Region 8 communities help and learn from another during tornado aftermath

In less than two weeks, two tornadoes have touched down in Region 8 and now with more Northeast Arkansans tornado victims, efforts to help are being shown all over the region.

  Jonesboro issues COVID-19 emergency curfew

  Crowley’s Ridge Academy holds parade Thursday to honor teachers

  Chamber of Commerce, others collecting donations for Harrisburg tornado victims

  Recovery efforts continue on Southfield Drive in Harrisburg

  Families continue cleanup following Jonesboro tornado

  Mother and daughter cling to one another through tornado

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  Arkansas reports over 1,100 positive COVID-19 cases, 21 total deaths

  Contractors continue repairs 12 days after tornado

Gun safety highlighted during coronavirus crisis

  Harrisburg residents assessing the damage left in tornado’s wake; National Weather Service reviews storm damage

FULL BRIEFING: Gov. Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 update 4/9

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

Your photos, videos of the recent NEA tornadoes

We received hundreds of photos and videos from viewers chronicling the storms’ paths.

First elk hunting season set for Mo.

MDC has designated a nine-day archery elk season in October and a nine-day firearms season in December 2020.

  Jonesboro police searching for overnight shooting suspect

Jonesboro police search for shooting suspect

  Arkansas governor addresses state of the state amid outbreak

Arkansas' governor is asking lawmakers for their help trimming his proposed budget as the Legislature convenes for this year's session amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Car crashes into restaurant, no one injured

  The Investigators: Feds say fake COVID-19 tests from China seized at Memphis FedEx facility

Blues singer Bobby Rush in quarantine after inconclusive COVID-19 test

Man arrested in sexual indecency with a child case

Body of missing man discovered

Heartland pastor gets creative for Easter Sunday service

  Black Americans being infected, dying at much higher rates from COVID-19

While COVID-19 is impacting everyone, new data shows black Americans in the Mid-South are being hit disproportionately hard.

  Agape House fearful of closing their doors

Agape House works with women and men through rehabilitation to get them back on their feet, but since the coronavirus outbreak, money isn’t coming in as expected.

Gray Television donates $10,000 for Jonesboro, Ark., tornado recovery

The donation will be made to the United Way of Northeast Arkansas’ Jonesboro Tornado Recovery Fund.

Are online sales helping stores that closed their doors?

The focus is moving to online sales. Some retailers are offering heavy discounts or free shipping to draw in customers online.

Work underway to expand medical capacity in Missouri

Federal agencies are working together to help the State of Missouri expand medical capacity, in case of a surge in COVID-19 patients in coming days and weeks.

  Arrest made in Jonesboro man’s murder, authorities say

A Randolph County man who was considered to a person of interest in the death of a Jonesboro man earlier this year is now facing a murder-II charge, according to Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell.

Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at Mid-South nursing home

Authorities with the Arkansas Department of Health have confirmed a coronavirus outbreak among residents and employees at a local nursing home.

ADH: Flu claimed 2 lives in past week

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday, April 8, that 2 more people died in the last week due to influenza.

  Gov. Hutchinson delivers State of the State address, COVID-19 update

Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered his State of the State address, as well as his daily report on COVID-19, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Missouri opens up more parking for truckers

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced it would allow truckers to park at its weigh stations.

NEAHS hosting drive-thru pet food event

The Northeast Arkansas Humane Society will host a free drive-thru pet food event on Saturday, April11.

Police search for Brickhouse booze bandit

Jonesboro police are searching for whoever broke into a downtown business and stole multiple bottles of booze.

  A-State student shot, lockdown lifted, investigation continues

The Arkansas State University was placed on lockdown early Wednesday morning after a student was shot.

  Tornado response addressed in first virtual city council meeting

The virtual setting was the first order of business walked-on to the council agenda.

  Health expert at UTHSC projects multiple surges of COVID-19; Normalcy could be years away

Life won’t be returning to anything that resembles normal for two years. That’s the warning from experts at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

  Nettleton school district working with students during two crises

Many challenges have been presented for the 2020 Spring school semester.

  New program connects farmers with available work force

U.S. Representative Rick Crawford announced a new program that looks to connect farmers with those out of a job.

Jonesboro church provides free meals for first responders and those in need

Last week, they provided over 1,100 meals to first responders, essential staff and people who were displaced from the storm.

  A-State student wins $5,000 on Wheel of Fortune

An Arkansas State University student and recipient of a TV scholarship got to compete on Wheel of Fortune Tuesday night.

  NEA Board of Realtors offers help with rent or mortgages

The Northeast Arkansas Board of Realtors will host an event Wednesday to aid those hurt by the recent tornado that hit Jonesboro.

  Stay-at-home orders could increase domestic violence calls

Help is available for domestic violence situations.

  The Investigators: Inmates fear for their safety inside Arkansas prison with COVID-19 outbreak

More than 20 inmates and staff members at a federal prison in Arkansas have tested positive for COVID-19 and many more are exhibiting with symptoms, according to federal and state officials.

City of Diaz placed under boil order

The Arkansas Department of Health placed the city of Diaz under a boil order Tuesday until further notice.

Air Choice One up and running again following tornado

The CEO/President of Air Choice One said planes are up and flying again in Jonesboro following the tornado March 28.

JPD thanks community for donations following tornado

The Jonesboro Police Department paid thanks to several businesses who donated to them and several other agencies following the Jonesboro tornado.

  Park visitors wanting to see more restrictions on equipment

Craighead Forest Park’s visitors want to see less access to equipment, saying some aren’t practicing social distancing.

  Business owner discusses impact after losing two locations from tornado

Over one week later since the EF3 tornado came through Jonesboro, one business owner with two locations took a hit.

One dead after fatal pedestrian crash

The crash involved a Ford F-150 that was traveling north on Arkansas State Highway 267 when the truck struck pedestrian from behind.

COVID-19 causes furloughs at White River Health System

Due to COVID-19 causing revenue shortfalls, the White River Health System is furloughing some employees temporarily.

  Historic Memphis distillery producing 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to meet demand

Old Dominick Distillery is producing a new brew in Downtown Memphis these days -- hand sanitizer.

  U of M developers create first-of-its-kind app tracking crowding in Shelby County

Developers at the University of Memphis have a way to let you know just how well you’re social distancing.

  23 laid off at Juvenile Success Center due to COVID-19

Nearly two dozen people were laid off at a juvenile success facility in Independence County due to COVID-19.

Gov. Parson, state leaders discuss unemployment in Mo.

During the briefing, Gov. Parson and Missouri Labor Director Anna Hui discussed unemployment.

  Prosecutor clears officer in deadly shooting

A Region 8 prosecutor has ruled a Manila police officer was justified in the deadly shooting of a man in early March.

  FULL BRIEFING: Gov. Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 update - 4/7

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

  Sheriff’s office delivering essentials to elderly, handicapped

In addition to picking up criminals and delivering them to jail, deputies in one county are picking up essential supplies and delivering them to elderly and handicapped citizens.

School district ending meal delivery program wants to keep kids fed

Citing the spread of COVID-19, one Mississippi County school district will end its meal delivery program. But, it wants to make sure no student goes hungry.

  Missing 94-year-old man with dementia is located, police say

Officers with the Memphis Police Department are searching for a missing 94-year-old man that has had several strokes and requires daily medication.

  22 COVID-19 cases in Craighead County

As the number of COVID-19 cases reaching double digits, Mayor Harold Perrin and Craighead County Judge Marvin Day expect them to rise in the coming week.

  City officials stress importance of social distancing among children

In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus through social distancing, city and health officials say parents need to find a way to keep their kids from leaving home to hang out with friends.

  Benefit concert to help food banks across Arkansas during pandemic

A benefits concert will help benefit the food banks across Arkansas during the pandemic.

Several Region 8 school districts postpone graduation indefinitely

Several Region 8 school districts announced Monday they've postponed their graduation ceremonies indefinitely as the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close.

Plasma donation program could help treat COVID-19 patients

An alternative method to help treat COVID-19 patients in Arkansas remains in the early clinical trial stages

Earthquake rattles parts of Randolph County

A 2.5 earthquake rattled parts of Randolph County Monday.

  Mayor signs safer-at-home emergency order for West Memphis

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon announced Monday a safer-at-home emergency order.

Mo. to receive additional $3.9 million for COVID-19 relief

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt announced on April 6 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide an additional $3.9 million in funding for Missouri’s coronavirus response efforts.

  American Red Cross sets up Jonesboro Area Tornado Assistance Line

The American Red Cross announced Monday they're extending the hotline deadline through April 10 for families affected by the March 28 tornado.

Man found dead in submerged vehicle

A Newport man died after his SUV plunged into a lake.

  Downtown businesses feeling hit after COVID-19 forces closures

Businesses feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in downtown Paragould; 163 workers without paychecks.

  Corning School District discusses plans for remainder of semester

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced schools will not reopen for in-school instruction; schools work to figure out how they’re going to move forward.

West Memphis PD arrests 2 men for ‘terroristic threats’ involving coronavirus

West Memphis police have arrested two men in recent days for threats involving coronavirus.

  FULL BRIEFING: Gov. Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 update - 4/6

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

Facility closures extended at Lake Wappapello

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is extending facility closures at Lake Wappapello.

Sheriff: Clay County has positive case of COVID-19

Sheriff Terry Miller said they are also asking people to continue practicing social distancing.

  Jonesboro mayor stresses that citizens wear masks to combat COVID-19

Cities all over Arkansas continue to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Dexter police K-9 gets new vest

The Dexter Police Department’s K-9 officer Knox will receive a new set of body armor.

  Northwest Arkansas BBQ company visits NEA to feed crews & citizens, impacted by Jonesboro tornado

Nearly 5,500 people were served throughout the week.

Gov. Parson signs executive order on notary public; stay at Home order in effect in Mo.

The order began at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, April 6 and lasts through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24.