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Governor Asa Hutchinson announces plans to grant executive clemency

LITTLE STONE – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced plans to grant 16 pardons and a commutation. 93 other leniency applications were rejected. These include requests from detainees and non-detainees.

The pardoned applicants have served all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probation conditions, and paid all fines associated with their sentence. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public comment on the notices before a final decision is made.

Governor Hutchinson intends to pardon the following individuals:

david arnold (Lithia Springs, GA): Robbery by Deception (B Felony) (CR 89-147B) and Robbery by Deception (B Felony) (CR 89-367).

This notice is issued on the basis of the dates of conviction (1989 – Sebastian County), that all of the petitioner’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other violations of criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Dennis W. Bates (Dover): Burglary and Property Theft (Felony) (CR-76-81), Burglary and Property Theft (B Felony) (CR-79-62), Robbery by Receipt (D Felony) (CR-79-123 ), criminal in possession of a firearm (D Felony) (CR-88-86), and methamphetamine delivery (Y Felony) (CR-93-300) and methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver (Y Felony) (CR-93 -292).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1977 – Johnson County, 1979 – Johnson County, 1979 – Pope County, 1989 – Pope County and 1994 – Pope County), the fact that all sentences in the plaintiff were purged and there were no other criminal law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Jeffrey D. Bone (Jacksonville): minor in possession of alcohol (misdemeanor) (CR-85-2138), trespassing (misdemeanor) (CR-94-120094), theft by reception (misdemeanor) (CR-94-6577), possession of a Substance (Crime C) and Drug Paraphernalia (Crime C) (CR-95-409A), Possession of Marijuana (Misc A) (SC-96-183) and Aggravated Assault on a Family Member (Crime) (CR-09-5704 / Circuit CR09-3716).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1985 – Pulaski County, 1995 – Pulaski County, 1996 – Pulaski County and 2009 – Pulaski County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served, and that ‘there were no other violations of the criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Charles D. Brumley (Wheatley): possession of an instrumentality of crime (misdemeanor) (CR2000-49467), possession of a controlled substance (C Felony) (CR2001-910), possession of a controlled substance (revocation) (C Felony) (CR2001-910), and possession of drug paraphernalia (Crime C) (CR2002-159).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2000 – Cross County, 2001 – Crittenden County, 2003 – Crittenden County, 2003 – Cross County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served, and that they have no there were no other criminal offenses under the criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

James A. Ecker (Conway): theft by deception over $500 (C Felony) (CR-99-397), theft of property over $500 (C Felony) (CR-99-397) (revocation of probation), theft of property over $500 (C Felony) (CR-99-397) (Revocation of parole), theft by deception (C Felony) (CR-2002-1), false 2nd degree (C Felony) ( CR-2002-60), False 2nd Degree (C Felony) (CR-2002-90), and False Second Degree (C Felony) (CR-2003-47).

This notice is issued based on the date of the convictions (2000 – Garland County, 2002 – Garland County, 2002 – Scott County, 2003 – Washington County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served, and that there were no other breaches of criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Jason D. Garner (Blytheville): possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine (C Felony) (CR-2003-145) and theft (C Felony) (CR-2004-287).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (2003 – Mississippi County and 2005 – Mississippi County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there have been no further violations of criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Steven Gatis (West Memphis): Disorderly conduct (Ct. C) (C-2005-8452).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (2006 – Crittenden County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other violations of criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

rock halter (From Queen): Controlled Substance Delivery (Y Felony) (CR-96-48), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-96-52), and Possession with Intent to Deliver (C Felony) (CR-96)-53).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1997 – Sevier County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other violations of criminal law. . There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Russell L. Plumley (Bentonville): break and enter (D Felony) (CR-98-1350), robbery by receipt (B Felony) (CR-98-1519), possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver (Y Felony) (CR-98- 1303), Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver (Y Felony) (CR-99-1638).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (2000 – Washington County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other violations of criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Shirley J. Thomas-Scott (Little Rock): theft of property (misdemeanor) (CR-83-5367), theft of property (misdemeanor) (CR-88-2375), robbery reduced to theft of property (misdemeanor) (CR-88-8163 ) Theft by receiving (misdemeanor) (CR-88-1-07436), resisting arrest (misdemeanor) (CR-93003332), theft of property (misdemeanor) (CR-93003333), absconding (misdemeanor) (CR-93003334 ), Residential Burglary (B Felony), Property Theft (C Felony) (CR-93-2465), Residential Burglary (B Felony), Property Theft (C Felony) (CR-93-2465).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1983 – Pulaski County, 1988 – Pulaski County, 1988 – Garland County, 1993 – Pulaski County, 1995 – Pulaski County), the fact that all sentences of the plaintiff have been purged and there have been no other violations of the criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Victor Stephens (Grand Junction, CO): False (C Felony) False 3 counts (C Felony) (CR99-205).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (1999 – Craighead County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served, and that there have been no other criminal offenses under criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Robert Waters (North Little Rock): Possession of drug paraphernalia (C Felony) (CR-01-364).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (2002 – Lonoke County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other violations of criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Daniel Williams (Mulberry): Theft by deception (C Felony) (CR-2005-18-C).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (2005 – Crawford County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other violations of criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

LaToya Williams (Dumas): Second Degree Battery (D Felony) (CR-2002-80-4).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (2002 – Desha County), that all of the petitioner’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other violations of criminal law . There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Jeffrey S. Winn (Mc Rae): Break and Enter (D Felony), Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-92-193).

This notice is issued on the basis of the date of conviction (1993 – Lonoke County), that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there have been no other criminal offenses under the criminal law. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Myia Woods (Little Rock): Forgery 2nd degree (C Felony), Theft by receipt (C Felony) (CR-2002-1927), Fraudulent use of a credit card (C Felony) (CR-2002-1928), Burglary (Residential) (B Felony) (CR-2002-3043), Harassment (Misdemeanor) (CR-04-16390), Theft of Property (C Felony) (CR-2006-3158).

This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2003 – Pulaski County, 2005 – Pulaski County and 2007 – Pulaski County), the fact that all of the applicant’s sentences have been served and that there are no has been no other criminal law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.

Governor Hutchinson intends to grant a commutation of sentence to the following individuals:

Brian K. Heard (ADC # 084842): Controlled Substance by Delivery (Crack Cocaine) (Y Felony) and Controlled Substance by Delivery (Meth) (Felony Y) and Controlled Substance by Delivery (Ecstacy) (C Felony) (2007-30), and Substance controlled by delivery (Crystal Meth) (Y Felony) (2008-15).

The governor has announced his intention to commute the sentence of Brian K. Heard, who was convicted in Calhoun County in 2009 for the above offenses, from a total of 1,200 months to serve in the Department of Correction for make him immediately eligible for parole. . The prosecutor raised objections to the plaintiff’s request.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov)

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Governor Hutchinson Condemns Russia’s Attack on Ukraine; Calls for 3 Days of Prayer, Review of Arkansas Business Ties: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson https://visitmyarkansas.com/governor-hutchinson-condemns-russias-attack-on-ukraine-calls-for-3-days-of-prayer-review-of-arkansas-business-ties-arkansas-governor-asa-hutchinson/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 03:20:28 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/governor-hutchinson-condemns-russias-attack-on-ukraine-calls-for-3-days-of-prayer-review-of-arkansas-business-ties-arkansas-governor-asa-hutchinson/ For immediate release 28.02.2022 Governor Hutchinson Condemns Russia’s Attack on Ukraine; Calls for 3 Days of Prayer, Arkansas Trade Links Review LITTLE STONE – Governor Asa Hutchinson declared his unequivocal condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine today with a directive to determine whether Arkansas has business contracts with Russia and a call for “special days […]]]>
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Governor Hutchinson Condemns Russia’s Attack on Ukraine; Calls for 3 Days of Prayer, Arkansas Trade Links Review

LITTLE STONE – Governor Asa Hutchinson declared his unequivocal condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine today with a directive to determine whether Arkansas has business contracts with Russia and a call for “special days of prayer for Ukraine”.

In a letter to his 15 cabinet secretaries, Governor Hutchinson called for a review of all state departments to see if “contracts or agreements between Arkansas, the Russian Federation or other Russian entities exist”.

He condemned Russian attacks “against civilians and civilian infrastructure, as well as plans to assassinate Ukrainian leaders”.

“These actions are not only illegal but completely unacceptable,” the governor wrote. “While Arkansas’ economic ties to Russia are limited, I want to make sure that as a state, we don’t indirectly support Russian aggression through its economy. I am transparent and unequivocal in my condemnation of these actions.

The Governor praised the courage of Ukrainians and called for continued “economic and political pressure” from the international community.

“The Ukrainian people are proving to the world that they are ready to do whatever is necessary to defend their country, their families and their freedoms against Russian aggression. We must do everything we can to ensure that (Vladimir) Putin and his aides pay for their actions.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission reports that there are no Russian- or Ukrainian-owned businesses in Arkansas. In 2021, Arkansas’ imports from Russia totaled $8.1 million and exports totaled $64 million. In 2021, Arkansas’ imports from Ukraine totaled $2 million and exports totaled $455,361.

Governor Hutchinson has declared March 1 through March 3 “Special Days of Prayer for Ukraine in Arkansas,” which will include a dedicated prayer for Ukrainian citizens at the Arkansas Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast on Thursday. 3rd of March.

The proclamation is available HERE.

The letter to cabinet secretaries can be found HERE.

CONTACT: Press Shop (press@governor.arkansas.gov)

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Report: Arkansas Tourism Surpasses Many States During Pandemic https://visitmyarkansas.com/report-arkansas-tourism-surpasses-many-states-during-pandemic/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 22:18:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/report-arkansas-tourism-surpasses-many-states-during-pandemic/ Data released Monday by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism indicates that Arkansas’ tourism industry performed well in 2020 despite the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. State tax collections were $363.7 million, with local taxes at $138.8 million, according to the 2020 Arkansas Tourism Economic Impact Report released at the 48th Arkansas […]]]>


Data released Monday by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism indicates that Arkansas’ tourism industry performed well in 2020 despite the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. State tax collections were $363.7 million, with local taxes at $138.8 million, according to the 2020 Arkansas Tourism Economic Impact Report released at the 48th Arkansas Governor’s Fayetteville Tourism Conference. The numbers represent a decrease of 21.8% and 16.95, respectively, from 2019 figures.

“I am pleased with the results of our 2020 Economic Impact Report,” said Stacy Hurst, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “While the declines in visits and tax collection in this year’s report are not ones we want to repeat, the good news is that we have outperformed many of our competitor markets. The data reflects the hard work and commitment of our industry to successfully meet unprecedented challenges. I salute Governor Asa Hutchinson’s work in ensuring the state does not shut down completely, and his response has been critical in keeping our industry open for business.

Arkansas visitor centers assisted just over 627,000 visitors in 2020. The state recorded $6 billion in overall visitor spending, down 25.3% from 2019.

At the onset of the pandemic, Arkansas Tourism quickly halted its out-of-state marketing efforts. As recommendations and travel advice slackened in late summer and fall 2020, Arkansas Tourism resumed marketing out of state, using funds set aside for the spring.

“Arkansas fared better than many of our competing states,” said Travis Napper, director of Arkansas Tourism. “The Natural State has long been known for its beauty and outdoor attractions, and our reputation has served as a safety net during a difficult time for more urban destinations. As the world continues to emerge from the pandemic, we already know that 2021 data will show a banner year for visits to Arkansas. More than ever, people are looking for safe outdoor activities and they have clearly realized that Arkansas is the place to go.

About Arkansas Tourism
Arkansas Tourism, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, works to expand the economic impact of travel and tourism in the state and improve the quality of life for all Arkansas. The division operates 14 reception centers in Arkansas and employs more than 60 people across The Natural State. For more information, visit www.arkansas.com.

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Shea Lewis keeps communities and state parks on the same side | Arkansas Business News https://visitmyarkansas.com/shea-lewis-keeps-communities-and-state-parks-on-the-same-side-arkansas-business-news/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/shea-lewis-keeps-communities-and-state-parks-on-the-same-side-arkansas-business-news/ We were unable to send the item. Shea Lewis had been named Arkansas State Parks manager on January 3. Deputy director since 2017, he now oversees a $158 million budget and attractions across the state. A veteran of the Arkansas Division of State Parks in the State Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Lewis began […]]]>

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Shea Lewis had been named Arkansas State Parks manager on January 3. Deputy director since 2017, he now oversees a $158 million budget and attractions across the state. A veteran of the Arkansas Division of State Parks in the State Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Lewis began his career as an interpreter at Millwood State Park and Village Creek State Park.

Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in Educational/Instructional Resources and Media Design from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. .

Lewis succeeds Grady Spann, who had served as manager since 2016 and retired Dec. 31 after 28 years with Arkansas State Parks.

What is your mission and what is under your supervision?

It’s a big job and a huge responsibility – 52 parks in 48 counties and over 54,000 acres with four lodges, 204 cabins and 1,700 campsites. It’s just scratching the surface; Arkansas State Parks Division has many facets.

Speaking of facets, did I mention the public diamond mine we operate?

Depending on the time of year and if you include seasonal staff, we can exceed 1,000 employees. Arkansas State Parks exist to enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor experiences, connections to Arkansas heritage, and sound resource stewardship.

How has the pandemic affected visitor numbers at state parks?

Coming out of 2021, during which we experienced record attendance (9.4 million visitors), we do not see this trend changing. Arkansas state parks have been essential recreation spots during the pandemic. A whole new audience discovered our parks. We hope their experiences will bring them back.

Does the parks division have staffing issues?

Yes, just like others in the hospitality and service industry, we are facing staff shortages. But I’m extremely proud of our hard-working staff. They have helped us overcome these shortages without sacrificing service to our visitors.

What’s new in terms of programming and equipment?

The two largest projects currently underway are efforts and improvements at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Delta Heritage Trail State Park. We are about to begin construction on a new visitor center at Pinnacle Mountain and are working toward the completion of the rail-trail project in eastern Arkansas that will make up the Delta Heritage Trail.

What is the biggest growth opportunity for parks?

Right now, even though both are on the rise, [it is] group business in our lodges and conference centers as well as in our restaurants. While we have seen an increase in visits and record revenues in camping, cabin rentals and other areas during the pandemic, we have seen declines in lodges and restaurants. With recent group bookings, we are optimistic that this service will return.

How does the Parks Division work with state tourism businesses, and what is an example of a successful relationship?

In my interview with [Gov. Asa] Hutchinson, he collectively described Arkansas’ state parks as one of the state’s greatest economic engines. I would agree.

Our parks connect people to resources and communities. We would not be successful without community, dealer and contract partners. The Ozark Folk Center is staffed by craftsmen and contracted musicians who support the park’s mission. We have concessions at Pinnacle Mountain, Lake Catherine, DeGray Lake Resort and Queen Wilhelmina State Parks.

Which of the parks in Arkansas do you think is the most overlooked or perhaps a hidden gem that few know about?

How about spending a night in jail? Our newly renovated Historic Jail Bed & Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park offers modern amenities in a unique setting, for an unforgettable experience.

What was your biggest leadership lesson and what did you learn from it?

You can’t do it all yourself. I am so lucky to have the support and guidance of Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary [Stacy] Hurst [chief of the state Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism]. You must trust others to be successful. I am proud to work with a group of professionals in our central office in Little Rock as well as an incredible group of customer and resource conscious employees in the parks.

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Cases, vaccination rates, latest health guidelines https://visitmyarkansas.com/cases-vaccination-rates-latest-health-guidelines/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/cases-vaccination-rates-latest-health-guidelines/ Arkansas Vaccination: Follow-Up Rates, Restrictions, and Latest Guidelines Updated: 10:34 a.m. CST Jan 12, 2022 Hide transcript View Transcript IT WAS PLAYING BUT YOU WILL SEE IN OUR CASE REPORT THAT OUR NEW. ARE 882 AND TSEHE IT IS DOWN FROM A WEEK TO AGAIN, SO OUR CONTINUING TREND LINE IS DOWN ABOUT 3 ACTIVE […]]]>

Arkansas Vaccination: Follow-Up Rates, Restrictions, and Latest Guidelines



IT WAS PLAYING BUT YOU WILL SEE IN OUR CASE REPORT THAT OUR NEW. ARE 882 AND TSEHE IT IS DOWN FROM A WEEK TO AGAIN, SO OUR CONTINUING TREND LINE IS DOWN ABOUT 3 ACTIVE CASES ARE DOWN. I AM VERY SAD EVERY TIME WE LOSE OUR KANSANS BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THIS NUMBER HAS BEEN DOWN SINCE IT HAS BEEN AS WELL FOLLOWING YOU WILL SEE THE DOSES THAT WERE GIVEN OF OUR VACCINE WHICH IS 10,000 GIVEN DOSES. AND FULLY VACCINATED IMMUNE SYSTEM INCREASED BY 3,100 IF YOU BREAK DOWN THE 10,000 DOSES, GIVE ABOUT 50% OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BOOSTER DOSE OVER THE LAST WEEKS, THE TREND CONTINUES TO STAY THE SAME ABOUT 28% OF THOSE EARLY DOSES YOU KNOW 2,500 UP TO 3,000 IS ABOUT WHAT WE RUN. FIRST DOSES I WOULD OBVIOUSLY WANT IT TO INCREASE BUT WE GOT THERE GRADUALLY. WE JUST ARE NOT COMPLETELY THERE YET IN TERMS OF WHERE WE NEED TO BE SO YOU WILL SEE HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN 40 VENTILATORS DOWN 15 GOOD NEWS CONTINUED AND THEN THE TREND LINE. I JTUS I LOVE TO SHOW THIS SO YOU CAN SEE THE COMPARISON OF WHERE WE ARE, RIGHT? NOW IN OUR CASE VERSES WHERE WE HAVE BEEN FROM MARCH TO ABOUT JUNE WHEN WE STARTED RISING AND SO WE ARE STILL NOT AT THAT LEVEL YET NEXT YOU WILL SEE WHAT I ALWAYS LIKE TO SHOW AS A REMINDER THAT WHEN WE SEE DEATH IN OUR ARKANSAS HOSPITALS AND WE REPORT THEM DAILY ON THE RIGHT SIDE. YOU WILL SEE ONLY 11% OF DEATHS. ARE THOSE WHO ARE VACCINATED 89.9 OR 90% OF THE DEATHS WE SEE ARE BECAUSE OUR THOSE WHO ARE NOT VACCINATED AND THE SAME IS PERCENTAGE TRUE FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AND OUR CASES VACCINATION IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO NOT BE INFECTED TO STAY OUTSIDE THE HOSPITALND TO REDUCE THE RISK OF DEATH. WITH THIS WE SEE THIS IS FULLY AND PARTIALLY VACCINATED, YOU COMBINE THESE TWO NUMBERS AND YOU GET OVER 64% OF OUR KANSANS ELIGIBLE ARKANSANS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED. AND THEN WE SEE THE POSITIVITY RATE CONTINUES TO DROP TOO MUCH. OUR POSITIVITY RATE IS 7.9% COMBINED PCR AND ANTIGEN. I LOVE THAT I’M BELOW 10% BUT WE HOPE

Arkansas Vaccination: Follow-Up Rates, Restrictions, and Latest Guidelines

Find out which school districts have reported infections among students and staff | Examine a map of infection rates in different parts of the state | Which schools require masks? | Explore Arkansas State’s COVID-19 Dashboard | Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine? | Get the Facts About Vax: Your Vaccine Questions Answered | Find out how COVID-19 is impacting Arkansas nursing homes | Scroll down for more data and informationCOVID-19 Vaccine Data: COVID-19 Headlines: Families in Arkansas who are at risk and all seniors should shelter in place and students of all schools should wear masks, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement urged in press release According to ACHI, community infection rates are more widespread in Arkansas than they have been since the start of the pandemic. A total of 20 members of the Arkansas National Guard are in northwest Arkansas and the River Valley to assist with COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 Restrictions in ArkansasAre there any COVID-19 restrictions in Arkansas?Gov. Asa Hutchinson ended state health mandates over COVID-19 earlier this year. They have been transformed into voluntary guidelines. Are face coverings or masks required in Arkansas? Not by the state government. The state’s mask mandate expired at the end of March. What about private companies? Businesses and workplaces can legally require vaccinations and/or masks for customers and workers. However, they must allow employees to refuse to be vaccinated under certain circumstances. What about at school? School districts are currently able to set their own mask policies. There are now legal challenges to this in the court system.

Find out which school districts have reported infections among students and staff | Examine a map of infection rates in different parts of the state | Which schools require masks? | Explore Arkansas State’s COVID-19 Dashboard | Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine? | Get the Facts About Vax: Your Vaccine Questions Answered | Find out how COVID-19 is impacting Arkansas nursing homes | Scroll down for more data and information

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Arkansas COVID-19 Restrictions

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Arkansas?

Governor Asa Hutchinson ended state health mandates over COVID-19 earlier this year. They have been transformed into voluntary guidelines.

Are face coverings or masks required in Arkansas?

Not by the state government. The state’s mask mandate expired at the end of March.

What about private companies?

Businesses and workplaces can legally require vaccinations and/or masks for customers and workers. However, they must allow employees to refuse to be vaccinated under certain circumstances.

And at school ?

School districts are currently able to set their own mask policies. There are now legal challenges to this in the court system.

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US Steel to expand plant in Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/us-steel-to-expand-plant-in-arkansas/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/us-steel-to-expand-plant-in-arkansas/ It is official that United States Steel will expand its operations in Mississippi County, a $3 billion investment that is expected to create hundreds of jobs. The Legislature paved the way for this with tax credit legislation worth $150 million for the company, in addition to other incentives available in Arkansas law for the creation […]]]>

It is official that United States Steel will expand its operations in Mississippi County, a $3 billion investment that is expected to create hundreds of jobs.

The Legislature paved the way for this with tax credit legislation worth $150 million for the company, in addition to other incentives available in Arkansas law for the creation of jobs. Alabama would have been in the running for it, and lawmakers said the company’s document was key to landing the facility, which complements its existing Big River Steel facility. It will manufacture steel products from scrap metal.

United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) (“US Steel”) today announced that its highly sustainable and technologically advanced next-generation steel mill will be located in Osceola, Arkansas, near Big River Steel’s state-of-the-art mill. of US Steel. The facility is designed to bring together the most advanced technology to create the steel mill of the future that offers cost effective solutions to customers.

The new plant is designed to extend US Steel’s customer benefits as the company charts a bold course toward a more sustainable future. The new optimized steelmaking facility is expected to include two electric arc furnaces (EAF) with 3 million tons per year of advanced steelmaking capacity, a state-of-the-art endless casting and rolling line and advanced finishing capabilities. This first use of endless casting and rolling technology in the United States brings significant improvements in energy, efficiency and capacity to the company’s operations.

Once completed, this project will apply to become LEED® approved. Site selection is subject to a number of factors, including final agreements with major partners. Permitting for the project is pending and the company expects to commence in the first quarter of 2022, with project completion and full operation expected in 2024.

“With this location chosen and the shovels ready, we are reshaping the future of steelmaking,” said US Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt. “We had many competitive site options, but Osceola offers our customers unmatched benefits.”

When complete, the sophisticated new steel mill, together with Big River Steel, will form a 6.3 million ton mega-mill capable of supplying many of North America’s most advanced and durable steels. New non-grain-oriented electrical steel and galvalume/galvanizing lines currently under construction at Big River Steel will further strengthen US Steel’s ability to meet customers’ pressing supply chain needs to meet their own manufacturing expansion. national. The location offers abundant, increasingly renewable and clean energy from Entergy, superior Class 1 rail service from BNSF with connections to other railroads, Mississippi River docks, and inter-city road access. States.

Burritt continued, “The State of Arkansas, Mississippi County, City of Osceola, Entergy, BNSF and other parties have all worked to make this the clear choice of a path forward without roadblocks. We are not going to make our stakeholders wait to see progress. We intend to start this quarter and get to work as soon as the permits are in hand. With its extremely low-cost structure, energy-efficient production equipment and advanced capabilities, this $3 billion project will bring significant benefits to our customers, shareholders, communities, employees and contribute to a more sustainable world.

“Our country and our customers need a strong and resilient supply chain to meet consumer needs, and that starts with US Steel’s advanced and sustainable steels. Steel is essential to much of what the world builds, so how we make our products directly contributes to a better, more sustainable world for everyone. This new facility will build that future. Stay tuned. As we add this to our world-class Big River Steel plant, you are going to see great things as we advance the best for all.SM the future of steel.

“Arkansas has created an ideal business environment for the growth of the steel industry in our state,” said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. “The investment and well-paying jobs that will result from this announcement will make a real difference in the lives of many families in Northeast Arkansas. I am grateful for the support of the Legislature that has been essential in winning this expansion. Today, US Steel is an important part of our future and we look forward to continued success in the years to come.

“Mississippi County has become a national leader in steel production, and U.S. Steel’s decision to create ‘the steel mill of the future’ in this community continues to underscore why,” said the US Commerce Secretary. Arkansas, Mike Preston. “Not only does Arkansas have a skilled workforce, a reliable power grid, and easy access to river, rail, and highways, but it also has a governor, a general assembly, and many partners and community stakeholders who recognize the importance of expanding economic opportunities for the Arkansans and who will go the extra mile to compete for those opportunities.US Steel is a highly valued member of the business community in the state, and we are excited to continue our partnership with them as they establish the most advanced steel plant in North America, right here in Arkansas.

There has been little reporting in Alabama about the competition for the plant since October.

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ACLU sues Arkansas state over redistricting maps https://visitmyarkansas.com/aclu-sues-arkansas-state-over-redistricting-maps/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/aclu-sues-arkansas-state-over-redistricting-maps/ The ACLU is suing the state of Arkansas over the new redistricting map, saying it suppresses the voice of minority voters in the state. ARKANSAS, United States – A day before the new redistricting maps take effect, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas, the NAACP of the State of Arkansas and the Public […]]]>

The ACLU is suing the state of Arkansas over the new redistricting map, saying it suppresses the voice of minority voters in the state.

ARKANSAS, United States – A day before the new redistricting maps take effect, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas, the NAACP of the State of Arkansas and the Public Policy Panel have announced that they were suing the state.

The organizations filed a lawsuit in a US District Court in Arkansas.

Attorney General Rutledge, Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston are listed on this lawsuit because they are on the Arkansas Allocation Council, which is in the process of redistricting the House and Senate maps.

“The state Legislative House cards severely underrepresent black voters,” said Holly Dickson, executive director of the ACLU.

The Allocation Council must redraw the maps of the House and Senate every 10 years according to state law.

However, Dickson says the state could have done more to ensure black voters in Arkansas are represented fairly and equitably.

“There the map had 11 Black House majority districts out of 100,” Dickson said. “We noted that they could and should draw 16 majority districts.”

Dickson says this is impacting black voters in central, northeast and southeast Arkansas. She says that in northwest Arkansas, it’s also a problem for Hispanic voters, because they didn’t use the correct population count for redistricting.

“They used a total population count, and federal law that applies to the state of Arkansas says they should have used citizens of voting age,” Dickson said.

She says the Arkansas Allocation Council has not created a new majority-minority district in northwest Arkansas.

Attorney General Rutledge’s office responded to the lawsuit by sending 5NEWS this short statement reading, “The Attorney General will review the lawsuit and respond as appropriate.”

Meanwhile, the ACLU calls the cards a violation of the “Voting Rights Act” of 1995.

“It deprives the Black Arkansans of the opportunity to elect their representative of choice,” Dickson said.

She says the 2010 map was already problematic, but this new map further weakens minority votes.

“We dispute the legality of this map and ask the court to require the State of Arkansas to require maps,” Dickson said.

The ACLU says it plans to file an appeal with a temporary injunction as soon as possible.

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Health experts worry about Arkansas children as new COVID-19 cases hit record highs https://visitmyarkansas.com/health-experts-worry-about-arkansas-children-as-new-covid-19-cases-hit-record-highs/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/health-experts-worry-about-arkansas-children-as-new-covid-19-cases-hit-record-highs/ FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas is now seeing a record number of new Covid-19 cases as children are increasingly affected by the virus. Former CDC director says schools should stay open despite rising COVID-19 cases According to Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero, Arkansas is below the state’s national average for immunized children ages 5 to […]]]>

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas is now seeing a record number of new Covid-19 cases as children are increasingly affected by the virus.

According to Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero, Arkansas is below the state’s national average for immunized children ages 5 to 11, and more and more children are presenting to emergency rooms with Covid-like illnesses.

“Today, unfortunately, we have the highest daily increase in cases since the start of the pandemic,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during his press conference on Thursday.

Dr. Romero referenced a report that shows how many children are going to the emergency room each week with Covid-like illnesses. The most recent report showed around 220 emergency room visits for children aged 0-4 in one week, followed by around 100 visits for children aged 5-17.

“I want to show that we’re starting to see an increase in the number of children being seen in the emergency room,” Dr. Romero said.

The community clinic’s chief medical officer, Dr. Gary Berner, sees firsthand the consequences for the children.

“It’s honestly a bit heartbreaking to see that push again,” he said.

Dr. Berner said he is extremely concerned about what Omicron will look like in our pediatric population.

“There could be more meetings this weekend and then the potential return to school, so it will be extremely vital that we continue to promote the discussion with your primary care physician about vaccination,” said Dr. Fool.

Now the children are about to return to class in a few days after the winter break. Governor Asa Hutchinson said it would also be up to schools to decide how to protect students.

“Schools should think about what needs to be done for the health of students, the Department of Health stands ready to help,” the governor said.

Earlier this year, Rogers and Fayetteville school districts decided to base their mask mandates on maps from Arkansas Health Improvement Centers that show the number of infections in each district in the state. . At present, the two districts have reached the threshold that they originally decided would like need masks again. A Fayetteville School District spokesperson said the board would meet on Monday to discuss the matter. KNWA/FOX24 has yet to hear from Rogers.

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Arkansas governor cites progress one year after vaccines made available https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-governor-cites-progress-one-year-after-vaccines-made-available/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-governor-cites-progress-one-year-after-vaccines-made-available/ Sixty-four percent of Arkansans ages 5 and older have been at least partially vaccinated, according to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. This includes the 52% who have been fully vaccinated. Hutchinson made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday marked a year since Arkansas first had access to the vaccine, Hutchinson said. On […]]]>

Sixty-four percent of Arkansans ages 5 and older have been at least partially vaccinated, according to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. This includes the 52% who have been fully vaccinated. Hutchinson made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday marked a year since Arkansas first had access to the vaccine, Hutchinson said. On December 14, 2020, Arkansas had 1,050 people in the hospital with COVID-19. On this same date in 2021, there were 518. Active cases are also down by 13,368 on December 14, 2021 compared to this day in 2020. “It’s manageable now and if we can reduce our cases, that can continue to be manageable,” says Hutchinson. “The key is now, do your recall. It’s the best protection against a serious consequence of the coronavirus.” Omicron to government authorities. “It is spreading faster than the delta variant in South Africa where the delta circulation was low, but also appears to be spreading faster than the delta variant in other countries with high delta incidence, such as the UK. United,” the World Health Organization said during a technical briefing last week. The severity of the new variant is unclear, although most cases diagnosed so far have been mild. That might be reassuring, but if omicron spreads more easily than delta and previous variants, evades the protection afforded by vaccines and previous infection, and ends up infecting more people, it could mean more people end up in the hospital and more die. A new study published Monday by researchers at the University of Oxford adds to the evidence that two of the main vaccines deployed against COVID-19 – the AstraZeneca vaccine widely used in Britain and around the world but not in the United States, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine widely used in the US, Europe and elsewhere – will not protect people against the omicron variant as well. trends could potentially reflect a new third wave emerging in Arkansas,” the report said. “Unlike 2020, this wave, if it occurs, is expected to peak early in the first few months of the new year, most likely February or early March.” The report does not include the potential impact of the omicron variant. “However, we do know that the delta variant, the dominant variant in Arkansas, is highly contagious and capable of causing serious illness in children and adults,” the report said. “We also know that there are enough unvaccinated citizens in Arkansas to cause a third outbreak in the state.” About 50.71% of people living in the ‘Arkansas have been fully vaccinated. Arkansas ranks ahead of only seven states on this metric. So far, 61.0% of the nation’s residents have been fully vaccinated.

Sixty-four percent of Arkansans ages 5 and older have been at least partially vaccinated, according to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. This includes the 52% who have been fully vaccinated.

Hutchinson made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday marked a year since Arkansas first had access to the vaccine, Hutchinson said.

On December 14, 2020, Arkansas had 1,050 people in hospital with COVID-19. As of this same date in 2021, it had 518. Active cases are also down 13,368 on December 14, 2021 from this day in 2020.

“It’s manageable now and if we can reduce our cases it can continue to be manageable,” Hutchinson said. “The key is now, do your recall. It’s the best protection against a serious consequence of the coronavirus.”

Omicron

The omicron variant has killed at least one person in the UK and sent 10 to hospital – most of them vaccinated, according to government authorities.

“It is spreading faster than the delta variant in South Africa where the delta circulation was low, but also appears to be spreading faster than the delta variant in other countries with high delta incidence, such as the UK. United,” the World Health Organization said during a technical briefing last week.

The severity of the new variant is unclear, although most cases diagnosed so far have been mild. That might be reassuring, but if omicron spreads more easily than delta and previous variants, evades the protection afforded by vaccines and previous infection, and ends up infecting more people, it could mean more people end up in the hospital and more die.

A new study published Monday by researchers at the University of Oxford adds to the evidence that two of the main vaccines deployed against COVID-19 – the AstraZeneca vaccine widely used in Britain and around the world but not in the United States, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine widely used in the US, Europe and elsewhere – will not protect people against the omicron variant as well.

UAMS disclaimer

Earlier this month, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences released a report that warns of a potential “third wave” of infections.

“Current projected trends could potentially reflect a new third wave emerging in Arkansas,” the report said. “Unlike 2020, this surge, if it occurs, is expected to peak early in the first few months of the new year, most likely February or early March.”

The report did not include the potential impact of the omicron variant.

“However, we do know that the delta variant, the dominant variant in Arkansas, is highly contagious and capable of causing serious illness in children and adults,” according to the report. “We also know there are enough unvaccinated citizens in Arkansas to cause a third surge in the state.”

About 50.71% of people living in Arkansas have been fully vaccinated. Arkansas ranks ahead of just seven states on this metric.

So far, 61.0% of the country’s people have been fully vaccinated.

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New Senate and House state maps of Arkansas approved unanimously https://visitmyarkansas.com/new-senate-and-house-state-maps-of-arkansas-approved-unanimously/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/new-senate-and-house-state-maps-of-arkansas-approved-unanimously/ New Senate and House state maps for Arkansas were unanimously approved Monday by the Allocation Council. The council is made up of the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and chaired by Governor Asa Hutchinson. In recent months, the Allocation Council has redesigned 100 House districts and 35 Senate districts. This happens every 10 years […]]]>

New Senate and House state maps for Arkansas were unanimously approved Monday by the Allocation Council. The council is made up of the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and chaired by Governor Asa Hutchinson. In recent months, the Allocation Council has redesigned 100 House districts and 35 Senate districts. This happens every 10 years when US Census data comes out. Over the past few months, the Dispatch Council has held eight hearings and received over 800 comments from the public regarding the map redesign. Today, the council said these maps create 12 minority districts in the state. The ACLU sent 40/29 News this comment in response to the new maps: “The ACLU of Arkansas has advised the Board of Dispatch that with the current population of Arkansas, we should have 16 Majority Minority Districts. . . . Our maps only provided a means for the Council to reach 16 majority minority districts, but instead they approved maps that dilute the voting power of Arkansans who are also racial minorities. Hutchinson approved new maps of the Senate and the House“We have done everything we can to follow the constitution, the public comments and to do it in a way that provides equal representation and that is the goal that we we all have. And I’m happy with the process but I know there will be a debate on that when we go into the future. . . Nothing is perfect, but I think our system worked well this time. And it will obviously be examined by the courts.

New Senate and House state maps for Arkansas were unanimously approved Monday by the Allocation Council.

The council is made up of the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and chaired by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

In recent months, the Allocation Council has redesigned 100 House districts and 35 Senate districts.

This happens every 10 years when US Census data comes out.

Over the past few months, the Dispatch Council has held eight hearings and received over 800 comments from the public regarding the map redesign.

Today, the council said these maps create 12 minority districts in the state.

The ACLU sent 40/29 News this comment in response to the new maps: “The ACLU of Arkansas has advised the Board of Dispatch that with the current population of Arkansas, we should have 16 Majority Minority Districts. . . . Our maps only provided a means for the Council to reach 16 majority minority districts, but instead they approved maps that dilute the voting power of Arkansans who are also racial minorities.

Hutchinson approved new Senate and House maps

“We’ve done everything we can to follow the constitution, public comment and do it in a way that provides equal representation and that’s the goal we all have. And I’m happy with the process but I know there will be a debate on that when we go into the future. . . Nothing is perfect, but I think our system worked well this time. And it will obviously be examined by the courts.

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