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    Mena Schools Closed Due To Winter Weather

    MENA (KFSM) – The Mena School district is closed this morning (Wed. Feb 25th) due to inclement weather. The announcement was made around 5:30 a.m. Polk County is under a winter weather advisory and is expected to see more snow throughout the day.

  • High Five: Fort Smith Boy Scouts Donate Food To Those In Need

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Boy Scouts in Fort Smith donated food to those in need on Tuesday (Feb. 24). Every week 5NEWS shares stories of local people making a positive difference in ourHigh Five report. OnlyInArk.com presented by First Security is the proud sponsor of High Five. Do you have a story idea that would make a perfect High Five segment?  We want to hear about it.  Submit your story here, and it could be featured on 5NEWS High Five!

  • High Five: Fort Smith Police Recognized At Awards Luncheon

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Multiple Fort Smith police officers were recognized at an awards luncheon on Feb. 20. Every week 5NEWS shares stories of local people making a positive difference in ourHigh Five report. OnlyInArk.com presented by First Security is the proud sponsor of High Five. Do you have a story idea that would make a perfect High Five segment?  We want to hear about it.  Submit your story here, and it could be featured on 5NEWS High Five!

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    Siloam Springs Police Arrest Man Accused Of Military Desertion, Domestic Battery

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – The Siloam Springs Police Department arrested a man on suspicion of military desertion and domestic battery, according to an arrest report. Rhandall S. Lavasseur, 26, of Fort Bragg, N.C. was booked into the Benton County Detention Center on Feb. 20 at 6:45 p.m., according to jail records. Those same records also state he faces charges of military desertion, second-degree false imprisonment and third-degree domestic battery. On Friday (Feb. 20) at 2:39 p.m., police spoke with a […]

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    Oklahoma Senate Panel Puts A Stop To Chemical Castration Bill

    OKLAHOMA CITY (KWTV) – A proposal to force certain sex offenders in Oklahoma to go through chemical castration as a condition of release from prison failed in a state Senate committee on Feb. 24. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 on Tuesday against the bill by Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro. Since this week is a deadline for bills to emerge from committee, the measure is most likely finished for the session. The bill, if passed, would have targeted those convicted of […]

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    President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Bill

    CNN – President Barack Obama, exercising his veto power for the first time in five years, rejected on Tuesday a measure green-lighting the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Obama’s signature denying the Keystone bill kicks off what’s expected to be a flurry of vetoes on measures that Republicans will send to the White House now they control both chambers of Congress. It appears unlikely GOP lawmakers will be able to reverse Obama’s veto on the pipeline. The threshold for […]

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    No Federal Civil Rights Charges In Trayvon Martin Case

    CBS News – Three years after teen Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., setting off a national debate on race and gun laws, the Department of Justice announced Monday it had concluded that there is not enough evidence to bring civil rights charges in the case. Attorney General Eric Holder called the case “a devastating tragedy,” in a press release. “It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked […]

  • Healthwatch: Winter Weather Effect on Blood Donations

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The winter weather in Arkansas is having an impact in the medical community. Blood donations are down.

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    Alaska Becomes Third State With Legal Recreational Pot

    CBS News  – Alaska became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on Feb. 24, but organizers don’t expect any public celebrations since it’s still illegal to smoke marijuana in public. In the state’s largest city, Anchorage police said they’re ready to start handing out $100 fines to make sure taking a toke remains something to be done behind closed doors. Placing Alaska in the same category as Colorado and Washington state with legal marijuana was […]

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    Georgia To Execute Its First Female Prisoner In 70 Years

    CNN – Not since Lena Baker, an African-American convicted of murder in Randolph County, has Georgia executed a woman. The state is scheduled to snap that 70-year streak on Wednesday. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 47, was convicted in a February 1997 murder plot that targeted her husband in suburban Atlanta. Gissendaner was romantically involved with Gregory Owen and conspired with the 43-year-old to have her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, killed, according to court testimony. Owen wanted Kelly Gissendaner to file for a […]

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    Justice Department Asks Judge To Halt Immigration Ruling, Seeks Appeal

    CBS News – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion to appeal a Texas judge’s decision to block President Obama’s executive action meant to defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants and is asking that judge to lift his injunction that bans the government from accepting applications for relief. The government appealed to U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who ruled last week that Texas and 25 other states have the standing to sue the White House over the […]

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    Arkansas Prohibits Expanded Local Anti-Discrimination Laws

    LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) – Arkansas has become the second state in the nation to ban local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include gender identity and sexual orientation. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Feb. 23 allowed legislation barring cities or counties from prohibiting discrimination on a basis not covered by state law to become law without his signature. It will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns. Arkansas’ anti-discrimination protections do not include gender identity or sexual orientation. […]

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