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Samantha Boyd


Fayetteville, AR, United States

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Past articles by Samantha:

‘Bathroom bill’ passes through Arkansas Senate

A bill making its way through the legislature could require schools to designate bathrooms based on birth-assigned gender. → Read More

Trans youth healthcare trial wraps up with final defense witness

The final day in the trial against the Arkansas ban on transgender youth healthcare has come to a close. → Read More

Mask mandate could be back on the table for some local school districts this semester

As kids prepare to head back to the classroom amid a COVID-19 surge, mask mandates could be back on the table. → Read More

Health experts concerned for kids in Arkansas as new COVID-19 cases reach record-breaking levels

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas sees a record-breaking number of new Covid-19 cases today-with kids becoming more affected by the virus. According to Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero, Arkansas is below the national average in the state for kids 5-to-11 getting vaccinated, and more and more kids are showing up to the emergency room […] → Read More

Local doctor talks flu season concerns on top of COVID-19 surge

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise, the Arkansas Department of Health reports more than 300 new flu cases in the last week. → Read More

Rental assistance deadline extended for Arkansans

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – If you are needing state rental assistance, the deadline to apply is extended. Communications Director for the Department of Human Services, Amy Webb said the original deadline was a few days away on December 31, but now there is no set deadline anymore. It will go until the general rent relief […] → Read More

Hospitals fear overcrowding could be on the way as Omicron, Delta variants continue to spread

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – A local health official says he fears for hospital capacity as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads rapidly across the country. Dr. Raul Seupaul is the Chief Clinical Officer at UAMS. He said the hospital is almost reaching capacity already. “At UAMS, we are at almost 100% capacity and that’s without […] → Read More

One year anniversary of COVID-19 vaccines available in Arkansas

It has been exactly one year since the Covid-19 vaccines first made their way into Arkansas. → Read More

Local volunteers with Sheep Dog Impact Assistance head to Kentucky to help with storm damage

Nearly 100 people are dead after tornadoes ravaged parts of the Midwest on Friday- including eastern Arkansas. → Read More

Fayetteville City Council renames street to honor fallen Officer Stephen Carr

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Fayetteville City Council votes to rename a street after fallen Officer Stephen Carr. This decision came on the two-year anniversary of Carr’s death Tuesday, December 7. Please, please don’t ever forget the legacy of Officer Stephen Carr.” CHIEF MIKE REYNOLDS, FAYETTEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT Stephen Carr Memorial Boulevard will be a […] → Read More

Vaccine mandate on hold in AR; potentialimpact on staffing in long-term care facilities

A U.S. District Judge puts a temporary hold on President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for some states, including Arkansas. This will impact thousands of healthcare workers. → Read More

Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade case; potential impact on abortion laws in Arkansas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNWA/KFTA) – The United States Supreme Court faces a decision on major abortion case. It’s a Mississippi law that bans the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. If the court overturns the law, states across the country, including Arkansas, can enforce their own abortion ban laws automatically. State Senator Jason Rapert (R- District […] → Read More

‘ACT for ALS Act’ on Capitol Hill; Arkansans fight for more resources for ALS patients

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansans are fighting in Washington for more resources for ALS patients, hoping a bipartisan bill can bring answers to this deadly disease. The bill is called The Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act. It would provide $100 million each fiscal year from 2022-2026 to fund early access to ALS […] → Read More

Arkansas Clergy Law; who is protected from testifying in Josh Duggar child porn case?

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Brooks did not make a decision today in the evidentiary hearing in the Josh Duggar child pornography case. → Read More

Redistricting maps approved in Arkansas; majority-minority district added in NWA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Board of Apportionment meeting was held Monday, November 29 to accept the Arkansas House and Senate reports on the map drawings. Several changes that were made to those new maps will have an effect on our area in Northwest Arkansas. Springdale will see an added minority House district. The […] → Read More

Small businesses look forward to ‘Small Business Saturday’

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Many people got out today for the Black Friday deals, but small businesses are waiting for ‘Small Business Saturday’ to get more sales. At Stadium Shoppe in Fayetteville, owner Robert Mann said this combined with the Arkansas football win Friday could bring in significant sales. Mann said being a family-owned small […] → Read More

Inflation driving up prices for Thanksgiving foods

We are just a day away from Thanksgiving, and if you still have to go to the store for some last-minute items, you might notice higher prices than normal. → Read More

Local doctors recommend vaccines for pregnant women

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Arkansas Secretary of Health emphasizes the need for pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Jose Romero and a local OB-GYN said vaccines are crucial for pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant, because they can create immunity for them as well as the baby and prevent serious […] → Read More

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: local doctor weighs in on warning signs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – It is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and a local doctor who says this is the most common form of dementia is speaking up on the warning signs. Dr. Maria Judit with Northwest Medical says the warning signs are subtle in the early stages any form of dementia. Initially, people who develop this […] → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Barnett talks January 6 Capitol insurrection

This is a story that received national attention for months: the Capitol insurrection. One man in the middle of it all is from Northwest Arkansas. → Read More