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

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

  Talking to your kids about current situation in country

  Hundreds of food boxes distributed at A-State

  Pandemic SNAP benefits to provide relief to families

  School district pushes for expansion of broadband into rural areas

Stoddard County Health Center releases COVID-19 community breakdown

  Group delivers donations to Butler Co. residents positive for COVID-19

Continued Coverage

  Toby Keith concert July 17 in Jonesboro postponed

Monette police make second arrest in aggravated robbery case

  BPL Plasma offers way to potentially help those fighting COVID-19

  Two arrested after shots fired in Jonesboro

JC Penney closing 154 stores; 4 in Arkansas

  Craighead County MLK Parade Committee to host rally Saturday

  One killed in Poinsett County crash, ASP says

A person was killed Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash at Staton Lane and Highway 308 in Poinsett County, according to the Arkansas State Police.

  Arkansas State University leaders hold virtual town hall for African American students

Officials want all students to know that “Every Red Wolf Counts."

Southland Casino Racing set to reopen types of table games June 8, officials say

Table games like blackjack and carnival games will soon be making an appearance at Southland Casino Racing in West Memphis, with casino officials saying Thursday that safety will be a key part of the equation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Madrid Historical Museum open, ready for visitors

The New Madrid Historical Museum reopened more than two weeks ago, but not many visitors have stopped by.

  ASU trustees vote to freeze budget, tuition

  Remembering Linda Collins’ legacy one year later

ASP to investigate shooting incident involving police officers, authorities say

  Greene County authorities identify two people who died in murder/suicide

  City of Memphis curfew extended for fourth night

6th death reported from Dexter, Mo. nursing home COVID-19 outbreak

  Paragould community joins regional protests for Black Lives Matter

Paragould Police Chief Todd Stovall joined protesters Wednesday as they marched to the old courthouse to honor George Floyd.

  Push to make COVID-19 information more readily available to Hispanic community

The push continues in Arkansas to make sure the Hispanic community has access to COVID-19 testing and education on the disease.

Jonesboro police respond to stabbing on Self Circle

Authorities are searching for a suspect in connection with a stabbing Wednesday evening in the 1800 block of Self Circle.

  Defense attorneys for O’Donnell request details from prosecutors in Collins murder case

The defense attorneys for a Randolph County woman accused of killing a former state Senator in 2019 is asking for details as to why prosecutors are requesting information like phone, bank and electronic records in the case.

How to talk to children about upsetting news, graphic visuals

It's an important time to talk to your children about what's taking place in our country ,and the Cape Girardeau public library wants to help.

  Mayor Perrin discusses diversity in city leadership positions

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin addressed issues brought to his attention about the lack of diversity within city departments.

  Member of Hoxie First Stand: “Let’s stand together”

Ethel Tompkins, Hoxie High School's first African American graduate, explains why the protests are going on in the country and what people can do to fight injustice.

Taking of baby clothes, baby crib leads to woman’s arrest, police say

A Poinsett County woman faces an aggravated robbery charge after Monette police say she and four other people kicked in a door, vandalized a house and took baby clothes, a baby crib and other clothing.

  Jonesboro Police Chief Elliott discusses department’s progress on diversity

As discussion continues in the Jonesboro community about protests and rallies, Chief of Police Rick Elliott shed light Wednesday on how he’s handling the issue.

  79 arrests after protests in Little Rock Tuesday night

The governor said the protests were peaceful even after they violated the 8 p.m. curfew, but then, ‘certain elements’ took actions to participate in illegal behavior and destruction.

  Bond set for man accused of pulling gun at weekend rally

A Poinsett County man will appear in circuit court July 27 after Jonesboro police say he pulled a gun in a threatening manner during Sunday’s “Jonesboro March for Justice" rally.

  Chief stations officers in riot gear at city hall

The Jonesboro police chief addressed concerns Tuesday night over police officers in riot gear stationed in front of city hall.

  Seeking for voices to be heard fuels day 3 of Jonesboro protests

Protesters say they will not be discouraged and will continue to use their voices publicly when it comes to injustice.

  Multiple Mississippi Co. fire crews battle farm shop fire

Several Mississippi County fire departments battled a farm shop fire Tuesday.

  Jonesboro city council rejects Greensboro Road rezoning request

The Jonesboro City Council rejected a proposal to rezone parts of Greensboro Road Tuesday with a 7-2 vote.

  AEDC awards over $317,500 to several Arkansas communities, counties

AEDC announced Tuesday that several communities and counties received grants through two grant programs, with several Region 8 programs benefiting.

Blytheville police chief quells civil unrest rumors

Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson says no threats have been made to the community so far, despite recent civil unrest AND receiving calls from concerned citizens.

  Jonesboro holds prayer meeting with area pastors

Pastors from around Jonesboro gathered at Jonesboro City Hall to pray over the community and country Tuesday morning.

  16 residents test positive at Craighead Nursing Center

People shared concerns with Region 8 News about the center, claiming they didn't have enough PPE or that they even had more positive cases than what's being reported.

  Late Blytheville teacher leaves lasting legacy

Nearly four years after her death, a teacher who devoted nearly four decades of her life to the Blytheville School District is still having an impact on students’ lives.

  Craighead County chapter of NAACP brings clarity to recent protests

As many protests continue across the U.S. and even in our community, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is trying to bring some clarity to the pain you may be witnessing.

  COVID-19 could spell end of Mississippi County Fair

Many things are have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, and with fair season around the corner, there is still some uncertainty about whether fairs will take place.

  Ballgames to resume in Osceola June 15

Parks and Recreation Director Michael Ephlin said ballgames would continue despite some deciding not to participate this year.

  ‘Peaceful demonstration’ held in downtown Jonesboro

Dozens of people gathered Monday morning in downtown Jonesboro for a "peaceful demonstration."

  “I Stand With You”: A-State Chancellor Damphousse, cabinet scheduling virtual town halls for students

Damphousse said he and his cabinet are scheduling a series of virtual town halls to listen and learn to improve with students.

Arkansas Department of Human Services realignment to be complete by the end of summer

The realignments will ensure each county has at least one DHS office.

  Bullet holes the culprit behind service outage

Bullet holes were the culprit behind a weekend service outage, according to empower, Delivered by Craighead Electric.

  Man arrested and charged with death of construction worker along I-555

The man who hit and killed a construction worker along I-555 in Poinsett County Saturday evening has been arrested and charged with his death.

  Gov. Hutchinson: Protest ‘understandable;’ but violence, destruction of property “not acceptable”

Governor Asa Hutchinson will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. CDT today to discuss the weekend protests in Arkansas and across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

  Jonesboro post office re-opens following tornado damage

Months after a devastating tornado tore through, the U.S. Postal Service’s Hattie W. Caraway Station in Jonesboro reopened.

Sheriff: Felon arrested after he ‘pulled a pistol out of his pants’

A man faces a felony weapons charge after deputies say he “pulled a pistol out of his pants” during a traffic stop then threw it.

NEAHS program offers reprieve for ‘last chance’ cats

Because they are so used to roaming outdoors, the NEAHS says this is the “last chance at life for these cats.”

Hydro Adventures in Poplar Bluff to remain closed for now

The water park will remain closed in compliance with Governor Mike Parson and Butler County’s extension of the Phase 1 recovery plan to June 15.

  Altice USA/Suddenlink responds to Batesville customers’ complaints

Now, just a little over 60 miles away, the community of Batesville is expressing that same outrage about Altice USA Suddenlink.

  Peaceful and impassioned rally in Jonesboro shut down roads for brief periods

Two people have been arrested in a pair of incidents during a protest march along Caraway Road Sunday.

  Jonesboro, Craighead County sales tax growth continues to see positive results

The sales tax growth in Jonesboro and Craighead County continued to see positive results in August 2019.

  Painting chairs for fun with Pops

During the coronavirus pandemic, a 13-year-old girl took it upon herself to come up with a unique idea to bide her time involving chairs.

  Earthquake reported in Northeast Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.3 magnitude earthquake Wednesday morning in Northeast Arkansas.

Spray rig backs into transmission lines, knocks out power in Wynne area

Wynne firefighters were busy Sunday afternoon after getting a call about a spray rig backing into electrical lines, causing nearly 850 Entergy customers to be without power.

  Four juveniles arrested in church vandalism case

Four juveniles now face criminal mischief charges after Izard County authorities say the group vandalized an area church.

Officers in riot gear descend on Beale Street, 201 Poplar

After a peaceful protest against police brutality ended on Saturday night, chaos broke out on Beale Street and in front of 201 Poplar, with officers dressed in riot gear facing off with crowds.

  Heartland boy saves family from nearly drowning on kayak trip

A16-year-old boy saves his cousins from drowning.

  Memphis Zoo welcomes Père David fawn

The Memphis Zoo has a new addition and the new baby’s birth is extremely significant.

Little Rock protests “expression of pain and anguish”, Mayor Scott says

During a Sunday morning press conference, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said the protests in Little Rock Saturday were an “expression of pain and anguish” in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

More than 13,100 cases reported in Mo.

On May 31 the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 13,147 COVID-19 cases in Missouri.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, May 31-June 6

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

  West Memphis Fire Chief dies at 55

The West Memphis Fire Department announced the death of Chief Dennis Brewer on Sunday.

Arkansas coronavirus cases rise by 236, to pass 7,000 total

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arkansas has surpassed 7,000 and one additional death is reported due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

  Area church prays for Jonesboro officers, community Saturday

The members of an area church stood in front of the Jonesboro Police Department Saturday to pray for peace and safety, with police saying the message was appreciated.

Missouri reports 771 total deaths due to COVID-19

The state has had a total of 12,962 positive cases.

  One dead as Blytheville police investigate homicide

Blytheville police are asking for the public’s help after a man was found shot to death Friday.

  Girl gets new bike from Osceola first responders after accident

Wednesday, May 20 was a scary and disappointing day for a girl in Osceola.

Movie night adapts to Drive-In Theatre

ASU Newport said they watched Dolittle while listening to it on 94.3 FM.

  Protests against police brutality continue in Downtown Memphis

A group of protesters raised their voices Friday night about the recent deaths of African Americans at the hands of police in other cities.

  Jonesboro Shooting Sports Complex Committee discusses partnership with private investor

The Jonesboro Shooting Sports Complex Committee held its second meeting Thursday, and spoke with a private investment company.

  Dillard’s set to re-open June 2, officials say

Officials said Friday that Dillard’s will be reopening after being damaged in the March 28 Jonesboro tornado.

Northeast Arkansas Regional Transportation Planning Commission hosts meeting to discuss STEP study

The Northeast Arkansas Regional Transportation Planning Commission is holding a meeting to present the results of the Highway 91 Safe Transportation for Every PedestrianInnovation Study. The meeting will be available at Hwy91STEP.TransportationPlanRoom.com until June 22.

Sheriff’s Office: Man arrested in connection to dog attack that leaves boy dead

In a Facebook post, deputies say they arrested Trey Wyatt, 25, of Vilonia.