A dime-sized snail found only on Mount Magazine in western Arkansas has become the first invertebrate to be delisted under the Endangered Species Act.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that the Magazine Mountain shagreen has been taken off the endangered list.
Wildlife service southeast region Director Cindy Dohner says the wildlife service, the US Forest Service, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission worked together to remove threats and protect the habitat of the snail.
Arkansas highway officials say Highway 549 in Texarkana is set to open to traffic.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the highway that's part of the Interstate 49 corridor will open during the day Wednesday. The corridor will connect the Gulf of Mexico to Canada with part of the roadway crossing western Arkansas.
A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Highway 549 in Texarkana was held April 30th with plans to open the road last week. However, poor weather conditions in the region contributed to a delay in opening the stretch to traffic.
Opponents of an Arkansas law banning most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy say they don't need to wait until the restriction is enforced to challenge its constitutionality.
Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Monday responded to the state's request that a federal judge dismiss their lawsuit over the abortion ban. A hearing is scheduled Friday morning over the groups' request for a preliminary injunction against the ban.
Members of the 188th Security Forces Squadron have left Fort Smith for deployment to an undisclosed airbase in the Middle East.
The last of about 15 airmen left Monday and will be attached to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing where they will help install security and aircraft protection at the base. About half of the group left Fort Smith for the base on Sunday.