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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Apr. 09, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm; Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken. ...

Arkansas health secretary confirmed despite virus pushback

Apr. 08, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' top health official was confirmed by the state Senate on Thursday despite pushback from some Republican lawmakers over the state's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 25-8 to confirm Dr. Jose Romero as state health...

Arkansas reports 244 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

Apr. 07, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 244 new cases of the coronavirus and seven more deaths Wednesday from the illness caused by the virus. The Department of Health said the state's COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began now totals 331,505. The state's active...

Arkansas Senate OKs alternate, scaled-back hate crimes bill

Apr. 07, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved a stripped-down hate crimes bill derided by longtime supporters of such legislation who claim the measure is too vague and would provide “insufficient” medicine for a state that's one of only three nationwide without...

Arkansas governor opposed to government 'vaccine passports'

Apr. 07, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said he opposes government-mandated coronavirus “vaccine passports" to access services, but he also said private businesses should have the right to require vaccinations. The governor echoed other...

Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban

Apr. 06, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor's objections. The Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override...

Arkansas lawmakers advance scaled-back hate crimes measure

Apr. 05, 2021 20:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel advanced a drastically scaled-back hate crimes bill on Monday that longtime supporters of such legislation have derided for not including specific references to race, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate...

Arkansas governor vetoes transgender youth treatment ban

Apr. 05, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made his state the first to ban gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth, though lawmakers could enact the restriction over his objections. The...

N.C. bill would ban treatment for trans people under 21

Apr. 05, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three North Carolina Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would prevent doctors from performing gender reassignment surgery for transgender people younger than 21. The legislation follows a nationwide trend of GOP-controlled state...

Arkansas virus vaccinations rising; cases and deaths decline

Apr. 03, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of Arkansans receiving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine is rising and the increase in virus cases and deaths are falling, according to data released Saturday. An additional 29,343 doses have been administered and a total...