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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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    Hartford School District Consolidates With Hackett

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The small schools in Hartford have been given the green light to join the larger Hackett School District. The state Board of Education on Thursday (Dec. 11) unanimously accepted the Hartford district’s request to consolidate voluntarily with the Hackett School District, said board member Jay Barth. Hartford has an elementary school and high school, according to the Hartford district’s website. The Hartford schools will remain open but will be a part of the Hackett School District, […]

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    Tontitown Murder Suspect’s Trial To Be Rescheduled To Next Year

    FAYETTEVILLE (KSFM) – The capital murder suspect accused of stabbing a Tontitown woman to death in May will have his trial reset from Monday (Dec. 15) to an undetermined date after the first of the year, officials said. The jury trial for Brock Atkins, 19, was scheduled to begin Monday in Washington County Circuit Court, but now that he has a new lawyer, Fayetteville attorney Drew Ledbetter, the trial won’t take place until after Jan. 1, officials said. Atkins remains […]

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    Rogers City Attorney Eliminates Plea Bargaining

    ROGERS (KFSM) – Rogers City Attorney Ben Lipscomb is eliminating negotiated plea bargaining in city District Court cases, he said in a letter to local lawyers this week. As a result, the only options are a guilty plea or a trial, the letter states. The Dec. 8 letter is addressed to “all attorneys practicing criminal law in Rogers District Court.” Lipscomb said the plea deals that have already been offered on pending cases will be honored. He said the decision […]

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    Son Arrested, Stepfather Hospitalized In Greenwood Stabbing

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A 19-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing in Greenwood that sent his stepfather to the hospital on Monday (Dec. 8), authorities said. Authorities have identified the suspect as Lane Christian. The teenager’s stepfather, Jerry Primm, underwent surgery on Monday with a non-life threatening “bad slash” on his arm, according to the Greenwood Police Department. Police Chief Will Dawson said Primm was discharged from the hospital Monday afternoon and is in good shape. The son is […]

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    Fayetteville Won’t Sever Ties With Human Rights Campaign, Spokeswoman Says

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Fayetteville City Council has no plans to sever ties with Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based group assisting those who support the city’s civil rights ordinance, according to a spokeswoman. “We’d like to keep an open door for all ideas and discussion,” Lindsley Smith, communications director, said Monday (Dec. 8). Fayetteville voters go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to repeal Ordinance 119, approved by the City Council in August. More than two dozen […]

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    West Fork Names New Police Chief

    WEST FORK (KFSM) – The city of West fork named a new police chief on Dec. 3 after the last chief resigned in August, officials say. Bryan Watts of Lakewood, Colo. was named the new police chief, and he is scheduled to start his new role in January of 2015, according to officials. Watts served the Lakewood community for 15 years, officials said. The search for a new police chief drew to a close after three other candidates turned down […]

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    Washington, D.C., Group Contributes Six Figures In Ordinance 119 Fight

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign has contributed $166,080 in nonmoney contributions to Keep Fayetteville Fair, the organization working to keep a local civil rights ordinance on the books, according to a report filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission. The nonmoney contributions from the Human Rights Campaign have gone toward Web development, legal fees, mailing, staff time and more in the local group’s campaign against the repeal of Ordinance 119, according to the financial report filed this week. […]

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    Egyptian Militant Group Claims Responsibility For Death Of Fayetteville Worker

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – An Egyptian militant group called Sinai Province (formerly called Ansar Beit al-Maqdis) has claimed responsibility for killing a Fayetteville petroleum worker in August, according to a tweet from the group. William Henderson, 58, of Fayetteville was employed by Apache Corporation of Houston, Texas for 28 years, according to an obituary posted on the Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home website.  Henderson was in a company car, driving from Quarun to Karma, Egypt, when a vehicle blocked his path, allowing assassins to shoot […]

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    Hiker Hospitalized After Falling Off A Cliff Near The Buffalo River

    HARRISON (KFSM) – A 21-year-old Missouri man was hospitalized with a broken back after falling Sunday (Nov. 30) while free-climbing on a cliff southwest of Harrison near the Buffalo National River, officials said. Camron McLaughlin of Ozark, Missouri, was rescued at about 4 a.m. on Monday (Dec. 1) at Hemmed-In Hollow, said Glenn Wheeler, search-and-rescue coordinator for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. McLaughlin fell about 25 feet, suffering serious fractures in the incident near Compton, Arkansas, Wheeler said. An unidentified […]

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    Incoming Attorney General Names Chief Deputy

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Attorney General-Elect Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday (Nov. 25) named Julie Benafield as chief deputy attorney general. Benafield, of Hazen, is former state insurance commission under Gov. Mike Huckabee. She also has served as chief executive officer of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, general counsel at the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, the attorney supervisor of the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigation Unit of the Arkansas Insurance Department and deputy prosecuting attorney in Arkansas’ Sixth District, which includes Pulaski and […]

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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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