More than 2 dozen quakes shake Arkansas in a week
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More than two dozen earthquakes have rumbled through Arkansas in the past week.
Many of the temblors have been too small for people to notice, let alone cause injuries or property damage.
But a couple of residents reported feeling a 3.4 magnitude quake north of Morrilton overnight Friday.
The area north of Morrilton is 1 of 4 spots hit by quakes in recent days. Earthquakes have also shaken areas south of Clinton, east of Cave City and near Blytheville.
Scott Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Survey says he believes the quakes east of Cave City and near Blytheville occurred naturally.
But officials aren't sure what is causing the temblors in the other two areas.
The latest quakes come about two years after hundreds of earthquakes shook central Arkansas.
Gun control group focuses on Ark. senator with ad
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A gun control group is invoking the 2008 shooting death of Arkansas' Democratic Party chairman with a new television ad questioning Senator Mark Pryor's vote against expanded background checks.
Pryor is denouncing the ad as "disgusting" and says it politicizes Bill Gwatney's death.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Friday began airing the 30-second spot featuring a former employee of the state Democratic Party. The group, co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said the spot would air statewide over the next two weeks.
The ad doesn't mention Gwatney, who was gunned down in his office in 2008, but the former employee featured in the ad said in a statement issued by the group that she worked with Gwatney.
Pryor said the measure he voted against wouldn't have prevented Gwatney's death.
Ozone advisory for counties in Tenn., Ark., Miss.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Health officials have issued an ozone advisory for residents in three counties in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Shelby County Health Department is warning that ozone levels are going to be higher than normal Saturday in the Memphis metropolitan area due to stagnant conditions, increased temperatures and decreased winds.
The advisory affects residents of Crittenden County, Arkansas, DeSoto County, Mississippi and Shelby County, Tennessee.
The expected ozone levels have been qualified as "unhealthy for sensitive groups." Very active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems such as asthma, are asked to limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
Residents are asked to drive less, carpool and combine daily errands, and refuel cars and mowers after 7 p.m.
Memphis, Tennessee is offering 25 cent bus rides Saturday to reduce automobile usage.
Allen to match fans' donations for tornado relief
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The American Red Cross will be accepting donations from fans attending the Memphis Grizzlies' next two home games in the Western Conference finals against San Antonio, and guard Tony Allen will matching those gifts.
Allen played at Oklahoma State in college, and he said Friday seeing the damage from Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma hurt him. He says he encourages everybody to do what they can and hopes they can come up with something big Saturday.
Volunteers will be collecting donations Saturday and Monday at the FedExForum. The Grizzlies are supporting the American Red Cross' tornado relief on radio broadcasts, social media and with planned promotions during the games.
BATON ROUGE-MUSIC FESTIVAL
Baton Rouge, La. celebrates music festival
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The sounds of country music take over Baton Rouge, Louisiana as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest.
Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the former frontman for rock band Staind. The 2-day festival concludes Sunday with performances by Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Festival producer Quint Davis says the talent and free fan fest held before the nightly concerts help to entice attendees. In its fourth year, the festival drew 75,000 people last year.
Visit Baton Rouge executive vice president Renee Areng says Superfest has encouraged people to travel to Baton Rouge on a traditionally sleepy weekend.
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