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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 »

Reward Hits $40K in Road Rage Killing of Boy, 3

Gunman opened fire after grandmother honked horn

(Newser) - The FBI and the Little Rock Police Department are each offering a $20,000 reward in the hope of finding a driver who killed a little boy because he didn't like his grandmother's driving. The boy, 3-year-old Acen King, was fatally shot near a shopping center Saturday evening... More »

Thrown From Car, Infant Found Safe in Storm Drain

She rolled down a hill, suffered only minor injury

(Newser) - Some are calling it a Thanksgiving miracle, per People . Police say an 18-wheeler clipped a car on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Ark., around 7pm Friday, causing the vehicle to flip and an 8-month-old girl to be ejected. Her car seat was found outside the vehicle, but the infant wasn't... More »

11K Marlboro Smokers Seek Share of $45M Settlement

Anybody who bought them in Arkansas before 2010 qualifies

(Newser) - Anybody who bought Marlboro Lights or Ultra Lights in Arkansas over a 40-year period qualifies for a share of a $45 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit, and more than 11,000 have applied. The settlement applies to anybody who bought the brands between 1971, when Marlboro Lights were introduced,... More »

Mom, Daughter Buy Tampons and 'Smash the Patriarchy'

Text conversation during Walmart shopping trip goes viral

(Newser) - People are singing the praises of an Arkansas mother and daughter who turned a trip to Walmart to buy tampons into an opportunity to "destroy menstruation stigma"—as per Teen Vogue —and—as Mashable puts it—"rip into the patriarchy." Us Weekly reports Belinda Hankins... More »

School's Tough-Love Policy Raises a Ruckus

Others think Arkansas school is spot-on

(Newser) - A long-held school policy is suddenly getting a lot of attention after it was posted to Facebook this week—and parents are fuming. "If you are dropping off your son's forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please turn around and exit the building. Your son will learn to... More »

When Asked Her Name, Abused Girl Replies 'Idiot'

She's only 4 years old

(Newser) - The details of the physical abuse are bad enough, but a different type of detail is particularly heinous: Police say that when a 4-year-old girl was rescued from an abusive home in Arkansas, she thought her name was "idiot" because she'd been called it so often, reports the... More »

Prisoners Who Tore Down Ark. Blight Fear Toxic Exposure

'They sold us on a dream'

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a win-win for everyone involved in Pine Bluff's Mulligan Road project: The Arkansas city would get rid of abandoned houses that were an eyesore, while the inmates and parolees who tore down those eyesores would receive valuable job training and other perks. But as... More »

One Officer Dies in Arkansas Police Shooting

Suspect is in custody

(Newser) - An Arkansas deputy died Wednesday after being shot while responding to a call at a house, authorities say. Sebastian County Deputy Bill Cooper was pronounced dead at a hospital around 1:15pm, Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said during a news conference. Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also shot and suffered... More »

2 Cops Shot in Arkansas

No word yet on their conditions in Sebastian County

(Newser) - Two law enforcement officers have been shot by a gunman in Sebastian County, Arkansas, reports 4029tv.com . Their conditions are not known, nor are details about what led to the shooting, which took place around 7:15am local time. KFSM identifies the two men shot as the chief of police... More »

Escaped Inmate Orders Beer, Asks Bar Owner to Call Cops

Police found him drinking beer, he surrendered peacefully

(Newser) - If you'd escaped from jail and been on the lam for a week, grown exhausted and hungry, and decided to turn yourself in, wouldn't you want to have a beer first? That's what police say Shaun Higham did Tuesday night. The 45-year-old was in Arkansas' Logan County... More »

Escaped Killer, Rapist on the Run in Arkansas

Lloyd Jones escaped Monday while on work detail

(Newser) - A convicted killer has escaped from a state prison in Arkansas, sparking a manhunt near that state's borders of Tennessee and Mississippi. Authorities say 40-year-old Lloyd Jones escaped around noon Monday while working at a construction site about two miles from East Arkansas Regional Correctional Facility in Brickeys, where... More »

Half of Seniors to Miss Graduation Over 'Prank'

Criminal charges have also been filed

(Newser) - Students at Osceola High School in Arkansas call it a senior prank. Officials call it trashing the school. Whatever the label, half of the 2016 class will miss graduation and some are facing criminal charges. Osceola Superintendent Michael Cox tells KAIT that 37 of 80 seniors broke into the school... More »

Judge Quits After Photos of Spanked Defendants Surface

He's accused of trading leniency for sex with young men

(Newser) - Arkansas Judge Joe Boeckmann was a sexual predator who cared a lot more about paddling young white men than he did about justice, according to investigators, whose evidence includes thousands of photos of nude defendants. Boeckmann, under investigation since last year amid accusations that he exchanged leniency for sexual favors,... More »

Man Charged With Felony After Filling McDonald's Water Cup With Soda

Cops say manager was hit by car trying to stop him

(Newser) - An Arkansas man is facing felony charges after allegedly filling his free water cup with not-free soda Monday at a McDonald's in Springdale, KHBS/KHOG reports. Police say 18-year-old Cody Morris and two others drove through the McDonald's drive-thru and ordered three large waters. They then parked, went into... More »

Arkansas Inmate Shot Dead During Escape Attempt

Convicted killer was serving life without parole

(Newser) - A convicted killer in Arkansas whose only ways out of prison were death or escape will be leaving by the former after attempting the latter. Christopher Wilson, a 41-year-old serving life without parole for beating a woman and her 8-month-old baby to death in 2002, was shot dead during an... More »

Man Drives 65 Miles With Landmine Buckled Into Passenger Seat

He thought it was a cannonball

(Newser) - Police in Hot Springs, Arkansas, evacuated about 20 homes after a man mistook a Civil War-era landmine for a cannonball and took it home this week. The US Air Force Bomb Squad has safely detonated the landmine, the AP reports. Matt Bell says he was doing excavation work when he... More »

FBI Trying to Hack iPhone in Murder Case

Apple devices belong to Arkansas murder suspects

(Newser) - The FBI will again put its mysterious phone-hacking skills to use: A prosecutor in Arkansas says the FBI's Little Rock field office has agreed to help hack an iPhone and iPod owned by two teenagers accused of killing a couple in July. Hunter Drexler, 18—whose iPhone 6 was... More »

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