The state Department of Human Services says residents in a central Arkansas county affected by last week's severe weather can pre-register for disaster food assistance.
Officials say starting Tuesday, Faulkner County residents can pre-register from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a Conway mobile unit - located at 1000 East Siebenmorgen - for the Disaster-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says it has selected the state director for Sen Mark Pryor's office as its new lobbyist.
The college announced Monday that Randy Massanelli won the position over two other finalists to serve as the next vice chancellor for governmental relations starting July 1st. The university's current lobbyist Richard Hudson is retiring July 31st.
The two other finalists for the position were Mac Campbell, a former aide to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, and Republican state Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home.
President Barack Obama is planning to visit tornado ravaged areas of the state Wednesday. On Monday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked during a regular briefing why the President has not previously visited Arkansas while in office.
“I don’t even know how to respond to that except to say the President has focused and will be focused when he visits on Wednesday on the families of victims, and on the first responders, and on the efforts underway to help Arkansas rebuild,” said Carney.
Faulkner County officials are attributing an infant's death to last week's tornado that killed 15 people in central Arkansas.
County spokesman David Hogue says Monday that a mother, who suffered injuries from last Sunday's tornado, gave birth to a baby.
Hogue says the newborn took a breath, and died. Hogue says the baby's death is attributed to the tornado because of the mother's injuries. The infant's exact time of death and how far the mother was along in her pregnancy were not immediately known.
Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Barack Obama to issue additional disaster declarations for areas of Arkansas hit hard by last week's tornadoes and flooding.
Arkansas' two U.S. senators and four congressmen asked Monday for a major disaster declaration for Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties.
Faulkner County has already received a federal disaster declaration.
Obama is scheduled to tour areas hit by the tornado on Wednesday.