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UPDATE: Harding University won’t rename building after alumnus killed in shooting

UPDATE, July 1, 2020, 6:20 p.m.: This article now includes the full text of Harding University President Bruce McLarty's letter regarding this issue. Scroll below to read. SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' largest private college says it won't change the name of a building that...

Business leaders say area’s economy improving with gradual reopening

A new survey of business leaders from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota that was released Wednesday suggests the economy has started to recover as businesses reopened in the past month. But Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the...

Harding University won’t rename building after alumnus killed in shooting

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' largest private college says it won't change the name of a building that pays homage to a former school president who opposed integration. A petition from a graduate of Harding University had sought to rename the George S. Benson Auditorium...

Police say 3 fatally shot in Blytheville, suspect in custody

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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Police in Blytheville say three people were shot to death during a party and a suspect has been arrested in Missouri. Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said Sunday that the nephew of one of the victims was arrested near St. Louis...

First Community to build banking center in Brookland

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First Community Bank has purchased property at 8101 Highway 49 in Brookland, Ark., and has received regulatory approval to build a sixth northeast Arkansas banking center that will mark the 28th location in the bank’s branch network. “The Brookland branch is the result of our...

Hutchinson: No further reopening as virus cases spike

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's not ready to further ease restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continue to spike. Hutchinson on Thursday said Arkansas' plans to further lift restrictions remain on pause after...

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to mandate quarantine on travelers from hotspots, including Arkansas

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If you're planning an upcoming trip to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, it might be longer than expected. The governors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have banded together to implement a mandatory quarantine on visitors from states that have a high percentage...

Jonesboro police officer, man killed in vehicle collision

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A Jonesboro police officer and another person were killed in a head-on collision on a northeastern Arkansas highway. Jonesboro police say in a Facebook post that patrolman Zachary Barton died in the Sunday night collision and his wife was taken to...

Coroner announces body of woman drowned in Spring River has been recovered

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Sharp County Coroner Renee Clay-Circle announced on her personal Facebook page that the body of Michele Summitt, 39, of Paragould was recovered today at 12:20 p.m. from the Spring River on High Falls. The Spring River Chronicle initially reported a recovery team comprised of Hardy...

Deaths from COVID-19 in Arkansas surpass 200; cases near 14K

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Featured image: Fort Smith Mayor George McGill (left) and Gov. Asa Hutchinson at today's briefing. FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas is reporting an additional 11 deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 208. Hutchinson also said that with 322...

Fayetteville mandates masks because of virus

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A city in northwest Arkansas is requiring face masks to be worn in most public places indoors to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Fayetteville City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance requiring the masks be worn, with some exceptions. The measure requires businesses...