Andrew Fleming

News Intern

Andrew Fleming is an intern for KUAR news' summer 2019 internship program. He is a May 2019 graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. with a BA in History. He is interested in reporting on issues involving healthcare and culture. Following his internship, he will serve as a missionary for the United Methodist Church.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson expanded on previous comments concerning two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, including the prospect of adopting an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) in Arkansas. An ERPO, known colloquially as a red flag law, would outline a process officials could use to temporarily remove guns from individuals who are deemed a danger to themselves or others. Hutchinson said a red flag law would have to balance the need for protection with the due process of law.

The Department of Justice has scheduled executions for five federal inmates in December and January, including Daniel Lewis Lee, convicted in 1999 of murdering a family in Pope County, Arkansas. The executions are to be the first by the U.S. government since 2003.

Lee’s execution, set for Dec. 9, is to be the first of the five and was ordered by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to adopt an addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol.

An example of a farmer harvesting soybeans.
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Storms associated with Hurricane Barry are posing problems for Arkansas farmers. Agricultural officials had concerns that heavy rain and winds would damage rice crops, but are now more concerned about damage to soybean crops. Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, says weather over the weekend was not as damaging to rice crops as originally feared.

American Red Cross flooding shelter
Christina Fowler / American Red Cross

With the Arkansas River back below flood stage, the American Red Cross is refocusing its efforts to help victims of the massive flood. Spokeswoman Christina Fowler says the group is closing its final shelter in the state, which is in North Little Rock, on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Two others, located in Fort Smith and Conway, shut down over the weekend. She says that although the shelters are closing their doors, the group will continue working to help.

marijuana
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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control, which oversees medical marijuana sales and cultivation in the state, is finalizing approval for a third dispensary to open its doors. Arkansas Natural Products, located in Clinton, was inspected by ABC agents earlier this week. Spokesman Scott Hardin with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, which includes ABC, said in an interview with KUAR News that it was a positive visit and the dispensary is expected to open next week. 

Arkansas River flooding
Wes Goodner

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and several counties across Arkansas are continuing to deal with challenges brought by the flooding of the Arkansas River. On Wednesday the river seemed to be cresting in Little Rock at a height of 29.7 feet. Melody Daniel, a spokeswoman with the ADEM, says more rain forecast in central Arkansas could extend the length of time the river crests, but it’s not expected to go higher.