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  • Human Rights Campaign Not Backing Fayetteville Civil Rights Ordinance

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Unlike 2014, supporters of a civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville are not getting any financial backing from the Human Rights Campaign, a national organization based out of Washington, D.C., for their 2015 campaign. In 2014, the HRC made $166,080-worth of non-money contributions to Keep Fayetteville Fair, a local group that worked to encourage voters to keep Ordinance 119. The ordinance was passed by the Fayetteville City Council and then repealed by voters in a special election that […]

  • Details Released As Teacher Faces Charges For Not Stopping Student Fight

    MULDROW (KFSM) — The Muldrow Police Department released the details Friday (Jan. 27) of the case against a high school teacher who is facing charges after she was accused of not stopping a fight between two students. Julie Boshers, 53, was a Home Economics teacher at Muldrow High School. On Sept. 29, 2016 while she was acting as safety monitor outside the building during lunch break, Boshers witnessed a fight between two students, according to a probable cause affidavit. The […]

  • Bill Filed To Delay Ark. Medical Marijuana Amendment Until It’s Legal Under Federal Law

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, filed a bill Thursday (Jan. 26) that proposes delaying the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment until medical marijuana is made legal under federal law. Arkansas voters passed the amendment in November by 54 percent. The Medical Marijuana Amendment allows changes to the amendment by a two-thirds vote. Rapert told 5NEWS Wednesday the amendment has put state lawmakers in a difficult position because they’re being asked to set up a system that violates federal […]

  • Ark. Governor Signs Bill Banning Second-Trimester Abortion Procedure Into Law

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Thursday (Jan. 26) banning a common abortion procedure used during the second trimester. The bill, called the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act, bans a procedure doctors call dilation and evacuation. The GOB-majority Senate passed the bill with a 25-6 vote Thursday morning. The GOP-majority House passed the bill Monday with a 78-10 vote. HB1032 defines “dismemberment abortion” as an abortion performed with the purpose of causing the death […]

  • Police: Man Arrested After Stealing Sex Toy; Pulling Knife On Store Clerk

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A man was arrested Wednesday (Jan. 25) after he stole a sex toy from a Fayetteville store and pulled a knife on the store clerk, according to police. James Andrew Bell, 30, is facing charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assaulted, theft of property and criminal mischief, according to Washington County Detention Center records. His bond has not yet been set. Bell walked into Seductions, a store on College Avenue, around 9 p.m. and when an employee confronted […]

  • Former Centerton Christian School Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

    CENTERTON (KFSM) — A former teacher at Life Way Christian School in Centerton pleaded guilty Thursday (Jan. 26) to sexually assaulting a student. Richard Thomas Riley, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of possession of child pornography, according to Benton County Prosecutor Nathan Smith. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Division began investigating sexually explicit messages and nude photos that were exchanged between Riley […]

  • Cave Springs Mayor Asks Prosecutor To Investigate Treasurer

    CAVE SPRINGS (KFSM) — The mayor of Cave Springs has asked the Benton County prosecutor and deputy chief prosecutor to investigate the city’s treasurer, Kim Hutcheson. In a letter to Prosecutor Nathan Smith and Deputy Chief Prosecutor Stuart Cearley, Mayor Travis Lee writes the City Council held an emergency meeting Jan. 4, against the advice of the city attorney, and voted to fire ten city employees. In the letter, Lee writes Hutcheson immediately terminated the employees’ access to the doors […]

  • Arkansas Bill Would Prohibit Minors From Artificial Tanning

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — A bill that would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from artificial tanning was referred to the Arkansas House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor Wednesday (Jan. 26). The bill specifically refers to tanning equipment, like tanning beds, not equipment that treats diseases or disorders used by doctors. Current law allows a person under the age of 18 to go to a tanning facility with signed permission from a parent or legal guardian. The bill […]

  • Washington County JP Cochran Resigns Citing Lack Of Response To Budget Concerns

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) — Washington County Justice of the Peace Rick Cochran resigned Wednesday (Jan. 25). Cochran was the JP for District 7. In a statement, Cochran writes his resignation has to do with what he feels is a lack of response to county budget concerns: The primary reason for leaving the Quorum Court is surrounded by the lack of JP’s recognizing the need to reinforce our dwindling reserves for the General Fund. Five years ago we (including myself) voted […]

  • Disciplinary Commission Asks For Suspension Of Circuit Court Judge Following DWI Arrest

    JOHNSON COUNTY (KFSM) — The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission recommended Wednesday (Jan. 25) that Fifth Judicial District Circuit Court Judge William Pearson be suspended with pay following a DWI arrest earlier this month. Arkansas State Police arrested Pearson on suspicion of DWI and fleeing the night of Jan. 20, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Pearson was arrested about 9:30 p.m. near 1300 Crawford Street, along the west side of Clarksville, according to ASP. Troopers reported a truck failed […]

  • All ORT Fixed Routes Back In Service Monday Following Devastating Fire

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — All Ozark Regional Transit fixed routes will be back in service Monday (Jan. 23) after a severe fire destroyed 85 percent of the transit system’s fleet. ORT has been steadily putting all routes back on the road since the fire on Jan. 10 destroyed 20 of ORT’s 24 buses. Multiple transit systems in Arkansas and the U.S., two local job skills and training entities and one local church have all donated vehicles and logistics support to help […]

  • Springdale Montessori School Gets White Supremacist Newsletter Sent To Printer

    SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — There were increased patrols at Ozark Montessori Academy in Springdale Friday (Jan. 20) after the school received a white supremacist newsletter Tuesday. The newsletter included swastikas, hate speech and stated in part: “We are taking over on January 20th.” Two pages of the newsletter were sent to a printer a the school earlier in the day and another two came to the same printer later that afternoon, according to a letter sent to parents. School administrators began […]

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