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Cops: He Stole Her Credit Card, Picked Wrong Place to Use It

Shamon West allegedly tried to pay his bill using his waitress' own card

(Newser) - The Arkansas waitress ended up getting a good tip from the table, but one of a different sort. Flora Lunsford, 58, was working a Tuesday morning shift at Shannon's Restaurant in Pine Bluff when she went to process a customer's payment, reports KATV . Thing is, the credit card... More »

Kayaker Dies a Hero After Whirlpool Opens Up

Arkansas man helped 2 caught near whirlpool

(Newser) - Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington ... More »

Lightning Kills Arkansas Father of 2

Tyler Grisham was doing construction work when a tree close to him was struck

(Newser) - A father of two was killed by lightning last week as storms blew through central Arkansas, KARK reports. Tyler Grisham was working at a construction site Friday when a tree nearby him was struck. Grisham was also hit and rushed to a hospital, but it was too late. Grisham's... More »

He Got HIV on Purpose. What He Planned Was Even Worse

Stephen Koch tells judge he wanted to infect others

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Arkansas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after admitting he purposefully contracted HIV with the goal of infecting others. Stephen Koch of Scranton was initially arrested on drug charges, though an informant later told police Koch was also viewing child pornography. A subsequent search of... More »

Supreme Court Won't Block Arkansas Abortion Restrictions

Allows new law on pills to stay in place, at least for the time being

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered. Critics of a challenged state law say it could effectively end medication abortions in the state. The justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting an appeal from the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Arkansas... More »

The Man in Black Gets a New Honor

Johnny Cash's childhood home in Arkansas is added to the National Register of Historic Places

(Newser) - The Man in Black's boyhood home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, though the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that it took two tries to get it there. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program announced Friday that the home in Dyess where country music icon Johnny Cash lived... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

He Walked Out of School in Protest. Then, 2 'Swats'

Arkansas students' punishment for participating in gun violence protest is making headlines

(Newser) - Three students were punished for walking out of their Arkansas school Wednesday during the national protest against gun violence , and their punishment is now in the spotlight. Per ArkansasMatters.com , the Greenbrier Public Schools superintendent says the students never gave a heads-up so their school could prep for their demonstration,... More »

His Shift Starts at 4am. His Commute: an 11-Mile Walk

Trenton Lewis' co-workers have just remedied the commute, however, and given him a car

(Newser) - Trenton Lewis has never missed a shift and never been late for his 4am shift at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Ark., a dedication driven by his love for his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen, per CNN . His attendance is even more impressive when you consider his wakeup time and commute:... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Murder Witness Says She Was Thrown From Bridge, Survived

Jamie Shipp told Arkansas police she was kidnapped after seeing a double shooting

(Newser) - Just after 3am on Christmas Day, police in Little Rock, Ark., found Jamie Shipp soaking wet and freezing cold—and telling an incredible tale. The 42-year-old says she witnessed a double shooting in Lonoke County, was kidnapped by the perpetrators, and thrown off a bridge on I-430 on the 32-degree... More »

Turkeys Are Dropped From Planes in Arkansas

The practice is now an unofficial part of an October festival

(Newser) - No matter how busy the holiday travel season, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a smoother flight than the unfortunate turkeys involved in Arkansas' Turkey Trot. The annual October festival in Yellville sees turkeys hurled from buildings and a plane flying 500 feet above the ground. Disturbed? You're... More »

5 States With Highest, Lowest Divorce Rates

No guarantees, but Massachusetts is the state with lowest divorce rate

(Newser) - Keeping one's vows till death do you part is a challenge for even the most happily married couples—but the odds might be greater depending on where you live. To find out which states have the highest and lowest rates of divorce, 24/7 Wall St. examined a Census Bureau... More »

Sex Accusations Surface After Parent Threatens Teacher

Teacher Jessie Goline is accused of having sex with 4 students

(Newser) - Arkansas police say a 25-year-old high school teacher had sex with four students in two school districts between January and April 2016, including one boy in her class who was underage. How this came to light: "Boys brag," prosecutor Scott Ellington tells the Washington Post . According to court... More »

The 5 Richest, Poorest US States

Maryland's median household income is $37K more than Mississippi's

(Newser) - The median household income in the US climbed more between 2014 and 2016 than in any other two-year period on record. But that doesn't mean all Americans shared equally in the gains. Maryland residents enjoy a median household income that is almost twice that of people in Mississippi, per... More »

Woman Used Government Funds to Buy Tuxedo for Pug

Kristi Goss pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card

(Newser) - A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug, the AP reports. Kristi Goss was set for trial this week but... More »

Teen Severely Burned by 'Hot Water Challenge'

He suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns on his neck

(Newser) - A teen boy is recovering from severe burns in Arkansas after he awoke to scalding hot water being dumped on him at a sleepover. Nickolas Conrad, who is 15, was treated at a hospital in Little Rock for first and second degree burns on his neck and under his arm,... More »

Arkansas Plans Execution With New Drug Supply

Latest batch expires in Jan. 2019

(Newser) - Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said he planned to schedule an... More »

Court Decision Could Pave Way for 'Showdown' Over Planned Parenthood

Court says Arkansas can block funding for the organization

(Newser) - A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, the AP reports. In a 2-1 ruling, an 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued preventing the state from suspending any Medicaid payments for services rendered to... More »

This State Has the Deadliest Weather

Nevada's sweltering temperatures can kill

(Newser) - If you can't stand the heat, stay far away from Nevada. Soaring temperatures caused the deaths of 50 people in Nevada in 2016 alone, making the state the deadliest in the country when it comes to weather, per 24/7 Wall St . The states with the most dangerous weather, based... More »

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