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Larry Henry joined the 5NEWS team as a managing editor in March of 2012. He is a veteran reporter and editor who worked in Nevada, Tennessee, and most recently Northwest Arkansas.

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    Legislators Question Chancellor’s “No Comment” On GOP Letter

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A local Republican lawmaker said Monday (Nov. 24) he is disappointed that University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart has no comment on a letter that GOP legislators sent to him last week. A letter signed by 18 Republican legislators  went to Gearhart on Nov. 17, saying the university should stay focused on its mission and not on a Fayetteville City Council dispute over a “divisive” civil rights ordinance. (The letter from legislators can be seen by clicking here.) That letter […]

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    Legislators Criticize UA Chancellor For Involving University In ‘Divisive’ City Issue

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – More than a dozen Republican legislators signed a letter to University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart this week, expressing disappointment that he involved the university in a “divisive” city issue in Fayetteville. The letter, which can be read by clicking here, states that the Fayetteville City Council recently passed “a poorly drafted ordinance” that has become divisive. In August, the Fayetteville City Council approved Ordinance 119, prohibiting local businesses and entities from discriminating against customers and others […]

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    Judge Doug Martin Censured For Harassing Statements Made During Campaign

    FAYETTEVILLE  (KFSM) – Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin has been censured for harassing statements made during his May election campaign. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on Friday (Nov. 21) issued a letter of censure to to Martin, saying he was “alleged to have committed violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct” during his campaign. Martin defeated Fayetteville attorney Brian Lester in the May 20 election. Martin will not be suspended or removed from the bench but must […]

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    Springdale Woman Accused Of Shooting Husband In Face Gets New Trial Date

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A new trial date has been set for a Springdale woman accused of shooting her husband in the face last year, officials said. Robin Phillips’ trial had been scheduled to begin Nov. 18 but was rescheduled to start in the spring because the results of her mental evaluation are not in, according to officials. Phillips shot her husband, James, in the face with a semi-automatic pistol following an argument on Nov. 29, 2013, according to the Springdale […]

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    GOP Lawmaker Elected To Serve As Senate President

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – State Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, was elected Friday to serve as Senate president. Dismang replaces former Sen. Michael Lamoureux, who recently stepped down from the Senate to serve as Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson’s chief of staff. The General Assembly is set to convene early next year in Little Rock. Click here to read more from our content partner KTHV-TV Channel 11 in Little Rock.

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    Strong Winds Fan House Fire Near Elkins

    A fire fanned by strong wind gusts heavily damaged a house east of Elkins on Monday afternoon (Nov. 10), fire officials said. No one was hurt in the blaze, officials said. The fire, which began around noon, burned about half of a split-level house, including the living room, at  11958 Antoinette Road, said Elkins Fire Chief J.D. DeMott. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph fed oxygen to the flames, requiring the fire department to use 5,000 to 6,000 gallons […]

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    Conductor Jumped From Rescue Engine Before It Slammed Head-On Into Excursion Train

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -The conductor on an Arkansas & Missouri rescue engine going to assist a stalled excursion train last month in Brentwood jumped from the locomotive just before it slammed head-on into the disabled train, according to a preliminary federal report on Tuesday (Nov. 4). Thirty-nine passengers and four crew members on the A&M fall excursion train were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries in the Oct. 16 crash, according to the report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The conductor who […]

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    Accused Child Killer’s Trial Delayed After Public Defender Admits To Drinking Problem

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The murder trial for accused child killer Zachary Holly is being rescheduled after the public defender admitted in court on Friday (Oct. 31) that he has an alcohol problem, officials said. The trial had been set to begin on Monday (Nov. 3) in Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren’s courtroom. However, the defense team sought and received a postponement from Karren at a pre-trial hearing on Friday, saying that Pat Aydelott, the public defender handling the trial […]

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    Springdale Firefighters Respond To Chimney Fire

    Fire crews on Friday (Oct. 31) responded to a chimney fire at a house in Springdale. No one was injured in the 10:30 p.m. fire at 440 Chantilly Ave., a fire official said. Officials said the fire spread into a wall but was contained and was under control by 11 p.m..

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    Three Finalists In Running To Become West Fork Police Chief

    WEST FORK [KFSM] – The West Fork Police Commission is set to interview three police chief hopefuls beginning Friday (Oct. 31) and could select a top candidate by next week, Mayor Charlie Rossetti said. According to the mayor, the three finalists are Scott Rosson, a retired department commander in the Camden, Ark., Police Department, James Bacon, former police chief in Nixa, Mo., and Jim Wilmeth, undersheriff in Lea County, N. M. The commission is scheduled to interview Rosson on Friday, Wilmeth on Wednesday […]

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    Brandon Barber Set To Be Sentenced In Fraud Conviction

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The former Northwest Arkansas developer convicted in a $200 million fraud scheme is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday (Oct. 28) before a federal judge in Fort Smith. Brandon Barber pleaded guilty in federal court last year to three criminal counts, reaching a deal with prosecutors in the case for a maximum 45-year sentence. Barber’s sentencing hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m. before Chief District Judge P.K. Holmes in the Judge Isaac C. Parker […]

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    Murder Trial Set To Start Next Week For Accused Child Killer Zachary Holly

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) – The murder trial for accused child killer Zachary Holly is set to begin next week as scheduled, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Monday (Oct. 27). Jury selection is on track to begin Monday (Nov. 3) in Benton County Circuit Court in Holly’s capital murder trial, according to Nathan Smith, deputy prosecuting attorney. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Monday (Oct. 27) to prepare for the murder trial next week. Holly is charged with capital murder in the […]


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