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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 »

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 »

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 »

Cops: 25 Shot Overnight in Little Rock Nightclub

All are alive, and police say it wasn't a terror attack

(Newser) - Police in Little Rock, Arkansas, say 25 people were shot inside a nightclub early Saturday—but all have survived, the AP reports. Details on what happened aren't clear, but police say the shooting appears to have been set off by a dispute inside the Power Lounge about 2:30am.... More »

Arkansas' Ten Commandments Monument Stood for Only a Day

Michael Reed accused of knocking it over with his car

(Newser) - A controversial Ten Commandments monument didn't even last a day on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol before it was knocked to the ground early Wednesday, reportedly by a man accused of damaging a similar monument in another state. Michael Tate Reed, 32, appears to have done little to... More »

He Spent 32 Years on the Run. Then Police Received a Tip

Steven Dishman will have to complete his original 7-year sentence in Arkansas

(Newser) - After three decades on the lam, an Arkansas man has been quickly reacquainted with life behind bars. Steven Dishman, 60—who was five months into a seven-year sentence for burglary and property theft when he escaped from the Cummins Unit in Lincoln County, Ark., on May 28, 1985, reports KTHV... More »

America's 10 Least Boozy Cities

Expect a dry weekend in Utah

(Newser) - Don't expect to find many rowdy parties in Provo-Orem, Utah. Despite its 10 bars, the area is the least boozy in the country, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which ranked US cities based on excessive drinking rates in a 30-day period. The 10 least boozy cities, which fall in... More »

Boy, 9, Is 4th Member of Family Found Dead

Mom's boyfriend told cops where body was

(Newser) - The search for two missing children in western Arkansas came to a grim end Saturday with the discovery of 9-year-old Reilly Scarbrough's body in a wooded area. The body of the boy's 2-year-old sister, Acelynn Wester, was found a day earlier near the creek where her mother, 43-year-old... More »

Victim's Family's Kind Act Surprises Death Row Inmate

Family paid for Kenneth Williams' daughter to fly to Arkansas

(Newser) - Kayla Greenwood understands the desire to see one's father a final time. In 1999, when she was 5, Greenwood’s dad was killed when an escaped prisoner in a stolen truck slammed into his vehicle during a police chase. That escaped prisoner, convicted of killing two others, is now... More »

Back-to-Back Executions on Same Arkansas Gurney

2nd inmate was in death chamber when he won temporary stay

(Newser) - Arkansas carried out the nation's first double execution since 2000 Monday night, executing Marcel Williams on the same gurney Jack Jones died on hours earlier. Both men had called for the executions to be halted because of their poor health . The AP reports that Jones, 52, was executed on... More »

Last Meal of Holy Communion, Then Arkansas Executes Inmate

US Supreme Court voted 5-4 not to intervene

(Newser) - After 12 years and hundreds of hours of legal battles, the state of Arkansas has successfully taken a man's life. Ledell Lee, a convicted murderer who'd been on death row for more than 20 years, was executed late Thursday after the US Supreme Court decided not to intervene,... More »

Courts Halt Arkansas Multiple Execution Plan

State running out of time for 7 executions

(Newser) - Arkansas' goal of executing seven inmates in 11 days before its supply of lethal injection drugs expires may be a dead plan walking after two court rulings Friday. In the first ruling, the state Supreme Court temporarily stayed the execution of convicted killer Bruce Earl Ward, NPR reports. Attorneys for... More »

No One Wants to Watch Arkansas' Executions

The state is attempting to carry out 8 executions in 10 days next month

(Newser) - Arkansas hasn't carried out an execution since 2005 due to legal challenges and the availability of necessary drugs. It's apparently ready to make up for lost time. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has scheduled eight executions over 10 days in April. There will be two executions by lethal injection per... More »

8 Men Are Set to Die in Arkansas. Here's Why That's 'Unprecedented'

8 are set to take place over 10 days

(Newser) - Arkansas hasn't executed anyone in 11 years—but between April 17 and April 27, eight men will be put to death, an "unprecedented" move in the US, according to a group that monitors executions in the country. Nine inmates had asked the US Supreme Court to review the... More »

Amazon Defends Alexa's 1st Amendment Rights in Murder Case

Police want recordings from the suspect's Amazon Echo

(Newser) - Does Alexa have First Amendment rights? That's one of the questions at the heart of a legal battle between Amazon and Arkansas police. Victor Collins was found dead in James Bates' hot tub back in 2015, and Bates has been charged in his friend's murder. Believing an Amazon... More »

Mom Uses YouTube Videos to Build a Home With Her Kids

Cara Brookins could afford the land, but not a new home. So they built it themselves

(Newser) - In 2008, Cara Brookins had just left a husband she describes as "physically violent" and wanted desperately to give her four children a home where they'd each have their own room. Her solution? She began studying home-construction tutorials on YouTube. The computer analyst calculated that she could afford... More »

Teacher Resigns Over Racist Posts About Obamas

He allegedly called them 'spider monkey,' 'first chimp'

(Newser) - An Arkansas high school teacher has resigned as parents and students were planning to boycott school events in response to his references to Barack and Michelle Obama as "spider monkey" and "first chimp." The online posts attributed to Trent Bennett of Malvern High School have since been... More »

Arrest Made in Road-Rage Killing of 3-Year-Old Boy

Gary Holmes charged with murder of Acen King in Little Rock, Ark.

(Newser) - A suspect has been nabbed in an Arkansas road-rage case that left a 3-year-old boy dead last week. Confirmation comes via the US Marshals that Gary Holmes was arrested in connection with the murder of Acen King, who was killed after a man shot at the car he was riding... More »

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