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Family Dollar's Rat Problem Just Got Bigger

Arkansas is suing the chain over yearslong infestation at distribution warehouse

(Newser) - Earlier this year it emerged that Family Dollar had a problem with rats . Now the discount chain has a related problem with a bigger foe—the attorney general of Arkansas. The state's Leslie Rutledge filed suit against Family Dollar last week over the previously revealed rat infestation at a...

He Went Into a Coma, Then 19 Years Later Said 'Mom'

Arkansas' Terry Wallis dies at 57, nearly 2 decades after he regained consciousness

(Newser) - He was known as "The Man Who Slept for 19 Years." Now, nearly two decades after he woke up from a post-accident coma, Terry Wallis has died. An obituary details the stunning story of the 57-year-old from Big Flat, Ark., starting with a 1984 car crash just six...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Louisiana is one big stress ball, according to latest WalletHub rankings

(Newser) - To say we've collectively and individually been stressed over the past two years is probably an understatement, but the stress levels are higher in some parts of the US than others. WalletHub looked at all 50 states, examining more than three dozen metrics in four categories: stress related to...

Shooting at Car Show Leaves 1 Dead, 20 Injured

Another shooting injures 4 at South by Southwest festival

(Newser) - A Saturday shooting in Virginia wasn't the only one to make national headlines. Another took place at an Arkansas car show and a third at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. Details on the latter two:
  • Arkansas: At least one person was killed and about 20 others wounded,

'Unacceptable' Visitors at Family Dollar Site Lead to Closures, Recall

Rat infestation at Ark. distribution center forces 400-plus stores to close in South, product recall

(Newser) - Bad news if you're a regular at Family Dollar and you're in the South: Chances are, a location near you may be shuttered temporarily after a rat infestation at an Arkansas distribution warehouse. The Washington Post reports that 404 stores in six states—Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri,...

Restaurant Server's Massive Tip Turns Out to Be Trouble

Arkansas woman was let go after telling customer she couldn't keep her $2,200

(Newser) - Surprising a server with an unexpectedly large tip is a heartwarming trend . But a waitress in Arkansas recently got an unpleasant surprise after her pleasant surprise, getting fired from a restaurant where she and another server had just been given a $4,400 tip. Ryan Brandt and a coworker waited...

At Least 50 Feared Dead in Kentucky Tornadoes
Dozens Feared Dead
in US Tornadoes

Dozens Feared Dead in US Tornadoes

Governor in Kentucky says toll may reach 100

(Newser) - Tornadoes were reported in five states on Friday, and the toll in Kentucky appears to be catastrophic. There, Gov. Andy Beshear tells WLKY that at least 50 people are dead. The other states reporting storms were Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee, per CNN .
  • "We believe our death toll from

23 Years After Pregnant Mom, Toddler Vanished, Car Found

Volunteers may have solved cold case

(Newser) - A pregnant woman put her 22-month-old daughter in her car, left to go to a concert, and never came home. Her car, with human remains inside, was found Tuesday—23 years later. Samantha Hopper’s plan was to drop off Courtney Holt, her toddler daughter, then go on to a...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
10 Safest, Least Safe
States in US

10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

Inmates Say They Were Told Ivermectin Was 'Vitamins'

3 inmates at Washington County jail in Arkansas make the claim

(Newser) - Several inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail said they weren't told a medication they were given to treat COVID-19 was actually an anti-parasite drug that federal health officials have warned should not be used to treat the coronavirus. Three inmates at the Washington County jail told the AP they...

Arkansas Governor Regrets Banning Mask Mandates

Asa Hutchinson now wants schools to be able to make people mask up

(Newser) - Hindsight is 20/20, or so realized Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, who on Tuesday said of his state's ban on mask mandates, "In hindsight, I wish that it had not become law." The ban, which he signed into law himself back in April, is bugging him now...

Truck Full of Ramen Noodles Crashes Into Lake

Lake 'appears uncontaminated,' authorities say

(Newser) - The Guinness Book of World Records says the biggest bowl of noodles was made in Vietnam in 2018. A lake in Arkansas, however, could be a new contender. Authorities say a tractor-trailer hauling 20,000 pounds of ramen noodles crashed into Lake Conway on Tuesday afternoon, KARK reports. The driver...

Lawsuit: Trooper Flipped Car in Unnecessary PIT Maneuver

Woman pregnant at time of crash says she had been looking for safe place to stop

(Newser) - An Arkansas woman suffered "hellacious bruises" and feared she had lost her unborn baby when a state trooper deployed a PIT maneuver and drove into her bumper on a highway last year, causing her vehicle to flip in a crash caught on dashcam video , her lawyer says. According to...

Kayaker's Photo Shows Bridge Was Cracked Years Ago

Though officials won't confirm that

(Newser) - Photos taken by a Mississippi River kayaker about five years before a crack was found in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas appear to show the fracture that led transportation officials to close the span indefinitely last week, the AP reports. Arkansas transportation officials said they cannot confirm...

Bridge Inspector Fired for Missing Crack—Twice

Every inch of span on Mississippi River was supposed to be checked

(Newser) - In 2019 and 2020, the same inspector led teams checking the condition of a bridge that spans the Mississippi River, connecting Arkansas and Tennessee. Both times, the teams failed to notice a crack that has now shut down the bridge for repairs, the New York Times reports. There's no...

Crack in Major Bridge Could Lead to Monthslong Shutdown

Closure of Memphis' Hernando DeSoto Bridge connecting Tenn. to Ark. is causing a big headache

(Newser) - A big crack in the steel framework of a bridge over the Mississippi River has led to the bridge's closure, throwing traffic and shipping into disarray for the indefinite future. On Tuesday, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which connects Memphis, Tenn., and West Memphis, Ark., was shut down for emergency...

4 Years After His Execution, New Evidence Raises Doubt

Profile of unknown male found at murder scene in Ledell Lee case

(Newser) - Ledell Lee maintained his innocence even up to the day of his execution in Arkansas in 2017. Now, new tests on DNA evidence from the 1993 murder scene lends support to those still trying to clear his name, reports Complex :
  • The tests turned up the profile of an unknown male

Josh Duggar Facing Child Porn Charges
Josh Duggar Facing
Child Porn Charges

Josh Duggar Facing Child Porn Charges

Former '19 Kids and Counting' star pleads not guilty in Arkansas

(Newser) - On Thursday, headlines were abuzz over the arrest of former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, just days after his wife had announced they're expecting their seventh child. Now, some clarity on what exactly he was arrested for: The 33-year-old pleaded not guilty via Zoom on Friday to...

Rioter Seen in Pelosi Office Released

Richard Barnett to move to home confinement pending trial

(Newser) - Richard Barnett got his wish. The man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has been released on bond almost four months after his arrest , and nearly two months after an outburst in court over his continued detention. A judge...

Widow's Admission Cracks 20-Year-Old Double Murder

Arkansas police finally know what happened to Angela Cox and her young son Mikey

(Newser) - Police in Arkansas say they have solved a nearly 20-year-old double murder case, but the killer has since died himself. In a lengthy account , the Fulton County Sheriff's Office says a man named Clarence Krusen killed 20-year-old Angela Cox and her 4-year-old son Mikey in late 2002 or early...

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