A small-scale earthquake struck north central Arkansas Thursday morning. It is the seventh in the span of a few weeks to strike the Van Buren County area.
The highest registered a 2.8 on the Richter scale, and is the most powerful the region has seen since monitoring began. Scott Ausbrooks, Geo Hazards Supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey, says there are three potential causes for the increase in activity.
While legal action is being promised regarding Arkansas’ new voter ID law, Republicans announced a program Thursday to educate voters about it.
State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says “Operation Vote Arkansas” is designed to assist people who don’t already have a photo ID.
“Once the Secretary of State’s office and the local counties are prepared to begin issuing IDs, the Arkansas GOP will activate its county level volunteer organizations in all 75 counties to help any voter who contacts us with the need to obtain a photo ID,” said Webb.
A proposal to allow private property owners to seek compensation if their property values decline by at least 25 percent because of changes in zoning or other laws has failed to get out of an Arkansas legislative panel.
The proposal from Republican Sen. Jim Hendren of Gravette failed to get enough votes to move out of the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Some opponents of Hendren's proposal said there's no need for such legislation. Others said it would have a chilling effect on zoning.
Health Management Associates (HMA) will operate a regional service center in Fort Smith that will employ more than 500 with average annual salaries potentially exceeding $40,000. It's just what the doctor ordered for a regional economy that has seen better days.
The completed retrofit of a loading platform at the historic train depot in Hope has finally attracted Amtrak passenger service.
Thursday, officials in the community commemorated the first day of the new service with fireworks and fanfare. Mark Keith, the director of the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, was one of about 150 people who took the first train ride to Texarkana on Amtrak's new Texas Eagle service leaving from Hope.
Arkansas lawmakers have advanced legislation aimed at cutting off public funding to Planned Parenthood. The organization says the move could also cut off money to doctors, rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters.
The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed the proposal by Republican Senator Gary Stubblefield of Branch that would ban the state from awarding grants to entities that perform abortions or abortion referrals.