Ark. highway officials urge no travel
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas highway officials urged residents to remain off most of the state's highways after an ice storm.
Frigid temperatures were still causing problems on Saturday, with some bridges and overpasses either slick or blocked by jackknifed tractor-trailers.
State highway department spokesman Randy Ort said crews would continue to treat roads, but that it was best for people to just stay put if at all possible.
Some parts of Arkansas saw more than a half-foot of snow and sleet since Thursday. With temperatures remaining below freezing in nearly all of the state, roads will be slow to thaw.
Another batch of winter precipitation was expected overnight through Sunday. A winter weather advisory was also posted for eastern Arkansas.
Bitter cold sticks around after ice storm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say clear skies are helping to melt ice on major Arkansas thoroughfares in the wake of the ice storm.
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Brandon Morris said Saturday that the bitterly cold air will make it hard for conditions on lesser-traveled roads to improve, so drivers should be careful.
Morris also said in the news release that the number of Arkansas residents without power had dropped Saturday morning to 28,000 - down from a peak of more than 60,000.
This week's storm brought sleet, snow and freezing rain, leading to downed trees and power lines and slick roadways. The weather also contributed to two deaths in the state.
The National Weather Service says there is a chance of freezing rain across the state Saturday into Sunday.
Ark. AG: Laws help consumers during winter storm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Governor Mike Beebe's declaration of a state of emergency because of winter storms crossing the state has triggered state laws intended to protect consumers during an emergency.
McDaniel says Thursday's declaration triggers a state law that prohibits businesses from raising prices more than 10 percent, with certain exceptions. Businesses may exceed the 10-percent cap if they can establish that the higher price is directly related to added expenses such as costs imposed by a supplier or because of higher labor and materials costs.
Otherwise - businesses may not raise prices by more than 10 percent for 30 days after the state of emergency declaration.
The 10-percent cap on price increases applies items such as food and water, batteries, fuel and construction materials.
Freezing rain continues overnight in north Miss.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Parts of north Mississippi were under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday into Sunday morning as a second wave of freezing rain moved into the region.
The National Weather Service said Saturday that ice accumulations were not expected to exceed one-tenth of inch - enough for motorists to be cautious with overnight temperatures dropping in the upper 20s to near freezing.
The weather service in Memphis, Tennessee had 10 north Mississippi counties included in the winter weather advisory - Alcorn, Benton, Coahoma, DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tunica, Union and Yalobusha.
A spokeswoman for Entergy Mississippi says about 300 customers remained without power early Saturday in its service area in the Delta and northwest Mississippi. Power was expected to be restored by Saturday night.
ARKANSAS FARM BUREAU ELECTIONS
Veach re-elected as Arkansas Farm Bureau president
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Farm Bureau says Randy Veach has been re-elected as the organization's president and Rich Hillman re-elected as vice president.
The Farm Bureau says both were re-elected Friday and that delegates also re-elected five board members and elected two new board members during the final day of the organization's 79th Annual Convention in Little Rock.
Veach farms cotton, soybeans, rice, wheat, corn and milo in and around the community of Lost Cane near Manila. He is a third-generation farmer.
Hillman is from Carlisle and is a sixth-generation farmer. His main crops are rice, soybeans and wheat.
The Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization that works to improve farm and rural life.
Bauxite man sentenced in child pornography case
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Bauxite man has been sentenced to 310 years in prison after being convicted in a child pornography case.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says 44-year-old Michael Rea was sentenced Thursday after being convicted by a Saline County jury on several felony child pornography charges. Rea was convicted on charges that include distributing and possessing or viewing child porn and computer exploitation of a child.
Rea is being held in the Saline County jail pending his transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction.
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