Arkansas judge orders state to resume extra jobless aid

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge has ordered Arkansas to resume its participation in supplemental federal unemployment assistance that the state cut off to thousands of workers. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herbert Wright on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction ordering the state to seek federal approval to rejoin the program. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson …

Cedar Ridge’s Austin Reaves signs free agent deal with LA Lakers

A former Cedar Ridge High School basketball star has signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team. After leading Cedar Ridge to the Class 3A basketball championship in his senior year, Austin Reaves went on to star in college at Wichita State, before transferring to the University of Oklahoma in …

Hutchinson seeks to lift ban on school mask mandates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ Republican governor is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol to lift the state’s ban on mask requirements in public schools. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said he’ll call the majority-Republican Legislature into session likely next week to amend a state law that prohibits state and local government entities from …

Howard House Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Child Advocacy Center

The fifth annual Howard L. House Memorial Golf Tournament, presented by First Community Bank, will be held Aug. 7 and 8 in Batesville at the Course at Eagle Mountain with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center of Independence County. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Independence County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was established in …

Indoor mask mandate to return to Disneyworld and Disneyland effective today

Effective today, all guests two years and older at Disney theme parks in the U.S. will once again be required to wear face masks while indoors, a precaution against the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus. In an announcement on Disney’s website, the new policy begins Friday, July 30th at Disney …

Wizards’ Russell Westbrook heading to the LA Lakers in blockbuster deal

The LA Lakers and Washington Wizards have agreed on a trade for Russell Westbrook, which would bring him back home to LA. ESPN reports that the Lakers had agreed to send guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, forward Kyle Kuzma, center Montrezl Harrell and the No. 21 pick in this year’s first round to the Washington Wizards for …

President Biden announces vaccination requirements for federal workers

President Biden announced that every federal government employee and onsite contractor will be asked to “attest to their vaccination status,” and will require anyone not fully vaccinated to wear a mask at work regardless of where they live, social distance and get tested once or twice a week. Employees can also face restrictions on official …

Chicago Cubs to trade Anthony Rizzo to NY Yankees for two prospects

The Chicago Cubs will trade Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees, acquiring outfielder Kevin Alcantara and right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino in the deal. Chicago will also pick up the remainder of Rizzo’s contract, after the Cubs exercised their club option in Rizzo’s contract worth $16.5 million for 2021. Rizzo wad acquired by Chicago in …

Authorities: Man taken into custody after kilo of meth found

Authorities say a 22-year-old man was arrested on July 21 after he was stopped in a truck he had been driving that contained about two pounds of methamphetamine. According to the arrest affidavit, Batesville Police along with a special agent from the Arkansas State Police received information that alleged a suspect would be delivering a …

State virus cases, hospitalizations continue to climb; mask mandates revisited

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are continuing to climb. The state department of health on Wednesday reported 1,703 new coronavirus cases. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state increased by 39 to 1,064. The state’s cases and hospitalizations have skyrocketed in recent weeks because of the Delta variant …