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Official: Repairs to interstate bridge could take months

May. 12, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on a section of the Mississippi River, a transportation official said...

9,000 employees sick as COVID overwhelms Arkansas workplaces

May. 12, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Poultry giant Tyson Foods Inc., the third-largest employer in Arkansas, reported 2,866 COVID-19 cases at its workplaces, nearly one-third of the state’s 9,065 sickened workers across all industries from May 19, 2020, to April 8, 2021, according to an...

Arkansas hires Keith Smart as assistant men's hoops coach

May. 12, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas hired former NBA coach and Indiana University basketball star Keith Smart as an assistant coach on Wednesday. Smart is best known for hitting the game-winning shot for Indiana in the 1987 national championship game against Syracuse. He...

I-40 span over Mississippi River shut after crack found

May. 11, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee was shut down Tuesday afternoon after authorities said they found a crack in the span. The Arkansas Department of Transportation tweeted that it found the crack during a routine...

Arkansas governor forms panel on state's share of virus aid

May. 11, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday formed a panel to come up with ways to spend the $1.5 billion the state is receiving from the latest federal coronavirus relief package. The Republican governor formed a 15-member steering committee for...

Tyson raising pay to keep up as US chicken demand soars

May. 10, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

Tyson Foods says it’s raising wages to combat absenteeism and worker turnover at its plants as U.S. demand for chicken soars. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company, which processes 20% of U.S. beef, chicken and pork, said Monday that absentee rates are around 50%...

Arkansas police officer still in ICU after shooting

May. 10, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas police officer who was shot while responding to a disturbance call last week remains in intensive care but is now awake and communicating with family members, authorities said. Officer Tyler Franks was shot May 4 while...

Police: Man shot after dragging Arkansas officer with car

May. 09, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a man was hospitalized after he was shot by an Arkansas police officer following a confrontation in which he is accused of dragging the officer with his car. Little Rock police were trying to determine during a “driving without...

Vaccination rate among Arkansas prison staff worries experts

May. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Sluggish COVID-19 vaccination rates for Arkansas prison workers are raising concerns about the prison system’s ability to ward off disease during the pandemic’s next phase and against more-contagious variants, according to public health and incarceration...

Little Rock man's body found along Interstate 40 near Morgan

May. 08, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The body of a Little Rock man was found along Interstate 40 near the unincorporated community of Morgan, Arkansas State Police said Saturday. The body of Phillip Robinson, 44, was found about 10:30 a.m. along westbound lanes of the interstate...