The number of cases of whooping cough in Arkansas has more than doubled from a year ago.
Dr. Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health says at this time last year, there were 141 reported cases. And so far this year, there are 342 cases.
"This [increase] is not a unique pattern to Arkansas. We are seeing this across the country. The patterns of increase are occurring in different regions at different times. We have clearly seen a huge upswing in the number of cases in children in elementary school and adolescents," says Wheeler.
Flash flooding is expected in much of Arkansas as forecasters predict heavy rain and thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow.
But meteorologist Tabitha Clark with the National Weather Service predicts the rain will let up in time for trick-or-treating in the late afternoon and evening on Thursday.
"As we get late into the afternoon, things are really going to start to taper off when the cold front gets here and pushes everything out. Although it might not be raining when kids go trick-or-treating, it's going to be really wet out," says Clark.
The Republican primary for a central Arkansas congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin could get more crowded.
State Rep. Ann Clemmer of Benton planned Wednesday to announce whether she'll seek the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District. If she runs, she'll be the third Republican to launch a bid since Griffin announced last week that he wouldn't seek re-election next year.
Little Rock city leaders kicked off a campaign Tuesday to get citizens excited about helping to fund a $68 million renovation and expansion project at Robinson Center Music Hall.
The event was held on the steps of the auditorium, with Mayor Mark Stodola and other city leaders promoting a December 10 special election to vote on whether to use an existing two percent advertising and promotion tax to finance the additions.
Former Mayor Jim Dailey reminded those in attendance of the building’s historical significance.
The Arkansas Democratic Party is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Republican Rep. Tom Cotton illegally solicited contributions for his Senate campaign during an interview inside the U.S. Capitol.
But Cotton’s campaign says conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt misspoke when he said Cotton was in the Capitol as he joined the talk show by phone on Sept. 30.
During a press conference in Little Rock Tuesday, Democratic Party campaign law and finance attorney Benton Smith alleged a violation of federal campaign law had occurred.
Federal agriculture officials say Arkansas' corn harvest is complete while harvesting of sorghum and rice is almost done.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service says 98 percent of the sorghum harvest is complete, along with 92 percent of the rice harvest.
According to the statistics service, 100 percent of cotton bolls have opened and 54 percent are harvested. The Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas says the cotton crop is a full week behind the typical pace.
A federal appeals court has rejected the Little Rock School District's motion to delay a coming trial on Arkansas' request to end long-running desegregation payments to three school districts.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the district's request to stay proceedings in the trial, set to begin Dec. 9. A federal judge on Oct. 22 had rejected the district's request to delay the trial.