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Hot Springs Baker Opens Business During Pandemic




HOT SPRINGS, Ark – A Hot Springs business says the risk was worth the reward, opening doors for the first time during a global pandemic.

Destinie Rowland opened her business Destiny’s Bakeshop on Central Ave. in March of 2022 and since business has been on a steady climb.

“We’ve been picking up more every single day,” said Rowland.

Rowland started baking 14 years ago.

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Last June, she made the decision to take her recipes solo beginning the process to open up her own business.

The idea sprouted in the middle of a global pandemic, when most food service businesses were struggling to make ends meet.

“In March of 2020, it was no staff, it was no people,” said Destiny’s Bakeshop employee Emma Cole.

Cole had worked previously in the food service industry and in 2020.

During that year and the ones to follow, some businesses scaled back, and others closed doors all together.

Rowland says with her, there was no hesitation.

“Covid didn’t scare me to open a business, it’s kind of pushed me forward to more,” said Rowland.

Rowland says she spent the second half of 2021 perfecting recipes, finding a business location, and laying out a plan.

“You kind of just got to run with it,” said Rowland.

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Rowland says opening a business during a pandemic is almost like baking, it’s trial and error.

“You can’t be scared to fail because you’re going to look at yourself 10 years from now and be like why didn’t I make that jump?,” said Rowland.

Rowland says business since opening has been steady and owes part of that to the community who she says is supportive of local businesses.

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I-30 Construction Seeing Lane Closures Begin Tuesday in LR and North Little Rock




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Commuters will see new lane closures in Little Rock and North Little Rock that will begin Tuesday.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation says that during the Memorial Day holiday there are no short-term closures scheduled until Tuesday.

 Daytime closures (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

I-30 frontage roads (single-lane closures) between 6th and 10th streets in Little Rock (6:30 a.m. start time)Broadway Street eastbound (single-lane closure) between the frontage roads in North Little Rock2nd Street westbound (single-lane closure) between Cumberland and Scott streets in Little Rock3rd Street eastbound at Rock Street (corners of intersection closed) in Little Rock

Overnight closures (8 p.m. – 5 a.m.)

I-30 (single- and double-lane closures) between Roosevelt Road in Little Rock and Bishop Lindsey Avenue in North Little RockI-30/I-40 ramps and lanes (single-lane closures) at the north terminal in North Little RockI-630 eastbound ramp to I-30 eastbound (full closure) in Little Rock; ramp detour signed to exit to the northbound frontage roadI-30 frontage road (single-lane closure) between 6th and 10th streets in Little RockBroadway Street (full closure) between the frontage roads in North Little Rock; detours will be signed to use Bishop Lindsey and Riverfront Drive; Thursday night, June 2 onlyBroadway Street eastbound (single-lane closure) between the frontage roads in North Little Rock

24-hour closures

President Clinton Avenue (full closure) between Mahlon Martin and Sherman streets in Little Rock; detour signed to use 3rd StreetMahlon Martin (full closure) between President Clinton Avenue and 3rd Street in Little Rock; detours signed6th Street bridge (full closure) for reconstruction in Little Rock; detours signed to use the 9th Street bridge or 3rd Street

ARDOT also says that Double-lane closures on interstate lanes will generally be limited from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

ARDOT officials are asking that drivers use caution as they approach and drive through all work zones.

For more details on the I-30 construction project, check out the Connecting Arkansas Program online.

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New Study Finds Public Health Messaging Could Benefit From an ‘autonomy-supportive’ Approach




Novel research led by psychologists from Durham University, UK and Illinois Institute of Technology, U.S., along with the collaborative network of researchers around the world (under the consortium name “Psychological Science Accelerator Self-Determination Theory Collaboration”) have discovered that public health communication is highly effective when an “autonomy-supportive” approach is undertaken compared to controlling message approach.

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COVID-19 in Arkansas: Active Cases Continue Slight Uptick




LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Active cases due to COVID-19 in Arkansas are continuing to see a slight uptick on Friday.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 3,763 active cases of the virus, an increase of 136 from the previous day. There were 391 new cases reported in the latest data, raising the total cases for the state during the pandemic to 842,439.

The ADH data showed patients hospitalized with the virus remained at 70. There were 3 patients on ventilators, one more than the previous day, and 13 in ICU care, up three from Thursday.

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There were three additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 Friday, pushing the Arkansas total to 11,471 since the pandemic began.

In the last 24 hours, 1,607 new COVID-19 vaccine doses were given out in Arkansas. Currently, 1,595,415 Arkansans are fully vaccinated, with another 376,410 residents being partially vaccinated.


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