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Little Rock expands curfew because of virus outbreak

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The city of Little Rock is expanding its curfew because of the coronavirus outbreak. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott said Wednesday the city will impose a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The city was already enforcing a curfew from midnight until 5 a.m. because of the outbreak.

Health officials said Wednesday the state had at least 280 coronavirus cases, up from 232 on Tuesday. Lawmakers are expected to meet later today (Thursday) for a special session focused on a $353 million shortfall Arkansas faces because of the pandemic. 

Tyson donates 40,000 pounds of chicken amid virus pandemic

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods out of Springdale gave away 40,000 pounds of chicken to hundreds of people in Arkansas to lend a helping hand amid the new coronavirus global pandemic that has upended life across the nation.

The giveaway Monday in Pine Bluff offered people from all over the state 10-pound variety bags of pre-cooked chicken strips in several flavors, pre-cooked popcorn chicken, buffalo-style chicken wings, uncooked leg quarters and other selections.

Derek Burleson, Tyson’s public relations manager, said the company so far has donated more than 2.6 million pounds of product in 18 states, including a million pounds just in Arkansas. Tyson is the world’s 2nd largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork.  The largest is a mammoth company in South America located in Brazil.

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