Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.

  Annual Jonesboro MLK parade faces some problems because of pandemic

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  Blytheville honors MLK with “Drive Out Hate” parade

  Community members help clean up Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

  Soup kitchen opens in Sikeston

  Day of service, justice still important during the pandemic, civil rights organization says

Continued Coverage

  U.S. Steel completes Big River Steel acquisition

M2.4 earthquake recorded north of New Madrid, Mo.

  Jonesboro couple to appear on “The Wall” Monday night

State sees drop in total active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations with new week ahead

Arkansas legislature starts week 2 of new session with bills

  Wynne firefighters battle blaze on East Union early Sunday

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Jan. 17-23

A photo gallery of mug shots from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

Jonesboro Red Cross donation center to close Feb. 1

The American Red Cross donation center in Jonesboro will be closing Feb. 1, officials said Saturday, citing a decrease in planned platelet distributions.

Total COVID-19 cases increase, while hospitalizations drop in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas reported over 270,000 total COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with state health officials saying hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators also dropped.

  Walnut Ridge boys basketball grateful to be playing; coach discusses COVID concerns

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats, like every team in the state, are trying to balance competing on the court and staying healthy off of it.

Arkansas attorney general sued, allegedly misused office

  Walnut Ridge Middle School students and faculty raise over $1,000 for first responders

“Be The Hero” blood drive collects 238 pints of blood

Jonesboro firefighters battle early morning house fire

Arkansas governor to get coronavirus vaccine next week

  Tipster explains why they helped FBI identify Memphis man now charged in connection with Capitol siege

Scholarship to honor Sydney Sutherland at ASU-Newport

A new scholarship will help health profession students at ASU-Newport, officials said this week.

Hospitalizations, total COVID-19 cases increase in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas saw increases in both hospitalizations and total COVID-19 cases while seeing fewer active cases in the past week or so, state officials said Friday.

One in custody after two-county pursuit, officials say

One person was in custody Friday afternoon after a two-county pursuit along Highway 63, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates.

  4-lane highway expansion will change several business fronts

An ongoing Arkansas Department of Transportation project, north of Paragould, will work to widen a 2-lane road into four lanes. Now, they’re looking to continue the expansion further.

Man arrested in aggravated residential burglary case

A Craighead County man faces nearly a dozen charges after Jonesboro police say he put a gun to a woman’s head and threatened to kill three other people earlier this week.

Mid-South public defender arrested, charged with rape

Investigators tell WMC they are not giving out information on the case and have declined to release the affidavit.

ArDOT seeking public input on Hwy. 49 widening proposal

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has proposed widening a busy Northeast Arkansas highway, but first they want to hear from you.

  Search for suspect ends in felony charges

The search for a suspected reckless driver earlier this week led to a pursuit by authorities and a search with a drone.

  BRTC receives grant for flood mitigation project

After enduring multiple floods in the past few years, Black River Technical College has received a $1.2 million grant to keep the waters from rising on campus.

Arkansas court: Judge can’t handle capital murder case

The Arkansas Supreme Court says a judge prohibited from hearing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty protest can’t preside over a capital murder case.

  Report: FBI arrests Arkansas man facing charges in US Capitol riot accused of beating DC officer with American flag

An Arkansas man is facing federal charges after authorities say he assaulted a police officer with a flagpole during a riot at the U.S. Capitol, officials said Thursday.

  Veterans Village’s next steps toward completion after AG donation

Mayor Harold Copenhaver expressed gratitude toward Attorney General Rutledge’s contribution, saying that they will be able to still complete the project “almost three months ahead of schedule.”

  K-9’s death sparks legislative work

In the Arkansas House of Representatives, a bill has been filed called “Gabo’s Law” created after the death of Jonesboro Police Department’s K-9 Gabo.

  COVID survivor warns of virus dangers

Jonesboro E-911 director Jeff Presley was back at work Thursday after battling COVID-19.

  Group works to educate people on human trafficking issue

If you shop or dine out in the Jonesboro area, you might have noticed some posters reminding everyone to watch out for human trafficking.

Report: Woman claims to be subject of viral TikTok video and not missing Arkansas woman Cassie Compton

The FBI is investigating whether a video that is on social media is that of a girl missing since 2014.

Community COVID-19 cases place over 200 school districts in ‘red zone’

There has been an increase in the number of school districts in which community COVID-19 cases have gone up, according to a statewide health group.

Active cases, hospitalizations drop as COVID-19 numbers released

The number of active COVID-19 cases around Arkansas fell by over 350 Thursday, as state officials say case numbers have also fallen in the past week.

Railroad crossing arm comes down on bus, driver able to move it off the tracks safely

The driver was able to get the bus off the tracks and into a safe area.

MLK Day celebration going online

The 2021 MLK Day celebration, “Truth, Love and Justice,” will be a lot different than in years past.

  Former Memphis officer pleads not guilty for kidnapping, murder, tampering with evidence charges

A former Memphis police officer charged with kidnapping and killing a man while on duty is expected to appear in court Thursday morning.

  Suspect in Thanksgiving Day shooting arrested

U.S. marshals have arrested a man suspected in a Thanksgiving shooting.

  New $500,000 project opens in Walnut Ridge; bringing over 25 jobs

The home and fragrance shop moved into the old Jones and Vining building, a 70-year-old building that was about to be closed until owner Cathy Tedder stepped in.

  Lawmakers respond to House impeachment vote

Area lawmakers on Wednesday responded to the U.S. House vote to impeach President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

  Heartland woman pieces together photo puzzle mystery

Social media helps solve photo puzzle mystery

  Arkansas Senate panel advances ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill

An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced legislation loosening restrictions on the use of deadly force in self defense, two years after failing before the same committee.

  New program to help employers, employees alike

It is a 21st Century economy and officials say a nearly $15 million program will help both employers and employees with building that economy, state officials said Wednesday.

  Lottery ticket sales increase amid pandemic

Both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have continued to grow with a combined jackpot amount of more than $1 billion.

New state broadband map provides information, helps with policy

A new statewide broadband map will help people get information on where broadband is in their community, plus will help lawmakers and others create policy on the issue, state officials said Wednesday.

Total cases, hospitalizations increase as active COVID-19 cases drop

The number of total cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continues to go up in Arkansas, as state officials say the state saw a drop in total active cases.

  ESPAÑOL: El Dr. Gómez destaca la importancia de la vacuna

Hay tanta desinformación sobre COVID-19 y la vacuna disponible para combatir el virus, por eso Region 8 News tomó la iniciativa para combatir esos mitos.

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

  MAPC discusses more affordable living options in Jonesboro

Jonesboro residents may get another option for affordable living, cottage style housing.

  Craighead Co. woman pushes for convalescent plasma donations

Nash tested positive for COVID-19 in October and even had to spend 9 days in the emergency room. Now, she credits convalescent plasma as one of the reasons she was able to recover.

Upcoming virtual singing competition highlights artists across northeast Arkansas

The United Way of NEA announced an upcoming virtual singing competition to help highlight the musical talent across Northeast Arkansas and to help those in need.

  Fire department shares home heating safety tips

The Wynne Fire Department says that just like other areas, they see an increase in fires during the colder months when electricity and space heaters are used more often. The Wynne Fire Department has some safety tips to keep your family and home safe.

  Airport manager discusses progress since 2020 tornado

George Jackson, airport manager, was the guest speaker at the meeting.

  Attorney General’s office donates $250,000 for Veterans Village

The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office made a $250,000 donation to the City of Jonesboro for the Veterans Village project.

Wynne firefighters battle attic fire for three hours

Wynne fire crews were busy Monday morning, battling an attic fire at a home. According to a Facebook post, crews were on scene for three hours.

  Sheriff’s office investigating another bridge arson

The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire on the bridge believed to be set on purpose.

WalletHub: Arkansas 6th worst state to raise a family in 2021

The evaluation of best and worst states to raise was looked at across 52 key indicators of family friendliness, ranging from unemployment rate, separation and divorce rate, and child-care costs.

  JET bus rear-ended during Monday route

The City of Jonesboro announced a JET bus was rear-ended Monday morning on Highway 18 while pulling into a stop.

  Food pantry seeing higher need for food

Before the pandemic, 20 to 25 people showed up to the food pantry each week at Living Word Cathedral.

  Two confirmed dead in Paragould house fire

Around 8 p.m. Jan. 10, firefighters responded to a report of a fire on Newcastle Drive.

  Bank’s $10,000 donation to United Way ‘a blessing’

The end-of-year donation will be used to fund several nonprofit organizations throughout the area, including the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, Cherry Valley Food Pantry, Helping Neighbors Food Pantry, City Youth, Mission Outreach, El Centro Hispano, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

  CRDC, BRAD accepting LIHEAP applications

The Crowley’s Ridge Development Council and Black River Area Development Corporation announced Monday the Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for regular assistance.

  Victim’s body recovered in connection to kidnapping, murder involving on-duty Memphis officer

A Memphis Police officer is accused of kidnapping and murdering a man while on duty.

  Brookland looks to keep growing in 2021

One Craighead County city is continuing to grow and city leaders said they expect the city to continue to grow in 2021.

  School superintendent: Random kindness can help in troubled times, kids will have snow days

One NEA superintendent took to Facebook Sunday to speak on how spreading kindness can leave an impact on people's lives. The superintendent called on people to be kind to one another and not let differences get in the way.

  Hope House Homeless Center needs your help

It’s no secret that Jonesboro needs more homeless resources. Construction for the Hope House Homeless Center here in Jonesboro is underway, but they need your help to get it completed.

Hospitalizations, active COVID-19 cases see drop as state starts new week

The state of Arkansas saw decreases in hospitalizations and total active cases Sunday as state officials said nearly 70% of all COVID-19 cases in the state were among people ages 18-64.

Nestle-Purina donates $25,000 towards new animal shelter in Puxico

Sokolowski said they take care of several dozen pets per year from the city of Puxico and hope to be able to expand that with a new facility once they get the rest of the funds.

  Manila woman crowned Ms. Arkansas Wheelchair 2021

She says that the journey to the crown was not an easy process.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Jan. 10-16

A photo gallery of mug shots from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

  Pope prays for dead in Capitol rioting, appeals for calm

Pope Francis said Sunday that he is praying for those who died in the U.S. Capitol rioting and has appealed for calm to prevail in the United States to help safeguard that nation’s democratic values.

Hospitalizations continue increase as state reaches 250,000 total COVID-19 cases

The state of Arkansas saw hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators increases Saturday as state health officials said there have been over 250,000 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Light wintry weather possible Monday in Region 8

There is a possibility of light wintry weather Monday, with snow showers and flurries in the forecast.

Report: Searcy ranked 2nd in fastest increase for COVID-19 cases

A White County town was ranked second on a list this week, showing where COVID-19 cases have increased the fastest, according to content partner KATV.