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Asian beetle found in southwestern Arkansas


HOPE, Ark. (AP) - An Asian beetle that's blamed for killing millions of ash trees in the United States has been found in southwestern Arkansas.

The Arkansas Plant Board and the state Agriculture Department says the emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, Clark and Nevada counties.

The beetle was first seen in the U.S. when it was found in Michigan in 2002. It's believed to have arrived on wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in Asia.

The discovery may mean adding Arkansas to a federal quarantine that prohibits movement of firewood and nursery stock in an effort to slow the spread of the insect.

Extension forester Jon Barry with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says the beetle was likely brought to Arkansas in imported firewood.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent

Arkansas unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent. According to the department, the jobless rate is the lowest Arkansas has seen since November 2008.

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Camp iRock registration deadline extended to July 11

Little Rock, AR – The registration deadline for Camp iRock has been extended to July 11. The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the fourth annual all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. The experience will take place at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, 1720 Ferncliff Road in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, Camp iRock offers fun educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, physical activity and self-confidence. Forty girls from across Arkansas will be selected to attend the camp free of charge. To apply or to learn about camper criteria visit, www.campirock.com.

Bridge inspections will require lane closures on I-30

Bridge inspections will require lane closures on I-30

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Routine bridge inspections will require lane closures on Interstate 30 in Hot Spring County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be inspecting the eastbound and westbound bridges (mile marker 97) over the Ouachita River, near Malvern in Hot Spring County. The work will require outside lane closures in each direction.

The eastbound outside lane closure will be Tuesday, June 24th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. If weather conditions are poor, the work will be delayed until the next day.

The westbound outside lane closure will be Wednesday June 25th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.  If weather conditions are poor, the work will be delayed until the next day. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

GPS attached to stolen car leads officers straight to perpetrators

GPS attached to stolen car leads officers straight to perpetrators


HOT SPRING COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Hot Spring County Detectives were able to track down a stolen vehicle using a GPS tracking device.

According to the Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office, John Fogle, 37, of Bonnerdale and Michael Morris, 36 of Bonnerdale were taken into custody after deputies tracked a stolen vehicle to them. A third subject, identified as Dagan Turner, 43, of Hot Springs fled.

Investigator reports indicated that the vehicle was initially reported stolen from a home on Mount Moriah Road and was later found stuck in mud on Arkansas Forestry Service (AFS) land. Confident that the perpetrators would return for the car, detectives and AFS put a GPS tracker on it and waited. The men apparently returned a short time later, and law enforcement followed them.