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Statewide Emergency Declared in Arkansas - Price Gouging Law Activated

LITTLE ROCK - With winter weather slamming the state of Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe declared a statewide disaster for Arkansas - activating a law that prevents price gouging.
LITTLE ROCK - With winter weather slamming the state of Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe declared a statewide disaster for Arkansas - activating a law that prevents price gouging.

Combined with additional proclamations, this will ease restrictions on utility crews, fuel haulers and propane deliveries during the winter storm. In addition, Beebe has released $100,000 from his Disaster Fund to help with initial response to the storm.

With freezing rain expected throughout the workday tomorrow in Central Arkansas, Beebe has also declared that only essential personnel will report to work at State offices in the Little Rock Metropolitan Area on Friday.

Agency directors and area supervisors will determine who those employees are. Also, all of the events previously listed on Governor Beebe's schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday have been postponed.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel reminds folks, this declaration means the Price Gouging law is in effect. The law prohibits businesses from charging more than 10 percent above the pre-disaster price of goods or services.  Read more about the law, which passed in 1997 HERE.  http://gotyourbackarkansas.org/money/price-gouging/


MORE FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS:

Police: Portion of Hwy. 71 in Springdale No Longer "Impassable"

SPRINGDALE, AR -- Springdale Police say a portion of Highway 71 is now moving again after once being "impassable."

UPDATE 8:30 p.m.:
The area of US HWY 71 (Thompson Rd) between Backus & Wagon Wheel has improved. SPD slowly cleared all stalled traffic, and received additional treatment from the Highway Department. However, due to the ongoing weather and low temps, the roadway is still slick and some vehicles may have difficulty with the hill. Please stay off all roads if possible! But no one knows better than us that not everyone works 9-5, so drive safely and slowly if you must.

PREVIOUS STORY:
"Dangerous Road Alert!
The portion of U.S. HWY 71 (Thompson Rd.) between Wagon Wheel and Backus Avenue is impassable. Several vehicles are stranded on this stretch of highway. Find an alternate route, and please be careful."

If you are not familiar, the above is a rather long stretch of roadway, that goes from AQ Chicken almost to HWY 264 in Bethel Heights.

The area of HWY 71 near Shady Grove is also becoming very dangerous. That portion is near the Springdale Country Club just north of the Fayetteville/Springdale line.

Conditions are worsened by the hills on these two portions of highway.


FAYETTEVILLE, AR--Drivers on the road were slipping and sliding on Thursday in Washington County as freezing rain and ice covered the streets.

One man said “that was not fun that took me about twenty minutes just to scrape out a little ice hole that I could see through on my windshield and that was all I could do.”

“Everybody else seems to think that it's going to get worse... i guess we'll just have to find out”, said another driver.



(stories contributed by KNWA, Fayetteville)

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