Latest Arkansas state government News

Arkansas sets new record for COVID hospitalizations

Jan. 23, 2022 11:34 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported on Saturday its biggest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began in 2020. The increase in hospitalizations comes as the state continues to feel the surge of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The...

Voter ID law sponsor now running for Arkansas treasurer

Jan. 21, 2022 14:38 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislator who sponsored the state's voter ID law said Friday that he would run for state treasurer after withdrawing from the secretary of state's race. State Rep. Mark Lowery said he would seek the Republican nomination for treasurer. The...

Arkansas has biggest one-day spike in COVID hospitalizations

Jan. 19, 2022 18:21 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported its biggest one-day jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations Wednesday, a new record as the state continued to feel the surge of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The state Department of Health said COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by...

Sanders raises $1.6M more in bid for Arkansas governor

Jan. 18, 2022 19:07 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders raised $1.6 million in the final three months of last year in her bid for Arkansas governor, her campaign said Tuesday. Sanders' campaign said that with the latest contributions she's raised $12.8 million...

Arkansas Rep. Joe Jett will not seek reelection to seat

Jan. 17, 2022 10:36 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A northeast Arkansas state lawmaker said Monday that he will not run for reelection to his state House seat. Republican Rep. Joe Jett of Success said in a statement that he wants to spend more time working on his family farm and with his family. ...

Arkansas state senator tests positive for COVID-19

Jan. 13, 2022 18:09 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas state senator has tested positive for COVID-19 and the state Capitol's cafeteria has closed because of the rising number of virus cases. State Sen. Clarke Tucker said Wednesday that he had tested positive. Tucker, a Democrat from Little Rock,...

Arkansas governor: New mill to help state lure auto industry

Jan. 12, 2022 18:04 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that a $3 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas could help the state lure the auto industry to the state. Hutchinson and state Commerce Secretary Mike Preston hailed the mill that the United States Steel Corp....

Fulfer wins GOP nod for Arkansas Senate special election

Jan. 12, 2022 10:07 AM EST

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A Springdale city official and former councilman has won the Republican nomination in a special election for a northwest Arkansas state Senate seat. Colby Fulfer defeated retired U.S. Navy Capt. Steve Unger Tuesday in the primary runoff for the state Senate...

Arkansas governor proposes $6B budget for coming year

Jan. 11, 2022 18:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed a $6 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that includes increases for public schools. services for the developmentally disabled and higher starting salaries for state troopers. The Republican governor,...

US Steel to build $3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas

Jan. 11, 2022 17:48 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — United States Steel Corp. on Tuesday announced it's building a $3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas that's expected to employ at least 900 people. The Pittsburgh-based company announced it has chosen Osceola for the site of its new mill, with construction...