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COVID-19 today: Independence joins list of counties with 20 or more new cases

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Featured image: Gov. Asa Hutchinson at Friday's COVID-19 statewide briefing.   During the past 24 hours, 848 coronavirus cases in Arkansas have been reported, according to officials at Friday afternoon’s statewide COVID-19 briefing from Gov. Asa Hutchinson. That figure brings the total number to 59,583 cases. Eleven counties...

President approves emergency disaster declaration for state as Laura begins Arkansas visit

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The remnants of Hurricane Laura are headed this way. White River Now's Gary Bridgman spoke Thursday morning with Dylan Cooper, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service out of Little Rock, and Cooper says, while the storm is still a dangerous one, Laura's strength in...

UPDATE: Body found Friday confirmed to be Sutherland; man in custody

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Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas has confirmed a man is in custody in connection with the death of Sydney Sutherland. The suspect is currently in the Jackson County Jail. As of this posting the Jackson County Sheriff's Department has not officially released the suspect's name...

UPDATE: Body found Friday confirmed to be Sutherland

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UPDATE, Aug. 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m.:  The family of Sydney Sutherland's boyfriend, Alex, has confirmed on Facebook the body discovered Friday afternoon was that of Sutherland. The post (below) also notes a person has been confessed and has been arrested. No names were released.  UPDATE,...

Arkansas State Police seeking help in fatal hit-and-run

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The Arkansas State Police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect involved in a hit-and-run crash that left one person dead in Little Rock. The crash happened at approximately 10:35 p.m. on Wednesday night, Aug. 19, on Interstate 30, eastbound near the...

Arkansas State Police: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign underway for Labor Day holiday

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As Arkansans prepare to celebrate the final warm-weather holiday of the year, law enforcement officers across the state are also making plans to be vigilant and on the lookout for drivers who choose to drink and drive. According to a media release from the Arkansas...

BREAKING: Sutherland’s iPhone phone found without damage a quarter mile from home, according to KAIT

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Jonesboro television station KAIT Tweeted Thursday night that officials have found the iPhone of a missing Jackson County woman. The station reports Sheriff David Lucas said the phone was located a quarter mile from Sydney Sutherland’s home and Highway 67 without damage. Reporter Jurnee...

Arkansas looking at $300-a-week COVID-19 jobless benefit extension

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is seeking $300 in additional weekly federal unemployment benefits under the president's executive order, opting against chipping in for a higher amount. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state's application for the unemployment extension on Wednesday as the state...

Arkansas governor, lawmakers unveil hate crimes proposal

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new push is underway in Arkansas to end the state's distinction as one of only three without a hate crimes law. Arkansas' Republican governor, attorney general, and nearly two dozen lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation imposing harsher penalties for...

Body found in Horseshoe Bend last week has been identified

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A body discovered last Wednesday by a Horseshoe Bend city employee has been identified.  According to Izard County Deputy Charley Melton, the body, which was found in the powerline right-of-way near the sewer treatment plant, has been identified as Paul Beaver, 30, of Horseshoe Bend. Melton...

Arkansas Activities Association highlights guidelines following approval for football, volleyball, and other fall sports

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The Arkansas Activities Association has received approval from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to move forward with regular-season events in cheer, dance, volleyball, and football.  As such, the districts are no longer required to submit their own plan for coronavirus  guidelines to the ADH...