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Past articles by Kenneth:

Forecast for Halloween ghastly

A storm system that entered the state from the Plains on Friday evening will continue to bring rain through tonight, forcing trick-or-treaters to consider incorporating umbrellas and rain gear as part of their Halloween costumes. → Read More

Patricia's rains help to quench drought in state

Rains that began last week from the remnants of Hurricane Patricia -- the largest storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific Ocean -- helped quench Arkansas' excessively dry conditions, a weekly report on U.S. drought conditions released Thursday indicated. → Read More

95.7% of Arkansas parched, but rain in weekend forecast

More than 95 percent of Arkansas is now in drought, the National Drought Mitigation Center reported Thursday, but forecasters expect weekend rains to diminish the rapidly deteriorating dry conditions. → Read More

El Nino said to bring wet winter to Arkansas

Meteorologists predict Arkansas will get more precipitation this winter as one of the largest weather-affecting phenomena ever recorded develops in the south Pacific Ocean. → Read More

No rain, hot days worsen drought

More than 80 percent of Arkansas is now in some form of drought -- a 20 percent increase from last week -- as rainfall remains scarce, burn bans are widespread and record-high temperatures have been set. → Read More

Prosecutor: Officer had reason to shoot

A Jonesboro police officer was justified in shooting a man who threatened him with a shotgun during a Sept. 26 disturbance, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said in a letter released Tuesday. → Read More

Bone dry and windy, 32 counties ban fires

The Arkansas Forestry Commission considers nearly half the state as having a high risk for wildfires, and 32 county judges have banned burning as winds are expected to increase this weekend. → Read More

State dries out as rainfall lags

A lack of rainfall for the past month, dry winds from the north and low humidity have increased drought conditions in southern Arkansas to the point that cattle farmers are worried about hay and pasturelands. → Read More

Rare lunar eclipse visible after dusk

A lunar eclipse tonight brings together a "supermoon" and a "blood moon," a rare occurrence as the Earth, moon and sun align when the moon is at its closest to the Earth and appears red. → Read More

Voters to cast ballots on proposed millages for school districts across state

Residents in school districts across the state will begin voting on proposed millage rates this week. → Read More

Group wants 'In God We Trust' taken off police cars

A Wisconsin group has asked two Arkansas law enforcement agencies to remove decals saying "In God We Trust" from their police cars, saying the motto can offend non-Christians and subjects them to unwarranted prejudice. → Read More

Southside keeping 1st election ‘low-key’

Voters in Southside will select the town’s first mayor, aldermen and other positions Tuesday. But rather than revel in the historic election in the recently incorporated Independence County town, candidates are keeping the campaigns subdued. → Read More

Agency revives storm-shelter incentive

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is reinstating its storm-shelter rebate program after ending it in March over a lack of funding. → Read More

Marion County sheriff dies at 67

Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers, who served as the county's law enforcement leader since 2009 and with the Arkansas State Police for 36 years before that, died Thursday evening. → Read More

Blytheville chamber urges fight for student transfers

Business organizations -- including the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce -- urged parents during a meeting Monday to challenge the Blytheville School District's decision not to participate in a state law that allows students to transfer to schools outside their districts. → Read More

Yes voters OK levy to reopen hospital

Voters in Crittenden County favored a sales tax to reopen its closed hospital, and Phillips County residents turned down a tax that would have funded construction of a new jail during special elections Tuesday. → Read More

Missing Bay woman feared abducted

Police are considering the weekend disappearance of a 90-year-old Bay woman as an abduction after seeing video of a man leaving her car at a Jonesboro hospital, Bay Police Chief Paul Keith said Tuesday. → Read More

Again, gays get state licenses

County clerks across Arkansas began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states can't prohibit same-sex marriage. → Read More

29 counties given federal OK for help

President Barack Obama declared 29 Arkansas counties eligible for federal disaster aid Friday for areas affected by storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 7 to June 15. → Read More

Bill exits quickly, spares state deluge

Searchers scoured the Buffalo River on Friday for a man feared swept away by floodwaters, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill blustered their way across northern Arkansas and out of the state. → Read More