The newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks system is moving into a fresh phase of development and is marking the milestone with the opening of a visitor center in Marianna.
Mississippi River State Park, which operates in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, is planning a Thursday ceremony at the center, which features a variety of exhibits, park information and a walking trail.
The park includes several sites and its development has been in the works since 1999, though the idea was first proposed in the 1960s.
A 2.8 magnitude earthquake struck the northeast Arkansas town of Trumann at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. It's the latest in a series of seismic events occurring over the last several months near the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Scott Ausbrooks, the Geohazards Supervisor with the Arkansas Geological Survey, says that although the magnitude was not severe, even small increases in magnitude results in an exponential release of energy. Ausbrooks says,
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.
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.