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...

Judge Griffin gives update on county during coronavirus; senior center to offer assistance on transportation to store, deliveries

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Independence County Judge Robert Griffin has released a statement on county operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reads: Independence County is fortunate to not have additional cases of COVID 19 reported. We will likely have more in the future, but with our citizens practicing social distancing...

16th Judicial Court issues order concerning District and Circuit Courts operations

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Judge Lee Wisdom Harrod, the Administrative Judge for the 16th Judicial District, has issued an order, passing it on from the Arkansas Supreme Court, concerning court operations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping in mind the safety issues that will need to be...

Gov. COVID-19 update: Special session begins tomorrow; directive to possibly be issued regarding gatherings of 10 or more

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced at his daily COVID-19 briefing that the special legislative session to address the $353 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. Based on his conversations with leaders of both the House and the Senate,...

Elumbaugh talks city playgrounds closing, grocery pick-up for seniors, and more

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has made the decision to close playgrounds around the city and on the campuses of the city's schools. Playgrounds affected include those located at Riverside Park and Kennedy Park where bathrooms and pavilions will also...