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Little Rock passes Arkansas' first hate crime law

Jul. 8, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock became the first city in Arkansas to pass a measure with increased penalties specifically for hate crimes that target people based on their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The city's Board of Directors on Tuesday...

Amazon first fulfillment center in Arkansas to employ 1,000

Jul. 7, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tech and online retail giant Amazon will employ 1,000 individuals at the first fulfillment center in Arkansas, the company announced Tuesday. Amazon acquired 80 acres (0.32 square kilometers) of land for $3.2 million in the Port of Little Rock in April. Little Rock city officials...

Official: Walmart donates $100,000 for new Arkansas statues

Jul. 6, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

Retail giant Walmart contributed $100,000 to replace Arkansas' century-old statues with new ones of civil rights activist Daisy Bates and country singer Johnny Cash. The statues will be placed at the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Last year,...

Arkansas shuts down bar after linking it to virus cases

Jul. 6, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials have shut down a Little Rock bar after tracing it to a cluster of coronavirus cases and finding the business wasn't complying with virus safety measures. The Department of Health on Saturday ordered Brewski's Pub and Grub to cease operations until it...

Arkansas reports 587 more COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

Jul. 4, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Saturday reported 587 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and five additional deaths. The Arkansas Department of Health said the state's total number of reported cases is now at 23,209. The state now has 286 reported deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Arkansas judge: denies casinos motion for contempt

Jul. 3, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge denied a casino's motion for contempt alleging that a state commission did not follow its own rules and issue the company a casino license within 30 days of the judge's previous ruling. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's Thursday ruling did not approve...

A photo provided by Arkansas State Police shows Lavern Blackmon, 57, of Conway, Ark. Authorities are searching for Blackmon, suspected of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife, Viola Davis, earlier this week. Arkansas State Police said Thursday, July 2, 2020, that law enforcement agencies across the region are following leads in the search for Blackmon. State police say Blackmon is charged with kidnapping and capital murder. (Arkansas State Police via AP)

Police: Arkansas man sought in ex-wife's death found dead

Jul. 2, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man suspected of kidnapping and killing his ex-wife earlier this week has been found dead in Texas, authorities said Thursday. Arkansas State Police said in a news release that Texas law enforcement authorities notified special agents in Arkansas that Lavern Blackmon,...

FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks in Little Rock Ark. Hutchinson says he's not ready to further ease restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continue to spike. Hutchinson on Thursday, June 25, 2020, said Arkansas' plans to further lift restrictions remains on pause after neighboring Texas halted its aggressive reopening of businesses. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP File)

Arkansas reports biggest one-day spike in coronavirus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported its biggest single-day increase in coronavirus cases on Thursday, as the state's governor said concerns about the virus will be a valid excuse to vote absentee in the November election. Health officials said at least 22,075 people in the state have tested positive...

Body of woman found in home of man fatally shot by trooper

Jul. 2, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman’s body has been found inside the home lived in by a man who was fatally shot by a state trooper last weekend, according to Little Rock police. The body of Shavone Deshia Williams, 40, was found Sunday under a pile of clothes in the home where Aloysius Keaton Sr., 58,...

In this Monday, April 27, 2020 photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Arkansas governor says he will encourage, not require, masks

Jun. 28, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that he will encourage people to wear face masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus but indicated that he doesn't plan to enact a statewide requirement. “We’re not going to pass a mandate that is...