Arkansas

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Arkansas Sues Jim Bakker Over Bogus COVID Cure

The TV preacher is accused of exploiting consumer fears

(Newser) - TV preacher and convicted fraudster Jim Bakker is being sued yet again for selling a product that supposedly "eliminates" the coronavirus from the body within hours. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a lawsuit against the Missouri-based televangelist under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, saying 385 Arkansans had... More »

9-Year-Old Killed While Checking Mail

2 questioned after suspected dog mauling in Arkansas

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy went to check the mail at his home in Mount Vernon, Ark., on Thursday but failed to return, shortly before authorities made a horrifying discovery. The body of the boy, apparently mauled by dogs, was found not far from the home in a field, according to the... More »

This Is the State With the Worst Drug Abuse

Missouri gets unwanted distinction in WalletHub list

(Newser) - As America remains mired in a drug crisis , the added weight of the coronavirus pandemic has only made things harder. That's per WalletHub , which looked at all 50 states and DC to see which areas are affected the most by drug abuse. It looked at nearly two dozen metrics,... More »

Tornado Destroys Home of Doctor in Viral Photo

1-year-old was with his mother elsewhere when twister struck

(Newser) - Last week, a photo showing a doctor greeting his 1-year-old son through a glass door while on a break from treating COVID-19 patients went viral. Because of the coronavirus risk, Jared Burks saw son Zeke crawl for the first time through the glass. That door, and the rest of the... More »

Tornado Tears Through Ark. College Town

6 injured in Jonesboro, but could have been much worse if not for social distancing

(Newser) - A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, reports the AP , leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. The six people reported injured were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said. The tornado did... More »

Cops: 23 Years Later, Killer Returns for Victim's Daughter

Travis Lewis is dead along with his latest victim, say deputies

(Newser) - It was Sept. 10, 1996, when a man entered a home on Arkansas' Horseshoe Lake, fatally shooting two inhabitants, Sally Snowden McKay and her nephew, Lee Baker. More than 23 years later, deputies say the same man returned to kill again. Travis Lewis, paroled in 2018, killed McKay's daughter,... More »

Mistrial in Case of Boy Killed With Stick After Courtroom Fracas

Man's stepson charges stepfather during sentencing hearing

(Newser) - A judge declared a mistrial Thursday for an Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick after the man's stepson charged at his stepfather during the sentencing hearing, the AP reports. Circuit Judge Brad Karren granted the request for a mistrial... More »

10 Best, Worst US States for the Ladies

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Louisiana is dead last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the population in America, so one would think that health care, job opportunities, and goodwill toward working parents as they relate to women would be a top priority. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states, plus the District at Columbia, analyzing two... More »

DNA Will Prove If State Executed an Innocent Man

Ledell Lee maintained his innocence until he was put to death in 2017

(Newser) - Ledell Lee was executed in Arkansas in 2017 , despite legal challenges requesting more DNA testing using modern technology; the state denied those requests. Lee never stopped insisting he was innocent of the 1993 murder of Debra Reese, and now Slate reports that his case "could result in DNA evidence... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Police Officer 'Ambushed and Executed' in His Car

The Arkansas officer's killer 'had no motive at all'

(Newser) - Police say an Arkansas officer was just sitting in his car when someone walked up and executed him, 5 News Online reports. Officer Stephen Carr was waiting for his partner behind the Fayetteville police station Saturday morning when a man armed with a 9mm handgun shot him multiple times, the... More »

Toddler Dies Trying to Save Puppy From Burning Home

Family lost track of 23-month-old while scrambling to put out fire

(Newser) - Arkansas couple Kurtis and Caitlin Sharp lost their home and their possessions in a house fire Saturday, but that was far from the worst loss they suffered that day. As family members, who were outside when the fire broke out around 5pm, were calling for help and trying to put... More »

Sarah Sanders on Possible Run: 'I Feel Like I've Been Called'

Former White House press secretary is clearly thinking about a gubernatorial run in Arkansas

(Newser) - So is Sarah Sanders running for governor in Arkansas ? She's not making anything official yet, but in a new interview with the New York Times , President Trump's former press secretary also isn't exactly downplaying the possibility. "There are two types of people who run for... More »

Paternity Test Is More Bad News for Hunter Biden

Lunden Roberts says he fathered their child

(Newser) - Someone get Joe Biden an aspirin—his son is back in the news. This time it's about a court motion saying Hunter Biden fathered a child with an Arkansas woman and owes her child support, People reports. "DNA testing has established with scientific certainty that the defendant is... More »

Chemistry Professors Arrested in Meth Probe

One had said 'Breaking Bad' was a boon to recruiting

(Newser) - Two chemistry professors in Arkansas have been accused of breaking bad, and have been arrested on suspicion of making methamphetamine. Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, have been on administrative leave since Oct. 11, the Democrat-Gazette reports, days after a chemical odor was reported in the science... More »

Bloomberg Qualifies for Ballot in 2nd State

He files the paperwork himself in Arkansas

(Newser) - Two down, 48 to go. Michael Bloomberg flew to Arkansas on Tuesday and personally filed the necessary paperwork to be a candidate in the state's primary, reports the New York Times . The former New York City mayor has now qualified for two states, having filed the paperwork for Alabama... More »

Locals on Edge as Prisoner Goes Missing—Again

Calvin Adams escaped an Arkansas prison in 2009 and may have just done so again

(Newser) - "We'll get him." That's the determined response of a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, which has pulled out all the stops to look for a convicted murderer who either managed to bust out of a state prison or is hiding very well somewhere on... More »

She Found No Diamonds for an Hour. Then She Went to YouTube

Miranda Hollingshead scores big at Crater of Diamonds

(Newser) - A first-time visitor to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park turned to YouTube for help in finding a gleaming rock and, almost immediately, spotted one. After searching through the dirt for about an hour on a spur-of-the-moment family outing on Aug. 16, Miranda Hollingshead of Bogata, Texas, sat down in... More »

VA Doctor Allegedly Made 3K Mistakes. 3 Patients Died

Arkansas' Robert Morris Levy faces up to 524 years if convicted

(Newser) - A former Veterans Affairs doctor is accused of making more than 3,000 errors, including "incorrect and misleading diagnoses" resulting in three patients' deaths. He faces up to 524 years in prison if convicted. Federal investigators say one veteran died of prostate cancer though Dr. Robert Morris Levy, the... More »

10 Best, Worst States to Give Birth

Vermont comes out on top, Mississippi on bottom

(Newser) - Having a baby is a beautiful—and also expensive and possibly stressful—thing. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, on 30 factors related to cost (on average, the cost of a conventional delivery in the US is more than $10,000, but some states are pricier... More »

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