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Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

Arkansas' attorney general removes name from office's TV ads

Jul. 10, 2020 10:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has removed her name, image and voice from her office's television ads to keep baseless claims of political rivals from impacting her duties, an official said. Amanda Priest, spokeswoman for Leslie Rutledge, declined to identify the attorney general's...

Arkansas reports 751 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

Jul. 10, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

DE QUEEN, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 751 new cases of the coronavirus and four more deaths related to the virus Friday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a news conference in De Queen that the state is now reporting a total of 26,803 cases and 313 deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. The...

Northwest Arkansas lawmaker resigns to take new job

Jul. 10, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker who represents part of Benton County in the state House of Representatives said Friday that he is resigning his post. Grant Hodges, a Republican from Rogers, said in a letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson that he is stepping down to take a new job. Hodges, who was not...

Little Rock passes Arkansas' first hate crime law

Jul. 8, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock became the first city in Arkansas to pass a measure with increased penalties specifically for hate crimes that target people based on their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The city's Board of Directors on Tuesday...

FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks in Little Rock Ark. Hutchinson says he's not ready to further ease restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continue to spike. Hutchinson on Thursday, June 25, 2020, said Arkansas' plans to further lift restrictions remains on pause after neighboring Texas halted its aggressive reopening of businesses. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP File)

Arkansas reports largest spike in virus hospitalizations

Jul. 7, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Tuesday reported its largest one-day increase in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, even as the state's new virus cases decreased. The Department of Health reported 369 people hospitalized in the state because of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, an...

Official: Walmart donates $100,000 for new Arkansas statues

Jul. 6, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

Retail giant Walmart contributed $100,000 to replace Arkansas' century-old statues with new ones of civil rights activist Daisy Bates and country singer Johnny Cash. The statues will be placed at the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Last year,...

Arkansas initiative bids turn in signatures amid pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Supporters of proposals to overhaul Arkansas' redistricting process, create “ranked choice" voting for most offices and allow more casinos submitted thousands of signatures Monday, despite a global pandemic that initiative campaigns say hampered petition efforts. Monday was...

A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...

FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks in Little Rock Ark. Hutchinson says he's not ready to further ease restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continue to spike. Hutchinson on Thursday, June 25, 2020, said Arkansas' plans to further lift restrictions remains on pause after neighboring Texas halted its aggressive reopening of businesses. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP File)

Hutchinson will insist on masks if Trump rallies in Arkansas

Jul. 5, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — If President Donald Trump decides to hold a campaign rally in Arkansas, the state will insist that all participants are socially distanced and wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday. Hutchison's comments on NBC's “Meet the...