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Rattlesnake Ridge in central Arkansas opens as state's 73rd natural area

Subscriber onlyA west Pulaski County wilderness known to property owners and trespassers for its rattlesnakes and other breathtaking features is the state's newest natural area, open to the public for the first time. Continue reading...

Hog farm critical of new-permit denial

Owners say state didn’t inform them of plans; officials say state didn’t have to

Subscriber onlyArkansas environmental officials did not sufficiently inform C&H Hog Farms or the public about its permitting process or decision-making about the farm, the farmers' attorney argued in a court hearing Monday. Continue reading...

State agencies to stress hazards of ozone

Subscriber onlyOzone season begins today, and Arkansans in the southern half of the state can expect normal or higher than usual temperatures during the season's peak. Continue reading...

Environmental notebook

Subscriber onlyAgency to review turtle-catch request Continue reading...

Permit denial for Arkansas hog farm to get hearing

Owners, state to weigh in ahead of full trial in August

Subscriber onlyA hearing this morning will give parties a chance to make their arguments about whether C&H Hog Farms was improperly denied a new operating permit by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Continue reading...

Environment notebook

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State police IDs 3 truckers killed in head-on I-40 crash

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas State Police has identified three truckers killed when two big rigs collided earlier this week on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County. Continue reading...

Arkansas governor doles out $200,000 to aid cleanup from twisters

Subscriber onlyTwo counties and two towns will get nearly $200,000 today to help with cleanup from tornado damage that occurred earlier this month, according to Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office. Continue reading...

Group studying ways to protect waters in Arkansas

6 people will advise agency on how to implement policy

Subscriber onlyA focus group of six people has begun studying how the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality should implement its policy to protect the state's waters from degradation. Continue reading...

Environment notebook

Subscriber onlyEvent set in county for tech recycling Continue reading...

Arkansas hog farm applies for different permit in hopes of gaining 5-year operating license from state

Subscriber onlyA Newton County hog farm is continuing its fight to keep operating near the Buffalo River. Continue reading...

Storm system likely spewed 11 tornadoes in Arkansas, agency reports

Subscriber onlyThe National Weather Service on Monday said 11 suspected tornadoes touched down in Arkansas during severe weather this past weekend. Continue reading...

Forum attendees complain of lack of water service

They urge Hot Springs lines

Subscriber onlyLack of running water in Garland County's incorporated area that is within the Hot Springs water utility service area is hurting property owners and the county's economy, witnesses told a legislative task force Wednesday. Continue reading...

NW Arkansas ranks high in livability, but Little Rock falls

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas ranks among the country's top five metropolitan areas to live in for the third year in a row while the Little Rock metro area dropped 27 spots from a year ago, according to U.S. News and World Report. Continue reading...

Two geologists venture far afield

They trek hillsides, streams in search of formations, faults

Subscriber onlyBLANCHARD SPRINGS -- On one of the first sunny days after weeks of winter rain, a pair of geologists decided it was time to look for a fault in the Ozarks. Continue reading...