The Arkansas Department of Corrections will soon decide on the future of inmate telephone services at its meeting on Tuesday. The Department’s current contract with Global Tel Link is expiring this year and advocates say the high rates charged for phone calls are unfair for inmates and their families.
The Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a judge's ruling that found the state's new voter ID requirement as unconstitutional.
The board filed a request Monday asking justices to stay Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's ruling that threw out the voter ID law, which the Legislature passed last year. Fox made the ruling in a case that focused on absentee ballots.
Early voting begins May 5 for the May 20 primary election.
For hundreds of residents the repercussions of Monday’s storm damage are still being contemplated as they use food, blankets, and cots provided by the Red Cross. Brigette Williams with Arkansas’s chapter of the Red Cross said six shelters are being used in Mayflower, Conway, and Vilonia.
She said they are continuing to take in those affected by the tornados, which has included a number of children.
Three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, its residents again huddled in storm cellars as the most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.
President Barack Obama is sending his deepest condolences to those affected by a deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas and has directed federal resources to the area.
The White House said Obama is sending Craig Fugate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, to Arkansas "to ensure the appropriate federal resources are being brought to bear to support the state and local efforts."
Update: Hogue says residents of Mayflower and Vilonia are now being allowed back into their towns as long as they bring a valid ID with them that proves they live there. He says the number of people confirmed dead in the county is now eleven.
Search and rescue efforts continue in Faulkner County after last night's deadly tornadoes.
Faulkner County's attorney David Hogue says residents in Vilonia and Mayflower are not yet being allowed back into their neighborhoods.
A state agency has raised the death toll from a huge tornado that cut a sporadic 80-mile path through central Arkansas to 16.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reported on its website early Monday that there are now 10 confirmed deaths from Sunday's tornado in Faulkner County. There are still five confirmed deaths in Pulaski County and one in White County.
A massive tornado Sunday night has caused multiple fatalities and severe damage in several Arkansas cities, including Mayflower and Vilonia.
According to authorities, a "mass casualty situation" is occurring in Vilonia, and at least a dozen ambulances were requested to assist in transporting the injured to hospitals. Meanwhile, the Faulkner County sheriff's office said at least six people are dead and the Pulaski County sheriff's office confirmed around 9:30 p.m. that three people are dead in the Kanis Road area.