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'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 »

Mystery 'Fire Hole' Baffles All Who See It

Officials can't explain the hole in northern Arkansas

(Newser) - A small hole in Arkansas shot flames eight to nine feet high earlier this week and no one seems to know why, THV11 reports. Firefighters responded Monday to reports of the hole and found flames shooting for up for 30 to 45 minutes before the whole thing died down. "... More »

Goat-Headed Idol Appears at Arkansas Capitol

Satanists are protesting a Ten Commandments monument

(Newser) - The Satanic Temple temporarily placed a bronze statue of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet at the Arkansas State Capitol during a rally to call for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds. About 150 Satanists, atheists, and Christians attended the peaceful First Amendment rally Thursday, the... More »

Cops: He Stole Her Credit Card, Picked Wrong Place to Use It

Shamon West allegedly tried to pay his bill using his waitress' own card

(Newser) - The Arkansas waitress ended up getting a good tip from the table, but one of a different sort. Flora Lunsford, 58, was working a Tuesday morning shift at Shannon's Restaurant in Pine Bluff when she went to process a customer's payment, reports KATV . Thing is, the credit card... More »

Kayaker Dies a Hero After Whirlpool Opens Up

Arkansas man helped 2 caught near whirlpool

(Newser) - Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington ... More »

Lightning Kills Arkansas Father of 2

Tyler Grisham was doing construction work when a tree close to him was struck

(Newser) - A father of two was killed by lightning last week as storms blew through central Arkansas, KARK reports. Tyler Grisham was working at a construction site Friday when a tree nearby him was struck. Grisham was also hit and rushed to a hospital, but it was too late. Grisham's... More »

He Got HIV on Purpose. What He Planned Was Even Worse

Stephen Koch tells judge he wanted to infect others

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Arkansas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after admitting he purposefully contracted HIV with the goal of infecting others. Stephen Koch of Scranton was initially arrested on drug charges, though an informant later told police Koch was also viewing child pornography. A subsequent search of... More »

Supreme Court Won't Block Arkansas Abortion Restrictions

Allows new law on pills to stay in place, at least for the time being

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered. Critics of a challenged state law say it could effectively end medication abortions in the state. The justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting an appeal from the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Arkansas... More »

The Man in Black Gets a New Honor

Johnny Cash's childhood home in Arkansas is added to the National Register of Historic Places

(Newser) - The Man in Black's boyhood home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, though the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that it took two tries to get it there. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program announced Friday that the home in Dyess where country music icon Johnny Cash lived... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

He Walked Out of School in Protest. Then, 2 'Swats'

Arkansas students' punishment for participating in gun violence protest is making headlines

(Newser) - Three students were punished for walking out of their Arkansas school Wednesday during the national protest against gun violence , and their punishment is now in the spotlight. Per ArkansasMatters.com , the Greenbrier Public Schools superintendent says the students never gave a heads-up so their school could prep for their demonstration,... More »

His Shift Starts at 4am. His Commute: an 11-Mile Walk

Trenton Lewis' co-workers have just remedied the commute, however, and given him a car

(Newser) - Trenton Lewis has never missed a shift and never been late for his 4am shift at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Ark., a dedication driven by his love for his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen, per CNN . His attendance is even more impressive when you consider his wakeup time and commute:... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Murder Witness Says She Was Thrown From Bridge, Survived

Jamie Shipp told Arkansas police she was kidnapped after seeing a double shooting

(Newser) - Just after 3am on Christmas Day, police in Little Rock, Ark., found Jamie Shipp soaking wet and freezing cold—and telling an incredible tale. The 42-year-old says she witnessed a double shooting in Lonoke County, was kidnapped by the perpetrators, and thrown off a bridge on I-430 on the 32-degree... More »

Turkeys Are Dropped From Planes in Arkansas

The practice is now an unofficial part of an October festival

(Newser) - No matter how busy the holiday travel season, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a smoother flight than the unfortunate turkeys involved in Arkansas' Turkey Trot. The annual October festival in Yellville sees turkeys hurled from buildings and a plane flying 500 feet above the ground. Disturbed? You're... More »

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 »

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