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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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    Caldwell Neglects To File Financial Statement In House Race

    Paul Caldwell, a state House candidate in Benton County, neglected to file a required financial statement until more than two months after the deadline. After being alerted by 5NEWS on Friday (May 16) that his Statement of Financial Interest had not been filed, Caldwell said his campaign treasurer then submitted the paperwork to Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office in Little Rock. “It’s just a mistake,” Caldwell told 5NEWS. “I’ll get it corrected.” Caldwell is vying for the open House […]

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    Bentonville 6 Year Old Died Of Asphyxiation, Report States

    The Bentonville girl who was found killed Nov. 20 died of asphyxiation, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by 5NEWS on Wednesday. A rape charge was added the same day to several other charges against the man accused of killing 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman. A swab test on Jersey’s body showed traces of sperm, according to the affidavit. Zachary Holly, Jersey’s accused killer, consented to cheek swabs for DNA comparison. He also gave authorities clothes he had worn since going […]

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    Washington County Detention Officer Jailed, Faces Family Assault Charge

    A civilian employee working as a Washington County detention officer was booked into jail late Tuesday (May 13) and faces a charge of assault on a family member and more, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Dalton Shepherd, 22, of Winslow was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to the Sheriff’s Office website. He was released on a $1,001 bond early Wednesday (May 14). Shepherd was a civilian working as a detention officer at the detention center. […]

  • Lisa Parks Discusses Her Juvenile Judge Campaign

    In this segment from “5NEWS This Morning,” Lisa Parks, a public defender in the Drug Court in Washington and Madison counties, discusses her campaign for Juvenile judge in those two counties. The segment aired May 11. Parks is vying for the post in the May 20 election against incumbent Juvenile Judge Stacey Zimmerman.  

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    Local College OKs Using Racial Slur On Exam

    NorthWest Arkansas Community College has approved the use of the term “beaners” on an exam recently given at the school, an official said. The term was used in a public-speaking final exam, according to an anonymous email sent to 5NEWS. Steven Hinds, executive director of public relations and marketing, said the college reviewed the final exam material after being asked about it by 5NEWS. “The question was entirely appropriate in that it was being used in an educational context and […]

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    Washington County Judge Candidate Challenges Incumbent To Debates

    Jeff Williams, the Republican candidate for Washington County judge, has challenged his opponent, Democratic incumbent Marilyn Edwards, to a series of debates leading up to the Nov. 4 general election. “These debates should be held at various locations throughout the county so as to be easily accessible to the people of Washington County, and should be during the evening hours as these hours don’t interfere with many of our citizens’ work hours,” Williams said in a news release on Tuesday […]

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    Whooping Cough Diagnosed At Lincoln Schools

    Students in the Lincoln School District have been diagnosed with pertussis, known as whooping cough, officials said Tuesday (May 13). Whooping cough is a “highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis,” according to a letter to Lincoln parents from Dirk Haselow, medical director for the Arkansas Department of Health. The letter indicates a student at Lincoln Elementary has been diagnosed with whooping cough, but Mary Ann Spears, district superintendent, told 5NEWS on Monday […]

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    Candidates Draw Battle Lines Over Obamacare

    The issue of Obamacare is sparking a heated direct-mail battle in at least one state House race in Benton County. Jana Della Rosa, one of three Republicans seeking election in the open District 90 seat, sent a mailer to voters last week asserting she does not support Obamacare. The mailer (seen above)  is in response to an earlier direct-mail piece in the district saying Della Rosa’s “plan” is forcing people into Obamacare. That piece (seen below) was sent by Americans for Prosperity, a political […]

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    First Gay Marriage License Issued In Arkansas

    Arkansas’ first gay marriage license was issued at the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs on Saturday (May 10) to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith, according to a story on thv11.com, the website of KTHV-11 in Little Rock. Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued the license, according to the Little Rock CBS affiliate, a 5NEWS content partner. Saturday’s developments followed a ruling by a Pulaski County judge on Friday that struck down Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban, saying […]

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    Blake Shelton Concert Sells Out; Fans Angry At Ticket System

    The Walmart Arkansas Music Pavillion’s grand opening concert on June 7, featuring county music star Blake Shelton, sold out Friday (May 9) in fewer than three hours. More than 25,000 people requested grand opening concert tickets to the show at the new AMP site in Rogers. The site has a seating capacity of 7,000, according to a news release from spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt. The AMP announced the grand opening concert in a news release on Thursday (May 8). Tickets were […]

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    State Senator Gets UA Job After Pryor Staffer Beats Him Out For Vice Chancellor

    State Sen. Johnny Key on Wednesday (May 7) was named associate vice president for university relations for the University of Arkansas System, a few days after missing out on a vice chancellor job to a staffer for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. Key, R-Mountain Home, was a finalist for the job of UA vice chancellor for governmental relations at the Fayetteville campus, a position that instead went to Randy Massanelli, state director for Pryor. Massanelli will be paid $175,000 annually, while […]

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    Crossland-Oelke, Aymond Head State AFP As Replacement Sought For Cline

    Jason Cline, Arkansas director for the conservative political action committee Americans for Prosperity, has resigned from that post, he told 5NEWS on Tuesday (May 6). Teresa Crossland-Oelke, Americans for Prosperity’s vice president of state operations, told 5NEWS in an email the job opening will be posted this week. Crossland-Oelke said she and Elizabeth Aymond will manage the Arkansas AFP team in the interim. Aymond is AFP’s state operations executive assistant. Cline, 27, said he resigned May 5 in a mutual split […]