• The FDA recently approved Palforzia, a drug treatment for childhood peanut allergies. Researchers at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital were instrumental in developing the treatment that works by desensitizing children with peanut proteins over time.
  • Ten Arkansans died of the flu last week, bringing this season’s total to 46. 

 

  • Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary, with former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg coming in second. In a surprise upset, Senator Amy Klobuchar took third place.
  • Pope Francis announces that married men cannot become priests, and women cannot become deacons in the Catholic church. The announcement came as a response from South American bishops requesting these concessions as a means of fixing their clergy shortage.

 

  • For the first time since 1991, a standard poodle won Best in Show at the Westminster dog show.

Westminster winner Siba (Right), pictured running alongside owner Connie Unger (Left).

  • Two Arkansans take Broadway this spring. Laura Leigh Turner of North Little Rock and Alma’s Chad Burris will appear in a production of Mean Girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • February 12, 1924: George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premieres in New York City.
  • February 12, 2001: The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lands on 433 Eros, marking the first asteroid landing.