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Bomb squad responds to Fort Smith airport after threat

Bomb squad responds to Fort Smith airport after threat

As the plane left the gate and was about to taxi, a passenger told a flight attendant that she had a bomb on the plane.6:18 PM CDT July 9, 2020FORT SMITH, Ark. — The bomb squad responded to the Fort Smith Regional Airport after a bomb threat was received. According to Aric Mitchell with the Fort Smith Police Department, police and bomb squad, along with other agencies, were called to the airport around 4:35 p.m. Thursday (July 9) after a bomb threat was made.According to Fort Smith Regional Airport Director Michael Griffin, around 4:15 p.m. a threat was made onboard an American Airlines...

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Fort Smith Board of Directors table face mask ordinance

Fort Smith Board of Directors table face mask ordinance

The Fort Smith Board of Directors table face mask ordinance for a later date.11:53 AM CDT July 11, 2020FORT SMITH, Ark. — The Fort Smith Board of Directors held a special meeting Saturday (July 11) morning to discuss implementing an ordinance that would require residents to wear face coverings inside crowded public spaces, in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Directors approved an amendment to the ordinance that takes the word "requires' out and replace it with "encourages". This means that if the ordinance passes at a later date, there will not be a mandate to...

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Bentonville to discuss possible face mask ordinance

Bentonville to discuss possible face mask ordinance

The Bentonville City Council Committee of the Whole will meet on Monday to discuss the proposal and whether or not to put it on the agenda for possible vote Tuesday.8:25 PM CDT July 10, 2020BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The City of Bentonville released the proposal outline for a possible face coverings ordinance to slow the spread of COVID-19.The Bentonville City Council Committee of the Whole will meet on Monday (July 13) to discuss the proposal and whether or not to put it on the agenda for a possible vote at the City Council meeting Tuesday (July 14).The following are highlights included in the...

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CDC releases study about COVID-19 and minority communities in Northwest Arkansas

CDC releases study about COVID-19 and minority communities in Northwest Arkansas

The CDC has completed its study into how COVID-19 is being spread through Marshallese and Hispanic communities in Northwest Arkansas.6:22 PM CDT July 10, 2020WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Ark. — Once COVID-19 numbers started to spike in Northwest Arkansas cities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was called in to take a look at the outbreak. The CDC has now released its report from their visit, highlighting how the Marshallese and Hispanic communities are some of the hardest hit. "It is so important that we're able to engage with folks in the language that they understand best, and I...

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Walton Arts Center postpones shows until 2021, creates fund to cover revenue loss

Walton Arts Center postpones shows until 2021, creates fund to cover revenue loss

The Ghost Light Recovery Fund will help enable WAC to offset lost revenue from canceled performances, maintain facilities and support staff until they can reopen.Credit: Walton Arts Center2:08 PM CDT July 7, 2020FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — has postponed Broadway shows and performances with audiences of more than 200 until January 2021 and launched the to help cover the revenue shortfall created by the loss of programming due to health and safety restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.“It will be some time before we can resume business as usual at our venues,” said Peter Lane, president and...

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Teachers getting ready to return to school, prepare for blended and virtual learning

Teachers getting ready to return to school, prepare for blended and virtual learning

Local teachers are preparing for blended learning, students wearing masks and social-distancing.1:19 PM CDT July 8, 2020ARKANSAS, USA — Teachers throughout the state have been out of the classroom since early March, but a new school year is about to begin, and teachers are eager to return to the classroom.They are preparing to return with students wearing masks and having to social-distance.School districts are deciding on plans for the 2020-2021 school year.Many are planning to go back to on-site learning, while some are giving parents the option to continue virtual learning.Whitney...

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Arkansas to begin upcoming school year on August 24

Arkansas to begin upcoming school year on August 24

The upcoming school year will be moved to the week of August 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.2:57 PM CDT July 9, 2020LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday (July 9) that Arkansas' 2020-2021 school year start date will be moved to begin the week of August 24, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.He says the school year for K-12 public schools will start no later than August 26, 2020.The school year was originally set to begin on August 13, 2020. The governor says this decision gives schools and teachers more time to prepare for a blended learning environment. He says...

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Arkansas to allow absentee voting due to COVID-19 concerns

Arkansas to allow absentee voting due to COVID-19 concerns

Absentee voting will be an option for Arkansans who have health concerns regarding COVID-19.1:47 PM CDT July 2, 2020LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Governor Asa Hutchinson says if any Arkansan has a COVID-19 related health concern, they can request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election.Chairmen of the state's two major political parties appeared with Gov. Hutchinson during his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday (July 2) to support the interpretation. Early voting begins two weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election.You can contact your county clerk to receive an absentee ballot. You must be a registered...

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Arkansans urged to be on the lookout for calls from contact tracers as coronavirus cases surge

Arkansans urged to be on the lookout for calls from contact tracers as coronavirus cases surge

Governor Asa Hutchinson says the state has made a $20 million deal with General Dynamics to contract an additional 350 contact tracers.3:33 PM CDT July 6, 2020LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas health officials are urging residents to be on the lookout for contact tracers as they monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Chief of Staff Stephanie Williams is asking residents to watch for contact tracer phone calls from or a caller ID that may show up as 877-ARCOV19. She says people are not answering the phone calls, which is requiring...

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Fort Chaffee Humvee stolen at gunpoint, search underway for suspects

Fort Chaffee Humvee stolen at gunpoint, search underway for suspects

Authorities are searching for two suspects who reportedly stole a military Humvee from a Fort Chaffee maintenance worker at gunpoint Monday morning.10:34 AM CDT July 6, 2020FORT SMITH, Ark. — Editor's Note: The attached picture is a file photo. Authorities are searching for two suspects who they say stole a Fort Chaffee military Humvee at gunpoint Monday (July 6) morning on Highway 96. A Fort Chaffee maintenance personnel member took a soft-top Humvee on a drive down Highway 96 Monday morning, when they noticed two people pulled over on the side of the road having what looked like car...

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Fort Smith Board of Directors to vote on face mask resolution

Fort Smith Board of Directors to vote on face mask resolution

The resolution will be discussed by city leaders on Tuesday (July 7) at 7 p.m.9:33 PM CDT July 6, 2020FORT SMITH, Ark. — On Tuesday (July 7) the City of Fort Smith Board of Directors will vote on a resolution regarding face masks having to be worn in public places."As we progress over the next couple of weeks and we get more input from the citizens and we understand the ordinance proposed by the governor last week to give us a better idea of what it entails, does it include indoor or outdoor, things like that,” said Kevin Settle, Fort Smith City Director.On Friday (July 3) Governor Asa...

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Police look for missing 13-year-old last seen in Canehill

Police look for missing 13-year-old last seen in Canehill

Colby Ryan Derrick was riding a purple mountain bike when he left an address on Hale Mountain Road around 7:40 p.m. on June 29.Credit: Washington County Sheriff’s Office11:46 AM CDT June 30, 2020CANEHILL, Arkansas — Authorities are searching for a missing boy who was last seen in Canehill.13-year-old Colby Ryan Derrick was riding a purple mountain bike when he left an address on Hale Mountain Road around 7:40 p.m. on Monday (June 29).He was last seen wearing black tennis shoes and black shorts with a white stripe down the legs.Colby has been located in Stilwell in the past.If you have...

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Coronavirus in Arkansas: Tracking COVID-19 Where You Live

Coronavirus in Arkansas: Tracking COVID-19 Where You Live

See the counties that have confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the River Valley & Northwest Arkansas.6:02 PM CDT March 31, 2020ARKANSAS, USA — All cases are confirmed by the . Credit: KFSMCases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, continue to spread around Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley after the virus arrived in the United States in February. Credit: KFSMCredit: KFSMCredit: KFSMData in this graph shows the daily percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in Arkansas since March 12, 2020. Each bar represents a positive test rate for that day. The dotted line shows a continually...

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Petition started to remove Fulbright statue from UA campus

Petition started to remove Fulbright statue from UA campus

The statue sits on the west side of Old Main and Fulbright is the name of the university's college of arts and sciences.10:14 PM CDT July 1, 2020FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — One group made up of University of Arkansas students is petitioning to remove the J. William Fulbright statue on the Fayetteville campus.The statue sits on the west side of Old Main and Fulbright is the name of the university's college of arts and sciences.“He was an imperfect statesman, but he had a contribution,” said Chris Kline, U of A alumna. J. William Fulbright was a senator for nearly 30 years and is the longest serving...

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Arkansas Attorney General announces she will be running for governor in 2022

Arkansas Attorney General announces she will be running for governor in 2022

Arkansas' attorney general has thrown her hat in the race to be the next governor of the state.5:10 PM CDT July 1, 2020ARKANSAS, USA — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Wednesday (July 1) her intentions to run for Governor of Arkansas in 2022. “Today I am announcing my candidacy for Governor of Arkansas in 2022. While this announcement is much earlier than I had originally planned, we must prepare for the future of our great State. I remain committed to continue working closely with my friend Governor Asa Hutchinson over the next two and a half years to keep our citizens...

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Styrofoam ban goes into effect in Fayetteville July 1

Styrofoam ban goes into effect in Fayetteville July 1

The ordinance was originally scheduled to go into effect on May 1, 2020, but was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.9:12 PM CDT June 30, 2020FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — The city-wide ban of polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, goes into effect in Fayetteville Wednesday (July 1).The City of Fayetteville passed the ordinance banning Styrofoam in November of 2019.Restaurants and businesses across Fayetteville, whether it be a large chain or local spot, will have to abide by the new ordinance. Some businesses have already made the transition from polystyrene to alternative options."We were...

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Spiking coronavirus cases in Arkansas not tied to increase testing across the state

Spiking coronavirus cases in Arkansas not tied to increase testing across the state

Data shows the increasing number of COVID-19 cases is not tied to more testing in the state.Credit: KFSM5:01 PM CDT June 29, 2020FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — In previous weeks, Governor Asa Hutchinson attributed increased COVID-19 testing as what's leading to the growth of cases in Arkansas.The daily number of confirmed cases across Arkansas continues to rise by hundreds each day. While testing capacity has increased, it's not entirely the cause for surging COVID-19 cases in the state. According to data from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) cases in Washington County grew by 50% last week...

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Senator Cotton condemns SCOTUS for overturning Lousiana abortion law

Senator Cotton condemns SCOTUS for overturning Lousiana abortion law

Cotton: “Americans hoping for justice for women and unborn babies were let down again today by John Roberts."12:15 PM CDT June 29, 2020WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Senator Tom Cotton released a statement on Monday (June 29) after the Supreme Court made a decision regarding the regulation of abortion clinics in Louisiana.The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.Cotton stated, “Americans hoping for justice for...

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Known Sebastian County COVID-19 cases rise almost 28% in three days

Known Sebastian County COVID-19 cases rise almost 28% in three days

Another 33 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Sebastian County Friday (June 26), making a three-day jump of 99.Credit: Talk Business & Politics5:01 PM CDT June 27, 2020Another 33 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Sebastian County Friday (June 26), making a three-day jump of 99, which is 27.7% of known cases in the county since March 11.Sebastian County ends the week with 357 known cases, with 188 active cases and two deaths. There have been 167 recoveries in the county. Crawford County has 131 known cases with 64 active cases and no deaths.There are 19 COVID patients in...

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arkansas, ABC to monitor bars and restaurants

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arkansas, ABC to monitor bars and restaurants

The state saw an uptick of 678 new cases Friday (June 26), totaling 18,740. Of the 678 new cases, 669 are in the community, nine were in correctional facilities.1:57 PM CDT June 26, 2020LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.The Alcohol Beverage Control Board has been asked to report to the department of health those restaurants and bars that don't comply with COVID-19 directives.“The officers are more in the field they’re going through there and making sure that the ABC laws are followed and so they see a lot,” Governor Asa Hutchinson...

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Springdale to purchase 100K face masks for community members

Springdale to purchase 100K face masks for community members

The masks will be distributed at no cost to residents as soon as the purchase is made and the masks are delivered to the city.8:36 PM CDT June 26, 2020SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Springdale called for a special City Council meeting Friday (June 26) to discuss the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area.The council approved a measure that will allow the city to waive competitive bidding and purchase 100,000 protective face masks from COVID-19 related grants. The masks will be distributed at no cost to residents as soon as the purchase is made and the masks are delivered to the city.City officials say they...

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Greenwood School District releases plans for 2020-2021 school year

Greenwood School District releases plans for 2020-2021 school year

Students over the age of 10 will be required to wear a mask while on the bus and in areas where six feet of distance are not possible.Credit: KFSM12:01 PM CDT June 25, 2020GREENWOOD, Arkansas — Greenwood School District staff are making plans for the 2020-2021 school year.The information gained from a recent parent survey provided the staff with key information used in their decision making.District staff is creating a detailed plan addressing the eight key areas listed below.A task force has been formed to address the key areas for school re-entry in August.Members include central office...

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City of Rogers team with Walmart Amp to bring 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

City of Rogers team with Walmart Amp to bring 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. and will be a socially distant celebration, visible from parking lots surrounding the Walmart AMP.Adventure Arkansas Naturals Fireworks May 201810:34 AM CDT June 23, 2020ROGERS, Ark. — The City of Rogers and the Walmart AMP are joining forces to make sure the Northwest Arkansas community still has fireworks to enjoy amid the coronavirus pandemic.The fifth annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular will be a socially distant celebration visible from parking lots surrounding the Walmart AMP including the Pinnacle Mall parking lot on the east side of...

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Rogers vehicle break-ins caught on camera

Rogers vehicle break-ins caught on camera

Rogers vehicle break-ins caught on camera.10:07 PM CDT June 21, 2020Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings.No ThanksAllow

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Local restaurant gets support on social media for enforcing face masks

Local restaurant gets support on social media for enforcing face masks

One Restaurant in Northwest Arkansas shared their encounter on social media.Credit: Facebook5:13 PM CDT June 21, 2020FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With COVID-19 numbers continuing to grow across the country and right here at home. Patrons entering restaurants in Arkansas are required to wear masks up entering. One Restaurant in Northwest Arkansas shared their encounter on social media. Southern Food Company in Fayetteville took to Facebook about a situation that happened Saturday morning.A server at the restaurant greeted a would-be patron who was not wearing a mask. Following the health department...

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