A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.
The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.
A heat advisory is in affect for Central and Southwest Arkansas for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and in some areas even 100 degrees, but will feel warmer due to humidity levels.
Senior Forecaster John Lewis says certain groups of people are more likely to be affected negatively by the heat.
"Small children, the elderly, people in general who work outside for long periods of time, should at least consider moving indoors...so the heat isn't as prolonged" said Lewis.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning about two phone scams going on in the state.
McDaniel says his office has received a number of reports that people claiming to be with credit card companies or the government are trying to obtain credit card or bank numbers.
McDaniel says one scam involves a person alleging to be with a credit card company and saying the would-be victim's credit cards are locked and that their credit numbers are needed to unlock the cards.
He says credit card companies would already know the customers' card number.
Burn related injuries are on the rise this time of year due to out door festivities. The Fourth of July often means using fireworks and sparklers, but Arkansas Children’s Hospital spokeswoman, Pamela Richard says people don’t often understand the dangers involved.
Arkansas Law Enforcement officials are working on a program to issue traffic citations electronically.
They say if it goes into effect, it could speed up the process and enhance the safety of police officers.
Spokesman Bill Sadler with the State Police says this is beneficial.
"The officer is not spending as much time along the side of the road. We all know from experience that the longer you're on the side of the road with a violator, the chances of something going wrong increases with the amount of time," said Sadler.
Officials are working on the best plans for the future after Phillips County Jail was closed on Tuesday due to failing an inspection.
Danny Hickman, the Coordinator of the State’s Criminal Detention Facilities, said, “There were several items that they didn’t meet the standards. Main thing is, the jail becomes deteriorated a lot and it became a very unsafe facility for inmates and for the staff and for the public of Phillips County. And living conditions was not quite up to par.”