MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — An infant from a southwestern Arkansas town that was found with as many as 100 rat bites scattered over her body has undergone facial reconstruction surgery.
Magnolia authorities arrested the infant's parents Sunday. They each face a first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor charge. They're being held in the Columbia County jail without bail.
According to a police report, the infant's fingers, arms, hands and face were covered in rodent bites. The infant needed surgery to address an approximately one inch in diameter wound on her head, where the skull was visible.
The report says the child's mother told authorities that despite knowing the house had rodents neither parent addressed the issue.
Gas pipeline to be installed at site of 2015 rift in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new pipeline to carry natural gas is set to be installed under the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, close to the site where a similar pipeline ruptured about two years ago.
The 3,100-foot pipeline will be installed off property belonging to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field by using a technique the pipeline owner said will make it a safer river crossing.
The pipeline will replace a more than 60-year-old pipeline that ruptured in May 2015, sending two big geysers of water upward and releasing nearly 4 million cubic feet of natural gas into the river. The cause of the rupture was caused by flooding that left the line unsupported. The backup pipeline wasn't in operation when the rupture occurred. It runs from Texas to New Jersey.
Enbridge Inc. spokesman Michael Barnes said the timeline of the replacement project is still "pending approvals," but will be installed in two parts.
"The project will use a horizontal directional drill to dig a tunnel and place the new pipe under the river," Barnes said
The drill process will bury the pipeline under the riverbed creating a new natural-gas transportation and storage system that will be protected from the turbulence of the river.
Barnes said Texas Eastern Transmission LP will conduct the pipeline replacement. Enbridge is a parent company of Texas Eastern Transmission LP.
On Tuesday, the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission granted a request from Texas Eastern Transmission LP to help advance the project.
Arkansas State University names new chancellor
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University has named an official at the University of Oklahoma as the institution's new chancellor.
The Jonesboro school announced Wednesday that Dr. Kelly Damphousse, who has served as the dean at the University of Oklahoma's College of Arts and Sciences since 2013, will be the new chancellor.
Damphousse is set to replace interim chancellor Dr. Doug Whitlock on July 1.
The school says a search committee voted unanimously on Friday to recommend that Damphousse be hired. Damphousse's annual salary is set to be $360,000.
Ark. investigators say 3 killings and suicide are connected
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — Sheriff's officials say it appears there's a connection between a fatal shooting near Little Rock, a suicide the next day in that city and a double homicide involving a woman and her daughter.
The Saline County sheriff's office said in a statement Tuesday that the person responsible for the fatal shooting Saturday in the community of Mabelvale, southwest of Little Rock, "is no longer a threat."
A juvenile was found dead in the driveway of a home in that incident.
Little Rock police on Sunday then found the body of a 35-year-old man at a mobile home. A handgun was found nearby.
The next day at the same mobile home park, 32-year-old Amanda Murillo was found dead inside an SUV along with her 15-year-old daughter.
Authorities have not explained why they believe the deaths are connected.