Latest Arkansas state government News

Trial on Arkansas mask-mandate ban wraps up with no ruling

Nov. 23, 2021 16:12 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge is considering whether to strike down a state law he temporarily blocked that bans mask mandates by schools and other governmental entities. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox heard arguments Monday over the law, which has...

Arkansas lawmaker who left GOP won't run for re-election

Nov. 22, 2021 14:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A longtime state legislator who left the Republican Party earlier this year following the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol says he won't run for re-election next year in the Arkansas Senate. Sen. Jim Hendren announced Monday that he would not...

Trial to begin on Arkansas law banning mask mandates

Nov. 22, 2021 08:17 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge is holding a trial on whether to strike down a state law he's temporarily blocked that bans mask mandates by schools and other governmental entities. The trial begins Monday before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who in...

Arkansas panel delays vote on agencies' vaccine requirements

Nov. 19, 2021 17:58 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Friday delayed a vote on whether to allow state-run health care facilities to require employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a move officials say is needed to protect millions of dollars in federal funding. The Arkansas...

Arkansas reports 907 new coronavirus cases, 4 new deaths

Nov. 18, 2021 18:48 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Thursday reported 907 new COVID-19 cases, the third day of sharp increases as Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The increase, which brings the state's total COVID-19 cases to 522,460 since...

Former Arkansas Gov. David Pryor has hip surgery after fall

Nov. 18, 2021 18:45 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — David Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator, underwent surgery after breaking his hip and shoulder during a fall, his family said Thursday. Pryor underwent a partial hip replacement Wednesday, two days after tripping and falling...

Arkansas expands booster eligibility to age 18 and older

Nov. 15, 2021 17:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine boosters to anyone aged 18 and older, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday. The state joins several others that are making the additional shot available to more people. California,...

Hutchinson, other top Arkansas Republicans back Sanders' bid

Nov. 12, 2021 15:51 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and the state's four U.S. House members on Friday endorsed Sarah Sanders' bid for governor, days after the former White House press secretary's path to the Republican nomination was cleared. ...

Report: Interstate bridge's crack likely dates back to 1970s

Nov. 11, 2021 16:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK Ark. (AP) — A crack in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Interstate 40 bridge connecting Arkansas and Tennessee for three months likely began when the span was fabricated in the 1970s and went undetected for years, a report by Arkansas' Transportation Department...

States challenge Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers

Nov. 10, 2021 18:46 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A coalition of 10 states sued the federal government on Wednesday to try to block a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers, marking a new front in the resistance by Republican-led states to the pandemic policies of President Joe Biden's...