Arkansas reports 9,101 COVID-19 cases, 154 deaths; Craighead County sees first COVID-19 death, state officials say

The state of Arkansas has reached over 9,100 total cases of COVID-19, with Craighead County seeing its first death to the virus, state officials said Saturday.

“False positive” case reported after report of Calico Rock prison inmate testing positive for COVID-19 this week, officials say

Oh baby! Florida troopers helped mom deliver in middle of roadway

  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

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Arkansas woman who fatally shot husband released from prison

Stoddard County Health Center releases COVID-19 community breakdown

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

Overnight shooting in Alabama: 6 of 7 killed in Valhermoso Springs identified

  Neighborhood pets shot with BB gun

Toby Keith concert July 17 in Jonesboro postponed

Monette police make second arrest in aggravated robbery case

A Greene County man faces an August 18 court date after Monette police say he and several others did damage to a home back in March.

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

While there isn’t a cure for the coronavirus yet, those who have beaten the virus can help others fight the infection by donating plasma shortly after being asymptomatic.

  Ameren Mo. announces additional $3.5 million for COVID-19 energy assistance program

Back in March, the company announced $1 million of support for families negatively effected by COVID-19.

  Police officer’s identity stolen, chief says hacker ‘had every bit of it’

The Trumann Police Department experienced targeting identity theft described as being used for fraudulent gain.

Two arrested after shots fired in Jonesboro

Cape Girardeau Co. Health Center reports confirmed COVID-19 cases that visited Lake of the Ozarks

Southeast Mo. State University to establish George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

JC Penney closing 154 stores; 4 in Arkansas

  Motorcyclist killed in crash with pickup

  Craighead County MLK Parade Committee to host rally Saturday

  JFD responds to house fire

Crews responded to a house fire Friday morning in north Jonesboro.

  Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing available Saturday

Tests will be administered to anyone wishing to be tested, with no symptom or screening criteria required.

NBA plan in place for restart

The Memphis Grizzlies are ready to go as the NBA’s return appears to be a formality.

  Body of missing 9-year-old swimmer found in Black River

The search is over for a nine-year-old swimmer who went missing in Butler County on Thursday, June 4.

  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.

  Mid-South COVID-19 patient fully recovered after being treated with new drug

Thanks to a new drug, a Mid-South COVID-19 patient who was once critically ill is now home.

  7 Arkansas State athletes test positive for COVID-19

Seven Arkansas State University student-athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Chancellor Kelly Damphousse.

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

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees voted Thursday to keep tuition and fees steady for the coming school year.

  Remembering Linda Collins’ legacy one year later

Linda Collins served as a State Representative, then a State Senator, but beyond that, she was a mother and a friend to everyone she met. KAIT spoke with two people who worked with Collins about what she means to them and to the community.

Drew Brees takes to social media to apologize for comments on protests

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has taken to social media to apologize for comments he made regarding protests of the National Anthem.

ASP to investigate shooting incident involving police officers, authorities say

Arkansas State Police investigators are looking into a shooting incident Wednesday that left a Central Arkansas police officer dead.

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

Greene County authorities have identified the two people who were found dead inside a house Tuesday evening.

  Voter registration up 200-300% in Craighead County amid rallies

While rallies and protests continue throughout Region 8, Craighead County now sees an uptick in people registering or renewing their voting information.

  City of Memphis curfew extended for fourth night

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has announced that the city curfew has been extended for a fourth night.

South Dakota couple accused of drugging children, shocking them with cattle prod

Authorities say a South Dakota couple is facing charges for giving drugs to children and using cattle prods on them over several years.

  Gov. Hutchinson noted the NEA 7-day rolling average is “going in the right direction”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will update the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

Mo. State Parks reopen some visitor centers, offices

The department said programming will be limited, and social distancing and additional cleaning measures will be in place.

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

A sixth death has been reported from a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home.

Health official: No new COVID-19 cases from Missouri parties

Missouri's top health official says no additional cases of the new coronavirus have been reported stemming from the crowded pool parties at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend.

  Woman accused of embezzling $700k from employer

The Langston Gin Company in Luxora reported to the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office that its accountant had found “discrepancies with numerous checks.”

  JFD responds to house fire

Fire crews responded early Thursday morning to a “working house fire” in west Jonesboro.

Multiple-vehicle crashes reported on US 67 in Butler Co. during thunderstorm

Emergency crews responded to multiple crashes on U.S. 67 in Butler County, Mo. as a thunderstorm passed through the area.

  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.

  Demonstrators take to Memphis streets for 8th night of protesting

Wednesday night marks one week since Memphians and others across the Mid-South took to the streets to protest police brutality.

  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.

Court dates set for two detained after marching down state highway in Tuesday’s protest

Two people who were detained Tuesday evening after marching down a state highway during a protest were given district court dates Wednesday.

  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.

Poplar Bluff Animal Shelter full, asking for help

The Poplar Bluff Animal Shelter is asking for help.

  Gov. Hutchinson’s focus on nursing home tests will help reopening plans

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  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.

More than 460 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Forrest City prison

More inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus at a prison in Forrest City, Arkansas.

  Paragould woman killed in rollover crash

A Paragould woman died Wednesday morning when the pickup truck she was driving overturned multiple times.

  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.

  June 3: What you need to know

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

  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.

  Jonesboro city council discusses Southwest Drive rezoning

If passed, the measure would rezone the area from a commercial district to a mixed-use planned development district.

Man arrested for possessing firearm, shooting man in leg

Baxter County sheriff's investigators arrested a man after he reportedly shot another man in the leg early Tuesday.

Protestors take to the streets of Sarasota over the death of George Floyd

Protestors in Sarasota having their voices heard regarding the death of George Floyd.

Gov. Hutchinson declares ‘State of Emergency’

Governor Asa Hutchinson declared a state of emergency Tuesday.

  Gov. Hutchinson, Dr. Nate Smith address hazards of protesting during pandemic

Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented a photo of protestors in Benton County, noting they were wearing masks, but there was no social distancing.

  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.

  Pool on A-State campus closes due to $3 Million in repairs

The Health Physical Education and Sport Sciences pool on the Arkansas State University campus will not reopen.

  Chancellor explains ‘Virtual Town Hall’ for campus

Arkansas State University wants to include discussion among students, faculty, and alumni about things they can improve upon on campus and they’re doing it by providing a virtual town hall meeting.

  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.

Florida sheriff ‘highly recommending’ people to shoot looters who break into homes

A sheriff in one Florida county says he is “highly recommending” property owners to shoot looters if they break into homes to steal or set fires.