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  • Ex-Navy commanders face negligent homicide charges over deadly collisionsEx-Navy commanders face negligent homicide charges over deadly collisions

    Court-martial proceedings will be convened to review evidence supporting possible criminal charges against several members of the USS Fitzgerald, according to the service.

    4029 TV / 25 min. ago
  • Protecting Pipes In Frigid TemperaturesProtecting Pipes In Frigid Temperatures

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Pipes freezing can potentially cause a big mess inside your home when it is this cold outside. Dalton Clinkscales with Johnson Plumbing says if your showers or sinks are on an outside wall, they could be at risk for busting. He recommends opening up the cabinet doors to let heat from your house inside. “If you've had issues in the past, you might let it drip at night to keep it from freezing. But it's definitely important to go outside your house and see what's on the outside wall. Any water lines on the outside wall are in danger of freezing, especially because you don't know what insulation was put there,” he said. A big problem that people don't usually notice until the spring has to do with water hydrants that hook up to a hose or sprinkler. People often leave water hoses hooked up and when the water is turned back on, it could flood your house. “Whenever you're outside putting your sprinklers up or whatever the water is pouring out of that hydrant into your wall and you don't even know it's pouring out until you walk back in. There is no way to know because it will still allow water out into your sprinkler but when you come back in you'll see that your floor has water everywhere,” he said. Clinkscales said another problem the cold can cause is older hot water heaters fizzling out. He said since the water is coming through colder, it makes the heater work harder.  A lot of water could come inside your house  if a water heater busts. “It can happen overnight. They don't give you a warning, it seems like it's always the worst time when it happens. If you check your water heater and say it's over 15 years old or so then we need to go ahead and give you a bid to look at it and see what it's going to take to replace it,” he said. Clinkscales recommends that to call a plumber if your pipes do freeze because they could still bust or could already have a leak.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 33 min. ago more
  • News To Go: Tuesday, January 16thNews To Go: Tuesday, January 16th

    News To Go: Tuesday, January 16th

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  • Dermatologist Gives Advice On Protecting Your Skin In The ColdDermatologist Gives Advice On Protecting Your Skin In The Cold

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- One of the biggest complaints about the cold weather is dry skin. If your hands are dry, cracked and irritated, you're not alone. "My skin is very dry and chapped, especially my hands," said Marcy Monchamp, a Fort Smith resident. Randy Bond said, "Right now [my skin's] a little on the dry side because it's noticeably colder today." Those are the biggest complaints dermatologist Dr. Sandy Johnson is hearing this winter. "Since your skin is the largest organ of the body, it's most susceptible to the environmental damages of the cold," she said. There are things you can do to heal your skin and prevent dryness. "You want make sure to moisturize as much as you can," Dr. Johnson explained. "That moisturizer gives an extra barrier between you and the environment." She also recommends covering as much skin as possible, especially if you work outdoors. Also, stay hydrated. "When there's cold there's less humidity sometimes, so you'll get more thirsty and more dehydrated and also your skin gets more dehydrated," she said. Dr. Johnson said to moisturize every time you wash your hands or take a shower. "When you wash your hands, your hands are still damp, so if you can put moisturizer on top, you can seal in that moisture even more," she said. Carrying small jars of whatever product works for you in your pocket or purse is also advised. "One of our favorites is Vaseline," Dr. Johnson said. "It has very very few ingredients. You'd like to use something that doesn't irritate your skin." Cover up as much skin as possible to lock in heat. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also still important in the winter. Johnson Dermatology specializes in skin cancer. She said they are seeing an increase in skin cancers and melanoma.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 49 min. ago more
  • Bentonville Schools open Wednesday with limited bus serviceBentonville Schools open Wednesday with limited bus service

    Bentonville Schools officials announced that school will resume on Wednesday, January 17th, but with limited bus service in Bella Vista.

    4029 TV / 1 h. ago
  • Hawaii’s missile mistake can’t happen in ArkansasHawaii’s missile mistake can’t happen in Arkansas

    Gov. Hutchinson told 40/29 he wants the public to take alerts seriously.

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  • Program offers heating bill assistanceProgram offers heating bill assistance

    Today's frigid temperatures has most people turning up the heat in their homes. But there are many families who can't afford to do that.

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  • Los Angeles County deputy charged after drug stingLos Angeles County deputy charged after drug sting

    On Tuesday FBI agents arrested a Los Angeles County deputy and others who allegedly arranged to help transport cocaine, methamphetamine and cash, according to U.S. officials.

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  • 22 state attorneys general fight back against repeal of net neutrality laws22 state attorneys general fight back against repeal of net neutrality laws

    So far, 22 attorneys general have banded together in an effort to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of regulations that were put in place to ensure all of the internet is equal and open.

    4029 TV / 1 h. 41 min. ago
  • Dangerously cold air for TuesdayDangerously cold air for Tuesday

    When you factor in the wind, it will feel like it's somewhere between 0° and -20°

    4029 TV / 1 h. 51 min. ago
  • Centerton Family Loses Everything In Home FireCenterton Family Loses Everything In Home Fire

    CENTERTON (KFSM) — Firefighters are at the scene of a home fire. The house, which is located on Fair Street, is a total loss. The homeowners, a father and pregnant mother, and their two-year-old daughter, were able to safely escape. Police are asking for anyone interested to donate necesseties and any other items to the family.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 2 h. 3 min. ago
  • 7 of the most shocking moments in Winter Olympics history 7 of the most shocking moments in Winter Olympics history

    Ahead of PyeongChang, check out some of the most defining moments of past Winter Olympics.

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  • Subzero wind chills continueSubzero wind chills continue

    Subzero wind chills continue

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  • Girl from photo alongside grandfather​ depicting her cancer battle passes awayGirl from photo alongside grandfather​ depicting her cancer battle passes away

    Braylynn Lawhon’s Facebook page announced on Tuesday that she lost her battle with DIPG.

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  • More People Exposed To Measles In Arkansas, According To Health DepartmentMore People Exposed To Measles In Arkansas, According To Health Department

    LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — A measles patient was seen at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock nearly one week ago and since, those with the Arkansas Department of Health estimate about 150 people were exposed to the virus between Jan. 9-11. The virus now may be spread to other states, as those exposed were not only at UAMS, but were passengers on United Airlines flight 5314. That person went to other places as well, but those places have yet to be identified. This was the first reported case in Arkansas within the past three years. The virus is highly infectious. Healthcare providers are said to be looking out for measles, according to the health department. A news release from the health department states, “An exposed person is very unlikely to get measles if they had laboratory confirmed illness in the past, if they have had a single measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) shot, or if they were born before 1957 (when all children were thought to have been exposed to measles).  Health care workers are expected to have two MMR doses.” Symptoms of measles include rash and cough, red eyes, high fever and a runny nose.  

    KFSM 5NEWS / 2 h. 43 min. ago more
  • North Arkansas College investigates racist tauntsNorth Arkansas College investigates racist taunts

    The community college in Harrison will investigate allegations that fans attending basketball games yelled racial slurs toward black players on the opposing team from Kansas.

    4029 TV / 2 h. 44 min. ago
  • White House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive abilityWhite House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive ability

    The presidential physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, spoke at the White House press briefing Tuesday to discuss the health report following Trump’s physical.

    4029 TV / 2 h. 47 min. ago
  • Arkansas gov. reports $2M in bank for re-election bidArkansas gov. reports $2M in bank for re-election bid

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's campaign says it has more than $2 million in the bank as the Republican ramps up his re-election campaign.

    4029 TV / 2 h. 49 min. ago
  • Razorbacks Tabbed No. 4 In Preseason PollRazorbacks Tabbed No. 4 In Preseason Poll

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – With the start of the 2018 college baseball season just a month away, D1Baseball.com released their preseason poll and Arkansas is considered a contender for the national championship. The Razorbacks were picked fourth in the preseason poll and are one of seven teams from the SEC ranked in the top 16. Defending national champion Florida is the preseason No. 1. Arkansas opens their season on Feb. 16 as they host Bucknell for a three game series. Facing ranked teams will be a regular occurance for Arkansas this season as the Razorbacks have 22 games against teams in the preseason poll, 10 of which will be at home. Arkansas travels to top ranked Florida for a three game series (March 23-25) while No. 3 Texas Tech visits Baum Stadium for a two game midweek series (April 24-25). Kentucky (8th), Ole Miss (9th), Texas A&M (10th), Mississippi State (12th) and defending national runner-up LSU (16th) are all in the preseason poll and have three game series scheduled with the Razorbacks. Arkansas will host No. 21 Texas in a midweek series on March 13-14. Arkansas ended the 2017 ranked No. 20 in the D1Baseball.com poll.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 3 h. 13 min. ago more
  • FULL INTERVIEW: Mike Neighbors On Preparation For FloridaFULL INTERVIEW: Mike Neighbors On Preparation For Florida

    Women's basketball coach Mike Neighbors breaks down Arkansas's (11-7, 2-3) game against Florida (8-10, 0-5) on Thursday night. Neighbors gives an update on Devin Cosper's injury and recaps a ten point road win at Auburn on Sunday afternoon. The game tips off at 6 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 3 h. 16 min. ago
  • “Deplorable”: Missing Infants Lived In Car With Knives, Drugs, Cops Say“Deplorable”: Missing Infants Lived In Car With Knives, Drugs, Cops Say

    STOCKTON, Calif. (CBS News) — Police investigating the disappearance of infant twins in California say their parents forced them to live in “deplorable and dangerous” conditions in a car with weapons and drugs. Aaron Weddles and Princess Canez-Walker were arrested in Stockton on suspicion of child endangerment and child neglect last Tuesday. Police had been searching for the family since they were alerted Jan. 4 that two adults and their children were missing, transient and possibly living out of a car, according to Stockton Police. Police found the couple living in their car with a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old twin girls, who were taken into the custody of child welfare officials. But another set of twins, a boy and girl who are 20 months old, weren’t with them. The pair faced a judge Thursday on unrelated charges of vandalism for Canez-Walker and drugs for Weddles. But Stockton police say they won’t give them any information about the location of the missing twins, Ren and Setina.  Stockton police also released photos of the vehicle where they found the family living. Inside the 2002 white Suzuki, investigators say they found knives, a machete, an ax, suspected mold and narcotics. “The investigation so far has indicated that the parents forced their children to live in these deplorable and dangerous conditions,” police said in the Facebook post. No photos of the missing twins were available. Police described them as mixed ethnicity, Cambodian and African American. They are appealing to the community for information about the location of the children. Anyone who sees the children or knows where they might be is asked to call police immediately at (209) 937-8323 or (209) 937-7911 after hours.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 3 h. 22 min. ago more
  • White House Doctor: ‘No Concerns’ About Trump’s Cognitive AbilityWhite House Doctor: ‘No Concerns’ About Trump’s Cognitive Ability

    (CNN) — President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor’s determination that such testing wasn’t necessary. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday. He said the testing was conducted at the President’s wishes, and the results were normal. Ahead of the exam, the White House said that tests for mental acuity would not be included. The question arose after a week of speculation about Trump’s mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of a damaging book that suggested Trump’s own aides worry about his stability. Later, Trump attempted to clarify matters by tweeting he was a “very stable genius.” Jackson told reporters Trump scored 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a “cognitive screening test designed to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.” The doctor deemed Trump in “excellent health” last Friday and provided details of the President’s medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday. Trump weighs 239 pounds, the White House physician said on Tuesday. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, Trump falls just within the “overweight” range on the body mass index. Trump and his doctor discussed his diet and exercise during last week’s physical and set a goal of losing 10-15 pounds. “He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates,” Jackson told reporters at the White House. Jackson said Trump’s resting heart rate was 68 and blood pressure was 122/74. The President himself decided what to make public, in accordance with medical privacy rules. He’s been unwilling in the past to disclose information that candidates and presidents typically reveal, such as his tax returns. But during the 2016 campaign he did authorize his personal doctor to release some medical information. Dr. Harold Bornstein’s summary included Trump’s height (6 feet 3 inches) and weight (236 pounds), cholesterol (HDL 63, LDL 94, triglycerides 61), blood pressure (116/70), blood sugar (99) and normal results from liver, thyroid, heart and colon exams. He also said Trump took Crestor, a cholesterol lowering statin; a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks; antibiotics to treat skin rosacea; and Propecia for baldness. Jackson performed the yearly physical Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. On Friday evening, the White House released a statement from Jackson — who also performed President Barack Obama’s last presidential physical — that indicated the exam went “exceptionally well” and described Trump’s health as “excellent.” Past presidential physicals have also included lifestyle details like diet and exercise routines. Trump isn’t known to exercise beyond short walks, and he uses a cart when he plays golf. His diet isn’t known to have changed from the high-calorie dishes he has favored in the past: well-done steak with ketchup, meatloaf, hamburgers, vanilla ice cream, salads with blue cheese dressing and chocolate cake. He does, however, avoid tobacco and alcohol.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 3 h. 23 min. ago more
  • Mother Of 13 Malnourished Children Was ‘Perplexed’ When Deputies Arrived, Captain SaysMother Of 13 Malnourished Children Was ‘Perplexed’ When Deputies Arrived, Captain Says

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The mother of 13 malnourished children who were found being held at a filthy, foul-smelling California home, some of them chained to furniture, was “perplexed” when deputies entered the residence over the weekend, a sheriff’s captain said Tuesday. Louise Anna Turpin, 49, was arrested along with her 56-year-old husband, David Allen Turpin, on Sunday. The Turpins' arrest was announced by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Monday, exploding into a story bringing national media attention to the residential community of Perris, some 60 miles east of Los Angeles. This photo was posted to a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on May 6, 2016. On Tuesday, authorities answered questions about the case, stressing the investigation was just beginning. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Fellows, who serves as chief of Perris police, said conditions in the home were “horrific.” But authorities had never before been called to the Muir Woods Road home, where the family moved in 2014. After the “courageous” teen got out of the home before dawn and placed her emergency call, deputies came to meet her nearby, the captain said. She showed the deputies photos that supported her claims that her siblings were being held against their will. The deputies went to the home to do a welfare check. There, they found three children chained to furniture in a dirty home. The 13 siblings ranged in age from 2 to 29, but the adult children looked like youths. “If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished … I would call that torture,” Fellows said. Their mother, however, did not seem to understand why deputies were at the home. “It seemed that the mother was perplexed as to why we were at that residence,” Fellows said. This photo was posted to a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on July 10, 2016. It’s not clear how the husband reacted. The couple was taken to the sheriff’s Perris Station and arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment. Investigators will soon present the case to prosecutors for charges. The parents, Fellows said, showed no signs mental illness. Investigators have no details as yet on any religious organizations connected to the case, the captain said. The Turpins are being held on $9 million bail each. The children are being treated at area hospitals.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 3 h. 25 min. ago more
  • The Big Thaw Is Coming; Our Next RainThe Big Thaw Is Coming; Our Next Rain

    Over the next several days we'll increase around +10º each day with highs this weekend topping out in the 60s. In Bentonville and all of NW Arkansas the rock bottom will be Wednesday morning with snow covered areas around -2º. Locations without snow will be closer to the 2-4º range. By the weekend we'll be in the 60s and the next chance for precipitation will be all rain and maybe even some thunderstorms. The Fort Smith area will also see temperatures climbing from the 20s to 30s to 40s to 50s to 60s over the next five days. The next widespread chance for rain will be this weekend. This image shows Sunday at Noon with a line of showers and thunderstorms across the area. Temperatures will actually be too warm for anything frozen so expected rain as the system moves thru the area. -Garrett

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  • Hotel Construction Is Up In Arkansas, Especially In JonesboroHotel Construction Is Up In Arkansas, Especially In Jonesboro

    ARKANSAS — Hotel construction in Arkansas rose 14% between December 2016 and December 2017, indicating a departure from a trend of decline in hotel construction nationwide, according to the hospitality industry statistics resource STR, Talk Business & Politics reports. In 2017, Arkansas had 47 hotel projects and 4,634 rooms either in the planning stages or under construction, according to STR data. In 2016, the state had 41 projects in the works and 4,068 rooms. “We have continued to have new hotel construction in Arkansas, and I think Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas is going to be next with a continued flurry of new construction,” said Montine McNulty, executive director of the Little Rock-based Arkansas Hospitality Association. “We’ve had success in our industry. It looks like people are looking for opportunity right now, and they’re finding it in the hotel industry.” In the Jonesboro area in 2017, there were 10 projects and 1,255 rooms in some stage of development, with two hotels listed as under construction, according to the data. The city was listed by STR to have seven projects and 884 rooms in the works in 2016, according to TB&P. Cari White, chief operating officer of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the numbers could be affected by a convention center project that began in 2017 but was not completed. A separate convention center project, on the other hand, is scheduled to break ground in February, White said. The Jonesboro A&P Commission agreed in November to give up to $2.5 million in hotel tax rebates for the proposed hotel/convention center, which is planned to be located on the Arkansas State University campus. O’Reilly Hospitality Management is developing the 203-bed Embassy Suites hotel, and a Houlihan’s Restaurant and 40,000-square-foot Red Wolf Convention Center are also planned. Subtracting the rooms from the convention center that was not finished, Jonesboro still had the most hotel rooms under construction or in the planning phases in the state. “Number one, it is about the growth overall that’s going on,” White said. Jonesboro has seen growth in both its population and economy in recent years. The Jonesboro metropolitan statistical area saw its population rise to 129,858 in 2016, from 121,026 in 2010, according to the U.S Census Bureau, and the region broke sales tax collection records in 2017. Jonesboro is getting new people and also new shops and restaurants. In the last few years, there also has been increased focus on tourist draws in the region, including biking trails, the childhood home of Johnny Cash in Mississippi County and the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott. The city also gets a good bit of its visitors from sporting events in the spring and summer. However, White pointed to a different reason behind the growth in hotel construction in Jonesboro. “It’s probably because we were deficient on hotels for so long,” she said. “Five or seven years ago we didn’t have very many.” STR data show demand grew 29% between 2010 and 2016, and occupancy rate increased from an average of 46.2 in 2010 to 61.1 in 2016. AROUND THE STATE, NATION In terms of hotel construction in other Arkansas markets, the Fayetteville-Rogers-Springdale-Bentonville metro area also showed an increase in planned hotel constructions from 2016 to 2017. The area had 10 projects and 979 rooms under construction in 2017, compared to five projects and 507 rooms, according to the data. Fort Smith showed a slight decline in rooms under construction, with five projects and 457 rooms in the works for 2017, compared to five projects and 482 rooms in 2016. Hotel developers in Little Rock were also less busy in 2017, according to STR, with seven projects and 717 rooms under construction, compared to the previous year, when 920 rooms making up nine hotel projects were underway. On a national level, the number of hotel rooms under construction across the U.S. was flat year-over-year in the months of October and November, and construction declined in December. Overall, there were 179,979 rooms either in the planning stages or under construction across 1,400 hotels in December, representing a 4% decrease from the previous year and marking the largest drop in year-over-year room construction since September 2011, according to STR. “We’ve seen three months in a row where construction numbers either decreased or remained flat, and we feel we can now call that a trend,” Jan Freitag, STR’s senior vice president of lodging insights, said in a press release. “A construction decline obviously bodes well for the current industry cycle. It appears that financing is becoming harder to obtain, and if demand growth holds, occupancy will not deteriorate as quickly or as much as anticipated.” New York City was the construction leader in the U.S., with 12,074 rooms being built across 69 hotels. Two additional large markets reported more than 5,000 rooms under construction: Dallas (5,768 rooms in 45 hotels) and Nashville, Tenn., (5,028 rooms in 33 hotels). Of those three markets, only Nashville showed more construction activity than this time last year.

    KFSM 5NEWS / 4 h. 8 min. ago more
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    5newsonline.comHotel Construction Is Up In Arkansas, Especially In Jonesboro5newsonline.comIn terms of hotel construction in other Arkansas markets, the Fayetteville-Rogers-Springdale-Bentonville metro area also showed an increase in planned hotel constructions from 2016 to 2017. The area had 10 projects and 979 rooms under construction in ...

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  • Beaver Lake’s Lake Effect SnowBeaver Lake’s Lake Effect Snow

    I've seen this a handful of times in my career but it's not something that happens very often in our area. Cold arctic air blowing over a warmer lake causes cumulus to develop downwind from the lake and potentially flurries or snowfall. The temperature difference between the lake and the air aloft must be at least 13ºC for lake effect snow to form; that's about 55º F. At last check, the temperature of Beaver Lake is currently near 48º. The air at the surface made it down to 0º this morning but just about the ground at 2-3,000ft the temperatures was a frosty -23ºC or around -9ºF which put us in that threshold to create enough instability for clouds and flurries. Technically, this produced CAPE of around 600 j/kg. The end result was numerous streaks of cumulus and flurries caused from Beaver Lake that extended southeast into Madison county. Likely an increase in flurries this morning around War Eagle & Clifty, too. -Garrett

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  • Nestle Selling U.S. Candy Brands To Nutella CompanyNestle Selling U.S. Candy Brands To Nutella Company

    (CNN Money) — Nestle is selling nearly $3 billion worth of its U.S. candy brands, including Butterfinger, BabyRuth and Nerds, to Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, according to the companies. Nestle said Ferrero will acquire more than 20 of its U.S. confectionery brands, allowing the company to focus on non-candy products from its U.S. division like pet products, bottled water, coffee, frozen food and baby nutrition. Nestle, a massive food and beverage company based in Switzerland, is well-known for its chocolate and candy like 100Grand, Raisinets, and Crunch. Even though its candy sales reached about $900 million in the U.S. in 2016, confections make up a small part of Nestle’s U.S. sales, which totaled nearly $28 billion the same year, according to the company. Nestle manages over 2,000 brands around the world including Gerber baby food, Purina Cat Chow and Nescafe. Related: Nutella changes recipe The company said it remains committed to its international chocolate business, including its KitKat brand. With the $2.8 billion deal, Italian candy maker Ferrero will become the third-largest confectionery company in the U.S., a press release said. Ferrero is known in the U.S. market for items like Tic Tac breath mints, Brach’s and its hazelnut spreads Nutella. The deal is expected to close after the first quarter if it clears regulatory approval.

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  • Victims Confront Larry Nassar In Court: ‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever’Victims Confront Larry Nassar In Court: ‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever’

    (CNN) — Kyle Stephens said she had her first sexual experience when she was 6 years old. Larry Nassar, a family friend, exposed himself to her in a dark boiler room. From then until she was 12 years old, he would pleasure himself in front of her, rub his penis on her bare feet and put his finger in her vagina. At 12, she told her parents about the abuse, but they didn’t believe her. The abuse — and their denial — left her feeling brainwashed, caused a split in her family relationship and led to crippling anxiety, she said. But on Tuesday, Stephens defiantly stared down Nassar in a Michigan courtroom to inform him that the abuse was over, and his time as a free man was up. “Little girls don’t stay little forever,” Stephens said. “They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.” Stephens was the first victim to speak in what is expected to be days of victim impact testimony as part of Nassar’s criminal sentencing. Given the remarkable scope of the years of abuse, several days of court have been set aside for victims or their parents to speak out about Nassar — and the systems of power that protected him. Prosecutors in court said that 98 victim statements are expected in all, though that number could change. Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor for about two decades, pleaded guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County in Michigan. As part of his plea deal, he admitted that he used his position as a trusted medical professional to sexually abuse young girls. He also pleaded guilty to three other criminal counts in Eaton County. And he has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography charges. ‘It all started with him’ Stephens said Nassar was a “repulsive liar” who had convinced her family that she was the one lying. “Sexual abuse is so much more than a disturbing physical act. It changes the trajectory of a victim’s life, and that is something that nobody has the right to do,” Stephens said. On the witness stand, Nassar kept his head down and his eyes closed, and covered his face with his hands throughout the morning proceedings. A number of victims said they suffered from self-doubt, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some said they or their loved ones harmed themselves because of Nassar’s abuse. Stephens said her father committed suicide in 2016. She said she believes it stemmed from the shame and self-loathing her father felt when he realized that she was telling the truth about Nassar. Donna Markham, speaking in court, said she took her 12-year-old daughter Chelsey to Nassar for medical treatment years ago. On their drive home, Chelsey broke into tears, saying he put his ungloved fingers in her vagina even as her mother was in the room. The incident set Chelsey on a path toward depression and drugs, Markham said. She took her own life in 2009 at the age of 23. “Every day I miss her. Every day. And it all started with him. It all started with him, and it just became worse as the years went by until she just couldn’t deal with it anymore,” Markham said. Many of the victims first came into contact with Nassar to receive treatment for medical injuries, particularly from gymnastics or other sports. Jade Capua said Nassar was “a monster that left me with more pain and scars than I came to his office with.” Rebecca Mark said she was a freshman on the JV soccer team in 1999 when she went to him for treatment. “He molested me, she said. “He molested me while my mom was in the room.” Several of the victims placed blame on USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, which employed Nassar for years as the sexual abuse occurred. Both institutions have denied that they ignored the accusations against the doctor and say they took action when they learned about the abuse. Olivia Cowan said she used to sleep soundly before Nassar’s abuse but now spends more nights than not crying, filled with anxiety that leaves her exhausted, unable to sleep and unable to trust people. “Today, I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend that is struggling each day to find peace and joy in all the things that once made me happy,” she said. Cowan said USA Gymnastics and MSU ignored complaints of wrongdoing about Nassar and have still refused to take responsibility for their role in the abuse. “You failed all of us,” she said, addressing USA Gymnastics and the university, “and for that I see you in the same category of criminal as I do the criminal standing before us today.” ‘No. It was not my fault.’ As a doctor for USA Gymnastics through four Olympic Games, Nassar treated hopeful young gymnasts and world champions alike. His victims include some of the most famous gymnasts in American history, including several members of the 2012 and 2016 gold medal-winning teams. Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney have said previously they were abused by Nassar. Simone Biles, who set an American record with four gold medals in women’s gymnastics in 2016, said on Monday that she, too, was a victim. “For far too long I’ve asked myself ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others,” Biles, now 20, said. It’s not clear who will be present at the victim impact hearings. Aly Raisman said on Twitter that she will not attend “because it is too traumatic,” but her impact statement will be read in court. Nassar also worked at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2016 as an associate professor, and he served as the gymnastics and women’s crew team physician. Under the guise of providing medically necessary treatment, Nassar instead abused many of his patients. 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