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Arkansas reports more than 1K new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Sep. 24, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Thursday reported 17 more deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus and one of its highest one-day increases in new confirmed cases. The Department of Health said 1,246 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. That figure includes both confirmed...

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...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is shown during an NCAA college football spring practice in Athens, Ga. Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. 4 Georgia an annual contender for the Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia opens its season at Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Pittman’s debut as the Razorbacks coach. Pittman was one of Smart’s top assistants as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach for four seasons. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

No. 4 Georgia opens at Arkansas

Sep. 24, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas, Saturday at 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network). Line: Georgia by 28. Series record: Georgia 10-4. WHAT’S AT STAKE? National title hopes usually aren’t on the line in the first game of the season. Nothing about 2020 college football is as usual, though. Georgia starts its season as...

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) passes in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

No. 3 Oklahoma seeks payback against Kansas State

Sep. 24, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Kansas State (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) at No. 3 Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0), Saturday at noon ET (FOX). Line: Oklahoma by 28. Series record: Oklahoma leads 76-20-4. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Oklahoma nearly had its College Football Playoff hopes derailed with an upset loss to Kansas State last year. A loss this year would again...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2019, file photo, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is shown during an NCAA college football spring practice in Athens, Ga. Kirby Smart gives much credit to first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman for helping to make No. 4 Georgia an annual contender for the Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia opens its season at Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Pittman’s debut as the Razorbacks coach. Pittman was one of Smart’s top assistants as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach for four seasons. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

What’s old is new again as No. 4 Georgia opens at Arkansas

Sep. 24, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A nearly month-long postponement to the start of college football in the Southeastern Conference may feel different, but it won’t look much different. Georgia, as has it has been for much of the last decade or so, is projected to finish near the top of one of the best...

Arkansas man charged with killing Tennessee car seller

Sep. 24, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been charged with killing a Tennessee man who was selling a car, then stealing the vehicle. Edmond Knowles, 21, has been indicted on charges including first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping in the February death of 20-year-old Arnold Javier Reyes, the Shelby...

Arkansas asks judge to dismiss lawsuit over virus mandates

Sep. 23, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 20 more deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus on Wednesday as the state asked a judge to dismiss an effort by some Republican lawmakers to invalidate virus safety restrictions. The state Department of Health reported that 1,229 people have died from...

University of Arkansas lifts testing requirements for 2021

Sep. 23, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has decided to change some testing requirements to give prospective freshman more options for enrollment next year. Suzanne McCray is the school's top enrollment official. She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in an email that admission...

Report: Pilot trying to correct course when plane crashed

Sep. 23, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

CHESTER, Ark. (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane that crashed earlier this month in Arkansas told air traffic controllers that he was trying to correct his course after the aircraft got caught in some wind, a preliminary report said. All four people aboard the Cirrus SR22 died when the plane crashed in...

Lawsuit filed over Arkansas absentee ballot rejections

Sep. 22, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday asks a federal judge to require Arkansas election officials to give absentee voters a chance to correct their ballots before they're rejected due to signature issues. The League of Women Voters of Arkansas argues in the lawsuit that Arkansas law regarding...