A seventh grader from LISA Academy in Little Rock is the sole contestant from Arkansas in the National Spelling Bee taking place this week. Chythanya Murali is competing in the nation's most prominent spelling stage, covered by ESPN. Murali's coach and LISA Academy's High School assistant principal Judith Knieling says Murali's natural curiosity enables her to succeed.
With Memorial Day over, many Arkansans have put their grills away. However, two Back Yard Burger restaurants in central Arkansas are offering a special meal deal to customers Tuesday in honor of National Burger Day.
Elyse Hammett works with the Back Yard Burger chain in Arkansas. She says Burger Day began in Michigan in the 1930s and later became an annual event enjoyed by foodies nationwide.
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.