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Gov. Hutchinson to Hold Briefing Discussing Tax Plan, COVID



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson will hold a briefing Tuesday afternoon providing an update on his new tax proposal, the COVID-19 response in Arkansas and other political issues facing the state.

Hutchinson announced last week that he would delay calling for a special session to pass an income tax reduction plan.

The special session was originally planned to begin October 25.

The governor indicated that he hoped to have the session done by Thanksgiving but would not confirm that schedule.

Gov. Hutchinson announces delay in special session as income tax reduction plan finalized

According to a Monday report from the Arkansas Department of Health, the active case COVID-19 count fell by 515, dropping the total to 4,912.

Data shows that this is the first time that the number of active cases has been less than 5,000 since July 5, when there were 4,752 cases.

COVID-19 in Arkansas: Active cases fall below 5,000 for the first time since July

This news briefing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be streamed in the video player at the top of this page.

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Dads Are ‘losers’ If They Take 6 Months Paternity Leave, Tech Investor Says



(KTVI) — A prominent tech investor and entrepreneur sparked an online debate after calling dads “losers” if they take six months of paternity leave.

Joe Lonsdale, the co-founder of software company Palantir, made the comment Wednesday in response to a tweet about U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg taking time off to care for his twin newborns.

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Lonsdale said that he thinks it’s “great” for fathers to spend time with their kids, “but any man in an important position who takes six months of leave for a newborn is a loser.”

“In the old days, men had babies and worked harder to provide for their future — that’s the correct masculine response,” he said.

Wow. Great for fathers to spend time w their kids and support moms, but any man in an important position who takes 6 months of leave for a newborn is a loser.

In the old days men had babies and worked harder to provide for their future – that’s the correct masculine response.

— Joe Lonsdale (@JTLonsdale) October 27, 2021

Though Buttigieg only took two months off, not six, several people tweeted that society should embrace the shift to longer paternity leaves.

“I proudly took my full paternity leave and would do it again. Turns out it helped me win even more,” Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tweeted in response to Lonsdale. Reddit offers four months of paternity leave.

I proudly took my full paternity leave and would do it again. Turns out it helped me win even more.

— Alexis Ohanian 7️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ (@alexisohanian) October 27, 2021

Garry Tan, the co-founder of Initialized Capital, also defended his firm’s four-month paternity leave policy.

“Respect that people have different choices, but being a dad is awesome, and there is more to life than work and money,” Tan tweeted.

Paid leave loss hits hard for Dems after decades of advocacy

Lonsdale, a father of three, later said using the word “loser” was “unnecessary” and that he should not have been “so harsh.” However, he doubled down on his stance supporting traditional gender roles.

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Police Logs – Nov. 3, 2021



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‘The Masked Singer’ National Tour to Come to Simmons Bank Arena



NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fans of the hit TV show “The Masked Singer” will have the opportunity to see their favorite characters in central Arkansas live next summer.

Officials from the Simmons Bank Arena announced Monday that “The Masked Singer” national tour will be at the venue on July 9.

According to event organizers, the live show will feature celebrity guest hosts from the TV show as well as one local celebrity who will perform in a top-secret disguise.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., with prices ranging from $49.75 to $99.75.

Earlier next year, the Simmons Bank Arena will have other entertainers including comedians Jeff Dunham and Bert Kreischer.

Comedian Bert Kreischer announces tour stop at Simmons Bank Arena

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