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2021 brings potential increase in Arkansans’ paychecks

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Department of Finance and Administration adjusts income tax withholding tables / In total, paychecks in Arkansas will increase by $7 million each month LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- To ring in 2021, Arkansans may see a little boost in their paychecks thanks to changes in the...

Arkansas again reports record coronavirus hospitalizations Saturday

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations in Arkansas have again set a new record high, as the pandemic’s strains state medical resources. Health officials say there were 1,216 people in Arkansas hospitals with COVID-19 Saturday, an increase of 31 from the day before. Arkansas has...

Mother, son found dead in Hot Springs; homicide suspected

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Police in Hot Springs say a woman and her young son have been found dead and homicide is suspected. Police Corporal Patrick Langley says in a news release Wednesday that the bodies of 21-year-old Shaquilla Watts and 5-year-old Zay'vion Watts...

Hutchinson extends COVID emergency as deaths spike

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is extending his coronavirus emergency declaration by another two months as the state reported a record one-day spike in deaths and a new high in hospitalizations from COVID-19. Hutchinson on Tuesday said he was extending the...

State Police investigate homicide victim found on exit ramp

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A 27-year-old Conyers, Georgia woman was found dead along a Fayetteville exit ramp off Interstate 49, Saturday, Dec. 26, according to a release from the Arkansas State Police. Arkansas State Police Special Agents have identified the victim as Shaletian Robin Zetta Larry. The case is...

Deaths of 2 women, 3 girls in Atkins still under investigation

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ATKINS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say the deaths of two women and three girls found dead in a home in northwest Arkansas are being investigated as suspected homicides. Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones says deputies responded to a call around 5 p.m. Friday and...

State coronavirus hospitalizations close to record high on Sunday

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations in Arkansas rose Sunday to near their recent record high, as state health officials reported more than 900 news cases of COVID-19 and 41 more deaths linked to the disease. The Arkansas Department of Health says there are...

Arkansas hits another record high in virus hospitalizations

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is urging caution ahead of Christmas gatherings as Arkansas reports another one-day high of coronavirus hospitalizations. The Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday that 1,110 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a new record number pushing past the...

Arkansas hospitalizations hit record high, more beds planned

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As hospitalizations of coronavirus patients hit a new daily record high in Arkansas on Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that two facilities will be constructed to provide over 100 additional hospital beds if needed. He said at a news conference:...

UPDATE: Victim’s name released in Baxter County murder case

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UPDATE from Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m.: The murder victim in this case has been determined and confirmed to be Cody Benjamin Stradford, 35 of rural Mountain Home. The positive identification of the remains of the victim was made by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's...

Feds sue Walmart over role in opioid crisis

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The Associated Press reports the Justice Department is suing Walmart, alleging the company unlawfully dispensed controlled substances through its pharmacies, helping to fuel the opioid crisis in America. The civil complaint being filed Tuesday points to the role Walmart’s pharmacies may have played in the...