The damaged section of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River linking Arkansas and Tennessee. The Arkansas Department of Transportation called it a "significant fracture" that warranted shutting down the span until it's repaired.
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The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened traffic on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., after a three-day delay caused by a crack in an interstate bridge.

The I-40 bridge between Arkansas and Tennessee remains shut down to road traffic. The crack found Tuesday goes through a steel beam crucial for the bridge's integrity. More than 45 tug boats hauling about 700 barges had been idled along the river south and north of the bridge.

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Road and river travel continues to be affected as the closure of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River stretches on.

Transportation officials said repairs could take months after the bridge was closed Tuesday following the discovery of a crack in a steel beam during an inspection.

The damaged section of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River linking Arkansas and Tennessee. The Arkansas Department of Transportation called it a "significant fracture" that warranted shutting down the span until it's repaired.
Arkansas Department of Transportation

The “significant fracture” that shut down the 48-year-old Hernando de Soto Bridge across the Mississippi River between West Memphis and Memphis on Tuesday could have led to a “catastrophic event,” according to Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Lori Tudor, and it’s too early to tell when either a short-term or long-term solution will be available.

The fracture is located about three-fourths of the way across the bridge from West Memphis to Memphis near where the two arches meet to form an “M.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, seen speaking to reporters last week, announced Tuesday the creation of a panel to oversee how Arkansas spends $1.5 billion in federal pandemic assistance.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas will receive $5 billion in federal funding as a result of the American Rescue Plan. At a press conference Tuesday, Hutchinson said some of the money will go to educational institutions, city and county governments, the Department of Human Service, and other areas that need financial assistance.

The eastern side of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River Tuesday evening in West Memphis, Ark. with police blocking traffic and stranded trucks.
Arkansas Department of Transportation

The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee was shut down Tuesday afternoon after authorities said they found a crack in the span.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation tweeted that it found the crack during a routine inspection of the bridge over the Mississippi River. The department said it was working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to ensure the bridge is safe before it reopens.

The American Civil Liberties Union is planning lawsuits against two recent laws passed by Arkansas legislators banning abortions and gender affirming medical procedures, while other laws could draw legal challenges from that group and others.

The ACLU will sue in Arkansas’ Eastern District U.S. District Court to block those two laws, said Holly Dickson, ACLU executive director.

“We’ll be filing before the bills go into effect asking that those laws never go into effect,” she said.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Criminal Justice and Criminology Director Dr. Tusty Ten Bensel and Graduate Coordinator Dr. Robert Lytle will oversee the study of hate crimes against Muslims in Arkansas.
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The National Science Foundation is funding a three-year program to study hate crimes committed against Muslims in Arkansas. Two criminal justice professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have been awarded a $324,987 grant, which will enable an assessment of anti-Muslim sentiments.

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Two Little Rock historic sites and one in far southeast Arkansas top an annual list of the most endangered places in the state.

The list, published by the nonprofit Preserve Arkansas, includes the Pike-Fletcher-Terry House in downtown Little Rock and the Dr. Robert George Williams House in Ashley County. It also includes Little Rock’s War Memorial Golf Course, which has been closed since 2019.

Dicamba damage
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Arkansas lawmakers have approved a June 30 cutoff date for farmers to use the herbicide dicamba on soybeans and cotton.

A legislative panel on Thursday approved this year's Plant Board rules for the use of the herbicide.

The rules were approved hours after the state Supreme Court ordered removing half of the Plant Board’s members. Justices said a law that allows private groups to appoint nine members was unconstitutional.

Dicamba use has sparked disputes over complaints that it drifts onto and damages neighboring crops.

Drax Biomass, which is headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, plans to build three plants in Arkansas to produce pellets for use in its power station in the United Kingdom.
Drax Biomass

Drax Group announced Thursday it will begin constructing the first of three new “satellite” pellet plants in Arkansas. Drax Group is a worldwide sustainable biomass production and supply company.

The three plants are together expected to produce approximately 120,000 metric tons of sustainable biomass pellets a year from sawmill residues, supporting the renewable energy company’s plans to increase self-supply to its power station in the U.K.

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