President Barack Obama is scheduled to tour tornado devastated neighborhoods in Arkansas Wednesday afternoon and talk with victims.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discussed plans briefly during Tuesday’s daily press briefing.
“The president already issued a disaster declaration and he looks forward to meeting with the victims, their family members, first responders, and local and state government officials in the wake of these storm and these tornadoes,” Carney said.
The President was invited to visit the state by U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.
The Arkansas Health Department is cautioning consumers to be aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which use vapor to deliver nicotine.
The agency says the practice known as 'vaping' exposes consumers to harmful chemicals. Health officials said Tuesday that e-cigarettes are unregulated and pose health risks to users and people who breathe second-hand fumes.
After a deadly tornado ripped its way through central Arkansas, the mother of two boys killed in the storm and her husband are in stable condition in a Little Rock hospital.
A family friend says that Daniel and April Smith suffered multiple injuries caused by last week's EF4 tornado, but are in stable condition.
Friend Jessica Sowards says Daniel has a skull fracture, deep cuts and a shoulder injury. April has a broken pelvis, hairline fractures in both of her legs, minor lacerations and had suffered a collapsed lung.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is extending the deadline to apply for and accept financial aid for students in five counties with tornado or flood damage.
The department says students in Faulkner, Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties have until July 1 to apply for and accept financial aid, including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.
Each county has been declared a disaster area by Gov. Mike Beebe following tornadoes and flooding. The deadline for students in all other counties remains June 1.