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  • Arkansas Drug Court Inmate Dies At Tennessee Hospital

    WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison officials say an inmate has died at a Tennessee hospital where she was taken after being found in “medical distress.” Arkansas Community Correction spokeswoman Dina Tyler says in a news release that 28-year-old Melissa Maier died Thursday (July 12) at a hospital in Memphis. Tyler said Maier arrived at the East Central Center in West Memphis on Wednesday for 60 days of drug treatment. Tyler says Maier tested positive for two undisclosed illegal […]

  • My City Is A Fort

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A Fort Building contest will take place on July 21st called My City is a Fort to celebrate the Fort Smith Bicentennial. The contest will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chaffee Crossing Historic District and is for kids from ages 5-12. 5NEWS This Morning Anchor Laura Simon sits down with Lori Robertson to discuss the contest. Click HERE for more information.

  • The First Tee Ultimate Golf Drop

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The First Tee of Fort Smith will host the 16th Annual Ultimate Golf Drop on August 11th. The event is presented by Taco Bell and has $2,500 grand prize and a runner-up prize of $500. 5NEWS This Morning Anchor Laura Simon sits down with Hannah Meadows to discuss the event. Click HERE for more information.

  • Art On The Border

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Art on the Border event will be on July 21st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown and the River Front Pavilion. Art on the Border supports the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, Riverview Hope Campus, Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and the Center for Art and Education in Van Buren. 5NEWS This Morning Anchor Laura Simon sits down with Maggie Malloy to discuss the event.

  • More Than 7,000 People Fail To Meet Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than 7,000 people on Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion didn’t meet a requirement that they report at least 80 hours of work in June and face the threat of losing their coverage if they fail to comply sometime before the end of this year, state officials said Friday. Arkansas’ requirement took effect last month. Participants in the program lose coverage if they don’t meet the work requirement for three months in a calendar year. The Department […]

  • Sinkhole That Killed Kayaker In Spring River Repaired

    HARDY, Ark. (AP) — Heavy equipment has been used to close a rare sinkhole that created a whirlpool last month in an Arkansas river and a kayaker was dragged to his death. Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston on Friday announced the completed repair of the sinkhole in the Spring River. Thurston thanked government and local workers, landowners and other volunteers who helped on the site south of Mammoth Spring. Officials say 64-year-old Donald Wright of Searcy died in the June 9 […]

  • Police Respond To Attempted Suicide By Arkansas Death Row Inmate

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police said Friday a death row inmate whose execution was halted last year was taken to the hospital after prison officials told investigators he had attempted suicide. An Arkansas State Police spokesman said investigators responded Thursday afternoon to a report of an attempted suicide by convicted murderer Don Davis. State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Davis, 55, had been taken to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. “There had been a conversation between Davis […]

  • Fayetteville Police Seeking Suspect In Credit Card Theft

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The Fayetteville Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify two suspects in the theft and use of a credit card. Police said the two suspects used a credit card stolen from a vehicle in Siloam Springs. A short time later, the credit card was used to purchase several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise at a local Walmart, police said. The suspects kept their faces somewhat hidden in the videos, but police said other features […]

  • 12 Russians Accused Of Hacking Democrats In 2016 US Election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. The Russians are accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and then releasing […]

  • Golfers Tee Up For Broyles Charity Tournament

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Area golfers took to the greens Friday (July 13) to help raise money to assist those in the fight against dementia. The annual Drive for Dementia Charity Golf Tournament teed off Friday morning at the Paradise Valley Golf Course in Fayetteville. The tournament benefits the Broyles Foundation, founded by the late Arkansas Razorbacks Athletic Director and Head Coach, Frank Broyles. The foundation was started in honor of Broyles wife, Barbara, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease before her […]

  • Late Night Fire Damages Two Homes In Van Buren

    The first of two house fires on North 28th Street in Van Buren. The second of two house fires on North 28th Street in Van Buren. VAN BUREN (KFSM) — One house was destroyed and another damaged after neighbors reported hearing an explosion late Thursday night. According to the Van Buren firefighters, neighbors heard an explosion about 10:30 p.m. and walked outside to see the house at 1907 N. 28th Street on fire. Firefighters said the house next to it […]

  • Channel 5 Celebrates Its Rich History, Looks To The Future

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Operations began July 9, 1953, at KFSA TV Channel 22, out of a building owned by Donald W. Reynolds in downtown Fort Smith. Most local commercials and programming were live, since videotapes were not yet available. Channel 22 signed off airwaves permanently on August 16, 1958. On January 1, 1959 the KFSA-TV call letters were assigned to Channel 5. In the late ’60s, Channel 5 moved from the building owned by Reynolds to the old  Carnegie […]