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  • Planned Parenthood Moving Fayetteville Location After Losing Lease

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Planned Parenthood will move its Fayetteville Health Center to a new building later this summer after losing the lease for its current location on Crossover Road. An official with Paradise Point LLC, which owns the complex at 3279 N. Crossover Road, confirmed the lease was terminated but declined to provide further details. Emily Miller, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, said Friday (June 14) its Fayetteville location will remain open as it searches for a […]

  • Gov. Hutchinson Seeks Federal Disaster Declaration For River Valley Counties Affected By Historic Flooding

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has submitted a Federal Disaster Declaration request for eight counties affected by last month’s historic flooding, including Crawford, Sebastian and Yell counties. Hutchinson sent the letter Thursday (June 6) to President Donald Trump, who indicated that the federal government would “do whatever is necessary to help out.” Preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) estimated a cost of $27.2 million to cover temporary housing, repair, and replacement housing, as well as provide for other needs required […]

  • Gravette Couple Accused Of Embezzling More Than $100,000 From Sulphur Springs

    SULPHUR SPRINGS (KFSM) — The former office manager for the city of Sulphur Springs is accused of embezzling more than $100,000 in city funds, including $75,000 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Benton County sheriff’s deputies investigating the allegations said they believe Codi Bates is also responsible for an additional $50,000 in city funds that have yet to be accounted for. Bates, 32, was hired in July 2017 and stole $101,629.49 before being fired in April, according […]

  • Former Pocola Teacher Charged With Rape Has Previous Indecency Conviction Involving Student

    POCOLA, Okla. (KFSM) — A former Pocola High School teacher accused of having sex with three students has a previous conviction for sexual indecency with another student in a different Oklahoma school district. Janet Kaye Barnes, 44, was indicted last week by an Oklahoma grand jury on two counts of second-degree rape and one count of sexual battery. The indictment alleged that Barnes had sex with the minors when she taught at the high school between January 2014 and November […]

  • First Look: Walmart’s New Home Office In Bentonville

    BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — Walmart unveiled design plans on Friday (May 17) for its new home office, with renderings that show a sprawling campus that blends trails, restaurants and workspaces. The new home office will be built on roughly 350 acres of land east of J Street between Central Avenue and 14th Street, where the retailer operates a distribution center and other offices. “We intend to bring most of our Home Office associates in Northwest Arkansas onto a central campus with […]

  • Work Underway To Extinguish Bella Vista Stump Dump Fire

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — Crews are working to extinguish an underground fire at a former stump dump in Bella Vista, with officials estimating the fire should be out by early June. E-3 Environmental, an environmental engineering firm based in Clinton, Miss., said Wednesday (May 15) it expects prep work to take two or three days before firefighting operations start Saturday (May 18). “(E-3 anticipates) the first day or two of firefighting to be experimental days with relatively limited operations as […]

  • Bentonville Asks Judge To Weigh In On Lake Bella Vista Issue

    BELLA VISTA (KFSM) — The city of Bentonville has asked a Benton County judge to decide what it can do to move forward with Lake Bella Vista in possibly repairing or removing the lake’s old dam. The city has been debating what to do with the dam for nearly a decade, but the topic was jump-started in 2015 when funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency first became available to replace the aging structure at the north end of the […]

  • ATU Avoids Unrest As Students Protest Scholarship Fund For Former Professor Accused Of Antisemitism

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — Arkansas Tech University avoided any unrest while students protested Tuesday (April 30) over the university naming a scholarship fund for a deceased former professor accused of promoting anti-Semitism. Officials had prepared for a volatile situation, as a white supremacy website had also urged for a counter-protest at the Hindsman Bell Tower. The university’s public safety department set up two separate “free speech areas” so the groups could express their views in a safe area that wouldn’t […]

  • Documents Show Centerton Police Altered Accident Report Involving Bentonville Officer’s Daughter

    CENTERTON (KFSM) — At the behest of Bentonville police, Centerton police altered an accident report involving a Bentonville police officer’s daughter, which led to an arbitration issue with the other driver’s insurance. Centerton Lt. Tony Keck said he changed the report after “much deliberation” to show that the driver who was hit by the officer’s daughter contributed to the crash by failing to yield. The issue came to light when Frankie Roughton, who owned the vehicle, learned from his insurance […]

  • Texas A&M Administrator Recommended For UAFS Chancellor Opening

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Dr. Terisa Riley, senior vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been tapped to be the next chancellor for the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, according to a news release. “I am thrilled and humbled to be recommended as the next chancellor for (UAFS),” Riley said. “My interactions with faculty, staff, students and members of the Fort Smith community reinforced my belief that UAFS is preparing students to work and compete globally, and […]

  • Fayetteville Man Gets 6 Years In Prison For Stabbing Girlfriend, Kidnapping Infant Daughter

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A Fayetteville man was sentenced Wednesday (April 11) to six years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend and then kidnapping his infant daughter, which prompted a two-day manhunt across Northwest Arkansas. Danny Barrows, 39, pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to first-degree domestic battery and kidnapping. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors dropped additional charges of kidnapping and terroristic threatening. Judge Joanna Taylor also handed Barrows a 14-year suspended sentence set to begin when […]

  • UA Student Suing Over False Arrest That Led To Night In Jail

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A University of Arkansas student is suing a former student for a false accusation that led to her arrest and spending a night in the county jail, according to a lawsuit filed in Washington County Circuit Court. Emily Hunt, 22, was arrested in May 2018 after Nicole Nottage falsely reported to UA police that Hunt threatened her online. Hunt said she was strip-searched and spent 24 hours in jail until posting a $5,000 bond. According to the […]

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