Arkansas’ prison population is soaring to levels never before seen because of a new policy requiring that parolees awaiting a revocation hearing remain locked up until one is held. The change was enacted after a repeat parole absconder was arrested this year for murder.
Shea Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction, says this has inmates back up, waiting to be transferred to state prisons.
All this week, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, a statewide philanthropic organization, is hosting a series of activities to mark its major annual fundraising event.
The Power of the Purse luncheons in Central and Northwest Arkansas honor women’s accomplishments and raise money for programs that are improving the lives of women and girls in the state. The final event is Friday in Little Rock.
Arkansas has been ranked 11th in the nation for health risks associated with wildfire smoke and debris, according to new data from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The nonprofit released a report Thursday showing areas where environmental effects from wildfires have been a problem in recent years. While the wildfire season is over for most of the country, figures place more than 900,000 people in north and north-central Arkansas at risk for a number of health problems, including respiratory infections, cancers and related lung conditions.
The 18th annual Big Boo-seum Bash will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It's being hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museum Consortium and hosted by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.
There will be games, story-telling, candy, and fun. The event will be held at nine different museums in Little Rock.
Officials with the Pulaski County Special School District gathered Wednesday afternoon to honor the school bus driver who “did everything right” after her bus was hijacked by a knife-wielding man in Jacksonville late last Thursday.
District Superintendent Jerry Guess, the Mayor of Jacksonville Gary Fletcher, law enforcement officers and parents were on hand to praise the efforts of 51-year old Sheila Hart, who says she first thought the hijacker, 22-year old Nicholas John Miller, was a parent when he first approached her bus.