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Gov. Asa Hutchinson removes his mask before a briefing at the state capitol Monday‚ July 2020 in Little Rock. As more states are enacting requirements for people to wear masks to curb a surge of coronavirus cases, they're facing resistance from the police expected to enforce those orders. Several law enforcement agencies in Arkansas have said they won't enforce Hutchinson's mask mandate that took effect this week. (Staci Vandagriff/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Arkansas: Schools must be open 5 days a week despite virus

Aug. 5, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is requiring schools to stay open five days a week when classes resume this month, state education officials said Wednesday, complicating efforts by some districts to limit on-site instruction because of the coronavirus. Education Secretary Johnny Key issued the guidance ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in a Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, in Tarrytown, N.Y. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes the reins of the group representing the nation’s governors, which has played a pivotal role in communicating with the Trump administration about state needs during the coronavirus pandemic. As head of the bipartisan National Governors Association, Cuomo will have to walk a fine line between his naturally combative style with the White House and a deferential approach favored by Republicans. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Cuomo takes over governors group as virus batters states

Aug. 5, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor who in large measure has defined states' up-and-down fight against the coronavirus, including occasional combat with the White House, is poised to widen his national spotlight. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the reins of the National Governors Association on Wednesday...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file 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. Hutchinson issued the order Thursday, July, 16, 2020, effective Monday, July 20, requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state, which is dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor issued the order after weeks of resisting such a requirement. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Arkansas governor, others targeted in unemployment fraud

Aug. 4, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said scammers fraudulently filed on his behalf for unemployment assistance intended for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as officials said thousands of claims have been frozen over potential fraud concerns. Hutchinson said he...

Arkansas reports 787 new coronavirus cases, 11 more deaths

Aug. 3, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Monday reported 787 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and 11 more deaths from the illness caused by the virus. The Department of Health said at least 44,597 people in the state have tested positive for the virus. The state said 6,882 of those cases are active,...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jul. 31, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC's “This Week" — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. ___ NBC's “Meet the Press” — Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health and a member of the White House...

Arkansas governor OKs no-contact prep football practice

Jul. 31, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorized high school football teams to begin no-contact practice with helmets next week as confirmed coronavirus cases topped 42,000 in the state. Hutchinson also instructed the Arkansas Activities Association to submit a plan to the state Department...

Racing commission rejects appeal over Pope County casino

Jul. 31, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Racing Commission has rejected an appeal from Cherokee Nation Businesses over the awarding of a casino license to another company. The panel previously awarded the license for a new casino in Pope County to Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi. The...

Arkansas reports 791 new virus cases; 8 additional deaths

Jul. 30, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 791 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus, and eight more people in the state have died from the illness caused by the virus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday. That brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 41,559 since the pandemic began in...

Italian firm opening $15M ammunition plant in Little Rock

Jul. 29, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Italian-based company announced Thursday it's opening a $15 million ammunition factory in Little Rock. Fiocchi of America, the United States subsidiary of the Italian-based Fiocchi Group, announced that it will hire 57 additional workers for its new manufacturing plant in...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020 file 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. Hutchinson issued the order Thursday, July, 16, 2020, effective Monday, July 20, requiring people to wear masks in public throughout the state, which is dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases. The governor issued the order after weeks of resisting such a requirement. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Arkansas reports 787 new virus cases, 6 more deaths

Jul. 29, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas on Wednesday reported 787 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and six more people in the state have died from the illness caused by the virus. The Department of Health said at least 40,968 people in the state have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began...