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Fayetteville, AR, United States

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Past articles by Andrew:

Fayetteville property owners allow homeless group to camp outside; neighbor expresses concern

A Fayetteville couple is allowing a group of homeless people to stay on their property, but a woman living nearby said it's bringing trouble. The city's code enforcement department said it appears nothing illegal is happening. → Read More

Man who handed Alec Baldwin gun on ‘Rust’ set previously fired by NWA film company for similar mishap

An accidental shooting death on a movie set continues to make headlines across the country. Tuesday, the Associated Press reported a man who handed the gun Alec Baldwin used was fired by a Northwest Arkansas film company for a similar incident. → Read More

University of Arkansas implements program that allows students to anonymously report sexual assaults

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — University of Arkansas students now have a new resource that could help prevent sexual assaults. Callisto is a website that allows students to make a time-stamped report of a sexual assault which they can then use in possible submissions to authorities. Victims who identify the same perpetrator can be notified and […] → Read More

Rogers man arrested in connection to rape of underage girl

Rogers Police said they arrested a man accused of raping a child after smuggling her across the Southern border. → Read More

SPECIAL REPORT: UA administrators discuss equity-related changes in past year

The University of Arkansas experienced public calls for equity-related changes following the 2020 death of George Floyd. Some students fear progress is not being made quickly enough, but administrators point to several implementations as proof of that progress. → Read More

Springdale City Council wants to use federal funding for firefighter, police bonuses

A Springdale City Council committee passed a motion to identify some federal money as lost revenue, opening up the probability that the full council will approve bonuses for first responders. → Read More

Northwest Arkansas businesses impacted by supply chain delays

Across the globe, supply chains that move goods from place to place have slowed down or entirely stopped. This is impacting Northwest Arkansas businesses, and owners are making different decisions based on the likelihood they won't have needed materials. → Read More

Pregnant Arkansans at risk if unvaccinated, according to state epidemiologist and nationally-recognized doctor

The CDC publicly urged pregnant Americans to get vaccinated of COVID-19, citing statistics that indicate an increased risk for death and pregnancy complications. In interviews Thursday, Arkansas' top epidemiologist and a nationally-renowned doctor both said they stress the same importance. → Read More

People who received Moderna, J&J vaccines cannot get Pfizer booster, nationally-known doctor says

Many Arkansans are now eligible to get the Pfizer booster shot, but those who got Moderna or the Jansen vaccine must wait a little longer. One of the country's preeminent doctors said the wait shouldn't be too long. → Read More

Bentonville City Council passes resolution to back removal of Lake Bella Vista dam

Bentonville City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night to support the removal of a controversial dam that forms Lake Bella Vista. A lawsuit stands in the way of removal. → Read More

National debt ceiling controversy largely political, UA experts say

The federal government faces a potential shutdown as Congress battles over whether to raise the debt ceiling. A political scientist and economist at the University of Arkansas both said the debate's largely political rather than based in genuine concern over the national deficit. → Read More

$6 million CDC grant will fund multilingual community healthcare workers in Northwest Arkansas

A CDC grant will provide funding to train 50 community healthcare workers to battle the pandemic. These workers will be multilingual to help people whose primary language is Spanish or Marshallese along with rural Arkansans. → Read More

Attorney speaks after federal jury sides with client in excessive force lawsuit against Springdale officer

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A Springdale man said police used excessive force when he was arrested in 2016, and a federal jury ruled against the officer in question this week. Johnnie Rochell filed a civil suit based on his arrest five years ago. Rochell claimed a plain-clothed officer in an unmarked car parked in front […] → Read More

Arkansas man sues Texas doctor over state abortion law, hoping to trigger court review

A Texas doctor who said he performed an abortion since it essentially became illegal in the state became the first person sued for doing so since then. An Arkansan filed that lawsuit in hopes it'll be deemed unconstitutional. → Read More

Cedarville man shot in hands after lunging at officers with knife, police say

A Cedarville man was shot in both hands by police this week after lunging at officers with a knife, police confirmed Wednesday. → Read More

Fayetteville City Council discusses possible default speed limit

The city council considered a proposal Tuesday night that would take the default speed limit in the city limits down to 20 miles per hour. The city's 2040 master plan calls for a desired speed limit of 15 to 20 miles per hour in residential areas. → Read More

NWACC to unveil new CDL truck driving program

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is supplying future truck drivers with better training equipment. Thanks to a grant from the Arkansas Dept. of Higher Education, NWACC bought a truck-driving simulator for its new commercial driver’s license program. NWACC’s Director of Training and Community Development Evetta Aldridge said the new technology […] → Read More

Har-Ber students learn about helicopters through FlyARH partnership

Students in Har-Ber High School's aviation class got a unique surprise Wednesday when a helicopter landed on the school lawn. → Read More

First year for BITE NWA at Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

Spectators at this year's Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G can enjoy BITE NWA at the tournament. → Read More

Fayetteville PD investigates overnight trail shooting

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Fayetteville Police Dept. is investigating an overnight shooting on the Greenway Trail, according to a Facebook post. A person shot from the trail into a home near Poplar St. a little before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. A report indicated automatic gunfire was heard near mile marker 3.39 of […] → Read More