As the global COVID-19 pandemic changes nearly everything, some manufacturers in the River Valley are shifting direction to help. Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics explains.

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Tourists are being discouraged by officials from visiting places like Eureka Springs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sandy Martin, chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development, as well as a member of the newly formed Arkansas Parks & Tourism Department’s Pandemic Recovery Task Force, describes measures being taken to protect townspeople as well as the public — and some forward thinking on recovery for Arkansas tourist economies.

As gigs get canceled and people in the music industry lose income, a collaboration is making sure musicians and others have meals. Roots Festival, Tyson Foods, Ozark Beer Company and Pack Shack are working together to make it happen.

As officials tells us to stay apart during the coronavirus outbreak, a unique way of connecting in Fayetteville neighborhoods has been a howling success.

At the governor's coronavirus response briefing this week, we were reminded that some social work still has to be done in person.