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Samantha Boyd


Fayetteville, AR, United States

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Recent articles by Samantha:

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

Attorney files lawsuit against Fayetteville School District to prevent any potential mask mandate

An attorney files a lawsuit against the Fayetteville School District hoping to strike down any potential mask mandate. → Read More

COVID-19 cases rising among school-aged kids; officials weigh in on potential causes

COVID-19 cases are once again rising among school-aged kids. → Read More

President Biden signs infrastructure bill into law; where will the money go in Arkansas?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan infrastructure bill into law Monday. “I ran for president believing it was time to rebuild the backbone of this nation, which I characterize as working people in the middle class,” the president said. “This bill delivers on that long overdue promise in my view, it […] → Read More

Supply chain issues impact school lunches

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Some school cafeterias across Northwest Arkansas are feeling the weight of supply chain issues. It is starting to impact the food schools are able to put on kids’ trays. In two different districts, this has meant changing the menu and simplifying lunches for kids. “In child nutrition, a lot of what […] → Read More

Lack of substitute teachers, school bus drivers cause concern for Northwest Arkansas schools

A staffing shortage across several school districts starts to take a toll on kids education. → Read More

Local doctor gives mask recommendation as more kids get vaccinated

As more kids become eligible for vaccines, a local health professional is urging people under 18 to continue wearing masks for the time being. → Read More

Committee discusses adding mental health services to Washington County jail

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee works to bring mental health services to the Washington County Jail. The members are discussing adding several services to the jail, like a mental health court and a mental health wing inside the facility- hoping this will be one step to addressing overcrowding in the future. […] → Read More

Arkansas Marshallese Coalition, Dept. of Health host vaccine clinic for kids 5-11

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Kids are rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated against COVID-19 just days after the CDC approved the Pfizer shot for kids 5-11. The Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Marshallese Coalition put on a vaccine clinic Friday, November 5 to offer these vaccines for kids. One dad, Kenneth Key, said […] → Read More

Concerns arise over Washington County’s use of American Rescue Plan funds

A Washington County Justice of the Peace raises concerns over how American Rescue Plan funds are being used in the county. → Read More

Kids in NWA start getting COVID-19 vaccine after CDC approval

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Kids in Northwest Arkansas are starting to get vaccinated less than 24 hours after the CDC approved the Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11. Harlow Thomas is eight years old and was the first in line at the Washington County Health Unit Wednesday to get her shot. “Now that we feel like […] → Read More