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    Whirlpool Reaches Settlement With Fort Smith Residents

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- An Arkansas Federal District Judge dismissed an environmental class-action lawsuit against Whirlpool after the company reached a settlement with property owners affected by trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination, according to a statement from Whirlpool. Whirlpool has settled lawsuits brought against the company by all but one property owner whose groundwater was contaminated with higher levels of TCE than are allowed by federal standards, according to the statement from Jeff Noel, Vice President of Communications for Whirlpool. The company settled […]

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    Driver Escapes Before Vehicle Swept Down Springdale Creek

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- A driver is “lucky to be alive” after her vehicle was swept off a low-water bridge in Springdale Friday (April 17) night, according to the Springdale Police Department. According to police, the driver was attempting to cross a low-water bridge over Puppy Creek on Puppy Creek Road around 9:30 p.m. when her vehicle got stuck and started to get swept away. Police said the driver managed to get out of the vehicle and is lucky to be alive.

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    Two Suspects Facing Murder Charges In Booneville Man’s Death

    BOONEVILLE (KFSM)- Two suspects are facing homicide charges in the death of a Booneville man, according to a press release from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. On Friday (April 17), The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and possession of firearms by certain persons against Nick Charles Stoicu, 40, and Joseph Oliah Hals Brown, 33, the release states. Ritchie Lynch, 60, was found dead at his home on Glover Daniels Road on April 6, […]

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    U Of A Student Accused Of Falsely Reporting Sexual Assault Booked And Released

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A University of Arkansas student accused of falsely reporting a sexual assault was booked and released from the Washington County Detention Center Friday (April 17), according to jail records. Lindsey Sweetin faces a felony charge of filing a false police report, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. She was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 8:58 a.m. and released at 9:57 a.m. Her first hearing has been scheduled for May 18 at 7:45 a.m., […]

  • VIDEO: Former Fayetteville Resident Explains Return To Texas Church

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- A 28-year-old Arkansas woman who left her church in Wells, Texas, after being away from family for nearly two years explains in a YouTube video why she decided to return to the church. Jake Gardner, one of the three pastors at the Church of Wells, also released the following statement on behalf of Catherine Grove: To all reporters whom it may concern, Catherine Grove has recorded for you all a statement on the matter of her departure and […]

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    Washington County Prosecutor Will Not Investigate Faulty Bridges

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The Washington County Prosecutor’s Office will not investigate faulty bridges built by the county road department, according to Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards. Edwards made the announcement at Thursday (April 16) night’s Quorum Court meeting after asking Prosecutor Matt Durrett to investigate shortcuts taken during construction on March 30. Later Thursday, Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett told 5NEWS he doesn’t see anything criminal that would warrant an investigation by his office. The Quorum Court also voted for Justice of the […]

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    Slide The City Gets Second Chance In Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- A 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide could be coming to Fayetteville after all. Slide the City describes itself as a slip-and-slide water party that travels around the country setting up the three-football-field long slide down main streets from Memphis to Omaha to Kansas City. Slide the City applied for a permit with the City of Fayetteville in February, but got turned down because the city doesn’t allow shutting down streets for for-profit organizations. This time around, local non-profit Solider On Service […]

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    Fayetteville Planning Commission Approves New Walmart Neighborhood Market

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The Fayetteville Planning Commission approved plans Monday (April 13) for a Walmart Neighborhood Market in South Fayetteville. The 6.1-acre property is located on the north side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Hill and Government Avenues. The existing buildings would be demolished to construct the approximately 42,000 square foot grocery store with 215 parking spaces. After months of debate, the Fayetteville City Council rezoned the property on December 16, 2014 so specific plans could be developed. Customers […]

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    Springdale Police Say There Could Be Hundreds Of Victims In Child Predator Case

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- An investigation that started with one child victim could now involve hundreds of others, according to the Springdale Police Department. Sergeant Bryan Johnson held a media conference Wednesday (April 15) regarding the additional charges filed against Julian Rivera, 20, of Springdale following his arrest earlier this year. Rivera was arrested February 25 after he sexually assaulted and attempted to kidnap a 13-year-old girl as she walked home after school, according to police. On Tuesday (April 14), the Springdale […]

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    Arrested Springdale Man Linked To More Than 30 Child Victims, Police Say

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM)- A Springdale man, who was arrested in February, has been linked to more 30 other child victims, according to the Springdale Police Department. Springdale detectives arrested Julian Rivera, 20, on February 25 following the attempted kidnapping and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl as she walked home after school, according to a release from police. Detectives served several search warrants and have been following up leads the last couple of months to locate other victims, the release states. […]

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    Arkansas College Investment Plan Is Tax Deductible

    (KFSM)- Money that you’re setting aside to invest in your child’s future education could be tax deductible. The GIFT Arkansas 529 College Investing Plan, which is tied to municipal securities and bonds, is run by the state and managed by Vanguard. “One of the greatest advantages to this is to allow children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren to get on a financial path to college,” said Beth Anne Rankin, the executive director of GIFT Arkansas 529 College Investing Plan. “The whole […]

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    Van Buren Teacher Accused Of Slapping Students Fired By School Board

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A Van Buren teacher accused of slapping two students in the span of three months was terminated by the school board Tuesday (April 14) night following more than three hours of deliberation. Denan Cagle, a former science teacher at Northridge Middle School, was placed on administrative leave after she received a letter from Van Buren School District Superintendent Kerry Schneider on Feb. 2. In that letter, Schneider notified Cagle he was recommending to the school board that she […]


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