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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas state parks will be open only during the daytime, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus among dense gatherings of visitors at trailheads and campsites, state officials announced.

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Fred Rogers once recalled an instruction from his mother to “look for the helpers” in times of crisis and tragedy. It made a significant impression on him, and for good reason. “If you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope,” he explained.

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LITTLE ROCK – Today I want to discuss the steps we have taken together to fight the coronavirus called COVID-19.

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The Newton County Library continues to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) crisis. The library facility will remain closed to the public until we receive guidance recommending that we reopen. NCL's closure is an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding public interaction throu…

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Since “Playboy” recently published its final print issue, and since I’m reading a biography of publishing magnate Conde Nast on my tablet, I felt it appropriate to share my misgivings about magazines.

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Every four-year-old knows the official coronavirus drill by now.

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In addition to the truly grave aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a first-world problem that parents all over America are facing – along with looking for a creative and non-abrasive substitute for toilet paper – is how to keep their children wholesomely occupied while schools are closed. This…

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Forget social distancing, what’s happening is criminalI got an email from the ACLU the other day. I have absolutely no idea how I got on their mailing list, since I’ve written column after column criticizing them for their positions on everything from representing accused terrorists to their…

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Consumers who need access to credit during coronavirus crisis and other emergencies faced a very close call this week when some in Congress tried to sneak a provision into the COVID-19 economic rescue package that would have limited options for consumer cash and credit at the worst possible …

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The House and the Senate both passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.The bill is on its way to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. This bipartisan legislation will provide relief for small businesses, support for health professionals, direct help for A…

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LITTLE ROCK — The legislature convened in special session to address potential revenue shortfalls, resulting from the sudden economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

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The public health crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic has brought economic activity in America’s large cities and small towns alike to a grinding halt. Businesses of all sizes are being forced to close during this crisis both to protect public health and because of a shrinking custo…

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During flu season, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) produces a Weekly Influenza Report for clinicians. The report provides information on flu activity in the state. The report also compares influenzalike-illness (ILI) in Arkansas to activity in the U.S. ADH receives reports of only a …

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I just want to say a great big thank you to the staff of Newton County Nursing Home. What a privilege it is to work among selfless, caring people who put the resident's needs above their own. We fully realize that we are an imperfect bunch of mortals, but at the same time, these are some of …

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"YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW." That was on the front of the envelop I received in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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After years of Russia, Russia, Russia and a few months of Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine we now have another bunch of foreigners interfering in our presidential election. The difference is the Opposition Media welcomes this interference because of the damage it may do to President Trump’s re-election.

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Not that you were so brazen as to ask, but one of my greatest sources of pride as an old, happily married man is that I always managed to resist the siren call of premarital sex.

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Two or three times a year, falling trees knock out power at my home, in a heavily wooded section of Central California. When outages stretch over several days food in our refrigerator goes bad, cell phones run down, and flashlight batteries fail. Sometimes roads are impassible and my wife an…

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I'm sure you've been closely tracking the status of COVID-19 in both the country and our communities, and I wanted to share helpful resources where you can go to find information. I know the news is constantly changing, so I encourage you to check out the links on the right as reliable place…

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LITTLE ROCK — To cushion the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on working families, the state has streamlined the process of applying for unemployment insurance.

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LITTLE ROCK – The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to rethink how we do things in our personal lives from education to our business, and how we entertain ourselves. The same is true in government. We have suspended a number of regulatory hurdles in order to navigate this uncharted territory…

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We’ve all been inconvenienced by cancellations, closures and curfews because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. I understand the disappointment of basketball teams prevented from playing in the state championship game, the frustration of postponing spring break travel and the difficulty…

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The Newton County Times only recently learned of the passing last December of one of its long-time correspondents, Iva Sory.

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“Where are you from? Russia?” the middle-aged woman asked matter-of-factly, as she walked toward her polling place in Seaside, California on Super Tuesday. She had been approached by a man wearing a Cossack Ushanka hat with a hammer and sickle pin, offering to buy her vote.

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There’s a virus threatening the health of America, all right.

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Only 15 miles from ALEC headquarters in Arlington, Virginia lies a relic of a bygone era: the Lorton Workhouse and Reformatory. Originally built in 1910 by the very prisoners it would house, shortly after its opening it became the home of the Silent Sentinels – women who stood in front of th…

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LITTLE ROCK – I would like to commend the responsive and responsible leaders of Arkansas who have linked arms to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our state.

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During the Revolutionary War, Deborah Sampson joined the fight for independence. She had to conceal her identity to help defeat the British on the battlefield. Disguised as a man, she joined the 4th Massachusetts Regiment as “Robert Shurtleff” and fought in combat. She sustained multiple inj…

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This has been a difficult week, and I know many of you are nervous about what Coronavirus - also known as COVID-19 - means for Arkansas and our country. I can't predict what the future holds, but know that I'm working closely with state and federal officials to expedite the federal response …

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Americans are understandably on edge as more cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) appear in the U.S. and the death toll continues to rise around the globe. My colleagues and I understand this anxiety and have come together to step up efforts to prevent the spread of the disease,…

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LITTLE ROCK — Census Day is less than a month away, and today I’d like to share some advice from the United States Census Bureau that will ensure we count as many people as possible.Members of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee, which I created last summer, have met regularly, and they ar…

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One of the best parts of serving the Fourth District is spending time with constituents when they visit D.C. This week, I met with the Arkansas Farm Bureau Presidents, AIPAC representatives, students from the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture and many others. Thank you to everyon…

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LITTLE ROCK — The legislature has begun budget hearings in preparation for the 2020 Fiscal Session, which convenes on April 8 and is scheduled to last a month.

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Two weeks ago, I was happily sailing on a huge cruise ship in the Indian Ocean.

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A worsening coronavirus outbreak could injure President Trump’s re-election prospects, although no reasonable American would hope for a medical crisis to tip an election. But what about Democrats? How might a pandemic affect their nomination contest?

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The recent New York Times article “The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads” used Wisconsin as a microcosm for the infrastructure crisis that either directly or indirectly affects all Americans.

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A few years ago, an LGBTQ couple approached Bethany Christian Services and expressed an interest in becoming foster parents. Bethany Christian, which maintained a contract with the city of Philadelphia to provide foster care, turned them down based on a religious opposition to same-sex union…

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Do political endorsements by newspapers have much impact? It was debatable even back in the 1980s, when daily circulation stood at about 63 million nationwide, and it’s even more uncertain now that the number has dropped by more than half. But while some people study polls, I watch editorial…