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Governor’s COVID-19 update: 473 positive, one more death, additional $43 million in more PPE on way

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More state funds have been made available to help Arkansas order an additional $45 million worth of personal protection equipment (PPE) and ventilators that are on the market, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at his daily statewide COVID-19 briefing on Monday. Last week's special session had...

Stone County Judge Stacey Avey tests positive for COVID-19

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Stone County Judge Stacey Avey told White River Now's Gary Bridgman this morning that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Avey said there are, to his knowledge, five positive cases now reported in Stone County, and he is the fifth. Just before he took himself...

Driver of ATV arrested, charged with fleeing

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A Southside man was arrested early Sunday morning for fleeing on an all-terrain vehicle from Independence County deputies. Authorities say deputies were answering a call of an ATV causing damage to a man's field in the Desha area. When officers tried to pull the four-wheeler...

Governor’s COVID-19 update for Sunday: one new death, no new hospitalizations, more recoveries reported

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At Sunday's update on the COVID-19 situation in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson first acknowledged Saturday's tornado in Jonesboro. The governor said he would be going to Jonesboro directly following the briefing to see the damage first-hand, and he would be working with federal officials...

BREAKING: Tornado hits Jonesboro; Mall at Turtle Creek, other popular businesses reportedly hit, curfew at 7 p.m.

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A tornado hit Jonesboro this afternoon as dangerous weather and storms spread across the region, including a tornado reported in Jackson County, as well. KAIT8 reports Craighead County and Jonesboro have received damage, and search and rescue teams are currently on the scene at The...

Saturday’s update from Gov. Hutchinson: Two more deaths; 23 more positive; PPE and financial help on the way

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At his Saturday afternoon COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other officials presented updated stats from the virus's effect on Arkansas; answered some questions regarding loans and unemployment benefits; and gave an update on his large personal protective equipment (PPE) order. Deliveries of the recent...

Hutchinson says Arkansans should continue practicing guidelines to fight coronavirus spread

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At his statewide briefing this afternoon, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the state has been working on projection models for more positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas over the next few weeks. Noting that one model offers projections with a wide range of 2,000 to 15,000 possible...

Griffin gives county update on COVID-19

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Independence County Judge Robert Griffin has released another update on county operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reads: Our situation here in Independence County remains stable. Our positive cases have not increased since Sunday the 22nd. I need to add one case that was not previously...

Sen. Sturch: Financial help to be available for small businesses and individuals hurting during COVID-19

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State Sen. James Sturch of District 19, which serves a great deal of north central Arkansas, says he sees and understands that assistance is needed for small businesses and individuals in the state.  For instance, the governor recently told nail, hair, and spa salons...

Gov. COVID-19 update: Plan to boost funding for certain health care workers; more PPE on the way; and one new death reported

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced a $116 million initiative at his COVID-19 press briefing this afternoon targeting the possible looming crisis for rural hospitals and other health care providers. The majority of the funds, around $90 million, will come from the federal government. Some key points...

Arkansas lawmakers meet at arena over coronavirus concerns

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A basketball arena has been converted into a temporary Arkansas House chamber due to coronavirus concerns as lawmakers meet to address a budget shortfall because of the outbreak. The House and Senate convened on Thursday to take up a plan...