

Sherrif Larry Jones said the shooting is still under investigation and he's still unclear if any charges will be filed.

The 72-year-old was shot in the Yale community of northern Johnson County on Sunday. The sheriff's office says they received a call about the incident at approximately 1:43 p.m. and arrived on scene at 2:15 p.m.

Officials say Rust was with a relative and a friend when she stepped out of a car to take a picture of the Yale Church, and that's when she was shot. Sheriff Jones told 5NEWS Rust was shot in the upper body but didn't say how many times.

Officials had first reported both were hunting when Rust was fatally shot Sunday.

Rust body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. Once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney for review of possible criminal charges, according to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

Three Shooting Deaths in Missouri on First Day of Hunting Season

Three deaths reported as hunting accidents over the weekend are under investigation in Missouri. Saturday marked the opening weekend of Missouri’s firearms deer hunting season.

One involves a Willard High School coach in southwest Missouri. Justin Atchison, 24, was killed while hunting near Cave Spring in Greene County.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department in northern Missouri is investigating a rifle that allegedly went off accidently – killing an Illinois hunter Sunday afternoon near Atlanta, MO. According to a press release, Charles Bark, 70, and other hunters were preparing to go hunting when a rifle discharged by another hunter.

An eastern Missouri man has also been killed in northeast Missouri while getting ready to go hunting. A St. Louis television station reports that Randell Reising of Arnold, 52, was shot in the chest by a hunting friend at a cabin near Lewiston.

$1.5 Billion Dollar Jackpot Still Goes Unclaimed

Three weeks after one ticket earned the record-breaking $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials are still waiting for a winner to come forward.

Lottery officials confirmed that a ticket purchased at a convenience store in Simpsonville, South Carolina, matched all six numbers in the Oct. 23 drawing.

After the monumental win, the lottery urged the potential winner to sign the ticket, drop it in a safe and get financial advice from a planner or lawyer.

The lottery, however, does not know if the winner took that advice or why no one has spoken up.

The winner does still have plenty of time to come forward.

A winner has 180 days, or about six months, to claim their prize, giving the ticket-buyer until April 21 to officially become America's newest billionaire.

If the winner never comes forward, each participating state in the Mega Millions game gets back all the money that their state contributed. Different states use the money in different ways.

If the winner never comes forward, each participating state in the Mega Millions game gets back all the money that their state contributed. Different states use the money in different ways.

Of course, even if the winner does come forward, it's possible that the world will never know their name.

South Carolina is one of eight states where winners can remain anonymous.

The winning numbers were 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5. The lucky player overcame miserable odds: The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the top prize was 1 in 302.5 million.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Purvis Promoted at Cornerstone Bank

Jason F. Tennant, president and chief lending officer at Cornerstone Bank, has announced the promotion of George Purvis to the position of VP/facilities director and special assets/appraisal coordinator for the bank.

Purvis has been with Cornerstone Bank since 2006. He started his career with the bank's deposit services area. He then moved to the bank's Lending Department, where he was named assistant vice president/consumer lender. Purvis joined the bank after graduating from Arkansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado in 2014. He is a native of Eureka Springs. Purvis has also been very active in the area as a civic leader.

Tennant said in a news release, "George has been an asset and ambassador for our bank as h e has shown his commitment and is most deserving of this promotion."

Hunter Fatally Shot

A hunter was fatally shot by another hunter in Johnson County on Sunday (Nov. 11).

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Chief of Communications Keith Stephens said names are not being released at this time and the incident is under investigation.

The shooting happened west of Oark, an unincorporated community in Johnson County.

Johnson County Sheriff, Larry Jones, says a 72-year-old woman was shot and killed.

Jones says the woman was accidentally shot by a hunter who thought he was shooting at a deer.

The sheriff says it happened Sunday off of Hwy 215 near the Yale community. He says the hunter has not been arrested, pending the outcome of the investigation. He says the woman was with her sister when she was shot. 

Right now no further information is being released.Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.

Mistrial Declared in Jackson First-Degree Murder Case

A mistrial has been declared in the case of Matthew Jackson, of Holiday Island, Ark., who is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action after allegedly stabbing a man to death in Golden in December 2017.

According to a docket sheet from the jury trial in the courtroom of Judge Jack Goodman, by agreement, the court declared a mistrial due to contact between a witness and the jury pool. The case was reset for a jury trial starting March 25, 2019, with a pretrial conference on Feb. 19, 2019. The jury pool was excused.

Amy Boxx, Barry County prosecutor, said the two charges remain pending, as the case was not dismissed.

Gary Davis, Barry County sheriff, said there was inadvertent contact between a deputy and a member of the jury pool. The jury had yet to be seated. Davis said the layout of the Judicial Center also presents a challenge, as everyone has to use the same stairwell to get to the courtrooms.

According to a probable cause report filed by Alvin Zabala, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, the incident with Jackson occurred at about 6:50 p.m. at a home in the 29000 area of Highway J in Golden. Jackson allegedly stabbed Steven Chupp with a knife several times, and Chupp was pronounced dead en route to the hospital.

Sheriff Davis said Jackson and Chupp, both from Arkansas, were working an odd job together for the people who owned the home. When deputies arrived, responding to a report of a fight at the scene, ambulance personnel were already treating Chupp, and Jackson was taken into custody.

The probable cause statement said Jackson has a criminal history, and Davis said he has been in multiple states in the past few years.

Jackson remains in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $200,000.

Student Congress Underway in Little Rock

Students from every corner of Arkansas took place of lawmakers at the State Capitol today.

The Student Congress runs for office, writes their own bills and tries to pass them into law. 

More than 100 students involved prepared nearly three months for this. 

Their debates included high schools requiring a self defense course and long term mental health facilities accepting all providers. 

"You get to see a lot of growth. Kids who you didn't think would speak that much are some of the more boisterous ones," says Student Congress Director Colton Gilbert.

Student Congress also runs all day tomorrow. Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.

Former CEO Admits to One Count of Conspiracy

The former CEO of a Missouri mental health provider accused of bribing Arkansas legislators has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in federal court in Springfield, Mo.

Marilyn Nolan admitted that between 2008 until June 30, 2017, she conspired with four other company executives, including Arkansas lobbyist Rusty Cranford, to "embezzle, steal, obtain by fraud, and without authority knowingly misapply and convert to their use" property belonging to the charity Preferred Family Healthcare Inc. of Springfield, formerly Alternative Opportunities Inc.

The federal information outlining Nolan's crimes said she received more than $4.1 million from the companies in theft, embezzlement and unlawful conversion of funds. Nolan had worked for the companies since 1992, according to court documents, and directed lobbying and governmental affairs. She and other executives were ousted by the nonprofit's board early this year.

Nolan faces up to five years in prison and fines. Her plea agreement says she will pay $4.1 million in restitution, less credit for amounts paid in taxes on the criminal scheme. She was arrested and released on a personal recognizance bond.

Walmart Corporate Transferring 570 Jobs

Walmart Inc. is transferring 570 jobs at its Bentonville headquarters to an outside firm that will help manage part of the retailer's financial operations.

The jobs are back-office finance and accounting positions, according to a news release Thursday from Genpact, a global professional services firm that specializes in introducing companies to new technologies. Employees in the affected positions handle duties such as accounts payable and receivable and invoicing.

A Walmart spokesman said all 570 workers have jobs at Genpact if they want them. She said Walmart made every effort to ensure they will have the same jobs there, with comparable pay and benefits. Employees who choose not to make the move will be offered 60 days with pay to search for other jobs.

Also, Walmart says it will begin giving hiring preference to military spouses under a new initiative the retail giant is launching.

The company announced Monday the start of the Military Spouse Career Connection, an effort to recruit and hire military spouses. Walmart says the initiative complements an effort it launched in 2013 to hire 250,000 military veterans by 2020, a goal the company says it's on track to surpass next year.

Walmart already offered military spouses and veterans the ability to transfer from one Walmart or Sam's Club location to another when a spouse is transferred because of the military. The company says that beginning Monday, it will offer any military spouse with a current Uniformed Services Identification Card hiring preference when they apply.

All candidates must meet the standard hiring criteria.

China's Alibaba Smashes Online Sales

Alibaba smashed its record for the online retail blitz known as Singles Day.

China’s biggest e-commerce company said sales topped $30 billion over a 24-hour period Sunday (Nov. 11), soaring past last year’s record of about $24 billion.

The shopping extravaganza regularly racks up bigger sales than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. But this year’s Singles Day comes as Alibaba’s growth is coming under pressure from China's slowing economy, new rivals in the e-commerce industry and the trade war with the United States. 

The final tally on Alibaba platforms rang in at $30,802,477,608, an increase of about 27% over last year’s total. That’s less spectacular than the 40% growth recorded in 2017.

A slowdown in growth for Singles Day was expected “given that they have had exponential growth in the past,” Xiaofeng Wang, an analyst with research firm Forrester, said ahead of the event. “As the festival matures and becomes more established, we can expect the growth rate to slow down.”

Singles Day is an informal holiday in China celebrating people not in relationships. Its date — November 11, or 11/11— is meant to symbolize singletons.

Alibaba started offering Singles Day discounts in 2009 and has since turned the day into a 24-hour bonanza of online shopping in China.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Christmas Gifts Galore Coming Saturday

The Extension Homemakers Club, Country Chicks, is hosting the 4th Annual Christmas Gifts Galore this coming Saturday at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Lisa Coatney is with the Club and has more information............

Lisa Coatney. Again, admission is by donation, dry goods or non-perishable food items.

Cancellations Today

  1. Veterans Day Assembly at Berryville Elementary School has been moved to 8:15am, Friday, Nov. 16th.
  2. Green Forest vs. Eureka Springs Junior High Basketball Games in Green Forest scheduled for tonight are cancelled.

Officer Involved Shooting in Washington County

Arkansas State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting after a multi-agency pursuit through Washington County, according to the sheriff's Office.

The suspect was identified as Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29. Officials said Cobos-Cenobio had a gunshot wound to his left arm/shoulder. 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said that was treated at Northwest Medical Center and has been released into law enforcement custody.

No officers or deputies were injured during the incident.

According to a press release, Washington County Cpl. Brett Thompson initiated a traffic stop on Sunday, November 11th on Barrington Road in Tontitown at 12:43 p.m. 

Officials said the driver refused to pull over at first, but eventually stopped on Steele Road. When Cpl. Thompson approached the vehicle, officials said the driver opened his car door and began shooting at the deputy. Cpl. Thompson returned fire.

Officials said multiple rounds were exchanged before the suspect took off in his car.

Washington County officials issued a Be On the Lookout for the suspect and vehicle. 

Capt. Derek Hudson with Springdale Police said Springdale officers located the suspect near Don Tyson Parkway and Thompson around 1:11 p.m. 

Capt. Hudson said when officers tried to pull the driver over, the suspect fired shots at them. The officers returned fire and the suspect fled southbound on Thompson. 

Officials said the pursuit went into Fayetteville and then back into Springdale. Fayetteville Police and Arkansas State Police joined in the chase. Officers said the suspect eventually stopped at Don Tyson and South Thompson, where he surrendered and was arrested by Springdale Police. 

Two Springdale police officers have been placed on administrative leave, pending the investigation. 

Rogers School District Joining City's AWIN Network

The Rogers School District will join the city of Rogers on a system that will provide staff members instant communication with first responders in case of emergency, officials said.

The city has transitioned to the Arkansas Wireless Information Network, a statewide emergency radio system, and has agreed to let the district get on it as well.

Each school will get a certain number of radios employees may use to talk with each other or directly to the police and fire departments, said Charles Lee, the district's assistant superintendent for general administration.

"They'll have an instant line of communication with dispatch," Lee said. "In any type of crisis, real-time information is one of the most valuable things responders to that situation can have."

School bus drivers also will have the radios and will be able to speak to local law enforcement or district officials no matter where they are in the state, Lee said.

Rogers approved about $3.35 million for the system for the police and fire departments, according to Police Chief Hayes Minor. It's one of numerous expenses covered by the extension of a one-cent sales tax city voters approved in August.

The School Board voted last month to join the network. The district has budgeted $350,000 to pay for its radios. Lee said the cost probably will be less. That is a one-time cost, though upgrades may be occasionally necessary that will cost additional money, he said.

The district's next step is to apply to the state to join the network. District staff will receive training on how to manage "talk groups," or channels on which specific groups of employees, such as those at a particular school, can talk to each other.

The network is used by the Arkansas State Police, the state Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Trauma System, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as some local police and fire departments. Lee said he's not aware of another school district that is using the system.

The idea of the district joining the network came up during safety exercises the police and fire departments conducted with the district last summer, Minor said.


The Arkansas Wireless Information Network went online in 2006. Before that, 12 state agencies, including the State Police, used a patchwork of eight radio systems. Troopers for years had trouble radioing anyone outside their home counties. Gov. Asa Hutchinson received legislators’ approval in 2016 to spend up to $10 million to upgrade the network.

Branson Convicted Felon Allegedly Kidnaps and Sexually Assaults C of O Students

A convicted felon from Branson has been charged in the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of two College of the Ozarks students last week.

Robert J. Hyslop, 49, was booked into the Taney County Jail, where he is being held without bond. 

Dan Luttrell, investigator with the Taney County Sheriff's Office, in court documents obtained by the News-Leader, said Hyslop, who was still on a supervised probation after he pleaded guilty in a 2017 drug case, admitted he had been high on methamphetamine for three days when he spotted two students — a male and female — asleep in a car.

According to court documents, the two students told Luttrell they returned to the Point Lookout campus just 10 minutes after the 1 a.m. curfew on Monday, Oct. 29 and found the college's front entrance, known as the Gates of Opportunity, locked. It reopens daily at 5 a.m.

After a quick stop at the Kum & Go convenience store on Gage Drive, not far from U.S. 65, the two told Luttrell they parked in an adjacent commuter lot and went to sleep. A couple hours later, Hyslop allegedly knocked on the window of the car. 

Initially unable to wake the students, Hyslop allegedly smashed the passenger window with a blue-handled hammer. He showed the college students a black handgun, told the female to move over and the male to drive, documents say.

Court documents allege Hyslop admitted he told the students to drive to the overlook on historic U.S. 165.

At that location, and still at gunpoint, he allegedly forced them to undress and sexually assaulted them.

Following the incident, which allegedly took place between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., Hyslop told the students to drive him back to his dark green vehicle, which had temporary tags.

The students immediately contacted law enforcement and were able to provide detailed descriptions of their alleged attacker and his vehicle. In addition to a height, weight and age range, they told a detective the man was wearing a blue jacket with a resort logo and did not appear to have any teeth.

Walton Charitable Foundation Gives U of A $23.7 Gift

A $23.7 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation will boost University of Arkansas, Fayetteville research efforts with an eye towards commercialization, the school announced Friday.

“As we aim to strengthen our research engine, this investment in highly productive research faculty, research infrastructure, and signature research areas will augment our output,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said in a statement.

$5 million will support faculty hires in what UA is calling “signature research areas,” while another $5 million will go towards research with potential for commercialization.

Other parts of the gift include $3.6 million going to help UA’s Technology Ventures, which helps faculty protect and develop intellectual property and $2 million to assist Daniel Sui, UA’s recently hired top research officer, with new initiatives.

The foundation, established by the family of Walmart founder Sam Walton, has previously given millions in support to the university, including a $120 million gift announced last year supporting arts education and a $300 million gift in 2002, at the time considered the biggest donation in support of a public university.

“Universities are powerful engines in driving regional and national economies. There is even more potential for our universities to accelerate economic growth and development,” Jim Walton said in a statement released by the university.

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Bryan B. King

When the Arkansas legislature convenes in regular session in January for the state’s 92nd General Assembly, the 35-member Senate will have 26 Republicans and nine Democrats. That ratio did not change after this year’s elections.

The Senate will have seven women and three African-Americans.

Political and demographic influences shape the philosophies of individual senators, but also of importance are their personal backgrounds. As it has been since the state’s inception, the General Assembly in Arkansas is a citizen legislature. 

The 2019 regular session will last about three months, then the senators will return to their hometowns, their jobs and their businesses. They are not professional politicians.

Ten senators run their own businesses and four work in economic development. Four senators are farmers, two are bankers and two have experience in the insurance industry and financial services. Three senators have worked in the medical field or long term care.

Three senators are in real estate and development. Four are retired or former teachers. One has a background in forestry, another in accounting. Two have backgrounds in electronics. One senator is in graphic arts and design, another is in the marketing field and another is a chaplain and pastor in hospice care.

The expertise the 35 senators will bring to public policy issues covers the spectrum of the social and economic levels of Arkansas.

One senator played football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks; another played baseball for the Razorbacks. Another senator rode bulls in the rodeo for four years.

The major budget issues the legislature determines in every session include funding of public schools and institutions of higher education, highway and bridge maintenance, health services and state prisons. 

According to the results of the most recent census, each member of the state Senate represents about 83,300 people.

The 2019 regular session will convene on the second Monday of the year, January 14, and will last for at least 60 days. Under the state Constitution, the legislature may extend it, and in recent decades regular sessions usually last 80 to 90 days.

Revenue Report

State budget officials reported that in October, revenue collections exceeded forecasts. That is an accurate gauge of the Arkansas economy, because tax rates have remained unchanged and thus any increase in tax revenue is due to an increase in economic activity.

The state fiscal year began on July 1, and revenue has exceeded forecasts for each of the first four months of the fiscal year. Two specific categories point to economic health; sales tax collections were up, meaning that consumers were confident and purchasing more, while the growth in individual income taxes indicates more people are working.

This year the state will collect more than $6.7 billion in state taxes that will go into its general revenue fund. The state will receive more than $7.5 billion in federal funds, and although the federal government has broad authority in how those funds are directed, state officials administer the spending of it.

The state will spend special revenue from taxes dedicated for specific purposes, such as motor fuels taxes for highway repairs. Also, the state has revenue from cash funds, such as college tuition payments. Last fiscal year, total state expenditures were more than $25 billion.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Eureka Springs Man Killed

A Eureka Springs man died in a one car accident on Tuesday morning near Holiday Island.

Nicholas Godard, 34, was traveling eastbound on State Line Road, west of the Summit Drive intersection around 6:30 a.m.

Godard was negotiating a right hand turn when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the roadway to the left and struck an electric pole.

Godard was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Thank you Veterans

We continue today with our Veterans Day feature brought to you by area businesses and individuals. 

For the Government's Veterans History Project, U.S. Senator John Boozman recognized the service and sacrifice of Rogers, AR., WWII Coast Guard veteran Lois Bouton, whose dedication for writing letters to Coast Guard members earned her the nickname the "Coast Guard Lady". Lois is the first woman veteran we have featured this week.......

Lois Bouton. During the Vietnam War she visited patients at Naval Hospital Great Lake. She incorporated letter-writing into her lesson plans for her first-grad students and wanted to meet the patients who wrote back. She made weekly visits to the hospital for the next six years. 

Our special Veterans features on news this week is brought to you by Kings River Title, Bob Ballinger, Brighton Ridge, Rockin W Excavating, Williams Tractor and Harlan Breaux.Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.

Eureka Springs School Invites Veterans to Assembly

The Eureka Springs Senior Class is hosting a veterans day assembly on Monday, November 12th. Senior Austin Maloney and High School Principal David Gilmore fill us in on the ceremony planned.....

Green Forest School's assembly was this morning, and Berryville School Veterans Assembly is Monday morning.

Cold Blast Has Arrived

More cold air will be spilling in tonight, into Saturday morning.

Because of this, the NWS also has all of western Arkansas in the Freeze Watch (including NWA, of course) for the Friday night - Saturday morning time-frame...

Temperatures will fall into the lower 20s (with a few upper teens possible in outlying locations) in Northwest Arkansas, by Saturday morning, 

This will be what we call a "hard freeze" or "killing freeze," and any vegetation that can't survive these temperatures will die off or go dormant for the Winter.

In fact, temps are likely to already be below freezing in much of NW Arkansas, by 8pm on Friday. This will mean some very cold high school football games there, and in the River Valley, where temps will likely be in the mid to upper 30s for the Friday night games. So... come prepared.

It also looks chilly for the Razorback game, Saturday night, against LSU. But, not as cold as Friday night, with temps likely in the 30s during the game, but, still above freezing. And, most importantly, dry.

In addition to all of this, we are also watching for the potential of a wintry mix coming in early next week. There are still quite a few questions about how it all could work out, but, right now we know there is potential for a rain/sleet/snow mix in the area, Sunday night into Monday and Monday night. We'll have more details in our nightly newscasts, as the forecast becomes clearer over the next several days.

Federal Advisory Panel Suggests Officials Temporarily Stop the State from Enforcing Work Requirement

Concerned about the number of Arkansans who have lost health coverage, a federal advisory panel on Thursday urged a top federal official to temporarily stop the state from enforcing its work requirement for Medicaid expansion enrollees.

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the chairman of the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Payment and Access Commission cited the small number of enrollees who met the requirement by using a state website to report their hours of work or other approved activities.

In September, for instance, just 1,532 met the requirement by reporting their hours. An additional 2,263 used the site to report an exemption, and 222 reported some hours but not enough to meet the requirement.

Meanwhile, 16,535 were found out of compliance because they didn't report any activities through the website.

An additional 52,714 were not required to report because information in state records showed they were exempt or indicated they were meeting the requirement.Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.

Washington County Woman Accused of Embezzling from Youth Sports League

A Washington County woman is accused of embezzling more than $80,000 intended to support a youth sports league in Greenland.

Misty Rochelle Wilson, 40, was arrested Oct. 26 in connection with the theft of property, a Class B felony.

Officials with the Greenland PeeWee Sports Club approached Greenland police last October about discrepancies in the club’s accounts, which they took over after Wilson departed.

Investigators found Wilson spent $59,597.38 from the league’s “Summer Ball Account” and $24,302.25 from its “Greenland Pee Wee Sports Account” between October 2012 and October 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The funds from the “Summer Ball Account” were meant to pay for team uniforms and insurance but instead went to Wilson and her family.

The investigation found several charges from the “Pee Wee Sports Account” linked to retailers “with no relation to (the league)” as well as several cash withdrawals and forged checks, according to the affidavit.

Police noted that account balances increased after Wilson relinquished control over the account.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Cannot Immediately End DACA

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump cannot immediately end the program that shields from deportation young people who were brought to the country as children and are now in the U.S. illegally.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit makes it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the question. The Trump administration has asked the justices to add it to the docket for this term.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created in 2012 by President Barack Obama and has protected nearly 700,000 people brought to this country as children.

The Trump administration moved to dismantle DACA in 2017. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions advised the Department of Homeland Security to end the program, saying it was probably unlawful and that it could not be defended in court.

But a number of courts around the country have ruled that the administration's reasoning was incorrect and have kept the program in place. Like the other courts, the panel Thursday did not question the administration's power but faulted its approach.

Duck Boat Captain Indicted

The captain of a tourist Duck boat that sank on Table Rock Lake, killing 17 people, has been indicted on charges of “seaman’s manslaughter,” U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison announced.

A federal grand jury indicted Kenneth Scott McKee on 17 counts of “misconduct or neglect of ship’s officer,” sometimes referred to as “seaman’s manslaughter,” Garrison said. The indictment is for violation of Title 18, section 1115 of the federal criminal code, he said.

The Ride the Ducks of Branson boat sank in a squall on July 19 before it could return to shore. The sinking killed 16 passengers and one crew member. Fourteen people survived the sinking.

The indictment alleges that “the defendant, Kenneth Scott McKee, while piloting, operating and navigating Stretch Duck 7, as captain, pilot and master of said vessel, committed several acts of misconduct, negligence and inattention to duty,” Garrison said.Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.

Missouri Begins Firearms Deer Season

Many hunters are headed to Missouri’s woods Saturday for the start of the firearms deer hunting season. Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Brown says the opening day makes today a busy time on the roads, especially mid-morning through the early evening hours.

Deer hunting has about a $1 billion economic impact on the state and local economies each year.

October and November are historically the months with the highest number of traffic crashes involving deer in Missouri. Brown says motorists should be prepared.

Hunters can participate thirty minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The season runs Nov. 10 through Nov. 20 this year.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Veterans Day Feature - Lt. Col. James Hudson

We continue today with our Veterans Day features brought to you by area businesses and individuals. Many of us have family members and friends who have served in the Armed Forces. Capturing and preserving their memories is a great way to honor their service and commitment to our country.

The Government's Veterans History Project is an initiative that aims to preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans. Lt. Col. (retired) James Hudson, an Arkansas resident was an instructor pilot, flight examiner and test pilot in Vienam. Early in his career he learned that flying is a risky business. For most of his career he specialized in air-to-air combat, and underwent additional training to support air operations in Vietnam....

Lt. Col. Hudson flew 224 missions in combat from 1961 to 1975.

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Teenager Falls from Newton County Bluff

A Springfield teenager is recovering after falling from a bluff in Newton County. Ar.

Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said the young man was free-climbing down a sandstone bluff when a section of rock gave way. Since he was not attached to a rope, he fell approximately 30 feet. The sheriff did not release the name of the victim.

First responders found the boy conscious and talking. He suffered injuries to his leg, shoulder, face and head. Emergency crews airlifted him to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. 

The Newton County Sheriff's Office, Newton County Search and Rescue, Mt. Sherman First Responders, Parthenon First Responders, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center's EMS service and Air-Evac Life Team responded to the incident.Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.

Driving in the Rain Dangerous for Arkansans

Arkansas is the most dangerous state for driving in the rain. That's according to a new study by internet company safe-wise.

The study also says Arkansans are the most likely to be involved in a deadly rain-related car crash.

Danny Straessle with ArDOT says the way you should drive depends on the type of road you're on.

"The key to this is driving slower than you usually do. When the conditions on the highway change your speed needs to change appropriately," Straessle said. 

When it comes to hydroplaning, mechanic Robert Moore says the best thing to do is take your foot off both the gas and the brakes and just let your car slide.

And although you can't control the weather, you can control the condition of your ride.

First thing to tell is if you're getting streaks across your windshield. If they're starting to fold and roll underneath that's when it's time for the windshield wipers to be replaced.

To check your tire tread, Moore recommends the penny method.

"Take a penny stick it in, if you can see the top of Abe's head, it's time to replace. The next way, tires are made with wear indicators. If the wear indicator is flush with the tread, that's time where the tires life will be depleted."

And finally, when it comes to your lights, Arkansas state law says you must have your headlights on if your windshield wipers are on.

It is recommended to check on your tires and wipers every month.

Straessle also recommends that in wet conditions, you should slow down to 5 to 10 miles an hour under the speed limit.Are your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.

Women Made History in Washington and Arkansas

Women not only made history in Congress on Election Night, but also in the Natural State.

A record number of female state lawmakers will serve in the legislature next year. 

In 1919, Arkansas approved the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in all elections. Several years later, Frances Hunt and Erle Chambers became the first two women to serve together in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

By 1982, only 25 women had held seats in the House. Today, the same number will now serve together. 

With their seven female colleagues in the Senate, a total of 32 women will serve in the legislature, beating 2009's record by one. 

Election results have not yet been certified but if the numbers hold, these state representatives and senators will start their terms in 2019, the same year as the centennial celebration of women's suffrage in Arkansas.

Large Increase in Students Taking Science Classes

The state of Arkansas has experienced a large increase in the number of students taking computer science classes, the state’s governor said Wednesday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who won a second term Tuesday against Democrat Jared Henderson and Libertarian Mark West, announced the numbers during a press conference at the state Capitol.

In a statement Wednesday, Hutchinson said 8,044 students in the state are enrolled in a computer science class – a 620% increase over the same time during the 2014-2015 school year.

The state also has 372 computer science teachers, up from 20 during the same period.

The computer science and computer coding issue has been a major focus of the Hutchinson administration and was a part of his 2014 campaign.

“This dramatic increase in enrollment confirms my confidence that Arkansans would embrace my initiative to promote computer science education. Students understand that a solid foundation in coding will lead to good paying jobs,” Hutchinson said in a statement Wednesday. “Since I took office in 2015, the initiative has moved Arkansas to the front of the pact nationally. We are strengthening our workforce, which sharpens our competitive edge in recruiting industry. As we successfully recruit new companies, we retain more of our homegrown talent.”Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.

AG&F Close Deer Seaston on Some WMA's

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has closed deer season on some wildlife management areas and private land in eastern Arkansas because of high water.

The commission says high water on the White and Cache rivers led to the closing of the seasons because the low-lying areas can quickly become inundated, forcing deer into smaller areas with less cover.

The commission says the deer could then become vulnerable to over-harvest, and fatally wounded deer could run into swift-moving streams before hunters could recover the animal.

Only deer hunting is closed, seasons and limits for other game animals remain unchanged.

A description of all flood-prone regions and criteria for closures are available in the Arkansas Hunting Guidebook and at