At least nine people were injured when storms hit western Arkansas, including seven people hurt when tornadoes struck in Clark and Montgomery counties.
State emergency officials attributed seven injuries Thursday to tornadoes and two to a lightning strike. State emergency spokesman Tommy Jackson said four people were hurt near Oden in Montgomery County and three were hurt in Clark County. Damage was reported to homes, trees and power lines.
Two adults suffered serious injuries near Rogers in a lightning strike, according to Jackson.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a judge ordered a travel agent to pay more than $4 million in penalties and restitution after he allegedly took money without providing a promised trip to Hawaii for two Arkansas marching bands.
McDaniel's office said Thursday that a Pulaski County judge ordered Ope Saaga to pay more than $400,000 in restitution and $3.86 million in civil penalties.
Dozens of residents and property owners are suing ExxonMobil Pipeline Company two months after a pipeline ruptured and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in the central Arkansas city of Mayflower.
Attorneys for a number of residents and property owners filed the lawsuit in Faulkner County on Tuesday seeking damages after the company's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29 and spilled the oil in Mayflower.
Close to $3 million in grant money is being awarded to 16 agricultural researchers to develop more sustainable methods for growing strawberries.
The project is funded by the Walmart Foundation and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability is administering the awards. Winners were announced Wednesday.
Spilled crude oil is seen in a drainage ditch near evacuated homes near Starlite Road in Mayflower, Ark., on March 31. An Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying Canadian crude oil was shut off after it ruptured March 29, causing an evacuation of 22 homes.
Governor Beebe has named Charles Robinson as his appointment to fill the office of State Treasurer. The office was vacated last week when Martha Shoffner resigned amidst federal charges of extortion.
The 66 year old Robinson, of North Little Rock, received his MBA from the University of Arkansas and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.