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Abortion Access At Risk In Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday lifted an injunction against four Arkansas laws restricting abortion, putting them into effect Aug. 28th. The decision, made in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, sends the case back to U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker in Little Rock. If allowed to take effect, access to abortion services would …

Unemployment Pay Expires, Congressmen Head Home

LITTLE ROCK — An economic lifeline for millions of Americans is expiring today but Arkansas’s Congressional delegation is still taking off and heading home for the weekend. The critical $600-a-week unemployment benefit is set to expire today. Their inaction on supporting Arkansas families comes as the country posted its worst quarterly economic contraction ever, and as COVID’s national death toll …

BREAKING: COVID Funds Approved For Marshallese, Latinx, NWA Hotspots

Arkansas legislators voted on Tuesday to approve the use of $7 million in federal CARES Act funds for COVID relief in northwest Arkansas. The already approved federal dollars will target a spike in cases in Marshallese and Latinx communities. More than 60 percent of COVID deaths in Arkansas are in these communities. The vote comes after a failure last Friday …

Bentonville Representative Votes To Cut COVID Testing By Almost Half

Bentonville’s elected state Legislator just tried to cut COVID testing and contact tracing nearly in half for the Marshallese and Latinx communities of northwest Arkansas. Jim Dotson is supposed to represent one of the most vibrant and cutting edge communities in the world, but his actions show he’s seriously out of step. During a critical vote in the Arkansas Legislative …

Legislators Vote To Delay Federal COVID Aid To Northwest Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK —  Members of the Arkansas Legislature voted on Friday afternoon to delay COVID relief aid to northwest Arkansas. The already approved federal dollars are intended to address the spike in cases in Marshallese and Latinx communities. The Arkansas Legislative Council voted 14-9 to delay hearing the state Department of Health’s plan for $7 million in spending authority to get federal …

Arkansas Pediatricians Warn Republican’s School Plan Too Dangerous For Kids

Should we listen to our children’s doctors or elected officials? The answer is clear to the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: the back to school plan mandated by elected Republican leaders is not safe for our children. We are at a critical crossroads with this pandemic.   ARAAP supports the @AmerAcadPeds goal of a safe return to …

REVOLT(ING): GOP Lawmaker Pushes For Violence Over Masks

It’s shameful enough that Arkansas’s elected leaders delayed emphasizing wearing masks for months, while COVID spiraled out of control and put Arkansas months behind where we could be. But now elected Republican leaders are not only refusing to deal with COVID and what it will do when school re-opens, but are going so far as to call for open revolt. …