The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas' first tornado of 2014.
Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., say an EF1 tornado hit Sunday evening in a rural area of Franklin County in western Arkansas. The weather service says the twister touched down at 8:45 p.m. about 1 mile south-southeast of the community of Vesta before lifting and touching down again in the Peter Pender area.
The weather service says the tornado's path was 5.4 miles long with a maximum width of 450 yards.
Today, a 20-year-old undocumented immigrant, who has grown up for the majority of her life in Pea Ridge, Arkansas will go before a federal judge to see whether she will be deported.
Marisol Soto’s story is one of many in the United States as debates about immigration reform are stalled in the US Congress. Reporter Jacqueline Froelich of KUAF in Fayetteville has this immigration story.
The state Republican Party is being allowed to intervene in a lawsuit defending ID rules for absentee voters. The decision came Monday morning after a ruling by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox.
The state Board of Election Commissioners created a rule in February allowing absentee voters additional time to show ID if they failed to include a copy. The elections commission in Pulaski County has challenged the state board’s authority to craft the rule saying only the legislature can make such a provision.
After enduring a battering of torrential rains over the weekend, Arkansans may now have to bundle up as a cold front moves through the state bringing the likelihood of freezing weather Monday night. The state rarely feels temperatures drop below freezing in mid-April, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark, who says a cold front moving in from Canada is causing the mercury in the thermometer to drop.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is calling for a series of five debates with Sen. Mark Pryor as Cotton challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.
Cotton - a Republican - said Sunday that he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and closing statements with he and Pryor - a Democrat - asking each other questions and giving rebuttals.
Two schools in eastern Arkansas have received a combined $6 million in federal School Improvement Grant funds.
The Arkansas Department of Education announced Monday that Wonder Junior High School in West Memphis will receive $3.7 million over three years and Forrest City Junior High School will receive $2.4 million over two years.
Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says the federal grants will allow the schools to implement new programs to improve academic performance.
A hearing is set in a lawsuit over how absentee ballots are handled under Arkansas' new voter ID law, five weeks ahead of the state's primary election.
The Arkansas Republican Party has asked a Pulaski County judge to allow it to help defend the state Board of Election Commissioners for adopting a rule that gives absentee voters additional time to show proof of ID. The Pulaski County Election Commission claimed in a lawsuit last month that the state panel overstepped its bounds with the new rule.
A hearing is set for 9 a.m. Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.