New U.S. Census estimates show that more than half of Arkansas' cities and towns saw population drops over the past 10 years - even as the state's overall population grew by 9 percent.
Recent population estimates show that 308 cities and towns in Arkansas had population declines between 2002 and 2012. The largest drop was in Pine Bluff, where the population decreased by more than 6,800 over the 10-year period. Springdale led the 194 cities that gained in population.
Tom Cloud, owner of 'For Mother Earth' in Mtn. View, Ar. along with Rob Savoye. and Emma Yingling, discuss the changing and unchanging perspectives each generation has about 'Hippies". Rob is the self-appointed maintainer of the unofficial Rainbow Family website and has been envolved in the 'Gathering' infrastructure for many decades. Emma Yingling is on the steering committee and serves as secretary for the medical marijuana campaign in Arkansas. This discussion sheds new light on the strength and tenacity of the group we have come to call 'Hippies'.
Hundreds of people crowded the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives. KUAR’s Kezia Nanda was there.
Governor Mike Beebe challenged the public to show respect and love for people in the military.
“When you see a serviceman or woman, in a uniform, in an airport, on the street, in a restaurant, only takes a minute, it takes less than a minute, to shake their hand and thank them for their service,” said Beebe.
After a series of earthquakes has shaken a region just northwest of Morrilton over this past week, geologists and researchers continue to assess the area. Scott Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Survey says his agency and the Memphis-based Center for Earthquakes Research and Information have installed an additional seismic station to follow activity in the area.
Ausbrooks says that although the cause of the temblors is likely natural, his team is looking at a possible connection with nearby injection wells, used in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
This year's Riverfest celebration did not break any attendance records, but preliminary estimates put attendance at a four year high. Over 250,000 people lined the riverfront over three days. Festival goers also got a look at a newly renovated Riverfront Amphitheater. Festival Chairwoman Jody Veit-Edrington says she doesn't believe the rain Sunday hurt turnout.
Hundreds of family and friends turned out at the Walnut Ridge basketball gym for funeral services for a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in the Black River nearly a month after she disappeared.
Services were held Saturday for Sydney Randall.
Sidney disappeared March 10 and police say her now-dead stepfather - John Cornell - is the primary suspect in her disappearance. Police say Cornell was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound the day after Sidney was reported missing.
A cause of the girl's death has not been released.
The US Geological Survey has recorded several small earthquakes in the Morrilton area about 50 miles west of Little Rock. The USGS reports that nine earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.5 to 2.4 between shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday and 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the area northeast of Morrilton. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not a common until an earthquake is above magnitude 4.0.