LITTLE ROCK, AR -- An anonymous person paid the layaway bills for more than 130 customers at a central Arkansas Walmart this week.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A highly regulated federal program has groups that don't meet basic requirements receiving thousands in taxpayer dollars.
STUTTGART, Ark. -- With the easing of restrictions against Cuba, the Arkansas rice industry preparing for what could be a big boost in international sales, which could mean hundreds of millions of dollars.
NATIONAL NEWS-- Here are Thursday's top-trending stories nationwide.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- On Wednesday, President Obama announced a change in policy between the U.S. and Cuba. The new approach includes easing commercial, trade, and travel restrictions.
ROGERS-- Authorities are praising the public and the Amber Alert system in successfully locating 2 year old Alex Gage Almodovar and his abductor, Brent Wilks.
BENTONVILLE, AR - The Huffington Post put the museum's State of the Art exhibition on its list of the year's best, calling it "exhilarating."
The Springdale Art Alliance is calling for a public art program after vandals tagged a brand new bridge.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS --- The University of Arkansas moving up int he ranks in terms of best college value, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.
Pregnant women exposed to high levels of air pollution may double their risk of having a child with autism.
The auto manufacturer has added about 447,000 vehicles to the list of those recalled due to faulty airbags.
ROGERS -- A local nonprofit is getting presents to military families just in time for Christmas.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS --- Local law enforcement agencies, in the spirit of Christmas, helping to get drug offenders back on the right track.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The City of Fayetteville GIS team has a new web application, highlighting public art installations throughout town.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The American Red Cross is hoping you'll make a resolution to donate blood in the new year to support National Blood Donor Month in January.
ROGERS -- Missing child, Alex Gage Almodovar has been located in Atoka, Oklahoma.
HOUSTON – All the tickets for the Dec. 29 matchup between the Razorbacks and Longhorns have been sold.
BENTONVILLE -– On Thursday, Walmart announced plans to improve poultry safety measures to help protect against foodborne illnesses.
FORT SMITH -- According to the Fort Smith Police Department, on Tuesday, someone at Tilles Elementary School reported the a six-year-old student found the bag on him.
ROGERS, AR -- Police are searching for a kidnapping suspect and the missing child.
FAYETTEVILLE -- This is the third and final Winter Market for the season.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS --- It's the season of giving, so what and how much should you give for tipping, for parties and for thanking?
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Saturday morning meeting is a show that airs right here on KNWA on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings -- that highlights the world's largest retailer.
(CNN) -- How to take a trip with your entire family, and not end up regretting it.
GRANBY, MO.--- Granby Elementary student, Olivia Dorris, was surprised when her father, Clayton, stopped by her school.
WACO, TX (KCEN) -- According to KCEN, Patrick Crawford exchanged words with the man before he pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired several times.
A meteorologist is recovering from surgery this morning after he was shot outside his station, 14 people have been indicted from meningitis two years ago, and '7th Heaven' star has confessed to sexual abuse.
NATIONAL NEWS-- These are the stories topping national headlines.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- If you're shipping holiday gifts this year, Thursday, December 18 may be the day to do it.
SPRINGDALE -- Many kids at Parson Hills Elementary School rely on free breakfast and lunch served at the school each day, which leaves those kids without enough food over the Winter Break.
FAYETTEVILLE-- As gas prices drop to their lowest rates since 2009, One local business owner is saying it's a win- win for them and you as the customer.
Ronnie Brewer is back in Northwest Arkansas.
ROGERS, AR--Benton county Sheriff's Office deputies says 20% of their cyber crimes occur with peer-to-peer photo sharing by minors.
Crews are rebuilding the banks of Tanyard Creek, after flooding in Bella Vista damaged the heavily used hiking area.
Firefighters spread Christmas cheer at a children's shelter Wednesday.
Rogers fire crews are burning down a house, to help create college curriculum.
A new study finds there's a direct link between temperature and the local economy.
LOWELL -- Wachter Inc. announced plans this week to expand its facility on West Monroe Avenue.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is months away from finishing work on the highway.
Update (12/17/14) -- The jail will still close December 31st as scheduled, but it will still be able to hold detainees for up to 24 hours before being transported to other facilities.
Jonathan is 13 years old and from Springdale.
KNWA/FOX 24 -- In an article from For Every Mom, sex educator Megan Maas deems 10 apps "very dangerous for your kids."
KNWA -- The decision comes after some of the nation's largest movie theater chains including Regal, Carmike and Cineplex are holding back or dropping 'The Interview' from screens.
VAN BUREN -- The victim's wife, Hice's mother, was in court and told the judge that she wanted the plea agreement.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- AT&T, along with a special guest, paid a visit to the KNWA Today studios on Wednesday morning to unveil six new gadgets, just in time for Christmas.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- The $100 million bypass will connect State Highway 112 with Interstate 49, taking some of the traffic off of Highway 412.
FOX 24 via FOX NEWS-- New research suggests music classes could help children's literacy levels.
FOX 24 via FOX NEWS-- New rules for menu labeling will require some restaurant chains to list the calories in alcoholic drinks.
KNWA via NBC NEWS-- Seventy years after a 14-year-old boy was executed in the electric chair, a circuit court judge threw out his charges.
CONCORDIA PARISH, LA -- A Mississippi man was cited by a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) officer for drowning a deer in the Mississippi River.