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  • More than 100 rabies cases reported in Arkansas

    More than 100 rabies cases reported in Arkansas

    Monday, August 4 2014 7:16 AM EDT2014-08-04 11:16:24 GMT
    State health and animal science officials say more than 100 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Arkansas this year with a second "peak" season for the disease on the horizon.
    State health and animal science officials say more than 100 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Arkansas this year with a second "peak" season for the disease on the horizon.
  • Newly built bridge opens over North Fork River

    Newly built bridge opens over North Fork River

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:31:27 GMT
    A new bridge over the North Fork River in northern Arkansas is open.
    A new bridge over the North Fork River in northern Arkansas is open.
  • 7/30 Wednesday's Whoppers

    7/30 Wednesday's Whoppers

     

  • CAUGHT ON CAM: Couple nearly hit by lightning bolt in Mexico

    CAUGHT ON CAM: Couple nearly hit by lightning bolt in Mexico

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:49:14 GMT
    They stopped swimming for a few minutes to take a selfie when suddenly a bolt of lightning strikes behind them.
    They stopped swimming for a few minutes to take a selfie when suddenly a bolt of lightning strikes behind them.
  • Drew Brees shows off incredible accuracy by 'skeet shooting'

    Drew Brees shows off incredible accuracy by 'skeet shooting'

    How good is Drew Brees? This good. A Vine post of Drew Brees ‘skeet shooting' is possibly the most impressive thing to come out of Saints Training Camp yet. Brees shows off his incredible accuracy by
    How good is Drew Brees? This good.
  • Crops springing up at AR State Parks

    Crops springing up at AR State Parks

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:50:13 GMT
    There are a lot of things going on at Arkansas State Parks, but did you know that some of them are even growing crops? 
    There are a lot of things going on at Arkansas State Parks, but did you know that some of them are even growing crops? 
  • Region 8 News Investigates: Bacteria in the water

    Region 8 News Investigates: Bacteria in the water

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:44:20 GMT
    An abundance of lakes and rivers means no shortage of swimmers in Region 8 but not every body of water is one you want to swim in.
    An abundance of lakes and rivers means no shortage of swimmers in Region 8 but not every body of water is one you want to swim in.
  • NJ couple identified as victims of Virginia tornado

    NJ couple identified as victims of Virginia tornado

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
    The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three people
    A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton.
  • 7/23 Wednesday's Whoppers

    7/23 Wednesday's Whoppers

     

  • Unknown substance turns Arkansas creek green

    Unknown substance turns Arkansas creek green

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:32:06 GMT
    Officials are trying to identify an unknown liquid that has turned a creek in southern Arkansas bright green.
    Officials are trying to identify an unknown liquid that has turned a creek in southern Arkansas bright green.
  • 103 rabies cases reported in Arkansas this year

    103 rabies cases reported in Arkansas this year

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:27:16 GMT
    More than 100 rabies cases have been reported in Arkansas through the end of June - a figure nearly double the norm of just 54 cases in a year.
    More than 100 rabies cases have been reported in Arkansas through the end of June - a figure nearly double the norm of just 54 cases in a year.
  • Arkansas man drowns outside lake swimming area

    Arkansas man drowns outside lake swimming area

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-07-18 13:22:41 GMT
    A Searcy man has drowned in a lake in north central Arkansas.
    A Searcy man has drowned in a lake in north central Arkansas.
  • Online duck stamps: LA MI MO NC VA joining program

    Online duck stamps: LA MI MO NC VA joining program

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:52:22 GMT
    Louisiana and four other states will soon be selling federal duck stamps online.
    Louisiana and four other states will soon be selling federal duck stamps online.
  • AR Forestry Commission offers wildfire kits

    AR Forestry Commission offers wildfire kits

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:47:56 GMT
    The Arkansas Forestry Commission's Rural Fire Protection Program is taking applications from fire departments across the state for wildfire suppression kits.
    The Arkansas Forestry Commission's Rural Fire Protection Program is taking applications from fire departments across the state for wildfire suppression kits.
  • Bonfire explosion burns several teens

    Bonfire explosion burns several teens

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:16:56 GMT
    Several teens were severely injured after a bonfire explosion in Greene County.
    Several teens were severely injured after a bonfire explosion in Greene County.
  • Protect yourself from flesh eating bacteria

    Protect yourself from flesh eating bacteria

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:47:47 GMT
    Dr. David Spencer, Sr. has seen a lot of Vibrio vulnificus over the years, and says most people survive infections, if they take the right action.
    Tuesday, an Ocean Springs family laid to rest their beloved son, brother, and uncle. Nick Duvernay died just days after coming into contact with the flesh eating bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, during a fishing trip in the Gulf. Dr. David Spencer, Sr. has seen a lot of Vibrio vulnificus over the years, and says most people survive infections, if they take the right action.
  • Jonesboro man injured after fall at Buffalo National River

    Jonesboro man injured after fall at Buffalo National River

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-07-16 15:14:43 GMT
    Source: buffaloriver.comSource: buffaloriver.com
    According to a news release from the National Park Service, the 18-year-old man slipped and fell while attempting to cross a gap in the rocks at the top of Eden Falls on the Lost Valley Trail.  
    According to a news release from the National Park Service, the 18-year-old man slipped and fell while attempting to cross a gap in the rocks at the top of Eden Falls on the Lost Valley Trail.  
  • Gigging event brings in the green for Miracle League of Jonesboro

    Gigging event brings in the green for Miracle League of Jonesboro

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:41:24 GMT
    Giggers not only brought in frogs, but thousands for the Miracle League of Jonesboro.
    Giggers not only brought in frogs, but thousands for the Miracle League of Jonesboro.
  • Mosquito spray shortage at Region 8 stores

    Mosquito spray shortage at Region 8 stores

    Friday, July 11 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-07-11 23:42:02 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There is a shortage of mosquito spray in Region 8.Dollar General employee Brandi Williams said supply is low at the store on North Church Street and at other Dollar Generals in Jonesboro."We got the Cutter (Skinsations insect repellent) twin pack in Wednesday and now we only have five left."Even though Williams ordered extra spray before the Fourth of July, repellent for flying insects, specifically mosquitoes, has been flying off the shelves."Couldn't keep it in stock....
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - There is a shortage of mosquito spray in Region 8.Dollar General employee Brandi Williams said supply is low at the store on North Church Street and at other Dollar Generals in Jonesboro."We got the Cutter (Skinsations insect repellent) twin pack in Wednesday and now we only have five left."Even though Williams ordered extra spray before the Fourth of July, repellent for flying insects, specifically mosquitoes, has been flying off the shelves."Couldn't keep it in stock....
  • Rubber field laid down at Miracle League field

    Rubber field laid down at Miracle League field

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:18:24 GMT
    On Thursday, workers began laying down the surface for the field. 

    It will be rubberized, making it handicapped accessible.

    On Thursday, workers began laying down the surface for the field. 

    It will be rubberized, making it handicapped accessible.

  • Missouri man dies from snake bite at Sam A. Baker park

    Missouri man dies from snake bite at Sam A. Baker park

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:33:08 GMT
    Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch says a man has died from a snake bite at Sam A. Baker State Park.
    Wayne County Sheriff Dean Finch says a man has died from a snake bite at Sam A. Baker State Park.
  • Class teaches safety on the water

    Class teaches safety on the water

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:54:42 GMT
    Arkansas State University- Newport will hosted a Boating Education course Thursday by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
    Arkansas State University- Newport will hosted a Boating Education course Thursday by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
  • Miracle League of Jonesboro to host "Gigging for a Miracle"

    Miracle League of Jonesboro to host "Gigging for a Miracle"

    Thursday, July 10 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-07-10 13:39:30 GMT
    The Miracle League of Jonesboro is hosting "Gigging for a Miracle" Friday night at the Southside Softball Complex in Jonesboro. 
    The Miracle League of Jonesboro is hosting "Gigging for a Miracle" Friday night at the Southside Softball Complex in Jonesboro. 
  • Conservation agency warns pet owners on coyotes

    Conservation agency warns pet owners on coyotes

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-07-10 11:15:53 GMT
    Missouri conservation officials are reminding pet owners to be on the lookout for coyotes this summer.
    Missouri conservation officials are reminding pet owners to be on the lookout for coyotes this summer.
  • 7/9 Wednesday's Whoppers

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  • Breaking

    Man identified in drowning on St. Francis River

    Man identified in drowning on St. Francis River

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:50:18 GMT
    The body of a swimmer has been pulled from the St. Francis River near Senath, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
    The body of a swimmer has been pulled from the St. Francis River near Senath, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
  • Beebe names former aide to hunting, fishing panel

    Beebe names former aide to hunting, fishing panel

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-07-09 16:20:57 GMT
    Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed a lobbyist for the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and former aide to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing.
    Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed a lobbyist for the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and former aide to the state commission that regulates hunting and fishing.
  • A Better Region 8: Play it safe Independence Day

    A Better Region 8: Play it safe Independence Day

    Thursday, July 3 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-03 21:13:06 GMT
    America is a great country, and it's time to celebrate our independence!
    America is a great country, and it's time to celebrate our independence!
  • Recreationists asked to turn away from the terns

    Recreationists asked to turn away from the terns

    Thursday, July 3 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-03 13:32:13 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Holiday people, do a good turn for the least tern.The endangered least terns nest on islands in the Arkansas River. They make it pretty well on their own, occasional floods, predators and all, but unfortunately, these islands are also popular with Fourth of July boaters, picnickers and frolickers.Nothing wrong with these fun activities, but carelessness or unawareness can mean death and destruction to the birds, the least terns.Their nests are on the ground, just shallow ...
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Holiday people, do a good turn for the least tern.The endangered least terns nest on islands in the Arkansas River. They make it pretty well on their own, occasional floods, predators and all, but unfortunately, these islands are also popular with Fourth of July boaters, picnickers and frolickers.Nothing wrong with these fun activities, but carelessness or unawareness can mean death and destruction to the birds, the least terns.Their nests are on the ground, just shallow ...
  • E. coli found in swimming area

    E. coli found in swimming area

    Thursday, July 3 2014 9:26 AM EDT2014-07-03 13:26:31 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has been receiving calls from the public about swim beaches closed by the Arkansas Department of Health due to the presence E. coli bacteria. These closures only involve specific swimming areas and not the entire lake. Most of the questions have centered on the safety of eating fish from these lakes.Fish in these lakes are safe to eat. Proper cleaning and handling is the key. It’s important both to clean and to cook the fish carefully...
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has been receiving calls from the public about swim beaches closed by the Arkansas Department of Health due to the presence E. coli bacteria. These closures only involve specific swimming areas and not the entire lake. Most of the questions have centered on the safety of eating fish from these lakes.Fish in these lakes are safe to eat. Proper cleaning and handling is the key. It’s important both to clean and to cook the fish carefully...
  • Big Bass Bonanza $50,000 winner

    Big Bass Bonanza $50,000 winner

    Thursday, July 3 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-07-03 13:19:45 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Conway angler Steve Scherrey took home the top prize in this year’s Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza. It was the second time Scherrey had won the tournament. In 2000, he won with a 6.76-pounnder.The 6.98 pound bass he caught in the 8 a.m. hour on Saturday in the Dumas pool lifted him over one-day leader William Fitzgerald’s 6.87 pound fish in the Dardanelle pool.Scherrey is taking home $50,000 for his efforts. Scherrey beat out 2,277 other anglers to win the grand prize. Scherre...
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Conway angler Steve Scherrey took home the top prize in this year’s Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza. It was the second time Scherrey had won the tournament. In 2000, he won with a 6.76-pounnder.The 6.98 pound bass he caught in the 8 a.m. hour on Saturday in the Dumas pool lifted him over one-day leader William Fitzgerald’s 6.87 pound fish in the Dardanelle pool.Scherrey is taking home $50,000 for his efforts. Scherrey beat out 2,277 other anglers to win the grand prize. Scherre...
  • Elk permits winners for upcoming 2014 season

    Elk permits winners for upcoming 2014 season

    Thursday, July 3 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-03 13:00:28 GMT
    25 hunters win public land elk permits for upcoming 2014 seasonJASPER – For 25 lucky hunters, the highlight of the Buffalo River Elk Festival was the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s drawing for public land elk hunting permits. The two-segment season will be Oct. 6-10 and Oct. 27-31.Elk hunting on private land is restricted to one zone, consisting of all private land in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties except for a portion of Boxley Valley.The private land hunt will end ...
    25 hunters win public land elk permits for upcoming 2014 seasonJASPER – For 25 lucky hunters, the highlight of the Buffalo River Elk Festival was the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s drawing for public land elk hunting permits. The two-segment season will be Oct. 6-10 and Oct. 27-31.Elk hunting on private land is restricted to one zone, consisting of all private land in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties except for a portion of Boxley Valley.The private land hunt will end ...
  • Hunters drawn for Arkansas alligator hunting season

    Hunters drawn for Arkansas alligator hunting season

    Thursday, July 3 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-07-03 12:59:16 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has completed the drawing of permits for Arkansas’s eighth season of alligator hunting. The season will get underway in September.The season will be open from 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, Sept. 19 until 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday, Sept. 22 and from 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, Sept. 26 until 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday, Sept. 29.The following hunters have been selected to participate in the 2014 alligator ...
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has completed the drawing of permits for Arkansas’s eighth season of alligator hunting. The season will get underway in September.The season will be open from 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, Sept. 19 until 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday, Sept. 22 and from 30 minutes after sunset on Friday, Sept. 26 until 30 minutes before sunrise on Monday, Sept. 29.The following hunters have been selected to participate in the 2014 alligator ...
  • Company preparing Freedom Fest fireworks show

    Company preparing Freedom Fest fireworks show

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-07-03 02:48:27 GMT
    The Jonesboro night sky will light up on Friday night with the largest fireworks display in Freedom Fest history.
    The Jonesboro night sky will light up on Friday night with the largest fireworks display in Freedom Fest history.
  • Being safe on the water during the holiday

    Being safe on the water during the holiday

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-07-02 17:18:30 GMT
    There were 10 deaths on the water this past month in Missouri and with the water being higher than normal going into the holiday weekend it is important people stay safe while on the water.  
    There were 10 deaths on the water this past month in Missouri and with the water being higher than normal going into the holiday weekend it is important people stay safe while on the water.  
  • Meeting set on Game and Fish facilities

    Meeting set on Game and Fish facilities

    Monday, June 30 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-06-30 14:04:51 GMT
    A hearing is planned for next week on proposed plans to renovate Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facilities near Mayflower that were damaged or destroyed by the April 27 tornado.
    A hearing is planned for next week on proposed plans to renovate Arkansas Game and Fish Commission facilities near Mayflower that were damaged or destroyed by the April 27 tornado.
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  • MO police urge safety after 10 drownings in June

    MO police urge safety after 10 drownings in June

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-06-25 16:01:41 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The month of June has been a deadly one on Missouri waters. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there have been 10 drowning deaths this month already. With the Fourth
    The month of June has been a deadly one on Missouri waters. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there have been 10 drowning deaths this month already.

     
  • Family spots bear on the banks of Current River

    Family spots bear on the banks of Current River

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-06-24 23:40:22 GMT
    Daniel and Saydie Cook have lived in Doniphan, Missouri close to the Current River for years, but they say they've never seen anything like what they came across on Sunday afternoon.
    Daniel and Saydie Cook have lived in Doniphan, Missouri close to the Current River for years, but they say they've never seen anything like what they came across on Sunday afternoon.
  • Body and submerged boat found in Norfork Lake

    Body and submerged boat found in Norfork Lake

    Sunday, June 22 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-06-22 16:20:14 GMT
    Cove 1C at Norfork Lake Source: Baxter County Sheriff's OfficeCove 1C at Norfork Lake Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office
    LAKE NORFORK, AR (KAIT) - Kids on a jet ski discovered a body in the water at Lake Norfork Friday afternoon. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says the jet skiers saw what they thought was a body
    UPDATED: The body found floating in Norfork Lake has been identified. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says jet skiers saw what they thought was a body floating in an area known as Cove 1C about a mile and a half east of Woods Point. They made their way to a boat dock and called 911.
  • Ashdown and Greenwood squads snag AYSSP titles

    Ashdown and Greenwood squads snag AYSSP titles

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:47:43 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    JACKSONVILLE (AGFC) – Weather again played havoc with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports state finals.
    Weather again played havoc with the AGFC's Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports state finals. This year the Ashdown Panthers Team 3 took top honors in the junior division and the senior Greenwood Blazing Attack took top honors.
  • Discarded orange barrels get new life as fish shelters

    Discarded orange barrels get new life as fish shelters

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:44:42 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    RUSSELLVILLE – Those familiar plastic orange traffic barrels are everywhere along Arkansas roads. What happens to them then they are
    Those familiar plastic orange traffic barrels are everywhere along Arkansas roads. When they are broken or damaged, instead of going to landfills, some are seeing the bottom of lakes.
     
  • Long Bell Access road closed on Bayou Meto

    Long Bell Access road closed on Bayou Meto

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:41:29 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    BAYOU METO (AGFC) – The Long Bell Access road on Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area is temporarily closed.   The Arkansas Game and
    The Long Bell Access road on Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area is temporarily closed.
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