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Bridge Inspector Fired for Missing Crack—Twice

Every inch of span on Mississippi River was supposed to be checked

(Newser) - In 2019 and 2020, the same inspector led teams checking the condition of a bridge that spans the Mississippi River, connecting Arkansas and Tennessee. Both times, the teams failed to notice a crack that has now shut down the bridge for repairs, the New York Times reports. There's no...

Crack in Major Bridge Could Lead to Monthslong Shutdown

Closure of Memphis' Hernando DeSoto Bridge connecting Tenn. to Ark. is causing a big headache

(Newser) - A big crack in the steel framework of a bridge over the Mississippi River has led to the bridge's closure, throwing traffic and shipping into disarray for the indefinite future. On Tuesday, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which connects Memphis, Tenn., and West Memphis, Ark., was shut down for emergency...

4 Years After His Execution, New Evidence Raises Doubt

Profile of unknown male found at murder scene in Ledell Lee case

(Newser) - Ledell Lee maintained his innocence even up to the day of his execution in Arkansas in 2017. Now, new tests on DNA evidence from the 1993 murder scene lends support to those still trying to clear his name, reports Complex :
  • The tests turned up the profile of an unknown male

Josh Duggar Facing Child Porn Charges
Josh Duggar Facing
Child Porn Charges

Josh Duggar Facing Child Porn Charges

Former '19 Kids and Counting' star pleads not guilty in Arkansas

(Newser) - On Thursday, headlines were abuzz over the arrest of former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, just days after his wife had announced they're expecting their seventh child. Now, some clarity on what exactly he was arrested for: The 33-year-old pleaded not guilty via Zoom on Friday to...

Rioter Seen in Pelosi Office Released

Richard Barnett to move to home confinement pending trial

(Newser) - Richard Barnett got his wish. The man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has been released on bond almost four months after his arrest , and nearly two months after an outburst in court over his continued detention. A judge...

Widow's Admission Cracks 20-Year-Old Double Murder

Arkansas police finally know what happened to Angela Cox and her young son Mikey

(Newser) - Police in Arkansas say they have solved a nearly 20-year-old double murder case, but the killer has since died himself. In a lengthy account , the Fulton County Sheriff's Office says a man named Clarence Krusen killed 20-year-old Angela Cox and her 4-year-old son Mikey in late 2002 or early...

Arkansas Lawmakers Override Governor on Transgender Law

New law bans treatments for trans youth

(Newser) - Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor's objections. The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of the measure , which prohibits doctors from providing gender...

Arkansas' GOP Governor Vetoes Anti-Transgender Bill

Asa Hutchinson describes bill as a 'product of the cultural war in America'

(Newser) - The Republican governor of Arkansas called for "tolerance and diversity" Monday after vetoing a bill that would have banned gender-affirming treatment for transgender youth. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, whose veto may be overridden by the state legislature, described HB 1570 as "extreme" and urged lawmakers to take a "...

They Kept a Vow Not to Talk for 51 Years. Then They Married

Biological daughter who was put up for adoption played a role

(Newser) - It's not often a person can say they introduced their parents, but that's sort of true for Arkansas' Laura Mabry. Mabry, who was adopted as an infant in 1968, took a DNA test in 2019 that connected her with her birth mother, Donna Horn. During text and email...

Arkansas' New Anti-Abortion Law Has Specific Purpose

To take down Roe v. Wade

(Newser) - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the US Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v. Wade decision but opponents vow to block before it takes effect later this year. The...

Boy Shot at School Hours After In-Person Classes Resumed Dies

Authorities believe Arkansas shooting was targeted, not random

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy shot at an Arkansas junior high school earlier this week died Wednesday, officials said. Lt. David DeFoor, Pine Bluff police spokesman, confirmed the death Wednesday night, citing the Pulaski County Coroner's Office in Little Rock, the AP reports. A deputy at the coroner's office referred...

Hours After In-Person Learning Resumes, a School Shooting

Police say one 15-year-old boy shot another at Pine Bluff junior high school

(Newser) - A 15-year-old junior high school student was shot by another boy just hours after in-person learning resumed Monday, police in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, say. Police say the student was seriously injured in the shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High School, which happened as students were switching classes around 10am, the...

Missing North Carolina Girl Found
North Carolina
Girl Found

Missing North Carolina Girl Found

Savannah Childress was abducted, found safe in Arkansas

(Newser) - Savannah Grace Childress, 14, was abducted from her home in Denton, NC, on Feb. 11—but on Saturday night, she was found safe. She was with suspect William Ice, who had communicated with her via online platforms, in Arkansas when police spotted his SUV, which was linked to the abduction...

Lawmakers: Women Here Have to Make Pre-Abortion Phone Call

Arkansas state Senate passes House-approved bill on hotline onto Gov. Asa Hutchinson

(Newser) - A bill now heading to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's desk will require women who want an abortion to call a dedicated hotline before they do so. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state Senate on Thursday voted 28-5 to pass the "Every Mom Matters Act," House-backed legislation...

Huckabee Sanders Enters Race, Hits 'Radical Left'

Former White House press chief announces run for governor in Arkansas

(Newser) - Sarah Huckabee Sanders re-entered the political spotlight on Monday by announcing that she's running for governor in Arkansas, reports the Democrat Gazette . The 38-year-old previously served as President Trump's press secretary, and she now hopes to become the first woman to hold the seat her father, Mike, once...

Doctor Wipes Out $650K His Patients Owe Him

Oncologist was always troubled by the strain caused by medical debt

(Newser) - Over nearly 30 years, thousands of patients were treated at the Arkansas Cancer Clinic. No one was turned away for financial reasons, but the bills patients were left with troubled Dr. Omar Atiq. "I've always been rather uncomfortable with sick patients not only having to worry about their...

Ex-Arizona Official Jailed for 'Baby-Selling' Scheme
They Hoped to Adopt. They
Walked Into a 'Baby Mill'
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They Hoped to Adopt. They Walked Into a 'Baby Mill'

Ex-Arizona official jailed for 'baby-selling' scheme prosecutors say spanned 3 states

(Newser) - A former Arizona elected official and adoption lawyer has been sentenced to six years in prison in Arkansas for what prosecutors say was a scheme that involved smuggling dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands into US states to give birth, reports the Washington Post . Paul Petersen, 45, "...

You Could Get $10K and a Bike Just for Moving Here
Want $10K and
a Bike? Move Here

Want $10K and a Bike? Move Here

Northwest Arkansas seeking STEAM professionals

(Newser) - If remote work opportunities don't already have you pondering a move, Northwest Arkansas is offering perks, including $10,000 and a free bike. The Northwest Arkansas Council says it will invest "more than $1 million over six months to attract top talent to the region" as part of...

'Death to All Marxist Democrats' Post Ends Police Chief's Reign

Arkansas mayor says his city condemns the rants

(Newser) - An Arkansas police chief has stepped down after being called on posts urging violence against "Marxist Democrats" he said are keeping President Trump from being declared the winner of the presidential election. "Death to all Marxist Democrats. Take no prisoners leave no survivors!!" one of Lang Holland'...

Guy Finds 'Shiny' Thing That's Really So Much More

Kevin Kinard says he 'teared up when they told me'

(Newser) - A bank manager discovered a 9.07-carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem was a piece of glass, the AP reports. Kevin Kinard of Maumelle found the second-largest diamond in the 48-year history of Crater of Diamonds State Park on Labor Day, according...

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