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Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

Sep. 15, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases. A Kaiser Health News review of hundreds...

Arkansas: 36 new COVID deaths and 1,544 new COVID-19 cases

Sep. 14, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 36 new COVID-19 deaths and more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. The Department of Health said the state's death toll from COVID-19 now totals 7,334 since the pandemic began. The state's coronavirus cases rose by...

Arkansas reports 31 more COVID-19 deaths, 646 new cases

Sep. 13, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported 31 more COVID-19 deaths and 646 new cases Monday. The Department of Health said the state's death toll from the coronavirus since the pandemic began rose to 7,298. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said 12 of the newly reported deaths Monday...

The Latest: West Virginia hits daily record in new cases

Sep. 12, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday’s total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday’s total of 1,821, according...

Hutchinson: Federal mandates fuel resistance to vaccinations

Sep. 12, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that that federal vaccination mandates announced by President Joe Biden last week hurt efforts to overcome the public’s resistance to taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The Republican governor has been...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sep. 11, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy; Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Manchin, Murthy; Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark. ___ ...

The Latest: Arizona gov: Biden 'overreaching' with new rule

Sep. 09, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says President Joe Biden is overreaching with his new requirement for employees of large businesses to be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19. The Republican governor said the Biden rule “requires pushback and response” but...

Arkansas governor says vaccine mandate not right approach

Sep. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said President Joe Biden's mandate that many private businesses require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is the wrong approach for boosting vaccination rates. Hutchinson, a Republican who...

Arkansas revamps rental relief program's rules to speed aid

Sep. 08, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is easing rules for its rental relief program to prioritize the funds for tenants at immediate risk of being evicted after little of the state's share of the federal money has been spent so far. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday...

Military medical team to help Arkansas with COVID-19 battle

Sep. 08, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Defense Department is sending a 20-member military medical team to Arkansas to help expand the state's hospital capacity in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday. Hutchinson said the team of 14...