On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's coronavirus response briefings, which included announcements about emergency leave for public school employees and absentee voting. Plus, we discuss the latest happening in the River Valley with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics. And, we hear from Arkansas Counts representatives after the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will stop accepting Census responses a month earlier than planned.

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Arkansas's cumulative COVID-19 cases jumped by more than a thousand today. Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the state received 1,011 positive test results in the last 24-hour monitoring period. There were also six additional deaths and nine additional hospitalizations. Fourteen counties reported at least 20 new cases. Pulaski County had 182 with a 100 cases originating at the correctional facility in Wrightsville. Sebastian County reported 43 new cases, Washington County had 41 and Benton County had 32. Today's briefing focused on the start of school and the upcoming elections.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the chances the 188th Wing Air National Guard can land a pilot training center and the proposition of a new entertainment district in Fort Smith.

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The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health, is providing key local coronavirus outbreak data on its website to Arkansas communities, healthcare agencies and the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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The pandemic has changed nearly everything, including back-to-school shopping for students, parents and teachers, so stores like Walmart are trying to find new ways to reach customers to provide items that weren't essential before, but are now.

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The U.S. Census Bureau has announced it will stop accepting Census responses Sept. 30, a month earlier than planned. Arkansas Counts, a statewide initiative to get a complete count of the state for the 2020 Census, is ramping up outreach efforts as a result.

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor at the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says this weekend is almost (almost) like a pre-pandemic weekend when it comes to entertainment options. You still need a virtual connection, but there's more to pick from.

On today's show, we find out about a new initiative that connects hospitality workers who need hours with nonprofits providing hunger relief to local communities. Plus, we take a look at the latest COVID-19 forecast from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. And, we hear from the Sebastian County Health Unit administrator as cases of coronavirus increase in the River Valley.

Arkansas's cumulative cases of COVID-19 surpassed 47,000 with an additional 735 new cases reported in the last 24-hour monitoring period. Of those, 691 are in the community and 44 are in correctional facilities. Pulaski County recorded the most new cases with 73. Sebastian County had 62 new cases, Benton County had 24 and Washington County wasn't on today's list, which only included counties with 20 or more cases. There were also seven more deaths bringing that total to 515. Today's briefing was led by Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr.

Get Shift Done is an initiative formed in the wake of the pandemic that connects affected hospitality workers with local nonprofits providing hunger relief to communities. The effort started in Texas in March. Now it’s expanding to other locations around the country including Northwest Arkansas. Workers are paid $15 an hour for completing shifts at local nonprofits.

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Indonesia's Mount Sinabung has erupted in a dramatic plume of ash, rising several miles into the sky and posing health risks to nearby residents, according to Indonesian authorities.

The volcano, located on Sumatra Island, erupted on Saturday and again on Monday, "emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark," Reuters reports.

Starting tomorrow morning at 10 am, the Arkansas Department of Transportation will close Highway 18 at Nettleton Avenue to build the new railroad overpass. Those traveling eastbound will drive on the recently completed Watt Street bridge, opening Monday, to Highway 463, and those driving westbound will take Cain Street to Nettleton Avenue. The new overpass will be complete in 2022.

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Hundreds of people looted high-end shops on Chicago's Magnificent Mile overnight and early Monday morning, with police officers exchanging gunfire with at least one individual, according to Chicago officials.

Law enforcement officials say the violence was linked to social media calls for looting after police shot and injured a male suspect in Englewood, on the city's South Side, on Sunday afternoon.

Republicans up for reelection in key Western states could be facing an uncomfortable vote soon as President Trump's controversial nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management is expected to come before the Senate for confirmation.

A farmer from Shandong province along China's east coast, Liu recalls how during Chinese Lunar New Year in January, he went out for a walk and came home to discover local officials preparing to demolish his home.

When he called the police on the demolishers, they arrested him instead, saying that the police would "assist the work of the local government."

"To demolish my home, about 100 security officers surrounded and subdued me, and detained me," Liu said on a recent visit to his village, Liushuanglou, near the city of Heze. He was released from detention the next day.

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