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Federal pause on vaccine forces clinic cancellations

A decision by the federal government to pause the administration of certain COVID-19 vaccines has forced several health units to cancel their vaccine clinics.

Missouri House votes against proof-of-vaccine mandates

Power back on after backhoe snags line in Cave City

NCAA may bar Mid-South from holding championship events after passing transgender sports laws

  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

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  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

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

With Senate Bill 504 and House Bill 1614 signed into law, teachers at Marked Tree School District say it will improve the education system in the state and will improve teacher retention rates.

  High school students learn new skills after school purchases laser system

One Marked Tree teacher hopes their new Rabbit Laser System helps students gain future job opportunities for his students.

Victims identified in deadly convenience store shooting

Detectives are investigating a shooting at a convenience store in Koshkonong, Mo. that left three people injured, and another person dead.

  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

Region 8 COVID-19 death toll

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

A third suspect in connection with a body found last week in a ditch in Poinsett County appeared in court Monday as investigators released more details in the case.

Man accused of soliciting boys for sex facing new charges

A man accused of offering teenage boys alcohol in exchange for sex now faces even more 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.

  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.

  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.

  Semi-truck driver crashes into murder suspect’s car to end police chase

The hours-long police chase through multiple California counties included near collisions, the running of red lights, wrong-way driving and driving on sidewalks.

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.

  Ash-covered St. Vincent braces for more volcanic eruptions

The volcano, which last had a sizable eruption in 1979, kept rumbling and experts warned that explosions could continue for days or weeks.

  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.

  After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in much-anticipated election results announced Friday.

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

President Joe Biden has ordered a study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, creating a commission that will spend the next 180 days examining the incendiary political issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for its justices.

  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.

  $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.

Woman who coughed on cancer patient gets 30 days in jail

A Florida woman whose image went viral when she coughed on a customer at a Pier 1 store last year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

  ‘Nothing less than a giant’: Rapper-actor DMX dies at 50

The Grammy-nominated performer died after suffering “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to the hospital in White Plains, New York, where he died. He was rushed there from his home April 2.

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.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Lightning obliterates tree outside high school in Wis.

The Wautoma Area School District said there were no injuries or property damage from the lightning strike Thursday, except for the tree.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

Archeologists unearth an ancient pharaonic city in Egypt

Noted archeologist Zahi Hawass says that an Egyptian mission discovered the mortuary city, called the ‘Lost Golden City,’ in the southern province of Luxor.

  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.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  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.

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.

  Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits

Greeting the families of gun violence victims and activists, he assured them: “We’re absolutely determined to make change.”

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.

  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.