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Group stops collecting signatures for marijuana legalization

Arkansas True Grass wanted an amendment to legalize marijuana use and expunge prior drug convictions on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Sen. Hawley writes to Twitter CEO on ‘editorializing Pres. Trump’s tweets’

  NEA towns receiving government funds to improve wastewater systems

  Quorum court to get more oversight in courthouse renovation projects

Judge eases Arkansas petition signature rule due to pandemic

National Poppy Day: Virtual wall of honor

  GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

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Governor Asa Hutchinson meets with President Trump on coronavirus response

  Parks Department loses nearly $140,000 in revenue during pandemic

Arkansas receiving $78 million for COVID-19 testing

  Safety guidelines put in place for upcoming elections

CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro participates in COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall, with Lt. Gov. Griffin

Safety measures to be in place for June 2 election in Mo.

Arkansas to ensure voter registration records get updated

The state’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice is aimed at resolving claims that Arkansas didn’t provide certain opportunities to update voter-registration records as required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

  Jackson County Judge calls on help of cities to participate in 2020 census

Officials in Jackson County are still pushing citizens to fill out their census.

Judge: No immediate ruling on Arkansas inmates’ virus suit

A federal judge is declining to rule immediately in a lawsuit filed by Arkansas inmates that accuses the prison system of not doing enough to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

  Mo. county clerks to safeguard polling places for June election

Scott County Clerk Rita Milam said they will provide a variety of items at polling locations including hand sanitizers, disinfectants, screens and masks to keep them safe.

  Jackson County furloughs employees

Iran Guard commander threatens US Navy after Trump tweet

Arkansas redistricting group seeks easing of petition rules

Court allows Arkansas ban on surgical abortions due to virus

Trump tweets he’s ordered Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats if US ships are harassed

  Mid-April in America is an unforgiving time, and now this

Biden wins mail-in Wyoming Democratic presidential caucus

Joe Biden wins Wyoming presidential caucus after Bernie Sanders drops out of race.

Video tribute honors Oklahoma City bombing victims amid outbreak

Survivors and loved ones of the 168 people who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing were not able to gather Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the attack, but that did not stop them from remembering.

North Korea denies that Kim sent Trump ‘a nice note’

North Korea on Sunday dismissed as “ungrounded” President Donald Trump’s comment that he recently received “a nice note” from the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

ACLU, Mo. Voter Protection Coalition file lawsuit seeking absentee mail-in voting

This is in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevada-based firm to manage Arkansas’ youth lockups

Arkansas has signed a contract with a new firm to take over management of the state's remaining youth lockups, after legislators approved a $70 million contract.

  Ivanka Trump ignores White House guidelines against discretionary travel

Ivanka Trump traveled with her family from Washington to Bedminster, New Jersey, last week to celebrate Passover despite coronavirus guidelines discouraging discretionary travel, which she's encouraged others to follow.

Arkansas asks court to reinstate abortion ban due to virus

Arkansas is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate its ban on surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.

New committee to advise Gov. Hutchinson on post-peak COVID-19 response

A new committee formed by Governor Hutchinson will advise the governor on the state's post-peak COVID19 response.

  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.

Arkansas orders clinic to halt abortions during pandemic

The state Department of Health has ordered the only clinic in Arkansas that performs surgical abortions to stop doing so during the coronavirus pandemic, unless necessary to protect the life or health of the mother.

  Gun safety highlighted during coronavirus crisis

And with the stress of the coronavirus, experts say they’re also keeping an eye on whether suicide, domestic violence and child abuse cases are on the rise.

  Scientists warn virus will be with us through summer

Coronavirus has already spread widely in Australia, which is coming out of its summer.

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.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

  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.

Watch: Full Court Press Now Weeknights

Full Court Press Now is a new 30-minute newscast that airs every weeknight on Gray Television stations across the U.S.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital with the coronavirus.

  Arkansas governor resists calls for statewide stay-at-home order

Each state is taking its own approach to combat the spread of COVID-19, but critics say some states like Arkansas should be doing more.

  2020 Census provides key information, key opportunities for residents

The once in a decade event called the 2020 Census is now here, with an area official saying Wednesday that the Census can help residents be counted and receive key funding.

  Sharp County sheriff and district judge respond to lawsuit

The Sharp County Sheriff and District Judge responded to a lawsuit filed in February.

  Jon Milligan defeats Cole Peck in runoff election

In unofficial final results, Jon Milligan has defeated Cole Peck in a runoff election for the District 53 House race.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Arkansas governor signs bills creating $173M COVID-19 fund

Arkansas' governor has signed into law a measure creating a $173 million fund to combat the coronavirus and to address a budget shortfall the state faces because of the outbreak.

Arkansas lawmakers approve COVID-19 fund as virus cases rise

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a plan to create a fund to fight the coronavirus outbreak as cases in the state continue to multiply.

Special COVID-19 legislative session kicks off

Ark. lawmakers headed to Little Rock Thursday to begin a special session to deal with a $353.1 million shortfall in the state budget in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Arkansas House to meet at Jack Stephens Center for COVID-19 special session; Senate to meet at Capitol

A special session to deal with a $353.1 million shortfall in the state budget in the aftermath of the COVID-19 virus has state lawmakers heading to Little Rock Thursday, with one house meeting nearly five miles away from the state Capitol building.

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

A Trump administration official says illegal border crossings have dropped by half as the strictest U.S.-Mexico border policies yet went into place amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite confusion about how it was all working.

Arkansas Highway Commission approves series of projects in Craighead, Lawrence counties

A new roundabout is being built at the intersection of Highway 158 and Highway 163, south of Jonesboro; with the nearly $1.5 million project being done by mid-2020, state highway officials said Friday.

  Runoff election campaigns impacted by COVID-19

A runoff election for the District 53 seat is still expected to take place at the end of this month, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

Agriculture Secretary calms fears about coronavirus impact on food supply

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue sat down one-on-one with Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro to discuss the safety and security of our nation’s food supply.

  Senate passes ‘Families First Coronavirus Response Act’

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to ensure paid benefits for many Americans, while millions are holed up at home against the coronavirus.

Mo. Gov. Parson suspends April election

Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order on March 18 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, to be postponed until June 2.

  Trump declares virus emergency; Pelosi announces aid deal

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to bolster the funding for fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

  Agreement reached in Hunter Biden child custody case

A circuit judge this week signed off on an agreement involving a child custody case involving Hunter Biden and an Independence County woman.

Marie Holder named to Arkansas Highway Commission

A Little Rock woman said Thursday she was honored to serve as the state’s newest highway commissioner.

  Local cities, counties stress importance of 2020 Census

The 2020 census day is coming up in a couple of weeks, and local cities and counties are stressing how important it is for funding.

2nd presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Greene County, Mo.

A second “presumptive positive” case of COVID-19 was reported in Greene County, Missouri.

Citing coronavirus concerns, Sen. Cotton closes D.C. office

In an effort to protect the health of his staff and visitors from the spread of coronavirus, the Arkansas Senator announced he would close his office in the nation's capital.

Alec Farmer named Arkansas Highway Commission vice chairman

During a special meeting in Little Rock, Alec Farmer was selected for the post.

  Lawsuit filed against Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen over skate park removal

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen over the removal of a skate park.

  Hunter Biden requests telephone hearing in paternity case

According to a motion filed Tuesday, Hunter Biden was seeking a continuance of the pending hearing.

  Ark. lawmakers say state is prepared for coronavirus

Despite coronavirus posing a “low risk” to Arkansans, lawmakers say the state is prepared should we see an outbreak here.

  President Donald Trump visits Tennessee to tour tornado damage

President Donald Trump plans to visit Tennessee Friday to tour tornado damage. Two tornadoes hit middle Tennessee Tuesday morning, killing 24 people.

Arkansas ballot measure would change redistricting process

A proposal has been filed in Arkansas that would create a new nine-member independent commission to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative districts.

Abortion access in Louisiana under review at the U.S. Supreme Court

A Louisiana law having to do with proper credentialing for abortion providers was under review at the nation’s High Court Wednesday.

  Arkansas governor proposes $5.8 billion budget for coming year

Hutchinson detailed his proposal on Wednesday as lawmakers began hearings ahead of next month's legislative session focused primarily on the budget.

  Prosecutor Scott Ellington wins newly created Second Judicial District, Division 12 judge seat

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington has won the newly created Circuit Judge seat for the Second Judicial District, Division 12.

Runoff elections set for March 31

With Super Tuesday and the Arkansas Primary now over, voters in three Region 8 counties will head back to the polls March 31 to decide political races.

  Biden wins 9 Super Tuesday states, including Texas; Sanders takes California, 3 others

The race is shaping up as a contest between two starkly different visions for the party’s future and a November rematch with President Donald Trump.

  Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce defeats District Judge Barbara Griffin

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce defeated District Judge Barbara Griffin Tuesday to become the next district judge in Jackson and Woodruff counties.

  Sullivan defeats Cooper in District 21 State Senate race

Representative Dan Sullivan is heading to the Arkansas State Senate.

Arkansas candidate backed by GOP groups wins court race

A candidate backed by Republican groups and leaders is taking an early lead over her rival in the technically nonpartisan race for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat.

  District 53 House race goes to runoff

The District 53 House race between Republicans Cole Peck, Bobby Long and Jon Milligan will go to a runoff.

Rep. Brandt Smith wins Republican State House race

Rep. Brandt Smith defeated Ken Yarbrough in the Republican primary for the District 58 State House race.

Biden wins Arkansas Democratic presidential primary

Joe Biden has won the Arkansas Democratic presidential primary, according to the Associated Press.

Trump wins Republican primary

Arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved re-electing incumbent Donald J. Trump in the presidential race.

  Voters in Tennessee and Arkansas headed to the polls for Super Tuesday

Voters in Tennessee and Arkansas will head to the polls to cast votes in the Super Tuesday presidential primary.

A Better Region 8: Do your civic duty and vote in the Arkansas primary

The Arkansas primary is Tuesday and it's time for you to do your civic duty and vote.