Ozarks At Large

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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.

Governor Asa Hutchinson / YouTube

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.

Arkansas Center for Healthcare Improvement

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.

Courtesy / Walmart

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.