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The Latest: Head of Africa CDC has 'unbearable' COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya — The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says he came down with COVID-19 last week and if he had not been vaccinated earlier, “I would not be here by now.” An audibly ill John Nkengasong told reporters that despite his...

The Latest: Sydney reports worst day of its current outbreak

Aug. 04, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s most populous state is reporting the worst day of its outbreak of the coronavirus delta variant, with a record 262 new local infections and five deaths from COVID-19. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Thursday that four of the...

Arkansas district's virus quarantine grows as masks debated

Aug. 04, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of students and staff at an east Arkansas school district who have quarantined because of a coronavirus outbreak grew to more than 700 on Wednesday as lawmakers debated whether to allow schools to mandate masks. Marion Superintendent...

The Latest: Judge says migrant stops could worsen pandemic

Aug. 03, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge has ordered Texas to keep state troopers from stopping vehicles that are carrying migrants on the grounds that the migrants may spread the coronavirus. The temporary restraining order handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Kathleen...

Arkansas governor pushes mask law change, despite resistance

Aug. 03, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson pressed forward Tuesday with efforts to allow schools to mandate face masks as the state’s coronavirus cases continued to spiral, but faced heavy opposition from fellow Republicans over the move. Hutchinson called...

Charges filed against both suspects in Arkansas cop's death

Aug. 03, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against two people accused of running over and killing an Arkansas police officer in June. Shawna Cash, 22, is accused of hitting Pea Ridge Officer Kevin Apple with her car and dragging him after he approached...

Finance office: Arkansas starts fiscal year above forecast

Aug. 03, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas started its fiscal year with revenue coming in $39.2 million above forecast, the state's finance office said Tuesday. The Department of Finance and Administration said the state's net available revenue in July totaled nearly $515...

The Latest: Famed Minneapolis club requiring vaccination

Aug. 02, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS — The First Avenue music venue in Minneapolis that was made famous in Prince’s movie “Purple Rain” is requiring that all concertgoers provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus or show a negative virus test. The venue said Monday that the...

Arkansas reports 42 new virus deaths, hospitalizations spike

Aug. 02, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 42 new COVID-19 deaths Monday and its biggest one-day spike in coronavirus hospitalizations since the pandemic began. The Department of Health reported 81 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, bringing the state's total to 1,220. The...

I-40 bridge linking Arkansas, Tennessee fully reopens

Aug. 02, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee fully reopened Monday ahead of schedule following repairs to a crack that had shut down the span since early May. The Tennessee Department of Transportation's spokeswoman said in a tweet the...