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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...

Hudson, Central Arkansas rally, beat Missouri St. 27-20

Sep. 26, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Tyler Hudson had a 7-yard touchdown reception and scored on a 57-yard punt return as Central Arkansas scored the last 21 points to beat Missouri State 27-20 on Saturday night. Central Arkansas (2-1) had just 10 first downs and 177 total yards but forced four turnovers, and linebacker...

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Arkansas while offensive lineman Trey Hill (55) blocks during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Bennett helps No. 4 Georgia rally past Arkansas 37-10

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Stetson Bennett transferred away from Georgia after a freshman year spent far down the depth chart. Back then, in early 2018, he didn’t think he’d ever get a chance to lead his home-state Bulldogs to a win. Things change. Bennett wasn’t expected to play in the...

Arkansas cases during the coronavirus pandemic top 80,000

Sep. 26, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of reported Arkansas coronavirus cases has topped 80,000 after the addition Saturday of 809 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, the Arkansas Department of Health reported. Those new cases brought the state’s total caseload since tracking of the pandemic began...

Arkansas reports nearly 800 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Sep. 25, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Friday reported that 20 more people died from the illness caused by the coronavirus as the state added nearly 800 new confirmed virus cases. The Department of Health said the number of fatalities in the state from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March now total...

Campaign launched to oppose Arkansas highway tax measure

Sep. 25, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An unlikely coalition of anti-tax advocates, environmentalists and community groups said Friday it is campaigning against an Arkansas highway sales tax measure backed by the state's Republican governor and top lobbying groups. The “No Permanent Tax. No on Issue 1" committee...

Terry Fuller, chairman of the state Plant Board, stands outside Fuller Seed & Supply in Poplar Grove, Ark., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Fuller, the head of an Arkansas agency that has placed restrictions on the use of dicamba believes his farming operations were targeted by vandals because of his stance on the herbicide. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Fuller says his eastern Arkansas farm has been vandalized three times this summer, resulting in more than $80,000 in damage. (Stephen Steed/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Arkansas official says vandals targeted him over dicamba

Sep. 25, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

POPLAR GROVE, Ark. (AP) — The head of an Arkansas agency that has placed restrictions on the use of dicamba believes his farming operations were targeted by vandals because of his stance on the herbicide. Terry Fuller, a Plant Board member for seven years who was recently elected chairman, said his eastern...