April 13: What you need to know

A quick look at what's making news and weather headlines.

  Jonesboro man pushing for revitalization at Northside Park

  Police search for suspects in gas station burglary

Cadets honor Trumann officer with donation to C.O.P.S

  District court files lawsuit against county judge over hiring process

Traffic pattern on I-555 in Jonesboro changing Wednesday

Police need help identifying owner/operator of truck seen near Morgan Nick disappearance

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Woman arrested after attempting to set car on fire

Student accused of shooting classmate appears in court

Student at Tenn. high school identified as suspect, killed in shooting

  Teachers react to governor signing salary raising bills

  High school students learn new skills after school purchases laser system

Victims identified in deadly convenience store shooting

A Better Region 8: Gator Giveaway a huge success

The raffle-style fundraiser raised $250,000 to help three food banks in Region 8 to help ensure children don't go hungry.

  Rural broadband expansion included in American Jobs Plan

Over a quarter of Arkansans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure.

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Several Northeast Arkansas school districts continue to report positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

Region 8 COVID-19 death toll

COVID-19 has taken a deadly toll on Northeast Arkansas since the beginning of the year.

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

Pandemic paperwork backlog leaves Veterans in limbo

  House passes alternative to initial hate crimes bill, measure awaits governor’s signature

  Gov. Hutchinson signs bills raising median teacher salary

  Details released in body found case, judge sets bond

Man accused of soliciting boys for sex facing new charges

  Woman sentenced for fatal drunk driving crash

A woman involved in a crash that claimed the life of a teen will spend the next 8 years in prison.

CVS to provide free COVID-19 vaccines in Jonesboro, Paragould

CVS Health announced Monday it will begin providing free COVID-19 vaccinations at 16 locations in Arkansas, including Jonesboro and Paragould.

Analyst: Gas prices ‘tied to the hip’ of the COVID situation

“Make no mistake, gas prices this year will be tied to the hip of the Covid situation.”

  Child dies in rollover crash

A child died and three other people were injured Sunday in a rollover crash.

  April 12: What you need to know

A quick look at what's making news and weather headlines.

Vaccinate Region 8: Where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine

A list of COVID-19 vaccine clinics available in Region 8.

  At least 12 shot, 5 dead after violent weekend in Memphis

Police are investigating multiple weekend shootings that injured at least nine and left two people dead.

  Group helps rescue cat stuck in tree for 18 days

Sparkles had been stuck 60 feet in a tree for 18 days before she was finally rescued.

  Doctor shortage puts strain on local practice

In the past decade, rural counties in the Arkansas Delta have lost half of their primary care doctors.

  City teams up with radio station to honor volunteers

Most nonprofits cannot function without their volunteers. That’s why the City of Jonesboro and radio station KLEK say they’re teaming up to honor those who selflessly give back for an entire week.

Hate crimes, teacher salaries, Gabo’s Law on agenda this week at Capitol

The House is expected to vote Monday on SB622, a bill that would delay release from prison for certain offenders until the offender has served at least 80% of his or her sentence if the suspect purposely targeted the victim.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, April 11-17

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

  Prosecutor releases new information in deadly convenience store shooting

Police are investigating a shooting at a convenience store in Koshkonong, Mo. that killed one, and injured three others.

Keep Jonesboro Beautiful has first Community Clean-Up Day

Keep Jonesboro Beautiful had its first Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday. Volunteers say this is a great way for kids to get involved with the community and keep Jonesboro clean.

Miracle League finally has opening game after postponed season

After waiting one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miracle League of Jonesboro had their season opener Saturday.

Jonesboro firefighters respond to fire on Key Largo Place

Jonesboro firefighters and emergency crews responded to a fire on Key Largo Place, according to officials.

New Arkansas virus cases, per capita, lowest in the nation

Data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday shows Arkansas’ number of new coronavirus cases per capita during the past two weeks is the lowest in the nation.

  Food box serves as blessing to Piggott community

Complete with a chalkboard message and a standup refrigerator donated by a neighbor, the box hopes to serve as a blessing to the community.

  Region 8 reacts to Biden executive action on guns

The Second Amendment has been argued over for decades. And with the increasing number of mass shootings in America, the flames of debate are only growing stronger.

  1st Choice Healthcare gets $3.6 million COVID grant

CEO Brigitte McDonald says they’re focusing on getting as many people vaccinated as possible, focusing on smaller communities in rural areas.

  Despite autopsy, police still don’t know how businessman died

Months after his body was discovered at his used car lot, police still don’t know how a businessman died.

  Blytheville head football coach placed on paid administrative leave after arrest

A Blytheville man who serves as the school’s head football coach will appear in court after an arrest in a domestic battery case.

Three taken to hospital after crash in Jonesboro; police find mushrooms, LSD, marijuana and Xanax in vehicle

Three people were taken to the hospital, with one in critical condition, Friday after a crash in Jonesboro, with police saying they found mushrooms, LSD, marijuana and Xanax in the vehicle.

  Winners announced in Jason Aldean Gator Giveaway

An event Friday allowed two people to have the choice between winning Jason Aldean’s Gator or a John Deere mower, plus helped to donate over $250,000 to area food banks.

Arkansas reports 178 new virus cases, prison visits expand

Arkansas has reported 178 new coronavirus cases and the state’s prison system is expanding its in-person visitation at six more facilities.

  USDA retracts report of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in Northeast Arkansas

The United States Department of Agriculture reports a “significant error” in a March 30 report of the detection of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2) in Northeast Arkansas.

  Drunken inmate crashes ATV, county employee arrested

A Randolph County employee has been arrested after investigators say he supplied alcohol to an inmate who crashed a sheriff’s office ATV into a razor-wire fence.

  Widow confesses late husband murdered missing woman, child

More than 18 years ago, a Fulton County woman and her young son disappeared. Now, investigators say a man’s widow has confessed he killed them and destroyed their bodies in an outdoor furnace.

Pastor calls Memphis the ‘Wild West’ of crime

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is looking to fund a program that can help tackle crime.

  $500,000 bond set for mother accused of trying to kill herself, child

A Poinsett County woman has a May 28 court date after Craighead County deputies say she purposely crashed a vehicle with her and her child into a tree.

Storms move into Region 8, bringing hail and lightning

A storm system on Friday brought reports of hail and lightning throughout Region 8, with reports of thunderstorm warnings in the region.

Paragould man arrested in child porn case

A $250,000 bond was set Friday for a Paragould man who reportedly used social media to view child exploitation videos.

Traffic Alert: Expect lane closures with Hwy. 49/49B improvements

Motorists who travel Highways 49 and 49B should expect a few traffic delays in the coming weeks.

  Groundbreaking for new Poplar Bluff Police Department to be held Friday

The groundbreaking for the new Poplar Bluff Police Department will be this morning at 11:30.

  Woman fatally injured in farm equipment collision

A woman died of injuries she sustained earlier this week when her vehicle collided with a piece of farm equipment.

Panhandling hound makes name for himself in Ironton, Mo.

His name is Ike and he’s the town beggar.

All Missourians 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Missouri has activated Phase 3 of its vaccine distribution plan which includes all residents, 16 and older, regardless of occupation.

  Poinsett County Tornado: One year later

Thursday, April 8, marks one year since a tornado touched down just north of Harrisburg.

Barnett tabbed to replace Jansen as Randolph Co. Judge

In a 5-4 vote, the Randolph County Quorum Court voted to select Ronald Barnett as the new County Judge over three other candidates.

Grandmother crashes into home with grandchildren inside

A Louisiana woman faces charges after causing “extensive damage” by crashing a rental car to a rental home on Larkspur Lane in Mountain Home with her grandchildren inside.

Heartland plans for next solar eclipse

The solar eclipse will not take place for another three years.

  A-State SGA, College Republicans react to trans health bill

Arkansas State’s student government is taking a stand against the bill that they say limits the rights of transgender minors.

  Mississippi County site could provide dividends for future

A 130-acre location in Mississippi County has completed certification for a “Select Site” program as officials there hope the site is selected for future economic growth.

New technology at military bases aims to prevent injury

Force plate technology is offering training depots and bases the chance to keep warriors healthy by detecting injury risks early.

  Seven arrested after Osceola drug search

A drug search this week uncovered meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and nearly $3,400 in cash, leading to the arrests of seven people.

  Police: T-shirt led to murder; 4 arrested with 3 wanted

One person is dead and another person was injured after a shooting Wednesday in Blytheville, according to Police Chief Ross Thompson.

  Affidavit: Suspect killed Rebekah Gould with piano leg

A man arrested last year in connection with the murder of Rebekah Gould told investigators that he killed the woman with a piano leg, according to an affidavit in the case.

  BRAD offering free rides to vaccine clinics

A local organization wants to make sure everyone can get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Utility company urges caution when using 3rd party payment apps

With some payments arriving late, one local utility company suggests customers might want to pull the plug on third-party apps to pay their bills.

  State Senate confirms appointment of Dr. Jose Romero as Secretary of Health

The State Senate on Thursday voted 25-8 to confirm the appointment of Dr. Jose Romero as Arkansas Secretary of Health after a debate on the Senate floor.

Permitless carry bill becomes law with Tennessee governor’s signature

It allows Tennesseans over 21 and members of the military over 18 to carry a handgun without a permit. It also includes tougher penalties for gun-related crimes.

VA Medical Center offers vaccines to all veterans, spouses, caregivers

All veterans, their spouses and their caregivers are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.

Fire department awarded rare life-saving distinction

The Arkansas Department of Health recently awarded the TFD its Advanced Response Service EMS Service license.

Vehicle crashes into 3 motorcycles, killing rider

One man died and three others were injured when police say a vehicle crashed head-on into three motorcycles.

  Child Abuse Prevention Month recognized in city and county

Mayor Copenhaver and Judge Day joined alongside with CASA of the 2nd Judicial District, The NEA Children's Advocacy Center and Hope Found of NEA, Inc. to recognize the month of April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Riverside to continue virtual learning for 2021-22 school year

As schools in Region 8 wrap up their first year of virtual learning, some are considering keeping the program for next year.

Arkansas reports 244 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

Arkansas reported 244 new cases of the coronavirus and seven more deaths from the illness caused by the virus.

  55-hour benefit run for epilepsy to benefit children’s hospital and family

A benefit run will be held over 55 hours to promote epilepsy awareness, raise money for a children’s hospital, and will help a family in need.