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New Arkansas virus cases, per capita, lowest in the nation

Apr. 10, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases per capita in Arkansas during the past two weeks was the lowest in the nation, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Arkansas had 72.6 new cases per 100,000 residents to rank 52nd in the U.S. in...

In GOP strongholds, a big push on 'culture war' legislation

Apr. 10, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An ardent abortion foe who once opposed allowing gay couples to be foster parents, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the unlikeliest figure to complain about bills on the “culture wars" reaching his desk. But by vetoing a ban on gender...

Arkansas reports 178 new virus cases, prison visits expand

Apr. 09, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Friday reported 178 new coronavirus cases as the state's prison system expanded its in-person visitation to six more facilities. The Department of Health said the state's virus cases since the pandemic began now totals 331,882. The...

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...