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Arkansas governor OKs no-contact prep football practice

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorized high school football teams to begin no-contact practice with helmets next week as confirmed coronavirus cases topped 42,000 in the state since the pandemic began. Hutchinson also instructed the Arkansas Activities Association to submit a...

List of medical marijuana dispensaries in Arkansas announced

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The list of the 32 cannabis buying locations in Arkansas for medical marijuana has been announced. The state has been divided into eight zones with four dispensing locations in each zone. Independence, Sharp, Jackson, Randolph, and Woodruff are among the counties located in zone 3...

Hutchinson: Aug. 24 still set as date for schools to reopen

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At today's statewide COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Johnny Key, the state's education secretary, both reaffirmed Aug. 24 as the date for schools to open around Arkansas despite opposition expressed by some groups such as the Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the state's...

Hutchinson: Deferring to local police on mask order

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor says he's deferring to local police and county sheriff's departments on how they'll enforce a new order requiring people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some sheriffs in the state said Friday they...

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...

Newport teenager drowns in Buffalo River Monday afternoon

Authorities say a 16-year-old male from Newport drowned in the Buffalo River late Monday afternoon. Officials with the National Park Service report the incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. at Grinder's Ferry, a popular destination on the river between Marshall and Harrison, just off US Highway...

Man shoots out front door window of Little Rock pizzeria after complaining about lack of toppings

The Smoking Gun website has a story about a man apparently so upset with the lack of toppings on his pizza from a Little Rock restaurant that police say he shot out the glass of the eatery's front door. Michael Brown (pictured below), 44, was...

Cave City Celebrates with the 40th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival

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Since 1980, Cave City has celebrated the World’s Sweetest Watermelons with an atmosphere of fun, family and music. The town is gearing up to host the 40th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival this week, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. Friday,...

COVID-19 briefing: State moves start of 2020-21 school year; over 800 new cases

At today's COVID-19 statewide briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the start of the school year has been moved to Aug. 24. Most schools had been slated to begin the year on Aug. 13. It was also noted the school year must start no later...

Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge running for governor in 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a native of Batesville, says she's running for governor in 2022, setting up a potentially crowded and expensive Republican primary. Rutledge on Wednesday became the second candidate to announce a bid to succeed Republican Gov....

Authorities: Suspect in Linda Collins case facing new felony charges, including two counts of solicitation to commit murder

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The woman accused of killing former Arkansas State Sen. Linda Collins is facing two new felony charges and two class A misdemeanor counts. Prosecutors say while Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell (pictured above, right, in a file photo with Collins) has been incarcerated in the Jackson County...