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A Diner's Menu Offer Sparks Debate: Is It Really Sexist?

Mama D's Diner lets people order a little extra for the 'girlfriend'

(Newser) - A restaurant's special "girlfriend" offer is lighting up the Internet and sparking debate about possible sexism. It all began June 28 when Nick Chisler posted the "My Girlfriend is Not Hungry" listing from an Arkansas diner on Facebook , per CBS News . The cheeky menu option at Mama... More »

Suspect in Murder of Former State Senator Is 'Good Friend'

Rebecca O'Donnell's partner claims her innocence in death of Linda Collins-Smith

(Newser) - Former two-term Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith was killed by her friend, a former campaign aide now charged with capital murder, according to state police. Following her Friday arrest during a traffic stop, 48-year-old Rebecca O'Donnell was charged Monday with capital murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with... More »

An Ex-State Senator Was Murdered. A Woman Has Been Arrested

Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, 48, in custody after homicide of Ark.'s Linda Collins-Smith

(Newser) - A former Arkansas state senator was found dead of a gunshot wound at her Randolph County home last week, and now police have a suspect in custody, per CBS News . Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas has been arrested, with criminal charges still to come. A release from Arkansas... More »

'Ants Were My Nemesis,' Hiker Lost in Wilderness Says

Other hazards were expected

(Newser) - A drink of good, clean drinking water was Josh McClatchy's first request after being rescued. "It was so refreshing," he said. McClatchy had spent nearly five days fending for himself in the Caney Creek Wilderness of Arkansas after becoming lost on a hike last week. He was... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Hours Into His Hike, a Text: 'Hey Mom, I Need Your Help'

Joshua McClatchy, missing for 6 days, found dehydrated but alive in Arkansas wilderness

(Newser) - For the second time in a month, a happy ending to a missing hiker story. First 35-year-old Amanda Eller was found relatively unscathed in Maui after vanishing for 16 days. Now those searching for Joshua McClatchy are celebrating in Arkansas after the 37-year-old was found dehydrated but alive Friday night... More »

Death of Former State Senator Investigated as Homicide

Body was found at Arkansas home

(Newser) - Police in Arkansas are investigating the death of a former state senator as a homicide—but a judge has blocked the release of key information in the case, including law enforcement reports. Former press secretary Ken Yang tells KATV that Linda Collins-Smith, 57, was found dead from a gunshot wound... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

City of 4,500 Makes 'Last Ditch' Flood Effort

Arkansas city is in serious trouble

(Newser) - Crews were making a "last ditch effort" on Saturday to save low-lying parts of a small Arkansas city from floodwaters pouring through a breached levee, as authorities downstream were warning people to leave a neighborhood that sits across the swollen river from the state capital, the AP reports. The... More »

Cops: We Think We've Found Maleah

Human remains found in Arkansas will be tested to see if they're missing Houston 4-year-old

(Newser) - The search for little Maleah Davis may be over. Human remains were found in Arkansas Friday, and police think they may be the missing Houston 4-year-old , per the New York Daily News . "Do we believe that it's possibly her? Yes. But can we confirm it right now? No,... More »

One Part of the Country Faces 'Worst Flooding Ever'

Hundreds of homes are at risk or will be, authorities say

(Newser) - Residents in parts of Arkansas were preparing for what meteorologists on Sunday predicted will be the worst flooding in recorded history along parts of the Arkansas River over the coming week, the AP reports. The National Weather Service said in the statement that levee "over topping" is likely with... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

10 States With the Most Drug Abuse

The epidemic continues

(Newser) - A recent sliver of hope in the US opioid crisis emerged in the form of a substantial drop in prescription opioid use in 2018. But that doesn't mean the country's drug epidemic is anywhere near over. Drug abuse continues to run rampant, and WalletHub looked at the problem... More »

Sunday School Teacher Killed Husband in His 'Man Cave'

Patricia Hill, 69, was sentenced to 16 years on Tuesday

(Newser) - A married couple's dispute over pornography ended with the husband shot dead in the shed he called his "man cave." Arkansas woman Patricia Hill, 69, was sentenced to 16 years in prison Tuesday after being found guilty of the second-degree murder of husband Frank Hill, 65. Her... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

'It's Been Hell': Arkansas Dump Has Been Burning Since July

Fire is sending noxious smoke through town

(Newser) - More than seven months after residents first noticed a fire at an illegal dumping site in northwest Arkansas, it's still smoldering, sending noxious smoke throughout the town and seeping into homes, with costs to extinguish the fire estimated at tens of millions of dollars. Chris Nelson, 40, lives with... More »

Teen's Plan to Get to Concert Involved Plane He Couldn't Fly

Zemarcuis Scott wanted to get from Arkansas to Chicago to see Famous Dex, apparently

(Newser) - An Arkansas teen has pleaded guilty to trying to steal a commercial plane so he could fly to Chicago to attend a rap concert, the AP reports. Per the Texarkana Gazette , Zemarcuis Scott of Texarkana pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary and was sentenced to... More »

The Dog Was Yipping Around the Deputy's Feet. Then, a Shot

Deputy Keenan Wallace has been fired from the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department

(Newser) - A Chihuahua who was shot in Arkansas isn't dead, but a deputy's career with the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department is. Deputy Keenan Wallace has been "relieved of his duties" after an expletive-filled video showing him shooting a dog named Reese's after responding to a call... More »

Unusual Fire Will Cost Arkansas $1M to Put Out

It's been burning underground since July

(Newser) - It seemed like a run-of-the-mill call for firefighters in Arkansas back in July: Residents of Bella Vista had reported what appeared to be a brush fire in the woods. Five months later, that fire is still smoldering, and the resultant smoke has been deemed a safety hazard for those in... More »

Candidate Misses Vote, Vote Ends Up Tied

If only he'd voted early

(Newser) - A first-time political candidate in northeast Arkansas has learned a valuable civics lesson: vote early. Cliff Farmer didn't make it to the polls in time to vote Tuesday, and his race for a Hoxie City Council seat ended up as a tie, the AP reports. The Jonesboro Sun reports... More »

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