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Chainee Bartlett is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. She is a native Arkansan with a passion for news and popular culture. Chainee joined the morning show staff as a producer in June 2013.

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    Heavy Rainfall Causes Water Levels to Rise in Arkansas

    The amount of rain fallen in the last month has officials concerned in Central Arkansas. In the first ten days of June the state has already reached the monthly average, according to our affiliate KTHV – Channel 11. In 2011, the Little Rock Army Corps of Engineers had to release water from certain rivers due to dangerous water levels. If another bad wave of storms comes they could have to do that this year, according to officials. The Army Corps […]

  • Adult Education Center Hosts Blood Drive

    The Adult Education Center in Fort Smith will host a blood drive today (June 11) in the basement of the building from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Organizers tell 5NEWS this is the time of year when the supply of blood is running low, and donations are greatly needed. “It’s really important, especially in the summer months. They’re out almost every day some of them,” said Director Gary Udouj, “My students and staff feel that it’s really important to do […]

  • Couple Doesn’t Let Wildfire Ruin Wedding Day

    Newlywed couple Michael and April Wolber were not expecting to have their wedding interrupted by a wildfire in Bend, Oregon. Just as April was about to walk down the aisle, firefighters told the wedding party they had to evacuate; the fire was closing in. The couple’s parents pleaded with firefighters to let them finish the ceremony quickly; authorities did relent, allowing them to quickly tie the knot. While the party was relocating to a backup reception in Bend’s Drake Park, […]

  • Fort Smith Library to Push for Budget Increase

    The Fort Smith Board of Directors will meet to approve an election petition, which will ask voters in August to approve a 2-mill increase for the library’s budget. The library’s annual budget comes in at $2.6 million. With the increase, that budget would double. “The purpose of this funding intiative is really to be able to take our library to the next level”, said library Director Jennifer Goodson, “What that means is increasing our ability to be able to impact our community.” If the petition is approved, […]

  • Balloons to be Released in Honor of Morgan Nick

    Family and friends will gather Monday night to release dozens of pink balloons for the 19th anniversary of Morgan Nick’s disappearance. On June 9th, 1995 Morgan was kidnapped from a little league ball field in Alma. Her mother, Colleen Nick, went on to found the Morgan Nick Foundation in hopes of finding Morgan and helping other missing kids. “We’ve never been given any kind of proof that Morgan is not alive. And we’ve seen amazing stories of recovery: the girls […]

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    Friday Traffic and Construction Delays

    All the traffic updates and construction delays you need to know for Friday.

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    Push Being Made for Domestic Violence Registry

    An Arkansas woman, and victim of domestic violence, is asking lawmakers to help create a registry for domestic violence offenders. Two years ago, Laura Webb’s husband backed his car into her, then ran over her again as he left the scene of the crime. Now, Webb is pushing for lawmakers to create a state-run domestic violence registry. Similar to a sex-offender registry, people would be able to search a database of individuals convicted of domestic violence. The push has received […]

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    Manhunt Underway for Gunman in Canada

    A man dressed in fatigues and carrying a rifle went on a rampage, killing three police officers and wounding two others in Moncton, Canada.

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    Overnight Fire Damages Fort Smith Storage Building

    The Fort Smith Fire Department responded to a storage building fire at 1810 South T St. last night (June 3). According to dispatchers, the call came in around 10:45 p.m. and the scene was cleared about an hour later. Firefighters said a storage building and carport were damaged. A nearby home sustained some minor heat damage. No one was injured.

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    AHTD to Conduct Random Truck Inspections

    The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will conduct random inspections through Friday (June 6) of this week. The inspections began just a day after a log truck lost control of its brakes and dumped several logs, killing two people and injuring dozens. Two of those injured were men from Van Buren. An annual inspection is required for trucks like the one involved in Monday’s crash, which is what prompted the road checks. On Tuesday (June 3) 10 trucks were pulled off the […]

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    Driver Hospitalized, Children Injured in Rollover Accident

    A woman is in the hospital, and several children are recovering from minor injuries, after being involved in a rollover accident on Albert Pike in Fort Smith on Tuesday (June 3), authorities said. Cpl. Allen O’Mara of the Fort Smith Police Department said the accident happened at 8 a.m. when a red Toyota SUV collided with a maroon minivan at Albert Pike and North O Street. The accident caused the Toyota sport utility vehicle to flip over, according to police. […]

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    Leaders to Decide on Budget for U.S. Marshals Museum

    Leaders at the U.S. Marshals museum in Ft. Smith will decide whether to approve spending $2 million on construction and operation costs.