Check out the latest news from around Arkansas! Every day, we’ll bring you some of the best news bits from around the Internet.
- Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has signed an executive order mandating the wearing of face masks when in public. Scott told reporters on Jun 17 that he was considering an executive order to require face coverings in the city. He signed it yesterday.
- Students at the University of Central Arkansas are petitioning to get the campus chemistry building changed. Currently, it is named the Laney-Manion Hall in honor of former Arkansas Governor Benjamin T. Laney, who was in office from 1945-1949 and opposed civil rights legislation for integration.
- Mid-South Health Systems and the Arkansas Department of Health has partnered to form a COVID-19 Support Group, a free, anonymous group that will work to help those who have the virus, have had it in the past and healthcare workers. They meet Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. through optional phone calls or video conferences.
- The Hollywood Reporter announced that Elizabeth Banks will play Ms. Valerie Frizzle in the first live-action version of the beloved children’s book series. The release date has not been announced.
- After a Change.org petition which called for Disney to drop the original inspiration for Splash Mountain, the 1946 film “Song of the South,” the company announced they would renovate the attraction to be based on its 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog,” Disney’s first black princess movie.