Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson says Friday's rupture of an oil company pipeline in a residential area of Mayflower near Lake Conway could have been much worse than it was.
Workers have stopped the flow of oil out of the pipeline in the North Woods subdivision of Mayflower, and Dodson says he believes the leaked crude is mostly contained. No one was injured, though about 50 homes had to be evacuated.
Officials with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services reported Friday that the unemployment rate in the state remained unchanged during the month of February.
Agency Spokeswoman Kimberly Friedman says labor statistics show unemployment held steady at 7.2 percent , while the national jobless rate dropped from 7.9 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February.
NPR is ending the 21-year-old call-in radio show “Talk of the Nation” and encouraging local stations to replace it with an expanded version of “Here and Now,” an afternoon newscast that is produced in Boston.
Police in Jonesboro say a tip from Lepanto police led officers to a suspected counterfeit check operation.
Sgt. Lyle Waterworth says the tip led local and federal authorities to search a home on the city's west side on Thursday where they found evidence of counterfeiting and arrested one person. The person's name has not been released.
Waterworth says officers also found evidence of identity fraud in the home. He says the U.S. Secret Service and a state identity theft task force joined Jonesboro police in the investigation.
Arkansas House and Senate leaders say they support a $125 million financing package that's been proposed to help build a steel mill in northeast Arkansas.
House Speaker Davy Carter told reporters Thursday that he supports the legislation intended to lure the $1.1 billion Big River Steel mill proposed to Osceola. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux later said he'll also vote for the legislation.
House and Senate committees plan next week to take up the legislation for the mill that is expected to employ 525 people.
A state Senate committee has advanced legislation that would create an inspector general to investigate fraud and abuse in Arkansas' Medicaid program.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday endorsed the proposal by Republican Sen. David Sanders of Little Rock that would authorize the governor to appoint an inspector general for the joint federal-state program.
The inspector general would report directly to the governor's office.
Sanders' proposal now heads to the full Senate for a vote.
UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity held a conference Thursday to discuss the current status of racial attitudes towards the criminal justice system and incarceration in Little Rock.
Every year, the Institute for Race and Ethnicity conducts a survey concerning race perceptions and relations in the Little Rock area. This year, the survey aims to look at the growing issue of crime within the city and how race affects perception.