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Wolrd Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Health Care

WHO Downgrades COVID Pandemic, Says It’s No Longer Emergency

The announcement, made more than three years after WHO declared the coronavirus an international crisis, offers a coda to a pandemic that stirred fear and suspicion, hand-wringing and finger-pointing across the globe. read more >
Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food

Nonprofits Scramble for Help Amid Dearth of Volunteers

Researchers, nonprofit professionals and volunteers offer a variety of explanations for the decline, including the COVID-19 pandemic and economic woes. read more >
Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock
Health Care

Baptist Health Reports $12.9M Operating Loss

Patient revenue increased in 2022, even though patient volume hasn't quite returned to pre-pandemic levels. read more >
Deborah Hutts of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences receiving a vaccination recently to protect her from COVID-19.

UAMS Selected for National Program to Address Employee Well-Being

After the trauma and burnout caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare developed an initiative for health care leaders improve employee health, patient care. read more >
Employees at Tyson Foods facility work at stations separated by barriers.
Agriculture & Poultry / Legal / Public Companies

Arkansas Tyson Workers Sue Over Lack of COVID Protections

Several of the plaintiffs are the spouses or children of Tyson workers who died after contracting COVID. read more >
Vijay Manthripragada • President and CEO of Montrose Environmental Group
Business Services / Public Companies

Montrose Losses Widen in Q4, Full Year

The news wasn't received well by investors. Shares of the company plummeted 30% Wednesday morning. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Health Care Vaccine Mandate Remains as Some Push for an End

One year after it began being enforced nationwide on Feb. 20, 2022, the vaccination requirement affecting an estimated 10 million health care workers is the last remaining major mandate from President Joe Biden's sweeping attempt to boost national vaccination rates. read more >

The Pandemic Missing: The Kids Who Didn’t Go Back to School

An analysis by The Associated Press, Stanford University's Big Local News project and Stanford education professor Thomas Dee found an estimated 230,000 students in 21 states whose absences could not be accounted for. read more >
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Real Estate

US Population Center Trending Toward South This Decade

Experts aren't sure at this point if the dramatic pull of the South is a short-term change spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic or a long-term trend, or even what impact it will have on the reallocation of political power through redistricting after the 2030 census. read more >
Customers wait for service at a Walgreens pharmacy.
Health Care / Small Business

Drugstores Make Slow Headway on Staffing Problems

Major drugstore chains have raised pay and dangled signing bonuses to add employees. They're also emphasizing the lunch breaks and sending routine prescription work to other locations to improve conditions in their pandemic-battered pharmacies. read more >
Restaurants & Food / Retail / Tourism

Shoppers and Diners Clash With Workers Over Post-Pandemic Expectations

More than two and a half years into the pandemic in a world yearning for normalcy, many workers are fed up and don't want to go back to the way things were. read more >
Health Care

Pandemic’s Toll: UAMS Study Says 1 in 4 Lost Friend or Family Member

More than 70% of Arkansans who died from COVID-19 since February 2021 were not fully vaccinated. read more >
Business Services / Education / Health Care

Move On From COVID? Child Care Disruptions Continue

This fall and winter have upended life for working parents of little children, who thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. read more >
Business Services

Company Holiday Parties are Back, but With Some Restraint

After more than two years of working in pajama bottoms and clinking glasses over Zoom, many office workers seem to be yearning for a bit of glamour. read more >
A worker installs an airbag on the assembly line at GM's Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Banking & Finance / Business Services / Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

A Diminished US Workforce Could Lead Fed to Keep Rates High

The leading cause of the worker shortfall, according to research by the Fed, is a surge in retirements. read more >
Black Friday shoppers at a Target store in Raleigh, North Carolina
Restaurants & Food / Retail

Shoppers, Workers Clash Over Post-Pandemic Expectations

There's a disconnect between customers who want to shop and dine like they used to during pre-pandemic times and exhausted employees who no longer want to work those long hours — a push-pull that is only being heightened during the busy holiday shopping season. read more >
Health Care / Nonprofits

Foundations, Major Donors Tackle Nation’s Nursing Shortage

The flight from the profession wasn't a case of older nurses retiring. The bulk of nurses leaving were under age 35, and more are headed for the exit. read more >
Construction materials at Our House in Little Rock, which is undergoing a $16 million expansion

Construction Firms Adapt To New Era Of Planning

Construction company executives say demand for projects has remained robust, and they have learned to cope with now-predictable complications like higher materials costs and labor shortages. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

House Panel Says Lax Screening Helped Facilitate Pandemic Loan Fraud

Financial technology firms used questionable procedures and business practices that resulted in "the needless loss of taxpayer dollars." read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Legal / Small Business

Ringleaders in Massive COVID Fraud Extradited to US

Richard Ayvazyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, were extradited from the Balkan country of Montenegro, where they were living in a luxury seaside villa before their arrest in February. read more >