Arkansas News

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 …

Storms Hammer Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas

A powerful storm system swept across Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma late on Sunday and early Monday, killing at least one person and injuring four others, emergency officials said, as millions of people were in the path of hurricane-force winds and …

Neighbor’s Toxic Spill in Leads to Home Evacuations in North Little Rock

Some families in North Little Rock, Ark., have been forced to evacuate their homes after a hazardous chemical spill in a neighbor’s backyard. Fire Chief Jim Murphy tells KATV-TV the homes were evacuated after a homeowner’s son accidentally knocked over …

$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb” of the members of Houston, Texas-based Columbia Lloyds Companies: Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company and its wholly owned and …