arkansas News

Arkansas Disaster Recovery Centers to Close June 14

State and federal officials say Disaster Recovery Centers that were set up to help Arkansans following April 27 severe storms will close on June 14. Starting Monday – the state/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Mayflower and Vilonia will be open …

Private Arkansas Storm Shelter Didn’t Meet Safety Standards

Arkansas’ Emergency Management Department says a private storm shelter where a death occurred after a tornado tore through central Arkansas last week didn’t meet safety requirements. Emergency management officials said Monday that the storm shelter had a door failure during …

Arkansas Requests Disaster Declarations

Members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency and President Barack Obama to issue additional disaster declarations for areas of Arkansas hit hard by last week’s tornadoes and flooding. Arkansas’ two U.S. senators and four congressmen …

Arkansas County Will Get $1.1M in FEMA Funds

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor says Polk County will receive $1.1 million in disaster-relief funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Pryor announced the funding Thursday and said it’s to help the county recover from damage caused by winter storms in …

NWS Confirms First Arkansas Tornado of 2014

The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas’ first tornado of 2014. Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., say an EF1 tornado hit Sunday evening in a rural area of Franklin County in western Arkansas. The weather service says the twister touched down …

New Pavement Treatment May Help Arkansas Reduce Wet-Weather Crashes

About two dozen highways in Arkansas are set to receive a new pavement treatment that’s aimed at reducing crashes during wet weather. The pavement treatment is now used on some Arkansas interstates and is being expanded to other roadways in …

Arkansas Storms Didn’t Produce Tornado

A National Weather Service official says searchers have found no evidence of tornadoes as a result of severe weather that struck the state. Warning coordination meteorologist John Robinson with the weather service in North Little Rock says a survey team …

More Resources Needed to Improve Winter Weather Response: Arkansas DOT

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett says more equipment and employees are needed for highway officials to improve their response to winter weather conditions. Bennett told a joint legislative committee Tuesday that the department needs more money to …

Arkansas Highway Officials Hear Complaints on Poor Winter Storm Response

Legislators alarmed by complaints from motorists who spent hours stranded on a pair of icy interstates in eastern Arkansas want state highway officials to explain their response, or lack of response, as sleet and snow piled up. “I’m not trying …

Arkansas Company Recalling 29,200 Pounds of Chicken Product

An Arkansas firm is recalling about 29,200 pounds of seasoned raw, chicken breast strips due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday the recall involves George’s Inc. of Springdale. …