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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. The Agreement entered i…

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WASHINGTON —All U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals. However, effective March 23 — as part of the agency’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) — committal services and the rende…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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PINE BLUFF – A soil test is essential to maximize yields in gardens, said Shaun Francis, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Extension Program horticulture specialist. A soil test not only reveals which nutrients are needed, and in what quantities, but also whether or not the soil pH should…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to be as flexible as possible to get food out to the people who need it during the COVID-19 National Emergency. On Wednesday, March 18, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes b…

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North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) clinics are taking necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff in response to the viral spread of COVID-19.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made public, March 27, the COVID-19 Response Plan it is executing within its medical facilities to protect Veterans, their families and staff.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced allocating $1 million for the State to acquire lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used by doctors, nurses and medical providers in the State to combat COVID-19. The money will be sourced from the Attorn…

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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston announced today that late fees and interest charges on businesses' annual franchise taxes will be waived until July 15th. The filing deadline for annual franchise taxes is May 1st. Typically, companies filing after the deadline are char…

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The Arkansas State Police will continue Class D (conventional motor vehicle) driver license testing under the temporary and limited adjustments made effective on March 18th. State police commanders had planned to re-consider the schedule adjustments on March 27th. That date has now been exte…

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LITTLE ROCK – As Congress works to complete the COVID-19 economic stimulus package, con artists have also been working non-stop to identify new ways to take advantage of Arkansans concerned about the economy. These scammers impersonate government officials and reach out to Arkansans by phone…

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LITTLE ROCK — The first two deaths in Arkansas from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, were reported Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a continued effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service has closed public access to all areas of the U.S. National Arboretum. Effective today, the grounds and outdoor garden collections …

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CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will livestream the Special Legislative Session of the 92nd General Assembly live from the Jack Stephens Arena on the UA Little Rock campus beginning at 1 p.m. today on the Arkansas Citizens Access Network (AR-CAN), myarkansaspbs.org/arcan.

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YELLVILLE — Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans said four people were arrested this week in connection with psychedelic mushrooms.

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LITTLE ROCK — Officials said Monday afternoon there was only a nominal increase of nine more positive coronavirus patients over the previous 24 hours, but a directive will be issued Tuesday that all barber and beauty shops, tattoo studios, massage therapists and nail salons be closed temporarily.

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Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Fred Kirkpatrick has announced that more court dates have been rescheduled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

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A Pope County sheriff’s deputy shot a man late yesterday (March 25th) as the individual approached the deputy brandishing a knife. The Arkansas State Police has been requested by the Pope County Sheriff to investigate the incident.

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LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today issued the official call to legislators for an Extraordinary Session of the 92nd General Assembly to convene at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

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Gary Romaloti Foster, 34, of Morrilton, was killed when the tractor and trailer he was operating rolled over on state Highway 7, a mile south of Jasper, at 9:18 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, according to Arkansas State Police.

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FORT SMITH — David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, today urged the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF…

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The Harrison Fire Department was dispatched to s semi rollover accident Wednesday morning on Hwy. 7 near the Newton County Fairgrounds south of Jasper. The driver was killed in the accident. The semi was hauling lumber. 

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A truck and trailer lost its load of lumber this morning on state Highway 7 near the Newton County Fairgrounds south of Jasper. The wreck is under investigation.

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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $815,428 to 12 health centers in Arkansas stemming from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. Health center recip…

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Buffalo National River Partners and Boone Co. Library Present Historic Cemeteries in the Buffalo River Valley with Abby Burnett has been RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 at the library in Harrison. The Boone County Library will be closed until further notice as of Tuesday, March 17. Therefo…

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A great field trip was enjoyed by Newton 4H Members, leaders and family who attended the University of Arkansas Livestock placing and judging workshop at the Pauline Whitaker Arena at Fayetteville on Friday, Feb. 28.

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Abigale Graham, daughter of Lindsey and JD Graham of Jasper attended 4-H Leadership Camp at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center located in Ferndale, AR during March 6th-7th.

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Starting March 18, following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about gatherings and social distancing, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will not be holding face-to-face meetings with 10 or more people for the next eight weeks.

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Newton County Judge Warren Campbell announced last week that the courthouse will be closed to the public until further notice to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. "Please do not enter unless it is an emergency. You can conduct most of your business via phone or email, a sign post…

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Kenny DeYoung, the Jasper School District's school resource officer and criminal justice class instructor, is resigning from the post at the end of the school year. He is taking a similar position with the Ozark Mountain School District. The Jasper Board of Education accepted DeYoung's resig…

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Circuit Judge Andrew Bailey, 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 1, is postponing all hearings, except for petitions for orders of protection, in all counties (Baxter, Boone, Marion and Newton) through March 31, 2020. Individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis or flu-like symptoms should contact the …

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The Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said he and his Deputies will now be carrying Narcan while on duty. Narcan is a lifesaving drug that can oftentimes reverse the effects of an Opioid overdose.

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ST JOE — Ozark Mountain School District seniors will have graduation ceremonies as soon as it is safe to do so, according to Kerry Saylors, superintendent. The rural consolidated school district has campuses at Western Grove in Newton County, St. Joe in Searcy County and the Bruno-Pyatt Scho…

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The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas is doing all that we can to keep clients and staff safe. We have had to make some difficult decisions regarding our Senior Center’s in NW Arkansas.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic regular monthly meeting schedules may be suspended.

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Following guidance from the CDC, and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, there are temporary facility closures in place at Buffalo National River. These closures are listed below, and any updates will be post…

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The Newton County Nursing Home is requesting no visitors at this time, according to a statement from the facility. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the nursing home reports that it doesn't have any cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a variety of steps the nurs…

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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). These grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of the Arkansas specialty crop industry. Specia…