President Biden asks to have intelligence agencies further investigate origins of COVID-19

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he has asked the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to find the likely origins of COVID-19 and provide him with a report within 90 days. Biden said that questions continue to grow about whether the coronavirus was caused by an accident in a Chinese laboratory or if it …

Gunman dead, 8 others killed in mass shooting at San Jose, CA rail yard

At least eight people were killed during a shooting at the VTA light rail yard in San Jose, California. Police spokesman Russell Davis said the gunman, an employee at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail hub. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the gunman took his own life. The suspect …

Angels’ Mickey Callaway fired and banned from MLB until at least end of 2022 season after sexual misconduct allegations

 In a statement released Wednesday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway was placed on MLB’s ineligible list through the end of the 2022 season after the league’s investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct, concluding during their investigation that Calloway “violated MLB’s policies and that placement on the ineligible …

Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson to face Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau for “The Match”

The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that Buccaneers’ QB Tom Brady will team-up with Phil Mickelson for a golf battle against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau this summer in the fourth edition of The Match. Capital One’s The Match airs at 5 p.m. EDT July 6 from the Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont. …

Golf: Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson to face Aaron Rodgers, Bryson DeChambeau for “The Match”

The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that Buccaneers’ QB Tom Brady will team-up with Phil Mickelson for a golf battle against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau this summer in the fourth edition of The Match. Capital One’s The Match airs at 5 p.m. EDT July 6 from the Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont. …

Bowman named board president for Old Independence Regional Museum

The board of directors of the Old Independence Regional Museum has announced Amelia Bowman as the president of the board, effective May 2021.  Bowman (pictured) brings a wealth of experience and a passion for positive change to the museum, the museum said in a statement. Raised in Bentonville, Bowman is a 2007 graduate of Bentonville …

Visitor finds two-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park

(MURFREESBORO, Ark.) – It’s thrilling when hard work pays off. For years, Christian Liden, 26, of Poulsbo, Wash., has wanted to find the raw materials to make his own engagement ring. He started by panning for gold around his home state. After five years, he had accumulated enough for the ring. Liden recently embarked on …

White River Now visits with retiring Southside Superintendent Roger Rich

At the beginning of June, Southside Schools Superintendent Roger Rich will officially retire from the Arkansas educational system. The last 20 of his 30 years in the field have been at Southside. Rich has served in the Southside Schools administration as assistant superintendent under Dan Foley, and of course, as superintendent himself. Rich (pictured above, …

Man sentenced for downloading explicit images involving children

A man charged with 90 counts of distributing, possession, or viewing sexually explicit images involving children was sentenced to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Izard County Deputy Sheriff Charley Melton said Gavin R. Winter, 37, of Melbourne was arrested in October of last year after it was learned he had uploaded images …

First step of I-40 bridge repair complete; span remains closed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee transportation officials say the first step toward repairing a crack in a steel beam in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas has been completed. Engineers have installed steel plates on each side of the fractured beam to secure the bridge for a permanent fix. The second step involves …