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Firefighters Respond When Employee Gets Stuck In Conveyor Belt At Pinnacle Foods

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Firefighters responded to an unusual call Wednesday morning (June 19) at Pinnacle Foods — an employee was stuck in a conveyor belt.

Dale Riggins, administrative assistant with the Fayetteville Fire Department, said the call came in at 8:22 a.m. at Pinnacle Foods on West 15th Street in Fayetteville.

Riggins said he wasn’t sure exactly how the female employee got stuck, but within 10 minutes she was freed from the conveyor belt.

Riggins said he hadn’t heard anything about the woman being injured.

Stay with 5NEWS for this developing story.

Late Rally Dooms Arkansas In College World Series

OMAHA (KFSM) – Just when it looked like Arkansas was going to flip the momentum, Texas Tech took it right back in the elimination game at the College World Series.

The Razorbacks rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning but a RBI triple by the Red Raiders’ Cody Masters drove in the game winning run as Arkansas fell 5-4. The loss eliminates the Hogs in Omaha.

Arkansas had a chance in the ninth as they had two runners on with no outs and the top of the order at the plate but a pop out, strikeout and shallow fly ball to left end the threat and the game.

Arkansas jumped out to a three run lead thanks to a second inning Heston Kjerstad home run and then RBIs from both Casey Martin and Matt Goodheart in the third.

Texas Tech used the long ball to chop away at the Arkansas lead as they had long balls in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-3 lead. The Razorbacks got a RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth from Jack Kenley to tie the game before Texas Tech answered in the home half of the inning.

The two and done performance by Arkansas is the second time in five years that the Razorbacks reached the College World Series but lost both of their first two games. Last season Arkansas won their first four contests before losing two straight to Oregon State in the championship series.

Arkansas ends the season with a 46-20 record.

Conservationists say endangered beetle species found in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – When she saw the plump orange-and-black insect crawling on the rotting rat corpse, Andrea Malek didn’t know whether to cry, laugh or scream in celebration.

After a double take, she did all three.

It was a discovery 45 years in the making. Sitting at the bottom of her trap fashioned from a 5-gallon plastic bucket was an American burying beetle, a federally endangered species that hadn’t been found living in Ohio since 1974 – until now, that is.

And Malek didn’t find just one. She found three of the beetles at The Wilds last month: two females and a male, which she marked with tiny bee tags.

“It’s like having your best dream come true,” said Malek, a 25-year-old wildlife ecology technician from Zanesville. “It’s just amazing that all of our hard work is finally paying off.”

The American burying beetles are important because they turn decay into compost and help keep ecosystems in balance and clean, she said.

In an attempt to re-establish the species, conservationists at The Wilds have bred and released hand-reared beetles for nine straight summers in portions of the 10,000-acre conservation park in Muskingum County, which is operated by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Last year, they released 472 of the insects, their largest number to date.

The process includes carving out nests for the beetles with golf-hole diggers, filling them with carcasses and placing a paired male and female beetle inside every hole. The insects are marked for identification.

In the wild, the beetles typically forage for a dead animal themselves – usually a bird or rodent. They drag it underground, strip off its fur or feathers and coat it with gooey secretions. The female beetle lays eggs in nearby dirt chambers and days later as many as 30 ravished larvae emerge. The entire family feeds off and lives in the cozy, mummified slime ball until the baby beetles fly off a couple of months later.

Malek, who started as an Ohio University student intern, has overseen the program for the past two years.

During that time, she has spent several hours every day checking more than 20 bucket traps filled with ripe, smelly bait that are topped with funnels to prevent the insects from escaping. She captured plenty of American burying beetles each summer. But as the seasons passed, she never found them again the following spring.

Some questioned if the hand-reared bugs, which were successfully reproducing, were capable of surviving Ohio’s frigid winters. They’re also not active if the spring weather is too cold. The inch-and-a-half-long insects have a lifespan of about a year.

Their ability to travel long distances – sometimes several miles in one night when searching for food or a mate – also made finding them a challenge.

But after some trial and error, Malek finally found the elusive insects, offspring of ones released this past summer, in the western part of The Wilds property. They were near Zion Ridge Road, about a mile from their release site and 70 miles southeast of Columbus.

The beetles released this past summer had been captured from a wild population in Nebraska and were bigger than usual, which may have led to the breakthrough, said Stephen Spear, director of wildlife ecology at The Wilds.

Specimens previously came from Arkansas, a warmer climate.

The Cincinnati Zoo, which also participates in the conservation program, also captured its first overwintered beetle in May at the Fernald Nature Preserve in southwestern Ohio, perhaps supporting that theory.

“This is a huge milestone to celebrate, but we’re always thinking about the next thing,” Spear said. “It’s a long-term goal, but now there’s no reason to think we can’t get them re-established all over the state of Ohio someday.”

The American burying beetle was once the most-common burying beetle in the country, found in 35 states in the eastern United States and parts of Canada. It was the first insect to be placed on the federal endangered species list, and that distinction has stuck since 1989.

Today, the insect remains in only a handful of states.

It’s believed the species is dwindling because of a lack of appropriately sized food sources, especially following the extinction of the once-abundant passenger pigeon in 1914. The beetle can’t bury animals that are too large. Animals that are too small, meanwhile, don’t provide enough food.

It’s also possible that light pollution, more competition from larger scavengers, increases in pesticide use and sweeping land-use changes might have hurt the beetle, experts say.

Now that they’ve finally found beetles that survived the winter, conservationists at The Wilds hope to start tracking generations of offspring.

They’ll maintain a database containing DNA of every American burying beetle they release and capture, to confirm the population is continuing to reproduce and remaining genetically diverse, Spear said.

Their work continued June 6 with this year’s first release.

The ultimate goal of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife is to establish a burying beetle population that can sustain itself without human intervention, said Erin Hazelton, a wildlife administrator with the division.

She said that’s a step closer to its removal from the endangered species list.

“Our mission is to make sure that we’re looking out for all wildlife, not just the cute and fuzzy ones,” Hazelton said.

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Healthy Living: Robotic Assisted Surgery Improves Recovery Time for Women

Pelvic organ prolapse happens when the muscles and tissues supporting the pelvic organs become weak or loose. It’s common in women as they age, especially those who have given birth. But the medical staff of Baptist Health Women’s Clinic-Fort Smith can provide help for pelvic prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence. In this segment, Dr. JeanMarie Householder, OBGYN, explains how technology has improved recovery time for her patients.

Sponsored by: Baptist Health 

Super Regional For Hogs Starts Saturday Morning Against Old Miss

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — The University of Arkansas will take on Ole Miss on Saturday when the NCAA Super Regional kicks off in Baum-Walker Stadium.

The game begins at 11 a.m., with the second game at 2 p.m. Sunday. If a third game is needed, it will be played Monday at 3 p.m.

The games will be played between the fifth-seed Hogs and 12-seed Ole Miss in the best-of-three series, part of the road to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Game 1 can be seen on ESPN, with Game 2 shown on ESPN U and Game 3, if played, on ESPN2 on Monday.

All reserved and Hog Pen general admission tickets are already sold out. They sold out less than 10 hours after going on sale Monday.

Arkansas (44-17) clinched its spot in its eighth NCAA Super Regional in school history Sunday night (June 2) with a 6-0 shutout of TCU.

A small allotment of general admission tickets in the Hog Pen has been reserved exclusively for University of Arkansas students and may be purchased for $20 on a first come, first serve basis starting on Wednesday (June 5). Students are limited to one ticket per person and they will be available online as well as at the Razorback Ticket Office.

Lake Fayetteville Algae Levels Return To Normal

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Residents no longer need to take precaution when using Lake Fayetteville after recent water samples showed an abundance of potentially harmful algae.

The city of Fayetteville issued a warning last month after University of Arkansas students found higher than normal levels of microcystin, an algae toxin released during decay of some algae types when present in a large group (called a “bloom”), according to a news release.

The students found the algae was present in 11 micrograms per liter (ug/L), which was just above the advisory level of 10 ug/L. More recent samples show the lake’s microsystin levles are 1.7 ug/L, according to the release.

The spring’s heavy and frequent rainstorms combined with the lake’s nutrient levels and recent warm temperatures have sped up the rapid growth of algae, creating an algae bloom, officials said in May.

The rain washes landscaping fertilizers, which contain nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, downstream into the lake.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says there are relatively few documented cases of severe human health effects.

If inhalation or ingestion occurs by a human or pet – watch for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, rash, irritated eyes, seizures, breathing problems or other unexplained illness and contact a doctor or veterinarian.

City officials remind residents and businesses to be aware of materials such as fertilizers, petroleum products, detergents, etc. that rain washes into our natural waterways and infrastructure.

Learn more stormwater management and water quality at the City’s website here.

Georgia Gets To Arkansas Bullpen In SEC Tournament For Win

HOOVER, ALA. (KFSM) – Isaiah Campbell knew he was going to be on a strict pitch limit when he started vs Georgia in the third round of the SEC Tournament.

The Arkansas starter was sharp but the Bulldogs struck when the Razorbacks turned to the bullpen.

Georgia tied the game in the seventh and then a two run bloop double in the eighth proved to be the difference as Arkansas fell 3-1. The Razorbacks will face Ole Miss for the second time in three days on Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will advance to the semifinals while the loser will be eliminated.

Campbell was sharp as he threw five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits but the Georgia pitching was just as effective. Arkansas’ only offense came in the third inning as Jacob Nesbit doubled and scored after a pair of wild pitches to give the Hogs a 1-0 lead.

Arkansas managed to get just seven base runners and only five hits while they struck out eight times. The Razorbacks did put runners on the corners in the ninth but Nesbit struck out to end the game.

Little Rock man one of Morehouse graduates to get student loans paid off by billionaire

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Forty million dollars is quite the graduation present, so when Robert Smith told the Morehouse College graduating class of 2019 that he was paying off all their student loans, it made people around the country take notice.

“Driving home, for me, [Tuesday night], that was probably when I got the most emotional about it,” Evan Howard said, “because it actually hit me that I’m actually coming home with my diploma.”

Howard returned to Little Rock as a proud college graduate, and one who would not have to worry about paying off his degree. He was one of the 396 graduates lucky enough to receive Smith’s pledge of generosity.

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“It didn’t really hit me personally,” Howard said, “until it was all over, and until I actually thought about what that blessing, what his gift really could do for me and my other Morehouse brothers.”

Howard said he and many of his classmates were exhausted when Sunday morning’s commencement ceremony finally began. After the end of classes, he said he and his friends tried to celebrate their impending graduation as much as they could. Then, Morehouse put them through a busy weekend of rehearsals and events before the big day.

“We had first arrived at school at 5:30 a.m., so we had already been out in the sun for probably, like, three, four hours prior to Mr. Smith getting up and speaking,” Howard recalled. He said he and several other students left the stadium floor to get water in the concourse.

“And it just so happened that, when I sat down, that’s when he ended up saying, you know, your student loans will be paid off,” Howard mentioned.

“And At that time—sitting there, worried about the heat, being tired from earlier in the day—I wasn’t really, what he said didn’t really register to me at first.

“And it didn’t register until my mom had called me. And she basically asked, ‘did you hear what he just said?’ And my response to her was, ‘I hear what he said, but wait one second.’ And I ended up tapping the brother on the left of me and the brother on the right of me and asking them did they hear the same thing, as well. And it turns out that, you know what I’m saying, they did. And I ended up getting back on the phone with my mom and letting her know, basically telling her, ‘Mom, you’re not crazy. He said that. Im’ma be quiet and listen if he got anything else to give out!’”

Smith’s speech and announcement came near the beginning of the ceremony. 

A couple of hours later, after walking across the stage with his classmates, Howard saw clips of the speech on outlets such as TMZ and started to grasp how stunning Smith’s pledge was.

“I don’t know when I will completely grasp the totality of what Mr. Smith was able to do for us,” he added.

Howard said college was a difficult period in his life. He enrolled in Morehouse because he wanted to become a cardiologist and Morehouse had a reputation as one of the best schools for black men who wanted careers in medicine. 

But what he would only describe as a personal incident took him away from school.

“My mental health took a hit,” he stated, “but the thing that essentially kept me going—or, that made me persevere—was the fact that I am from here. And not so much that I don’t want to come back, but I want to have something to say for me leaving. And so, for me to go through whatever I went through and then to come back home, I felt like that would be quitting. And I wasn’t raised to quit.

“And I’m just very fortunate and blessed that this was the blessing at the end of the tunnel. Not just graduating, but having my loans paid off. And, like I said, for that, I’m eternally grateful.”

The time away also changed Howard’s academic focus. “I got really interested in African-American male mental health, and so I switched my major to psychology,” he said.

Howard would not say how much student loan debt he had, other than to call it “a lot.” Federal data show that typical Morehouse grads leave with $26,000 in student loans, but some experts think the number might be closer to $100,000 apiece. 

That puts the value of Smith’s pledge between $10-40 million.

“No one has ever done something like this before,” Howard noted. “Ever. And the fact that he did it for us, and I guess he took it upon himself to be, to, to say that I’m gonna be the man to do this, that takes an immense initiative.”

Howard said he believes the gift was a way to empower black men who have the potential to become leaders. “I feel like the challenge that he posed to us was that y’all already knew that y’all were gonna be great,” he said. “Now y’all have the latitude and the fiscal ability to actually be great in the ways that you want to be great.”

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The announcement made headlines around the country, bringing Morehouse College a level of attention it might not have ever received before, and Howard knows that attention may follow its graduates for years to come.

“[There] was always pressure,” he stated. I feel like, attending Morehouse, alone, that’s pressure in itself. And there’s pressure to succeed. And at the end of the day, I feel like, yes, there is pressure, but it’s good pressure. Because, at the end of the day, pressure makes diamonds, and after that, there’s no reason why no one in that class has any reason not to shine.

“And that’s why I feel like, like I said, there is pressure, but it’s really good pressure because we’re under pressure to show the world that his gift wasn’t in vain. And, I would say, the caveat, or the good part about that is, every single one of the men that walked across that stage has it in them to shine. If not as bright as the man who gave us that gift, 10 times brighter.”

Howard said Wednesday that he excited to carry out Smith’s vision to improve the world. “But not just pay it forward in a generic way,” he explained, “but pay it forward in a way to you see fit and that makes you—I don’t want to say makes you happy—but that has your heart all the way wrapped up in it.”

Howard’s heart is in improving mental health care for black men. He said he wants to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist. 

He figures that will mean going to graduate school, but knows that will be much easier for him to afford since he does not have to pay for his bachelor’s degree.