Coronavirus

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

  Georgia school with large crowds reports positive cases

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

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

  Shelby County released new health directive, outlines ‘tripwires'

Arkansas reports 48,811 COVID-19 cases, 535 deaths

  Nettleton’s new superintendent facing unique challenge

  Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

  Summer graduates walk across the stage at Arkansas State University

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began.

  GOV: “NEA now the area of concern,” for increased COVID-19 cases; Teachers get COVID sick leave

Hutchinson assures Jonesboro School Supt. Kim Wilbanks regarding her comments that the decisions being made are not economic driven, but children driven focus.

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive test

  NYIT-Jonesboro to offer free virtual town hall on COVID-19

Water park owners pulling the plug

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

Five-year-old Wilburt Coleman has been going door to door, giving care packages to families with essential workers and those most vulnerable to the virus.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

  A-State students prepare for commencement

Despite some anxiety, graduates at Arkansas State University are not letting COVID-19 stop them from celebrating commencement.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

  JPS Superintendent responds to confusing ADH guidelines

Right now, she says there is a thin line between the benefit and risk for returning students to what’s normal.

Area school in need of homemade masks

An area school is asking for help from the public to provide homemade masks for its students in need just in time for school to start.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

Employees say they were exposed to coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never informed by their employers. In most states, companies don't have to disclose cases.

Trumann Fire Department to receive COVID-19 grant

A nearly $7,000 federal grant will help one area fire department replenish its supply of personal protective equipment, plus reimburse the costs of purchasing equipment and supplies.

Salem School District reports COVID-19 case

A school district in Fulton County reported a COVID-19 on Thursday, officials said on social media.

  Children’s immune systems when going back to school

According to one Heartland doctor, hand washing and staying home will not weaken immune systems.

1,062 new cases of COVID-19 in Mo.

A total of 477 hospitalizations in Missouri are due to COVID-19.

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

  69 new cases of COVID-19 in Craighead County

Dr. Jose Romero, Secretary of Health, and Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, State Epidemiologist, updated the public Thursday on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

One child psychologist said he's seeing a significant increase in mental health issues among children.

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

David Nagy, 79, of Jefferson, died a needless death, his family pointed out in his obituary.

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are getting sick and even dying from ingesting hand sanitizer.

  American Red Cross looking for temporary volunteers

The American Red Cross shows up to the scene when disasters strike, but due to COVID-19, temporary volunteers are needed more than ever.

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

All tickets sold for the 2020 show will be automatically refunded.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

  JETS awarded $2.6 million grant from Federal Transit Administration

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System (JETS) received a $2.6 million grant on Wednesday.

  ASU-Newport, ASU-Mountain Home postpones fall start date

Arkansas State University-Newport announced Thursday it will wait a week before beginning its Fall 2020 semester.

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.

  Randolph County Nursing Home has nearly 50 active COVID cases, leaving families concerned

The ADH reported just two active COVID-19 cases among residents at the Randolph County Nursing Home two weeks ago. Now, that number has risen to 49, per the Arkansas Health Care Association, leaving families concerned.

  Schools begin to open in Region 8

One of the first schools in Region 8 opened their doors Thursday, beginning the new school year.

  Volunteer teacher and student bond through pandemic

The pandemic stops people from interacting in person but one volunteer at the Hispanic Center went above and beyond to ensure her student learned.

  COVID-19 deaths over 500 in Ark. since March; State ‘expects’ school districts offer onsite learning 5-days a week

Sec. of Education Johnny Key "it’s expected that all school districts offer onsite learning opportunities each day of the 5-day school week.”

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

  ‘We are no less American’: Deaths pile up on Texas border

For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients.

  Walmart releases schedule for its parking lot drive-in theaters

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, families can sign up for a location near them at TheWalmartDriveIn.com.

  More millennials buying homes during pandemic

Some in real estate say the coronavirus is pushing younger homebuyers out of the city and into their first homes.

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

The free Covidwise app is available in Apple and Android app stores as of Wednesday.

  Major cruise lines cancel departures through October

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October

  Homeless among most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic

This might be the worst time to be homeless in America, and the nation may not have seen the worst of it yet.

Student loan borrowers: Don’t wait on Congress for more relief

Restarting payments for tens of millions of student loan borrowers will likely lead to delinquencies and defaults, experts say.

  Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

An Associated Press analysis found that the number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states. That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb.

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

Images of student crowds raise questions in Georgia schools

Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

  Member of Children’s Homes, Inc tests positive for COVID-19

According to a social media post, Children’s Homes Inc. has decided to shelter-in-place all family homes until further notice.

  Study shows rice likely to survive pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc for farmers, but rice may provide a buffer.

  Jonesboro, Nettleton School Districts offering staggered schedules

Nettleton School District announced Tuesday that they will pursue a staggered start to the school year.

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to wind up in court because of the financial harm from the coronavirus outbreak.

  Greene Co. Sheriff: 20% of jail inmates tested positive for COVID-19

Sheriff Steve Franks and Jail Administrator Brent Cox confirmed in a Monday news release that “20% of the jail population tested positive. Of that, 99.9% are non-symptomatic.”

  Lawrence County furloughs end; county prepares for next steps

Over 40 furloughed workers in Lawrence County returned to work last week. This came after the county made the difficult decision to furlough the employees back in May.

  Special election an opportunity for election annex to test COVID safety measures

Tuesday was the first day of voting for the Jonesboro Public Schools special election at the Craighead County Election Annex. This is also the first time the annex is testing out its COVID safety measures.

  Buying school supplies safely during pandemic

Since she said students will not be allowed to share supplies this year, they will need to have their own individual labeled bags.

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.

Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

Clorox's shortage of disinfectant cleaning materials will remain difficult to find well into 2021, according to their incoming CEO.

  Unemployment fraud and back to school top topics of Governor’s press conf.

Currently, there are 27,000 claims in ‘PUA’ on hold for potential fraud and 10,000 in unemployment on hold for potential fraud.

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.

  Arkansas revenue exceeds expectations despite pandemic

The Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday said the state’s net available revenue collections in July totaled $665.9 million, which was $203.1 million higher than the same month last year and $52.7 million above forecast.