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  • Upping Ante, Trump Threatens New Tariffs On Chinese Imports

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10 percent rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade imbalance between the two countries. Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual […]

  • Federal Judge Again Blocks Arkansas Medication Abortion Law

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge on Monday again blocked Arkansas from enforcing a law that critics say makes the state the first in the nation to effectively ban abortion pills. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a 14-day temporary restraining order preventing Arkansas from enforcing the restriction on how abortion pills are administered. The law says doctors who provide the pills must hold a contract with a physician with admitting privileges at a hospital who agrees to handle […]

  • Child Hit By Car In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Police Department is reporting that a minor has been hit by a car at S 35th Terrace & Holyoke Avenue, in Fort Smith. The child has been transported to a local hospital, and it is unclear what their condition is at this time. The driver is under investigation, according to the Fort Smith PD. Stay with 5NEWS for more on this developing story.  

  • Fayetteville School Board Terminates Superintendent After Sexual Harassment Claims

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – After a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Fayetteville School Board has terminated Superintendent Matthew Wendt’s contract following a three-month investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. The board met in a public hearing Monday (June 18) to discuss the personnel matter. The claims against Wendt came to light in March. He was placed on paid leave in April pending the outcome of the investigation. A charge of sexual harassment with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was filed on May […]

  • Walmart NW Arkansas Championship: Schedule Of Events

    ROGERS (KFSM) — The 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship kicked off in Northwest Arkansas Monday (June 18). Here is a schedule of events for the remainder of the tournament: Tuesday, June 19  All Day – Professional practice 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Yoga for Girls presented by Dove – Hub479 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Champions Party presented by Unilever – JQH Convention Center Wednesday, June 20 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented […]

  • Bella Vista Couple Not Facing Charges After Alleged Sexual Assault

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – A man and woman in Bella Vista will not be facing charges related to sexually abusing two toddlers, according to Benton County Prosecutor Nathan Smith. Douglas and Tamy Pershing were arrested in Sept. 2017 in connection with the sexual abuse. Douglas was facing felony charges of second-degree sexual assault and Tamy was facing misdemeanor charges of failure to notify by a mandated reporter and endangering the welfare of a minor. Smith said the victim’s parents did […]

  • Former State Senator Sentenced to 18 Months In Federal Prison On Fraud, Money Laundering Charges

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A former state senator was sentenced Monday (June 18) to 18 months in federal prison on fraud and money laundering charges. Jake Files resigned earlier this year after pleading guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. He admitted to taking thousands of dollars intended for construction of a sports complex in Fort Smith that was set to be built at Chaffee Crossing. Files’ plea deal didn’t guarantee a specific sentence. However, according to our […]

  • Historic Cannon At Tilles Park In Fort Smith To Be Relocated

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A veterans group with the help of Arkansas Trucking Company of Alma, will prep and move a historic cannon sitting at Tilles Park in Fort Smith to a new home at Fort Chaffee. The historic 155mm towed howitzer nicknamed “Long Tom” was made in 1945 and used by a brigade during the Korean War. The large canon has since sat at Tilles Park in Fort Smith. The canon will be cleaned up and put on display […]

  • Bella Vista Police Searching For Robbery Suspect

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Police are looking for a man accused of robbing the Walgreens pharmacy on Monday (June 18) morning. The suspect is a white male in his 50s, and he was last seen wearing a red, white and blue plaid shirt, blue jeans and a camouflage hat that says “Army” on it, according to Cassi Lapp, spokeswoman for the city. Lapp said the man also used a medical mask to cover his face when he allegedly robbed the […]

  • Trump Announces Plans For Pentagon To Create ‘Space Force’

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space. Trump envisioned a bright future for the U.S. space program, pledging to revive the country’s flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a manned mission that would reach Mars. The president framed space as a national security issue, […]

  • Police: Gentry Man Admits Sexually Abusing Girl

    GENTRY (KFSM) — A Gentry man has admitted to molesting a 13-year-old girl when she was a young child, according to a probable case affidavit. Edward Joseph Shirley, 24, was arrested Thursday (June 14) in connection with rape, a Class Y felony. The girl told Gentry police that Shirley groped her genitals when she was 8, according to the affidavit. The incident was reported to police in October 2017. Investigators later found Shirley, a Level 3 sex offender, was incarcerated […]

  • Fayetteville Officials Seeking Funding For Veterans Funerals

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Officials in a northwestern Arkansas are hoping a federal benefits program can help them bury the unclaimed remains of qualifying veterans at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs unclaimed remains program would allow Washington County to be reimbursed $300 for burial costs. The program also may pay for a plot and transportation of the body, according to the agency’s website. Unclaimed bodies become wards of the coroner, so the county must pay for the […]