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Arkansas governor declares emergency because of flooding

Jun. 10, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday declared a state of emergency because of flooding in southeastern Arkansas. The governor's declaration comes after more than a foot of rain fell on some communities in a 24-hour period this week. Hutchinson's...

The Latest: Melbourne's 4th pandemic lockdown to end Friday

Jun. 08, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city will emerge from its fourth pandemic lockdown Friday. But some restrictions will remain and the 5 million residents of Melbourne won’t be allowed to travel to regional centers in surrounding Victoria state. ...

Arkansas governor approves 3% merit pay raises for workers

Jun. 08, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday approved performance-related merit pay raises of as much as 3% for state employees. Hutchinson announced that $28 million in state and federal funds was allocated for the merit pay increases, which he said...

Arkansas says vaccinated students no longer need quarantine

Jun. 08, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas no longer requires students exposed to the coronavirus to quarantine so long as they're fully vaccinated against the virus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday. Hutchinson said the new quarantine policy aligns with guidance from the...

Former chief justice to coordinate Arkansas redistricting

Jun. 08, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas board that redraws legislative district boundaries every 10 years following the U.S. census has hired a former state chief justice to be the panel's coordinator. The Arkansas Board of Apportionment hired Betty Dickey on Monday at a...

Arkansas courthouse closed to public amid pandemic to reopen

Jun. 05, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One of Arkansas largest courthouses is set to reopen to the public after access to it was limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock was scheduled to reopen on Monday. ...

Arkansas judge announces bid for state Supreme Court seat

Jun. 03, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge and former Republican lawmaker on Thursday announced he's running for a seat on the state Supreme Court, which has been drawn the attention and spending by outside conservative groups in recent years. Sebastian County Circuit...

Finance report: Arkansas surplus for year nearing $1B

Jun. 02, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' surplus for the fiscal year is approaching $1 billion, the state's finance office said Wednesday, as it reported a major boost in income and sales tax collections. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said the state's...

Lawsuit filed challenging Arkansas' near-total abortion ban

May. 26, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion rights supporters on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' near-total ban on the procedure that's part of an effort by conservatives to force the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Roe v. Wade decision. The American Civil...

The Latest: Sri Lanka gets 2nd vaccine donation from China

May. 25, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has received 500,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine donated by China as the Indian Ocean island nation faces severe shortage of vaccines amid a recent rise in infections. The vaccine stock that arrived early Wednesday is the second...