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Oklahoma hasn't recorded a tornado this year but may soon

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — This year's weather on the Southern Plains has an odd twist: Oklahoma has yet to record its first tornado, the deepest into the year it's gone without one since 1962. Although a drought has dried up moisture needed to fuel stor...

 

After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

Recent showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the southwestern United States, but dry weather will persist through the summer. Forecasters said Monday a months-long drought is considered “extreme” from southern California to...

 

After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

Dry weather will prolong the wildfire threat through summer in the southwestern United States, even though weekend showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the area, forecasters said Monday. The drought is rooted in a dry spell...

 

Arkansas sues drugmakers it blames for deadly opioid crisis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials filed a lawsuit against three drug manufacturers Thursday, claiming overzealous and deceptive marketing contributed to an increase in opioid abuse that fueled a spike in overdose deaths. The lawsuit in...

 

Arkansas liquid waste rule change troubles environmentalists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Environmentalists fear a proposed Arkansas law that would prohibit new complaints against animal waste permits previously authorized by the state will gut their their effort to fight a farm that is authorized to house...

 

Arkansas high court lifts stays for 2 death row inmates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Supreme Court on Thursday lifted stays of execution for two condemned killers, saying they were not entitled to special assistance from mental health professionals before and during their trials. Bruce Ward and Do...

 

Arkansas flu deaths increase to 94 this season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — State health officials say two dozen Arkansas residents died from the flu last week, pushing the total for the season to 94, and cautioned that based on previous outbreaks the state could see a total of about 270 before spr...

 

The top odd news stories in Arkansas for 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas had some odd news stories in 2017. Poultry experts warned about piling chicken manure too high because it could spontaneously combust, and a juggler used his skills to prove to University of Central Arkansas...

 

Campbell, Broyles, Alamo among noted Arkansas deaths in 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Storied football coach Frank Broyles, international entertainer Glen Campbell and disgraced evangelist Tony Alamo were among the noted and notorious Arkansans who died in 2017. Two stars of the small screen died, too, five...

 

Planned Parenthood: Arkansas faces having 1 abortion clinic

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Planned Parenthood subsidiary told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that Arkansas' restrictions on how abortion pills are administered could effectively end medication abortions in the state and leave Arkansas with...

 

Arkansas got execution drug made by resistant manufacturer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One of the three drugs Arkansas planned to use in a lethal injection this week was made by a New York company that says it won't sell its products if it fears they'll be used in executions, court documents released...

 

Ex-judge admits to giving light sentences for nude photos

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who gave lighter sentences to men guilty of minor crimes in return for nude photographs or sexual favors could get a bit of leniency himself after admitting Thursday that he engaged in what one state offic...

 

Arkansas city hopes $100 million effort will restore glory

EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — An oil and timber town that was Arkansas' richest community nearly a century ago believes that building a $100 million arts district in its historic downtown will spark a "cultural infusion" that can reverse a decadeslong...

 

Researchers know about some deadly storms early with system

Researchers running highly detailed simulations using satellite images, radar and ground-based weather stations were able to predict a specific violent storm 90 minutes before it hit a western Oklahoma town and killed a man two months ago. The...

 

Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy amid smuggling case

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy. The Oklahoma...

 

Rapper held on unrelated charges after Little Rock shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A rapper whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured was arrested early Sunday on unrelated assault charges while outside an Alabama club where he was performing just 24 hours later,...

 

Tyson adopting video, welfare checks in poultry operations

PLUMERVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods has installed video cameras in key areas of its poultry operations and will test new ways to slaughter birds — not in response to previous "gotcha" moments but under a corporate philosophy that notes its role...

 

Arkansas inmates try variety of arguments to avoid death

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' plan to resume capital punishment after nearly 12 years seemed on its way to being blocked by rulings related to the lethal drugs it wants to use, but in the end arguments over the inmates' mental health led to...

 

Arkansas bill allows companies to sue over secret videos

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would let companies sue anyone, including employees, if they share a secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner. The bill was set up to target animal...

 

Arkansas considers banning 'sex-selection' abortions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas would become the eighth state to ban abortions based solely on whether a woman wants to have a girl or a boy under a measure a House panel approved Thursday that is part of a Republican agenda that started with...

 

New film links McVeigh to far-right ahead of OKC bombing

It didn't start out that way, but a new documentary tying various threads among far-right extremists and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh serves as a history lesson and, indirectly, as a warning that something so horrible could happen again....

 

Arkansas panel OKs restrictions on 2nd trimester abortions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislative committee voted Thursday to outlaw an abortion procedure that opponents call "savage" and "barbaric" while others deem it the safest way to end a pregnancy in the second trimester. The proposal by a...

 

How high is too high for a pile of chicken droppings?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — How high is too high for a pile of chicken manure? Eight feet, apparently. Chicken waste is an excellent fertilizer, but with the growing season still weeks away it's piling up in barns across the South. To reduce the risk...

 

Civility follows Arkansas' electoral vote, a sign of future?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — It was touch-and-go for a minute or two, but as Arkansas' old Supreme Court chamber cleared following a meeting of the state's Electoral College, there were surer signs that a divided nation can coexist in a Donald Trump...

 

Data shows value of advanced high school classes in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An eight-year effort to enroll more high school students in advanced placement classes has paid off as they earned higher salaries after graduating from college — regardless of the marks they received on end-of-course exa...

 

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