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Medical staff holds swabs for rapid COVID-19 tests at a high school in Rome, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. While hospitalizations and intensive care admissions are slightly rising, Italy has so far managed to keep its coronavirus infections per 100,000 people far lower than France, Spain or Britain, which earlier this week were forced to impose new restrictions to avoid a second pandemic wave. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Kansas: Record 16% of virus tests are positive

Sep. 28, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is reporting another seven-day record for new coronavirus cases, with 16% of tests for the virus during that period coming back positive. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday that the U.S. state had 2,037 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases since...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, fifth-grader Marcques Haley, 10, gets his temperature checked by school nurse Rachel White before entering Stephens Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark. The Little Rock teachers union said Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, that its members won't show up for in-person classes due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus in schools. (Tommy Metthe/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Little Rock schools open despite teachers' virus objections

Sep. 28, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock's schools remained open on Monday despite some teachers saying they'd only work virtually over concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the classroom. It was unclear how many teachers joined the local union's call to not show up for in-person classes. The school...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, fifth-grader Marcques Haley, 10, gets his temperature checked by school nurse Rachel White before entering Stephens Elementary School in Little Rock, Ark. The Little Rock teachers union said Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, that its members won't show up for in-person classes due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus in schools. (Tommy Metthe/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Little Rock teachers won't show up for in-person classes

Sep. 27, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock teachers won't show up for in-person classes due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus in schools, the head of the local teachers union said Sunday. The Little Rock Education Association said its members are willing to teach classes virtually, but accused district...

Arkansas State Police investigating woman's death at Hartman

Sep. 27, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

HARTMAN, Ark. (AP) — The death of a woman whose body was found in the yard outside her home in western Arkansas is being investigated by Arkansas State Police. An acquaintance of Melinda Walker, 65, discovered the body Saturday at Walker's home in Hartman, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of...

In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, photo provided by The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, is a 9.07 carat diamond found by Kevin Kinard at Crater of Diamonds State Park on Sept, 7, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Ark. Kinard of Maumelle found the second-largest diamond in the 48-year history of Crater of Diamonds State Park on Labor Day, according to a news release from Arkansas State Parks. (Waymon Cox/Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism via AP)

Bank manager finds 9.07-carat diamond in Arkansas state park

Sep. 24, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A bank manager discovered a 9.07-carat diamond at a state park in southwestern Arkansas after thinking the precious gem was a piece of glass. Kevin Kinard of Maumelle found the second-largest diamond in the 48-year history of Crater of Diamonds State Park on Labor Day, according to...

Tennessee man sentenced in Arkansas child pornography case

Sep. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for taking an Arkansas teenager and using her to produce child pornography, according to federal court records. Craig Gillum, 55, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Little Rock to...

Arkansas panel: State not responsible for drowning deaths

Sep. 17, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has determined that the state is not responsible for the drowning deaths of a woman and her son, saying there was not a state official directly supervising the 911 dispatcher involved. Jinglei Yi, 39, died January 2013 after an ice patch sent her vehicle into a...

3 children killed in 2 incidents on Arkansas roads

Sep. 16, 2020 6:39 AM EDT

BENTON, Ark. (AP) — A toddler died Tuesday after apparently being dropped from a moving vehicle on a central Arkansas interstate, Arkansas State Police said. State troopers responded to a call from a driver who said a child had just been dropped from a moving vehicle on Interstate 30 in Saline County,...

Little Rock police officer who fatally shot motorist resigns

Sep. 11, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A white Little Rock police officer who fatally shot a Black motorist during a traffic stop last year resigned on Friday, accusing the police chief of making his working conditions “intolerable" since a judge ordered him reinstated. Officer Charles Starks was fired last year...

Black couple sues over social distancing fight at steakhouse

Sep. 10, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Black couple who got into a fight with white customers at a Little Rock steakhouse who weren't wearing masks and stood too close filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the restaurant of discrimination and not enforcing coronavirus safety rules. The federal lawsuit stems from a June 27...