State adds 1,984 new covid cases, most for a Sunday since January

Arkansas reported new covid-19 cases totaling 1,984 on Sunday — the largest increase reported on a Sunday by the Arkansas Department of Health since Jan. 10. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

More virus path to burnout; another surge pushing health workers to breaking point

Dr. Kathy Parnell is known throughout the hospital where she works as a pillar of strength, always smiling, trying to stay upbeat, offering compassion to her patients, and encouragement to nurses and to other doctors. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Fire-ant invasion widens quarantine in Arkansas

Invasive fire ants have infested four more Arkansas counties, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture this summer to expand the federal quarantine area in the state. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Video still withheld on shooting of teen by Lonoke County deputy

More than a month after a Lonoke County deputy shot and killed 17-year-old Hunter Brittain, officials have yet to release body camera footage amid a national conversation about police transparency. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

State panel to explore ways to issue 2 pot permits

After deciding last month that it will issue the remaining two dispensary licenses allowed under the state constitution, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission this week will look at how those license recipients could be selected. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Filings fly in estate dispute; battle for photographer’s vintage negatives pits kin, museum

After a flurry of court filings last week, sides fighting over Mike Disfarmer’s negatives have retreated to their respective corners. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Sales tax up for election crucial to operation, Fayetteville administrators say

FAYETTEVILLE — The time when the city could operate without sales tax revenue is long gone, administrators say. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Renters advocates in Arkansas fear evictions rise when ban expires

The end of the federal eviction ban Sunday foreshadows troublesome spikes in evictions and homelessness throughout Arkansas in the coming months, advocates for renters and for unhoused people said Friday. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Panel forms to oppose Little Rock tax rise; city’s vice mayor among leaders

An opposition committee with Little Rock’s vice mayor on its leadership team has formed in the run-up to the Sept. 14 citywide referendum on a sales-tax increase. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

So far, state infections unabating

Coronavirus cases appeared to be continuing to surge in Arkansas on Friday as the state’s count of cases rose by 2,544 — the second-largest one-day new case total since January. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Early finish lets I-40 bridge reopen tonight

The eastbound lanes of the Hernando de Soto bridge over the Mississippi River are scheduled to reopen tonight — 81 days after the bridge was closed because of a crack in a metal beam. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Walmart tells staff masking on again

Walmart Inc. on Friday resumed the mask requirements for employees that it had relaxed earlier this summer when covid-19 infection numbers dropped. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Governor faces jeers at Siloam Springs forum

Gov. Asa Hutchinson was met with resistance when he visited Siloam Springs Friday for the latest in his series of covid conversations to encourage vaccination. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Little Rock School District leaders consider lawsuit challenging ban on mask mandates

Little Rock School District leaders are considering a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of a state law that prohibits school districts from mandating the wearing of face masks on campus. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Judge to state: Try to restart jobs relief

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert T. Wright Jr. on Thursday ordered the state to try to resume its participation in a federal unemployment assistance program that Gov. Asa Hutchinson had sought to end. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Governor reinstates public health emergency

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday reinstated Arkansas’ public health emergency and said he would call a special session to lift a state law’s prohibition on mask requirements for kindergarten through 12th-grade public schools. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Revising school mask ban seen as ‘heavy lift’ for governor

Gov. Asa Hutchinson acknowledged Thursday that legislative leaders advised him it would be “a heavy lift” to change state law to allow school boards to decide whether to require people to wear masks in public school to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress…

Illness of prosecutor rattles bribery trial

The bribery trial of former state Sen. Gilbert Baker was nearly upended Thursday for a second time related to a covid-19 scare after Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Harris was reported to have taken ill with a fever and other symptoms after leaving court Wednesday. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress…

Governor reinstates Arkansas public health emergency, will call special session on mask requirement ban

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday reinstated Arkansas’ public health emergency and said he would call a special session to lift a state law’s prohibition on mask requirements for kindergarten through 12th-grade public schools. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Arkansas must rejoin federal covid relief unemployment programs, judge rules

Arkansas must immediately rejoin federal covid-relief unemployment programs that can pay out-of-work job seekers an extra $300 weekly, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herb Wright has ruled. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Baker bribery trial nearly upended after Assistant U.S. Attorney falls ill

The bribery trial of former state senator Gilbert Baker was nearly upended Thursday for a second time related to a covid-19 scare after Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Harris was reported to have taken ill with fever and other symptoms after leaving court Wednesday. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release…

Health official seeks to boost hospital space

With Arkansas’ covid-19 cases continuing to soar, the state’s top public health official said Wednesday that he will seek money from the state’s allocation of coronavirus relief funds to expand hospital capacity. Continue Reading at NWAonline here Top Featured Tags: – Arkansas NewsPress Release Distribution Service

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