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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say two people, including a sheriff's deputy, were killed Thursday in a shooting in rural northern Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stone County Sheriff's deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed as he was responding to a call in Leslie when a suspect opened fire. Leslie is about 77 miles (124 kilometers) north of Little Rock.

Red Flag Fire Warning Issed for Several NEA Counties

Feb 18, 2016
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  The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag fire warnings for parts of  Eastern Arkansas in the KASU listening area.

The warning is in effect from late Thursday morning until  7pm tonight.  Counties included in the warning are Baxter, Stone, Fulton, Sharp, Izard, Independence, & Cleburne.

The Associated Press reports the weather services says grass, vegetation, and wood in these areas will be very dry due to a very low humidity.  Mixed with strong winds of up to 45 mph, fires outdoors have the potential to spread quickly.