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Travel Agent Sentenced After Stealing $270K+ from Ft. Smith High School Band

FORT SMITH, AR - Calliope “Ope” Rocky Saaga, 40, of Eagle Mountain, Utah, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release on one count of Wire Fraud. Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of ...

J. Pauley shows off excellent Toyota people movers

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 in Fort Smith, AR is one of the most revolutionary vehicles in one of the most hotly contested classes in the entire global automotive industry. For the past several years in a row, the RAV4 has been popular for being able to provide ...

South Carolina Sex Offender Arrested in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, AR-- A 58-year-old man was arrested Saturday in Sebastian County on attempted rape charges. FORT SMITH, AR-- A 58-year-old man was arrested Saturday in Sebastian County on attempted rape charges. The Fort Smith Police Department traced Jack ...

Fort Smith Boys And Girls Club Director Turns To Music To Relieve Stress

He graduated from Hartford High School in 1976 and attended the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, then Westark Community College, before transferring to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. He graduated with plans to teach physical education ...

BASEBALL: Arkansas-Fort Smith sweeps Hillcats

FORT SMITH, Ark. – The Rogers State baseball team took a late lead in game two at UA Fort Smith but could not hold the lead falling twice, 7-0 and 3-2, Friday at Crowder Field in Heartland Conference play. Game 1 UA Fort Smith scored one in the first and ...

New Arkansas waterpark scheduled to open in May

Officials also say they have a safety lunch every 90-days when they have no injuries. The Parrot Island Waterpark in Fort Smith, Arkansas is set to open Memorial Day weekend.

Fort Smith Police Arrest South Carolina Man Attempting To Meet Up With Children

Police said Lambeth agreed to travel to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and meet with the children for purpose of engaging in sexual acts with them. On Saturday, Lambeth was arrested in the parking lot of a local restaurant and charged with two counts of attempted rape.

40/29 & The Arkansas CW’s Shred-it Document Shredding Day

It’s the 40/29 and Arkansas CW Shred-it Day! Please bring a cash donation and your personal documents to 1617 Zero Street in Fort Smith or the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. Your personal documents will be destroyed on site at the 40/29 and Arkansas ...

Fort Smith man sentenced on drug trafficking charges

A Fort Smith man has been sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison ...
also known as "Weenie," was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Arkansas on one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute ...

La Fiesta offers decent food in Fort Smith area

There are many Mexican restaurants in the Fort Smith area, and La Fiesta has the distinction of having a location in every major town in Western Arkansas, and one in Eastern Oklahoma. However quantity does not always mean quality in this case. La Fiesta ...

Multi-Million Dollar Trail To Be Built In Fort Smith

FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The Fort Smith Parks and Recreations department will break ground on a muliti-million dollar trail Tuesday (March 31). According to a news release from the department the trail is …

Carpenter Fort Smith (AR) – Fort Smith Carpenters

Carpenter Fort Smith (AR) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Fort Smith (AR). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Fort Smith, Arkansas work with, builds and fixes items and struct…

New Arkansas waterpark scheduled to open in May

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Construction on a Fort Smith’s waterpark is almost complete and looks to be finished in time for it’s grand opening this summer. Officials say Parrot Island Waterpark is about nine…

Carpenter Fort Smith (AR) – Fort Smith Carpenters

Carpenter Fort Smith (AR) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Fort Smith (AR). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Fort Smith, Arkansas work with, builds and fixes items and struct…

Carpenter Fort Smith (AR) – Fort Smith Carpenters

Carpenter Fort Smith (AR) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Fort Smith (AR). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Fort Smith, Arkansas work with, builds and fixes items and struct…

Fox Squirrel At The Fort Smith National Historic Site

The Fox Squirrel are another common wildlife to see at the Fort Smith National Historic Site here in Arkansas. They were fun to photograph searching for the acorns that they had stashed for the winter…

American Robins At The Fort Smith National Historic Site

I like walking the trails at the Fort Smith National Historic Site here in Arkansas. It is a great place to watch and photograph birds. This time of year the American Robins are very active and allow …

Conor Harrington x Maser – New mural in Fort Smith, USA

Irish artists Conor Harrington and Maser are currently in Fort Smith, Arkansas where the duo just finished working on this brilliant collaboration mural. If you are in Fort Smith, you can find it at t…

Streetart: New Collaboration Mural by Irish Artists Conor Harrington and Maser in Fort Smith // Arkansas

Die beiden aus Irland stammenden Street Artists Conor Harrington und Maser wurden aufgrund ihres durchweg dopen Outputs, bereits vielfach hier auf WHUDAT gefeatured. Die beiden Künstler sind aktuell i…

WATCH: Car Spin Out in Fort Smith Caught On 5NEWS I-Cam

FORT SMITH (KFSM) – During “5NEWS This Morning” a spin out was caught on the 5NEWS Downtown Fort Smith I-Cam. The video shows the car losing control Saturday (Feb. 28) morning while driving down a sno…


The situation of health coverage in in FORT SMITH ARKANSAS

1. After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million people have health coverage.

That's more people than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined. This number includes parents who can finally afford to take their kids to the doctor, families who no longer risk losing their homes or savings because someone becomes ill, and young people who are now free to pursue their dreams without worrying about losing access to health care. 

With millions of people getting covered, the uninsured rate for non-elderly adults has dropped by 35% since October 2013. “The Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama said after hearing the news that millions of Americans had signed up and gotten covered. “And I'll tell you, everywhere I go around the country, I'm meeting inpiduals who come up and thank me. How passionate they are about the difference it's made in their lives, it really reminds me why we do all of this." 

2. Medicaid is helping millions.

The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, and 28 states and the District of Columbia have done so. Across all 50 states, there are 11.2 million additional Americans enrolled in Medicaid compared to a baseline period in the fall of 2013.

While not every state expanded Medicaid, those that did are seeing especially strong coverage gains. In Medicaid expansion states, the uninsured rate among families with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line declined by 13 percentage points, nearly double the decline in non-expansion states.

3. Those with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could deny you coverage or charge you more because of a health problem that you had prior to applying for insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you just because you have a pre-existing condition and they can’t close you out of coverage by charging you more than someone who doesn’t have a pre-existing condition.

This key provision means that up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage. This includes the parents of over 17.6 million children with pre-existing conditions who no longer have to live with that worry. 

4. The uninsured rate for young Americans is at its lowest point since at least 1997.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for young Americans has declined by more than 40 percent over the past five years. Since 2010, more than 5 million young adults have gained coverage.  This includes 2.3 million young adults who have gained coverage by being able to stay on their parent's health plan. Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults can stay on their parent’s coverage until age 26. With all that can happens in a young person's life, this provision helps ensure that those who are just starting out in college and work careers can plan with the assurance that they have access to quality and affordable coverage. 

5. Americans no longer have lifetime and annual limits on their coverage.

The Affordable Care Act has lifted the lifetime health benefit caps for 105 million Americans. Previously, many plans set a lifetime limit on how much they would spend for your covered benefits during the entire time you were enrolled in their plan. If you went over, you’d be paying out of pocket. Annual limits also constrained families and inpiduals by restricting how much they could receive per year. That's not how it should be. That’s why the Affordable Care Act prohibits health plans from putting annual or lifetime dollar limits on most benefits. 

These are just five of the core ways in which the Affordable Care Act has helped Americans get quality, affordable health care. See for yourself: Click here to meet inpiduals who have benefited from health care, read their stories, and then pass them on so others can see what getting covered -- and staying covered -- means. 



What do you know about abuse of women in FORT SMITH ARKANSAS ?

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Signs of abuse

It can be hard to know if you´re being abused. You may think that your husband is allowed to make you have sex. That´s not true. Forced sex is rape, no matter who does it. You may think that cruel or threatening words are not abuse. They are. And sometimes emotional abuse is a sign that a person will become physically violent.

Below is a list of possible signs of abuse. Some of these are illegal. All of them are wrong. You may be abused if your partner:

  • Monitors what you´re doing all the time
  • Unfairly accuses you of being unfaithful all the time
  • Prevents or discourages you from seeing friends or family
  • Prevents or discourages you from going to work or school
  • Gets very angry during and after drinking alcohol or using drugs
  • Controls how you spend your money
  • Controls your use of needed medicines
  • Decides things for you that you should be allowed to decide (like what to wear or eat)
  • Humiliates you in front of others
  • Destroys your property or things that you care about
  • Threatens to hurt you, the children, or pets
  • Hurts you (by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting)
  • Uses (or threatens to use) a weapon against you
  • Forces you to have sex against your will
  • Controls your birth control or insists that you get pregnant
  • Blames you for his or her violent outbursts
  • Threatens to harm himself or herself when upset with you
  • Says things like, "If I can´t have you then no one can."

If you think someone is abusing you, get help. Abuse can have serious physical and emotional effects. No one has the right to hurt you.

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Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships

Sometimes a relationship might not be abusive, but it might have some serious problems that make it unhealthy. If you think you might be in an unhealthy relationship, you should be able to talk to your partner about your concerns. If you feel like you can´t talk to your partner, try talking to a trusted friend, family member, or counselor. Consider calling a confidential hotline to get the support you need and to explore next steps. If you´re afraid to end the relationship, call a hotline for help.

Signs of an unhealthy relationship include:

  • Focusing all your energy on your partner
  • Dropping friends and family or activities you enjoy
  • Feeling pressured or controlled a lot
  • Having more bad times in the relationship than good
  • Feeling sad or scared when with your partner

Signs of a healthy relationship include:

  • Having more good times in the relationship than bad
  • Having a life outside the relationship, with your own friends and activities
  • Making decisions together, with each partner compromising at times
  • Dealing with conflicts by talking honestly
  • Feeling comfortable and able to be yourself
  • Feeling able to take care of yourself
  • Feeling like your partner supports you

If you feel confused about your relationship, a mental health professional can help. Remember, you deserve to be treated with respect.

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What you a need to know to become a US citizen

The process for obtaining citizenship requires time and preparation, but knowing the steps will help make the process more agile.

The following video contains information on the general requirements that need to be met to become a US citizen, such as:

Having the statutory age.

A legal resident and remain in the country while their application is processed. Importantly, marital status may result in a less extended period for citizenship.

Demonstrate English proficiency.

Having knowledge of history and government of the United States.

Be a person of good moral character.

Take an oath of allegiance to prove that supports and defends the United States and its Constitution.

You can get further information by visiting the website of Citizenship and Immigration United States (USCIS, acronym) or by calling 1-800-375-5283 (press 2 for Spanish), 1-800-767-1833 (TDD for hearing impaired).

Video Transcript

VOICE: If you are interested in becoming a US citizen, you must meet several requirements will vary depending on your situation. For example:

Be at least 18 years of age at the time you submit your application.

Have been a permanent resident for at least five years. If you are married to a US citizen, this requirement may be reduced to three years.

Having lived in the same state or district USCIS office having jurisdiction over the place of residence for three months prior to the date of application.

VOICE: You must also show that you have continuously resided in the United States.

VOICE: Continuous residence

OFFICIAL: Continuous residence means a permanent resident has not left the United States for a long period. Doing so could interrupt your continuous residence.

VOICE: Physical presence in the United States

VOICE: must also demonstrate physical presence in the United States. This means being present in the country for at least 30 months in the 5 years prior to the date you file your application.

VOICE: Other requirements include:

VOICE: Be able to read, write and speak English and have basic knowledge of the history and form of government of the United States.

VOICE: Some applicants do not have to meet the English language requirement because of their age and the time they have lived in the United States as permanent residents.

VOICE: You must also prove that knows and understands the fundamentals of the history, principles and form of government of the United States.

VOICE: moral character

OFFICIAL: To naturalized US citizen, must also be a person of good moral character.

OFFICIAL: Committing certain crimes may make him ineligible for naturalization.

VOICE: Pledge of Allegiance

VOICE: Finally, to become a US citizen should pay the Pledge of Allegiance.

VOICE: Everyone who wants to naturalize must be willing to support and defend America and our Constitution. In fact, you will not become a US citizen until perform this Pledge of Allegiance.

VOICE: You should note that it is obliged to reside in the United States while their application is pending.

VOICE: These are just general requirements. For further information contact the US Citizenship and Immigration United States through the Internet or by phone at 1 (800) 375-5283. [11]


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