Latest Asa Hutchinson News

Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger, right, speaks to the Senate at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 about his proposal to ease restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense. The Senate approved Ballinger's measure, sending it to the state House. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)

Arkansas Senate OKs 'Stand Your Ground' bill, sends to House

Jan. 19, 2021 6:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday passed legislation easing restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense, sending the measure to the House. The majority Republican Senate voted 27-7 for the measure that would remove would the state’s duty to retreat. The bill now...

2nd Arkansas lawmaker tests positive since session's start

Jan. 19, 2021 3:21 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus, a House spokeswoman said, the second to be infected since the Legislature began its session last week. Rep. Keith Slape told the House speaker Tuesday he had tested positive for the virus, House spokeswoman Cecillea...

Gov. Hutchinson, health secretary receive COVID-19 vaccine

Jan. 18, 2021 7:16 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Health Dr. José R. Romero received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine during a televised event Monday. Hutchinson, a 70-year-old Republican, said he was being vaccinated in public to show state residents that the shot is a...

Arkansas set to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Jan. 17, 2021 5:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Monday will expand its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to teachers and people aged 70 or older. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is 70, is set to get his first dose of the vaccine Monday afternoon. On Sunday, Arkansas reported 976 new confirmed and probable cases of the...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jan. 16, 2021 10:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Kate Bedingfield, incoming White House communications director; Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Peter Meijer, R-Mich. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Dr. Anthony Fauci,...

Arkansas governor to get coronavirus vaccine next week

Jan. 15, 2021 7:35 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will get the coronavirus vaccine next week, his office said Friday, as the state's virus cases rose by more than 3,100. Hutchinson's office said he planned to his first dose Monday afternoon at the state Department of Health. The state on Friday said...

Arkansas House votes to require masks as virus cases rise

Jan. 14, 2021 6:48 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House voted Thursday to require members and staff to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The House voted 81-2 to adopt rules for this year's session that included the mask mandate, a requirement that came a day after another lawmaker tested positive...

Arkansas sends National Guardsmen to Biden inauguration

Jan. 14, 2021 12:51 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas National Guard announced Thursday it is sending 500 soldiers and airmen to Washington to assist with security for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The guard said Gov. Asa Hutchinson approved the deployment, which will begin on Jan. 17. The guardsmen will...

Arkansas lawmaker tests positive for virus as cases rise

Jan. 13, 2021 7:46 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker has tested positive for the coronavirus, a House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, days after the Legislature began this year's session. Rep. Milton Nicks told the House speaker Wednesday he tested positive for the virus, spokeswoman Cecillea Pond-Mayo said....

Arkansas Senate panel advances 'Stand Your Ground' bill

Jan. 13, 2021 7:17 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday advanced legislation loosening restrictions on the use of deadly force in self defense, two years after the proposal failed before the same committee. By a 5-2 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the proposal that remove would the...