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A man walks by a sign advertising open positions at FedEx in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, 2021. 
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Unemployment Claims Drop to 269,000, Another Pandemic Low

The labor market is continuing to recover, albeit slowly. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivers his "State of the State" address in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Asa Hutchinson Allows State’s COVID-19 Emergency to End

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he allowed the state's public health emergency for the coronavirus pandemic to end, saying he didn't need any additional powers to respond to it. read more >
Education

Pfizer: COVID-19 Vaccine Works in Kids Ages 5 to 11

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. read more >
A 3-D illustration of the coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope.
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

Springdale, Arkansas’ Largest School District, Ends Mask Mandate

Arkansas' largest school district ends its mask mandate as the state reports 28 new COVID-19 deaths. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics / Health Care

Hutchinson: Biden Vaccine Mandate Not Right Approach

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says President Joe Biden's mandate that many private businesses require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is the wrong approach for boosting vaccination rates. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Federal Mandate Takes Vaccine Decision Off Employers’ Hands

Larger U.S. businesses now won't have to decide whether to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Doing so is now federal policy. read more >
A 3-D illustration of the coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Military Medical Team to Help Arkansas with COVID-19 Battle

The U.S. Defense Department is sending a 20-member military medical team to Arkansas to help expand the state's hospital capacity in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases. read more >
A 3-D illustration of the coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope.

Number of COVID-19 Patients on Ventilators Hits New High

The number of Arkansas COVID-19 patients on a ventilator climbs to a new high. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

Virus Cases Jump at Arkansas Schools in 2nd Week of Classes

More than 3,100 active coronavirus cases have been reported in Arkansas public schools among students and employees, according to newly released numbers from the state. read more >
Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort President Louis Cella
Health Care / Restaurants & Food

Oaklawn Offers Raises to Fully Vaccinated Workers

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort of Hot Springs says it will give raises to employees who are fully vaccinated. read more >
Government & Politics

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise by 4,000 to 353,000

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the first time in five weeks even though the economy and job market have been recovering briskly from the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Official: Doctor at Arkansas Jail Used Ivermectin on Inmates for COVID

Inmates at a northwest Arkansas jail have been prescribed ivermectin to combat COVID-19, despite warnings from federal health officials that the antiparasitic drug should not be used to treat the coronavirus. read more >
A 3-D illustration of the coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope.
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas Runs Out of Intensive Care Beds for COVID Patients

Arkansas runs out of intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Small Business

Remote Work: More Than A Job Perk (Tab Townsell Commentary)

Whether the mom of three or a recent college graduate, flexibility remains at the top of nearly every employee’s wish list. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Legal

Parents Sue Over Bentonville School District’s Mask Mandate

Three parents are suing over a northwest Arkansas school district's decision to require face masks after a judge blocked the state's mask mandate ban, as the state reported more than 3,500 new coronavirus cases. read more >
Dr. Joe Thompson of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Government & Politics / Health Care

Most Arkansas Public School Students Under Mask Mandate

Most Arkansas public school students will be required to wear masks when classes begin next week, following moves by dozens of districts in response to a judge blocking the state's mask mandate ban. read more >
Chris Barber, president and CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro.
Education / Government & Politics

More Arkansas Hospitals Announce Vaccine Requirements

A growing number of Arkansas hospitals say they'll require all staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. read more >
Dr. Cam Patterson, UAMS chancellor, speaks Friday afternoon at the governor’s daily coronavirus update news conference.
 
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hit New High for 2nd Day

Arkansas' COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a new high for the second day in a row as a surge in coronavirus cases continued to overwhelm the state's health system. read more >
A 3-D illustration of the coronavirus COVID-19 under the microscope.
Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas Reports New Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Arkansas sets a new record for the number of people in the state hospitalized because of COVID-19 as its coronavirus surge continued. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

Judge Blocks State From Enforcing Mask Mandate Ban

An Arkansas judge has temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a law that prevents schools and other governmental agencies from requiring masks. read more >