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On today's show, we speak with Governor Asa Hutchinson about governing during the pandemic and his lecture at the University of Arkansas Honors College this past Friday. Plus, we find out how summer camps are preparing to host campers within the restrictions issued by the state. And, we have details about why coronavirus briefly shut down some operations on the Arkansas Department of Transportation's Bella Vista Bypass project.

At Tuesday's coronavirus response briefing, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he was pleased to see that most Arkansans followed pandemic guidelines during Memorial Day weekend, but was concerned about the few instances where social distancing protocols were not followed. The governor said the state is at a critical point at what he has described as a second peak in cases and individual discipline will be a critical part of what happens next. Hutchinson also announced the state had surpassed its goal of testing 60,000 residents during the month of May.

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Arkansas paid tribute to members of the military who died in the line of duty. On Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke at a Memorial Day service at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. The ceremony was not open to the public and was instead streamed online. 

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Just after he led a session of a University of Arkansas Honors College forum Friday morning, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke with Ozarks at Large about that experience and about the past few months of governing during a world-altering pandemic.

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Earlier this month, the Arkansas Department of Health released directives for summer camps, but organizations have spent several weeks prior to that developing ways to safely host campers this year. We hear from Camp Siloam and Mount Sequoyah Center about how they've adjusted their summer camps because of the pandemic.