Arkansas State Police say two people jumped into the Little Red River around 2 a.m. Saturday to avoid being hit during an accident and that one remains missing.
Spokesman Bill Sadler said troopers and emergency workers were searching downstream from an icy Interstate 30 bridge near Fulton in southwest Arkansas. He said three people were outside of their vehicles after an earlier crash and that a cargo truck jack-knifed and slid toward them.
Two people jumped into the water but only one was immediately recovered.
Winter storms are revealing a degree of vulnerability facing some of Arkansas's farms. Changes and support structures in the long-contested farm bill signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama may have a big impact in Arkansas where one in six jobs is tied to the state's largest industry – agriculture.
In his weekly radio address Governor Mike Beebe talked about some of the major challenges facing farmers in Arkansas.
Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says a proposal to suspend a ban on fundraising during this year's legislative session will not go before representatives next week.
Carter on Friday said he didn't plan on convening the House for a caucus to consider allowing members to raise campaign money during the fiscal session. The House Rules Committee on Thursday recommended suspending the ban.
The House and Senate are set to convene Monday for a session focused primarily on the state's budget.
Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who resigned last year after an FBI investigation alleged she had been accepting bribes, was presented with new charges late Thursday afternoon. A federal grand jury is charging Shoffner with ten counts of mail fraud related to the misuse of campaign funds.
These latest allegations are in addition to six counts of extortion, one count of attempted extortion, and seven counts of receiving bribes - contained in pie boxes.
Gov. Mike Beebe says damage to private and public property during this week's winter weather was bad enough to qualify as an emergency.
The governor issued a proclamation Thursday suspending some purchasing laws so state agencies can aid local governments impacted by ice and snow that has fallen since the weekend. Arkansas' governors have power to issue emergency executive orders when warranted.
Thursday marks the kick-off for the Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, Arkansas.
Southern Bancorp and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are partnering to revitalize downtown Helena by matching investments to eligible commercial or residential development projects up to $100,000.