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Person positive for COVID-19 hosts house party in Russellville

Person positive for COVID-19 hosts house party in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (News release) — Pope County Judge Ben Cross and Russellville Mayor Richard Harris released a news release today to the people of Russellville and Pope County after it was made known that a resident in Russellville who had tested positive for COVID-19 held a house party over the weekend.This is the statement made in the release:“The COVID-19 virus is a serious enough issue to be deemed a global pandemic and has caused tens of thousands of deaths worldwide.  This virus is very contagious and it is imperative that the citizens of Pope County and Russellville, AR take this...

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April 6, 2020
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Arkansas launches unemployment website, extends hotline hours

Arkansas launches unemployment website, extends hotline hours

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) — Arkansas is launching a new website for residents working to file for unemployment, according to the state Secretary of Commerce on Thursday.The website, , provides an FAQ for Arkansans working through issues filing with unemployment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.You can file online through the website between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., Sunday through Saturday, or call to file at 1-844-908-2178 during the same hours.The state is also extending its hotline to 6 days a week, starting at 6 a.m. and running until 4 p.m.Made with× Close Ad

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April 16, 2020
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New ACLU report: Arrests for marijuana possession increase nearly 50 percent in Arkansas

New ACLU report: Arrests for marijuana possession increase nearly 50 percent in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (News Release)  – Today the American Civil Liberties Union released a new report showing that arrests for marijuana possession in Arkansas have increased nearly 50 percent since 2010, with Black people 2.4 times more likely than white people to be arrested, despite comparable national marijuana usage rates. Arkansas saw the sixth-largest percentage increase in marijuana possession arrests in the country. The report, “A Tale of Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform, details marijuana possession arrests from 2010 to 2018 and updates our...

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April 20, 2020
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Arkansas unemployment claims: 24,236 for week ending 4/18

Arkansas unemployment claims: 24,236 for week ending 4/18

ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — In Arkansas, 24,236 people filed for unemployment for the week ending April, 18. This is a decrease of 11,393 from the previous week (April 11) when 35,629 filed, according to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) weekly report.The DOL states that COVID-19 continues to impact the number of initial unemployment claims.Nationally, for the week ending April, 18, there were 4.4 million claims — a decrease of 810,000 from the previous week’s level. Also, the previous week (April 11) was revised to a lower number by 8,000 from 5.245 million to 5.237 million by the DOL.ARKANSAS...

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April 23, 2020
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Report: Walmart, other stores to allow people refusing masks to shop out of concern for employees

Report: Walmart, other stores to allow people refusing masks to shop out of concern for employees

After multiple and even involving customers who refuse to wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, several major retailers are instructing staff – out of concern for the employees’ safety – to still serve people who defy mask mandates.that Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walgreens and CVS are among the companies who say they will still serve customers who refuse to wear masks to avoid confrontations between shoppers and their workers.Chain stores with mask policies wind up having to enforce their own stores in the that don’t have an order to wear masks, leaving often lower paid workers in a...

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Jul 24
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LR Walmart employee tests positive for COVID-19, co-worker claims store did not protect employees

LR Walmart employee tests positive for COVID-19, co-worker claims store did not protect employees

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An employee at a Little Rock Walmart is concerned for his safety and accusing the store of not doing enough to protect employees after a coworker tested positive for COVID-19.The employee works at the Walmart at the corner of Cantrell Avenue and Chenal Parkway.He spoke anonymously over fears he could lose his job.“Our managers aren’t really listening to us and we don’t have anyone to bring this to without retaliation,” the employee said.He says management met with employees in groups that did not meet social distancing guidelines to inform them that a coworker tested...

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April 7, 2020
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Update: Arkansas has most power outages in the country due to Easter storms, 43k+ without power

Update: Arkansas has most power outages in the country due to Easter storms, 43k+ without power

Update (Thursday, April 16, 4:04 p.m.)LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- There are 43,647 customers without power in Arkansas.According to PowerOutage.US, at least 20 counties in Arkansas have reported outages.Click to check the updates.Update (Thursday, April 16, 11:54 a.m.)LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- There are 47,565 customers without power in Arkansas.According to PowerOutage.US, at least 20 counties in Arkansas have reported outages.Click to check the updates.Update (Wednesday, April 15, 5:30 p.m.)Update (Wednesday, April 15, 3:49 p.m.)LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- There are 62,720 customers without power in...

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April 16, 2020
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Damage done to Petit Jean Mountain historic native american drawings

Damage done to Petit Jean Mountain historic native american drawings

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Somebody damaged historic native american drawings at Petit Jean Mountain.These pictures shows names several people scratched into the walls at Rock House cave.The cave is known for its pictographs, drawn by Native Americans thousands of years ago.Don Higgins regularly goes to the park to check for damage and he says this can’t happen again.“Once those scratches go across the sandstone, it’s pretty much done. The damage is there and there’s no getting rid of it, and it’s a beautiful piece of art that could be hundreds of thousands of years old that could be damaged for...

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April 1, 2020
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GOOD NEWS: Regulars tip steakhouse entire stimulus check

GOOD NEWS: Regulars tip steakhouse entire stimulus check

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — A steakhouse in Pine Bluff found themselves at the receiving end of a kind gesture.​“Things have been barely getting by but we are making it. though,” said Allison Hall the General Manager at Colonial Steakhouse.​​Colonial Steakhouse in Pine Bluff got a tip they won’t soon forget.​​“We just started crying and thanking God because it came at a time that most of our staff really needed it,” said Hall.​​Allison Hall is the General Manager at the steakhouse, owned by her parents.​​Hall said regulars at the business picked up a to-go order and left the staff a huge tip.​​“She...

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April 17, 2020
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Unemployment claims drop in Arkansas for week ending 4/11

Unemployment claims drop in Arkansas for week ending 4/11

ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Initial unemployment claims in Arkansas were 34,635 for week ending April 11, a drop of more than 27,000 from the previous week, according to the Department of Labor.The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be the cause for initial claims being at a high level, according to the Department of Labor.Nationally, the seasonally adjusted initial claims was 5.2 million for the week ending April 11, a decrease of 1.37 million from the previous week, which was 6.6 million.Some states were hit harder with initial unemployment claims because of a system backlog, but that does not...

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April 16, 2020
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