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Arkansas reports 787 new coronavirus cases, 11 more deaths

Aug. 3, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Monday reported 787 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and 11 more deaths from the illness caused by the virus. The Department of Health said at least 44,597 people in the state have tested positive for the virus. The state said 6,882 of those cases are active,...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 31, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health and a member of the White House...

Arkansas governor OKs no-contact prep football practice

Jul. 31, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorized high school football teams to begin no-contact practice with helmets next week as confirmed coronavirus cases topped 42,000 in the state. Hutchinson also instructed the Arkansas Activities Association to submit a plan to the state Department...

Racing commission rejects appeal over Pope County casino

Jul. 31, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has rejected an appeal from Cherokee Nation Businesses over the awarding of a casino license to another company. The panel previously awarded the license for a new casino in Pope County to Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi. The...

Arkansas reports 791 new virus cases; 8 additional deaths

Jul. 30, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 791 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus, and eight more people in the state have died from the illness caused by the virus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday. That brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 41,559 since the pandemic began in...

Italian firm opening $15M ammunition plant in Little Rock

Jul. 29, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Italian-based company announced Thursday it's opening a $15 million ammunition factory in Little Rock. Fiocchi of America, the United States subsidiary of the Italian-based Fiocchi Group, announced that it will hire 57 additional workers for its new manufacturing plant in...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. Hutchinson issued the order Thursday, July, 16, 2020, effective Monday, July 20, requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state, which is dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor issued the order after weeks of resisting such a requirement. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Arkansas reports 787 new virus cases, 6 more deaths

Jul. 29, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Wednesday reported 787 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and six more people in the state have died from the illness caused by the virus. The Department of Health said at least 40,968 people in the state have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began...

Arkansas to fund statue of Black woman civil rights leader

Jul. 29, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials plan to use a state grant to help fund the construction of a statue of civil rights leader Daisy Bates in the U.S. Capitol, instead of using that money for an easement at the site of a Confederate statue in downtown Little Rock. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr....

Graves confirmed as new leader of Arkansas' prison system

Jul. 28, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Department of Corrections official has been confirmed as the prison system's new leader. The department said Tuesday that Solomon Graves had been confirmed by the Board of Corrections as the Department of Corrections' next secretary. Gov. Asa Hutchinson last week ...

Arkansas reports new one-day record spike in COVID-19 deaths

Jul. 28, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Tuesday reported a new one-day record increase in deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus, as the state's virus cases surpassed 40,000. The Department of Health reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state's total fatalities to 428. The state's...