Arkansas News

AssureStart Adds 5 States

Online small business insurer AssureStart of Seattle is now open for business in five additional states: Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Iowa and Arkansas. The move is part of a company initiative to have a nationwide presence by early 2015. AssureStart currently sells …

Weather Service to Deem Tornado-Torn Arkansas County ‘Storm Ready’

The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County in Arkansas as a “StormReady” community next week. Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April’s tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities …

Arkansas Judge: No Class-Action in Whirlpool Lawsuit

A federal judge in Arkansas says he won’t certify a complaint against Whirlpool Corp. as a class-action lawsuit because he is not sure whether residents of a polluted Arkansas neighborhood or the company is the driving force behind it. The …

Former Agency Owner Standridge Sentenced in Arkansas

A Mount Ida, Ark., man has been sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say 58-year-old Steven Alan Standridge was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Hot Springs. Standridge was the founder of the …

Arkansas Community Still on Mend After Fatal Twister

Seven months after a deadly tornado struck Vilonia residents and business owners are still working to rebuild the central Arkansas community. Marty Knight heads the Rebuild Vilonia committee and says recovery has been strong since the April twister struck central …

Illinois Man Promises Neighbors Spot in Underground Tornado Shelter

The 1,200-pound steel cylinder in James Trudeau’s driveway certainly struck his Bourbonnais, Ill., neighborhood as odd, at least at first. Even Kankakee County’s planning department wasn’t sure what to make of it when Trudeau sought a building permit to bury …

Little Rock Police: Cars Stolen While Warming Up

Little Rock, Ark. police say a number of people have reported cars being stolen after they were started and left to warm up in cold weather. Police Lt. Scott Timmons told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that some cars were stashed at …

Two Arkansas Firms Cited by OSHA; Fines Total More than $123K

Two Arkansas-based companies have been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplace safety violations. Combined penalties proposed by OSHA for the two firms total $123,100. Custom design and packaging manufacturer AGE Industries Ltd. …

Arkansas Hospital Survey: More Patients Have Insurance

A survey of Arkansas hospitals found the number of patients without insurance was down during the first half of 2014 and the state’s expansion of the Medicaid program under the “private option” is said to be the reason. The Arkansas …

Cocaine Residue Found on Arkansas Man’s Insurance Card

Jonesboro, Ark., police have arrested a man who they say handed an officer an insurance card covered in cocaine residue during a traffic stop. The Jonesboro Sun reports 31-year-old Shannon Ray of Jonesboro was charged with several drug charges. Officer Blake …