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Arkansas hit by storms as community mourns retiree

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Storms packing winds in excess of 65 mph raked Arkansas for a second consecutive day, while a community mourned the loss of a long-time school employee killed on the way to a retirement party.

Friday's bad weather rolled across the state's midsection Friday before hitting the northeastern corner of the state for a second day in a row. Fallen trees blocked roads and brought down power lines, interrupting electrical service to more than 50,000 homes and businesses. One Little Rock business lost its roof.

Black Rock Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale said residents are mourning Charlene Clark, who worked as a custodian at the town's schools. Ragsdale said Clark was in a van outside the school Thursday, waiting for the storm to pass, when a tree fell.

No injuries were reported Friday.

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