Arkansas News

Report: Healthy Midwest Economic Growth Expected

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states inched up in May, suggesting healthy economic growth is coming over the next three to six months, according to a report released. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to …

Technology Changing Perceptions of Tornadoes, Damages

Experts say that advances in technology, particularly social media, are changing how people watch for severe weather and how quickly images of the damage can be shared. John Robinson, the warning coordinator for the National Weather Service’s Little Rock office, …

Arkansas Governor: $68.7M in Damage Claims Following Tornadoes

The office of Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says $68.7 million in damage claims have been filed for individual and commercial entities in Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White Counties following the April 27 tornadoes. The tornadoes are blamed for 16 deaths …

Oklahoma Lawsuit Filed in Arkansas Chemical Plant Blast

The operator of a south Arkansas chemical plant that exploded in 2012 has filed a federal lawsuit in Oklahoma against a French company that supplied industrial gas for the facility, arguing that the supplier is responsible for more than $100 …

President Says Government to Help Arkansas Rebuild After Storms

Surveying the remnants of nature’s destructive power in the country’s midsection, President Barack Obama on May 7 pledged to residents of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities that their government will stand with them until they finish rebuilding. Obama said he wanted to …

Arkansas Implements Moratorium on Policy Non-Renewals, Cancellations

Due the disaster declarations in several Arkansas counties following severe storms, tornadoes and floods beginning April 27, 2014, the Arkansas Insurance Department has implemented a moratorium on cancellation/non-renewal of policies for the non-payment of premiums for Arkansans residing in storm impacted …

Disaster Declarations OK’d for Arkansas Counties

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says Pulaski, Randolph and White counties have been declared federal disasters and people with storm damage are eligible for individual assistance. Faulkner County, where most of the 15 who died April 27 in the EF-4 tornado …

Disaster Declarations Requested for Arkansas Counties

Members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Barack Obama to issue additional disaster declarations for areas of Arkansas hit hard by last week’s tornadoes and flooding. Arkansas’ two U.S. senators and four congressmen …

Arkansas Residents Resolve to Rebuild After Twister

On the banks of Lake Conway in Arkansas, Michael and Christina Saville had what they regarded as their perfect home, a suburban retreat that attracted an abundance of animals. They say they will again, too. The Savilles lost their roof …

Arkansas Tornado Hits 1 Street Particularly Hard

Mark Wade and his family heard the dire warnings on TV and the tornado sirens, and were prepared to ride out the storm in their closet when a neighbor across the street on Vilonia’s Aspen Creek Drive yelled out: “Come …