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Curt Lanning is from Russellville, Arkansas.

He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2014 with his master's degree in multimedia journalism.

Curt loves covering technology, breaking news, and anything related to The Natural State.


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    Walmart Requests That Gov. Hutchinson Veto Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – Retail-giant Walmart requested on Tuesday (March 31) that Gov. Asa Hutchinson veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Every day in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement. “It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual. Today’s passage of [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout […]

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    All-Clear Given At Siloam Springs School After Suspicious Package Found

    SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – The Bentonville Bomb Squad and Siloam Springs Police Department have given the all-clear Tuesday (March 31) afternoon after authorities said a suspicious item was found at Northside Elementary School. The item was a clear plastic jar, wrapped in tape with a hand-written note inside, according to Siloam Springs Police Chief James Wilmeth. Authorities cleared the scene just before 6 p.m. The Siloam Springs Police School Resource Officer found the suspicious item around 3:47 p.m. in the parking […]

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    House Reconsiders, Passes Bill Allowing Distillers To Produce Hard Cider

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – The state House of Representatives reconsidered and then passed a bill on Tuesday (March 31) that will allow Arkansas distillers to produce hard cider, according to a tweet from the House. The bill was filed by Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, and is called SB 1032, according to legislative records. SB 1032 was brought up for a vote in the House on Monday (March 30) and failed with a tally of 50-9. A motion was filed on […]

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    Legislator Spit On During Vote Over Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – An Arkansas representative was spit on during a vote over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on March 30, officials say. Rep. Rebecca Petty, R-Rogers, was spit on by a group at the Capitol protesting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, lawmakers say. Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, said he was “amazed that people uplift this sort of behavior. We were a much better country when people showed respect and honor.” He continued, “I don’t spit at or curse people […]

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    Gov. Hutchinson Vetoes Publicity Rights Bill

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed a publicity rights bill on Tuesday (March 31) that aimed to protect the names, voices, signatures and photographs of Arkansas citizens from exploitation and unauthorized commercial use, officials say. The bill, SB 79, passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 80-6 and the Senate with a vote of 25-3, according to legislative records. The bill was sent to Hutchinson on March 25 at 10:43 a.m. SB 79 was filed by […]

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    Armed Panera Robbery Suspect Sought By Fayetteville Police

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Fayetteville police are looking for an armed Panera Bread Company robbery suspect, according to a news release. On March 30 at 9:51 p.m., the Fayetteville Police Department responded to a robbery at the Panera Bread Company at 3638 N. Front St., authorities said. An employee told police a man entered the business armed with a handgun and demanded money, the release states. The employee told the suspect she didn’t have access to the money, and the suspect fled […]

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    Travel Agent Who Stole $272,500 From Southside Band Sentenced To Over 5 Years

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The travel agent that stole $272,500 from the Southside Band in Fort Smith was sentenced to more than five years on Monday (March 30), officials say. Calliope Rocky Saaga, 40, of Utah was sentenced to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release on one count of wire fraud, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge. Saaga was charged with three counts of wire fraud […]

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    Bella Vista Street Department Building Likely A “Complete Loss” After Fire

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) – The Bella Vista Street Department building is likely a “complete loss” after a fire on Sunday morning (March 29), officials say. The street department building on Pinion Valley Drive caught fire on one end around 7:10 a.m. No injuries were reported from the blaze, officials said. Most of the building was damaged by heat, but the vehicle maintenance part of the structure was undamaged, according to the Bella Vista Fire Department. The cause of the fire […]

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    Bill Allowing Distillers To Produce Hard Cider Fails In House

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – A bill that would have authorized Arkansas distillers to produce hard cider failed in the House of Representatives on Monday (March 30), according to legislative records. The bill was filed by Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, and is called SB 1032, according to legislative records. SB 1032 passed in the Senate with a vote of 30-1 on March 25, and the legislation was approved by the Committee on House Rules on March 26, legislative records state. Despite […]

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    Sen. Cotton: “Hey SNL, I’m As Tall As The Rock”

    (KFSM) – Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, had a message for Saturday Night Live regarding his height after being featured in a skit, according to one of his tweets. In the skit, actors portraying Cotton, House Speaker John Boehner, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are in the White House speaking to President Obama about their recent actions. They eventually make the president so angry he turns into “The Rock Obama,” a Hulk-like alter ego portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Rock Obama […]

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    Deputies Investigate Property Stolen From Vehicles In Sebastian County

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) – Deputies with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office are investigating multiple instances where property was stolen from vehicles in the overnight hours between Friday (March 27) and Saturday (March 28), authorities say. The thefts took place in the area of Swift Bend, south of Fort Smith, according to a news release. None of the vehicles were broken into because they were all unlocked, deputies said. Items stolen included, cash, bank cards and firearms, the release states. A […]

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    Gauge Containing Radioactive Material Stolen From Construction Site

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – A gauge containing radioactive material was stolen from a construction site near Little Rock, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Health. The construction site where the gauge was stolen from is close to Interstate 40 in Northwest Pulaski County, the release states. Although the device has radioactive containment and isn’t dangerous if the shield remains intact, it could present a radiation hazard if it were damaged, officials said. The gauge transport case […]

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