Statewide Headlines for November 1, 2019

Statewide Headlines for November 1, 2019


“Now, covering every county statewide, this is your statewide newscast, Arkansas Today” ((MALLORY)) GOOD AFTERNOON, I’M MALLORY BROOKS. THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR ARKANSAS TODAY. ((MALLORY)) HUNDREDS GATHERED TO REMEMBER A CIVIL RIGHTS TRAILBLAZER AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE áá JOHN WALKER. THE 82áYEARáOLD ATTORNEY KNOWN FOR HIS EFFORTS ON RACIAL EQUALITY DIED ON MONDAY. HE LAID IN STATE YESTERDAY MORNING AT THE STATE CAPITOL. GOVERNOR ASA HUTCHINSON… ALONG WITH STATE LEGISLATORS TOOK TO THE PODIUM… HUTCHINSON DESCRIBED REPRESENTATIVE WALKER AS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE OPPRESSED. FLOWERS AND GUARDS SURROUNDED HIS CASKET.. AND INSIDE THE HOUSE CHAMBERS ON THE HOUSE FLOORS… WHITE LILLIES REMAIN IN HIS ASSIGNED SPOT… 5:56 “John spent his life knocking on doors on behalf of others.”(00) and he knocked on doors that some wished he would have left alone.”(04) 6:46 “Representative John Walker will not be with us in person but his example and spirit will long be remembered and cherished.”(55) ((MALLORY)) THE FUNERAL FOR JOHN WALKER IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT ST. MARK’S BAPTIST CHURCH ON 12TH STREET IN LITTLE ROCK. WE WILL NOW PAUSE TO TAKE A LIVE LOOK INSIDE THE CHURCH. ((MALLORY)) YOU CAN CONTINUE TO WATCH THE FULL FUNERAL OVER ON OUR WEBSITE KARK DOT COM. ((MALLORY)) FLAMES LIT UP THE NIGHT SKY THURSDAY AS FIRE TORE THROUGH A POPULAR MOUNTAIN HOME RESTAURANT. THE OLD TYME RESTAURANT ON THE SQUARE CAUGHT FIRE LAST NIGHT áá FIRE CREWS BATTLED THE FIRE ON ALL FRONTS áá BUT THE BUILDING WAS A TOTAL LOSS. THANKFULLY áá FIRE CHIEF KEN WILLIAMS SAID THERE WERE NO INJURIES áá ACCORDING TO OUR SISTER STATION áá THIS HAS BEEN THE THIRD FIRE REPORTED IN THE OZARKS THIS WEEK. ((MALLORY)) A DRIVE AROUND A NEIGHBORHOOD LOOKING INTO MAILS BOXES HAS LANDED TWO PEOPLE IN JAIL. POLICE ARRESTED 43á YEARáOLD CHRIS PITTMAN AND 28 YEAR OLD BARBARA PHILLIPS AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP REVEALED A BAG FULL OF MAIL FROM MULTIPLE ADDRESSES. PITTMAN AND PHILLIPS FACE CHARGES RANGING FROM THEFT TO FORGERY. BOTH WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE CRAIGHEAD COUNTY DETENTION CENTER. ((MALLORY)) A DIRECTOR FOR A PRODUCTION COMPANY IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT. 50áYEARáOLD ALISA ANDREWS WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY ON A CHARGE OF HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A 17áYEARáOLD STUDENT. POLICE SAY THE STUDENT TRIED TO BREAK OFF THE RELATIONSHIP SEVERAL TIMES, BUT ANDREWS WOULD THREATEN TO KILL HERSELF AND WOULD BEG HER TO STAY. POLICE ALSO FOUND A HANDWRITTEN NOTE AND SEVERAL TEXT MESSAGES THAT CONFIRMED THE GIRL’S STORY. AFTER ANDREWS’ ARREST, A CONCERNED PARENT SAID HE WISHED HE WOULD’VE SAID SOMETHING SOONER. “At different times throughout my history with this woman, I think maybe cod’ve helpand I do hopthere are no more victims” (BUTT TOO) “we have an obligation as parents to be guardians of our children, no matter how safe a place seems, you can never be too careful. It was a wake up call and yet just another reminder that you just can’t trust anyone these days as sad as it is” THE ANONYMOUS PARENT SAYS HE HOPES POLICE HANDLE THE SITUATION THE PROPER WAY AND THAT EVERYTHING COMES TO LIGHT. ANDREWS WAS RELEASED ON A 25á THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND. SHE IS DUE IN BENTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT DECEMBER 9TH. ((MALLORY)) MADISON COUNTY IS UPDATING IT’S VOTING EQUIPMENT AHEAD OF THE 20á20 ELECTIONS. THIS COMES AFTER GOVERNOR ASA HUTCHINSON AUTHORIZED OVER 8 MILLION DOLLARS FOR COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE TO IMPROVE VOTING EQUIPMENT, PROGRAMMING, AND MAINTENANCE. MADISON COUNTY CLERK, TAMITHA BLOCKER SAYS THE NEW EQUIPMENT STILL USES PAPER BUT WILL PRINT OUT PER PERSON…CUTTING DOWN ON WASTE AND CREATING FASTER ELECTION RESULTS. Tamitha Blocker, County Clerk Madison County ” It’s a touch screen device that will matheir ballot, once they’ve made their choices and confirmed their choices, the ballot will print out, they’ll verify their choices and actually put that in a tabulator that houses the ballot box.” ((MALLORY)) BLOCKER SAID PERSONNEL FROM ELECTIONS SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE WILL BE IN MADISON COUNTY IN A FEW WEEKS TO TEST THE EQUIPMENT AND SIGN OFF THAT IT IS ALL WORKING. ((MALLORY)) AROUND ARKANSAS áá A MAN DIES FROM FLUá RELATED ISSUES, ACCORDING TO THE ARKANSAS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION REPORTS TWO PEDIATRIC DEATHS IN THE NATION SO FAR THIS FLU SEASON. NO NURSING HOMES IN ARKANSAS HAVE REPORTED FLU OUTBREAKS, ACCORDING TO AáDáH. DOCTOR JENNIFER (DILLAáHEY) DILLAHA ááá WITH ADH WARNS US áá FLU SEASON WON’T BE OVER ANY TIME SOON.. Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Medical Director of Immunizations, ADH “Usually in Arkans,e’ll sean increase in f beginning in November and December, peaking in January, February and then decreasing after that. But it can vary.” ((MALLORY)) SINCE SEPTEMBER 29TH, 482 (ARKANSANS HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR INFLUENZA áá 110 TESTED POSITIVE THIS WEEK. ((MALLORY)) A NORTHWEST ARKANSAS SCIENCE TEACHER áá RECEIVES A PRESIDENTIAL AWARD. HOLT MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER CHERI DESOTO…TOOK A TRIP TO THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE SHE WAS AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHING. THIS IS THE HIGHEST RECOGNITION FOR AN EDUCATOR WHO TEACHES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12THáGRADE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH OR COMPUTER SCIENCE. DESOTO CALLS IT AN HONOR.. AND A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE. (Cheri Desoto, 5th Grade Teacher, Hold Middle School) “It’s just wonderful to present theayetteville School District and it’s just still kind of surreal,’mstill kind of sitting here thinking ‘Did I really win that? I really did win that!’ It’s just a huge honor.” ((MALLORY)) DESOTO ALONG WITH MORE THAN 100 OTHER TEACHERS FROM ACROSS THE NATION RECEIVED THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE. COMING UP áá IT’S FRIDAY áá SO YOU KNOW JEENA IS HERE áá TO GIVE US SOME FUN EVENTS

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