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LRSD to leave decision on students wearing masks to parents

The Little Rock School District released a human resources frequently asked questions document to district staff yesterday. Among the information is an update to the LRSD's policy on students wearing masks: "Students/children - 'When feasible, older children should wear face coverings within facilities. It is not required for children to wear a mask. Let the parent determine!' "

UA System forges ahead with resumption of on-campus, residential experience, including Math and Science high school

The school for Math and Sciences will continue its residential component. And students must wear masks.

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UA Little Rock looking to protect its international students

"Hybrid" classes should prevent forced deportation of foreign students, school says.

U.S. Supreme Court says New York prosecutor may see Donald Trump's tax records UPDATE

Supreme Court keeps open a prosecutor's attempt to see Donald Trump's tax records.

Cotton-Barr events in Arkansas today

Is the cancel culture that Tom Cotton decries at work?

Another way to look at 734 coronavirus cases

Who lives, who dies.

Today's news: A big, bad day for COVID-19

The daily news roundup and open line.

Cherokee Nation goes to Supreme Court to stay casino permit ruling

More legal wrangling on Pope casino permit.

Little Rock police put on hold plan to use State Police to investigate officer shootings

Little Rock police have put off a plan to have the State Police investigate use of force by Little Rock officers.

Coronavirus today: 734 new cases and four more deaths, with big counts in some new counties

Coronavirus today: A whopping 734-case increase in 24 hours.

Another COVID-19 cleanup at DHS

Another cleanup at DHS from employees testing positive for COVID-19.

REPORT: William Barr schedules Arkansas stop

Who'd want to be seen with this guy?

Supreme Court upholds Trump rule to allow employers not to provide contraceptive coverage

The impact will be felt most by the poor.

The segregation of Little Rock illustrated with maps, photos, interviews

A fascinating website built by UA Little Rock traces the history of slum clearance and school and residential segregation in Little Rock, a subject very much of the moment.

Another allegation of missing money involving former Craighead County clerk

More missing money linked to Kade Holliday, the Repubican former county clerk in Craighead County.

Arkansas's COVID-19 rate: Worse than Brazil. But, hey, thank God for Mississippi.

COVID-19 growth in a week in Arkansas compares unfavorably with some world hot spots.

Little Rock Board of Directors approve hate crime ordinance; hear complaints about civil service commissioner

The Little Rock Board of Directors also took up a resolution to "strongly urge" landlords to cease evictions..

Modeling COVID-19: A summary from UAMS College of Public Health and UA Fayetteville

A July 3 summary of forecasts for the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has been posted online for folks who would like to take a deep dive into predictive data.

Lawmakers grill education officials on plan for K-12 school amid pandemic

Important questions related to how schools in Arkansas will return to in-person instruction and operate safely will be answered at the district level, Secretary of Education Johnny Key told a legislative committee today. 

The new look of the Rutledge Report: No Rutledge

The Rutledge Report continues, but without the face, name or voice of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.