Arkansas is the first state in the U.S. where diamonds were found naturally (near Murfreesboro, Arkansas). The eastern border of most of Arkansas is the Mississippi River, except in Clay and Greene counties where the St. Francis River forms the western boundary of the Missouri Bootheel. Arkansas shares its southern border with Louisiana, its northern border with Missouri, its eastern border with Tennessee and Mississippi, and its western border with Texas and Oklahoma. Arkansas is a land of mountains and valleys, thick forests and fertile plains. Northwest Arkansas is part of the Ozark Plateau including the Boston Mountains, to the south are the Ouachita Mountains and these regions are divided by the Arkansas River; the southern and eastern parts of Arkansas are called the Lowlands. The so-called Lowlands are better known as the Delta and the Grand Prairie. The land along the Mississippi River is referred to as the “Delta” of Arkansas. It gets this name from the formation of its rich alluvial soils formed from the flooding of the mighty Mississippi. The Grand Prairie is slightly away from the Mississippi River in the southeast portion of the state and consists of a more undulating landscape. Both are fertile agricultural areas and home to much of the crop agriculture in the state. The Delta region is bisected by an unusual geological formation known as Crowley’s Ridge. A narrow band of rolling hills, Crowley’s Ridge rises from 250 to 500 feet above the surrounding alluvial plain. Buffalo National River, one of many attractions that give the state’s nickname The Natural State. Buffalo National River, one of many attractions that give the state’s nickname The Natural State. Arkansas is home to many caves, such as Blanchard Springs Caverns.
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$2,200 taken from Arkansas man by 2 pretending to be police officers, officials say
Apr 24, 2017 11:00 pm
Two men told a 44-year-old Jonesboro man they were police officers, then took $2,200 from his wallet Sunday night when he showed them his ID, according to a police report.
Severe storms, possible tornadoes on horizon for Arkansas in coming week, forecasters say
Apr 24, 2017 8:58 pm
A series of fronts will bring large hail, damaging winds and possibly a tornado or two to Arkansas between Wednesday and Sunday, forecasters predict.
WATCH: Dash-cam video captures Arkansas 4-year-old's fall from bus
Apr 24, 2017 7:04 pm
HARRISON ? A 4-year-old girl fell through the open back door of a moving church bus onto an Arkansas state highway, but was rescued from the road by a volunteer firefighter who happened to be driving ...
Police: North Little Rock woman suspected in DWI kicks officers
Apr 24, 2017 6:46 pm
A 26-year-old North Little Rock woman suspected of driving a vehicle while intoxicated was charged with second-degree assault after she kicked officers who tried to arrest her, authorities said.
Justices weigh defendants' right to own mental health expert; outcome affects Arkansas death-row cases
Apr 24, 2017 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON ? The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Monday about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side wh...
Sheriff: 1 child dead, 2 adults missing after boat capsizes on Arkansas River
Apr 24, 2017 2:36 pm
SPIRO, Okla. ? Authorities in eastern Oklahoma say a 6-year-old boy has died and his parents are still missing after the family's boat capsized on the Arkansas River over the weekend.
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