Bill and Melinda Gates announce their divorce after 27 years of marriage

On Monday, Bill and Melinda Gates shared a joint statement on Twitter, announcing their divorce: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works …

President Biden to order minimum wage hike to $15 for federal contract workers

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday requiring federal agencies to pay contract workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour.  The order will affect hundreds of thousands of contractors, and comes weeks after Biden and Democrats in Congress attempted to raise the national hourly minimum wage to $15 as part of the American …

Federal judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest request for bail

On Monday, a federal judge denied bail to Ghislaine Maxwell for a second time. Maxwell is the British socialite facing charges of acting as an accomplice of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York again ruled that Maxwell, 59, poses a flight risk, …

BREAKING: Arkansas requiring bars, restaurants to close by 11 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is requiring bars, restaurants, and clubs that serve alcohol to close by 11 p.m. in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who announced the move Thursday, said it was recommended by a task force he formed to address the growth in …

Arkansas official: Tornado injures 4 people, destroys homes

ROMANCE, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a tornado in northeast Arkansas left four people injured. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the severe weather Sunday was near Romance, an unincorporated community about 23 miles (37.01 kilometers) west of Searcy. No deaths were reported. White County Sheriff Phillip Miller says the four injured people were hospitalized for evaluation. …

Suspect arrested in shooting of Arkansas police officer

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a man suspected of fatally shooting an eastern Arkansas police officer has been arrested. State police spokesman Bill Sadler said Friday that Latarius Howard, 29, who was wanted for the fatal shooting of a Helena-West Helena Officer, is in custody. Sadler said he had no other …

Virus hospitalizations hit new high in state as cases rise again; Hutchinson issues new guidelines for churches

The Associated Press reports Arkansas’ COVID-19 hospitalizations have again hit a new high. The Department of Health on Tuesday reported 24 more people were hospitalized because of COVID-19, bringing the state’s virus hospitalizations to a new high of 810. After a surge of 75 new cases on Monday, Independence County recorded a slightly lower number …

Arkansas governor proposes $50M in tax cuts in new budget

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing $50 million in tax cuts in a nearly $5.9 billion budget plan for the coming fiscal year. Hutchinson on Tuesday detailed his budget proposal to lawmakers ahead of the legislative session that’s set to begin in January. The Republican governor discussed his proposal in …

Marshall police chief resigns after threatening Democrats

MARSHALL, Ark. (AP) — The police chief of a small Arkansas community has resigned after posting online threats of violence targeting Democrats. Marshall Mayor Kevin Elliott said in a statement Saturday that Police Chief Lang Holland had resigned effective immediately. Elliott said the city “strongly condemns” Holland’s posts and doesn’t “in any way support or …

Arkansas State University to shift to mostly online classes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University is shifting to mostly online instruction after new coronavirus cases hit record levels in the state. ASU’s chancellor on Friday announced that the Jonesboro school will make the shift after Thanksgiving. Arkansas on Thursday posted a new record one-day increase in coronavirus cases. ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse …