The National Weather Service in Little Rock says a strong cold front is heading for the state and is expected to bring precipitation and cold temperatures.
The front is expected to move across the region on Thursday, but meteorologists say no severe storms are in the immediate forecast. Temperatures are forecast to drop by as much as 35 degrees behind the front on Friday.
The Arkansas Health Department is reminding residents that tick season is starting and people should be mindful that the insects can carry diseases.
The agency said Wednesday that more than 900 cases of tick-borne diseases were reported in 2012 and that many more went unreported. Five people died as a result.
Officials say four diseases are most commonly spread by ticks - anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. Some of the infections can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the current Democratic leader and former Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington, will participate in a lunchtime Clinton School discussion of current political issues Thursday.
Nicolai DiPippa, director of public programs at the Clinton School, says to expect a wide range of topics of current importance.
A discussion and film series on the sustainable agriculture practice known as permaculture is underway at the Main Library in Little Rock. The series is led by Anita Budhraja, who is with the environmental group Transition Central Arkansas.
Budhraja says she thinks that permaculture is less labor intensive and easier on the land. The practice emphasizes organizing a garden by utilizing advantages in the natural landscape rather than human constructs.
Officials are working on the best plans for the future after Phillips County Jail was closed on Tuesday due to failing an inspection.
Danny Hickman, the Coordinator of the State’s Criminal Detention Facilities, said, “There were several items that they didn’t meet the standards. Main thing is, the jail becomes deteriorated a lot and it became a very unsafe facility for inmates and for the staff and for the public of Phillips County. And living conditions was not quite up to par.”
Arkansas finance officials are predicting the state will end the next fiscal year with a $13.8 million surplus. The Department of Finance and Administration on Wednesday released its revised forecast for the current and next fiscal year.
The four announced candidates for next year's governor's race are scheduled to participate in events this week at the Delta Caucus Conference in Little Rock. The conference begins Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Center.
Republican gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Curtis Coleman are scheduled to speak at a forum at 5 p.m. Thursday. The discussion will be followed by a speech from U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. On Friday, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill Halter is scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m., while rival Mike Ross is set to address the conference afterward.
A former Russellville doctor convicted of plotting a bombing that nearly killed the head of the Arkansas medical board has again been sentenced to life in prison. Randeep Mann was resentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Brian Miller in Little Rock.
Mann was sentenced in 2009 to life in prison for a bombing that injured Dr. Trent Pierce outside his home in West Memphis. A federal appeals panel upheld Mann's convictions but ruled that the sentencing range was miscalculated because it shouldn't have included an allegation that he assaulted an inmate.