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Virginia Tech researchers seek to reduce vehicle deer collisions Video included

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Virginia Tech researchers are working on a way to help give you a heads up before a collision in an effort to prevent or mitigate animal vehicle collisions.

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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.

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  • 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.
  • 6/25 Wednesday's Whoppers

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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.
  • Plan ahead if planting hardwood trees

    Plan ahead if planting hardwood trees

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:39:31 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    CROSSETT (AGFC) – If you're a private landowner and would like to plant at least 20 acres to a mix of hardwoods, start planning now and
    If you're a private landowner and would like to plant at least 20 acres to a mix of hardwoods, start planning now and contact an AGFC or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Private Lands Biologist for funding.
  • Former AGFC Director Hugh Durham dies

    Former AGFC Director Hugh Durham dies

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:35:58 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Former Arkansas Game and Fish Commission director Hugh C. Durham IV, 51, died June 6 at his home in Ruston, La.
    Former AGFC director Hugh C. Durham IV, 51, died June 6 at his home in Ruston, La.  He was also a member of the governor's cabinet and on the state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.
  • Stay safe when planning outdoor activities

    Stay safe when planning outdoor activities

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:25:12 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Being out in the hot summer sun can take a lot of out of you, especially the amount of water in your body. It's important to look for signs of dehydration while spending hours outside. Tune
    Being out in the hot summer sun can take a lot of out of you, especially the amount of water in your body. It's important to look for signs of dehydration while spending hours outside.
  • Remember the three Rs when boating on a river

    Remember the three Rs when boating on a river

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:21:52 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – How do you know which side of the buoys to stay on when traveling up or down a river?   Simple. Remember the 3Rs
    How do you know which side of the buoys to stay on when traveling up or down a river? Just remember the 3Rs of boating: "Red right returning." It applies in Arkansas and all over the nation.
  • Biologists raise crappie at Bull Shoals Lake

    Biologists raise crappie at Bull Shoals Lake

    Thursday, June 19 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-06-19 22:16:19 GMT
    Source: AGFCSource: AGFC
    LEAD HILL (AGFC) – Hundreds of thousands of young crappie are swimming just outside the Sugarloaf arm of Bull Shoals Lake, waiting
    Hundreds of thousands of young crappie are swimming just outside the Sugarloaf arm of Bull Shoals Lake, waiting to boost the population and keep anglers happy for years to come.
  • Track It: 14-foot great white shark lurking off Gulf Coast

    Track It: 14-foot great white shark lurking off Gulf Coast

    The 2,300-pound beast is being tracked by OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that collects information on great white sharks and other large predators by using satellite tracks and other forms of data.
    The 2,300-pound beast is being tracked by OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that collects information on great white sharks and other large predators by using satellite tracks and other forms of data.
  • Tips on using pool chemicals safely

    Tips on using pool chemicals safely

    Friday, June 13 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-06-13 14:13:22 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Summertime is here and the best way to cool off from the heat is playing in the pool. However, injuries can occur if you are not careful dealing with the chemicals used to clean
    Summertime is here and the best way to cool off from the heat is playing in the pool, but be careful of the chemicals used to clean it.
  • Dangerous debris: Watch out for snakes

    Dangerous debris: Watch out for snakes

    Thursday, June 12 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-06-12 20:30:13 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County man is warning residents of snake sightings in storm debris. The man was bitten by two copperhead snakes while cleaning around his home. He was able to recover
    A Craighead County man is warning residents of snake sightings in storm debris. The man was bitten by two copperhead snakes while cleaning around his home.
  • Orange barrels used as fish shelters in Arkansas

    Orange barrels used as fish shelters in Arkansas

    Thursday, June 12 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-06-12 10:58:29 GMT
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has found a use for broken, damaged and discarded orange traffic barrels.
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has found a use for broken, damaged and discarded orange traffic barrels.
  • Get in touch with your roots and potentially save your home

    Get in touch with your roots and potentially save your home

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:07 AM EDT2014-06-10 11:07:28 GMT
    As severe weather has struck Region 8 it has left it's wake.  Damage was done to trees and businesses alike, and some of the damage was caused by trees falling on the structures after the high winds.
    Damage was done to homes and businesses alike in last week's storms, and some of the damage was caused by trees falling on the structures after the high winds.
  • Wednesday's Whoppers: Highland Rebel edition

    Wednesday's Whoppers: Highland Rebel edition

  • Highland HS wins fishing championship

    Highland HS wins fishing championship

    Monday, June 2 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-06-02 22:42:43 GMT
    Source: FLWSource: FLW
    BULL SHOALS, Ark. (June 2, 2014) – The Highland High School team of Preston Wiles and Emma Johnson brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11.57 pounds to win the 2014 Arkansas State High
    The Highland High School team of Preston Wiles and Emma Johnson brought a five-bass limit to the scale to win the 2014 Arkansas State High School Fishing Championship on Bull Shoals Lake.
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