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Arkansas Judge Rules Canceled Pandemic Unemployment Benefits to Resume

J. Froelich
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KUAF
Over a hundred workers stand socially distanced in line at Arkansas Workforce Services to apply for pandemic unemployment assistance last year in Fayetteville.

Federal pandemic unemployment relief has been ordered to resume in Arkansas by a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge to as many as 70,000 qualified Arkansans. In May, the emergency benefits were terminated by Governor Asa Hutchinson, who said jobs are now plentiful. Legal Aid of Arkansas sued the state on behalf of five Arkansas plaintiffs who claim the temporary benefits are critically needed. 

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.
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